MART @ Unit 4



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MART hosted a series of artists and curators at Unit 4 on James Joyce St, Dublin from Wednesday 6 February 2013 – Friday 3 May 2013

ITERATIVE 

February

Terence Erraught,  Joan Healy and Catherine Barragy

Iterative is a project by Catherine Barragry, Terence Erraught and Joan Healy. Using the space as territory, the three artists present a continuously shifting array of sculptural, media and performative works. Each artist assumes the role of author for one week while the other two artists respond to their process. By the fourth week clear authorship breaks down as the three artists attempt a mash-up of material and content; creating alternative forms by using each other’s practices as raw material. The artists identify risk-taking as a catalyst in this process.


The Non Zero Sum Art Games 

7 – 23 March

George Gyzis, Orlando Franco, São Trindade, Maria Tzanakou

To coincide with MART’s Lisbon & Athens Exhibitions we will be hosting a portugese and greek artist [George Gyzis, Orlando Franco, São Trindade, Maria Tzanakou] in Unit 4 as part of Culture Ireland’s “Culture Connects International Programme” marking Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


Terroir

 25 April  – 1 May

Tristan Hutchinson

Terroir is an intended look at the transformation of community as reflected by the marks and traces upon the land that remain after various processes of industry and migration. Whilst geographically-rooted in specific landscapes, an intended ambiguity running through the work feeds into notions of fictive anonymity, exploring multi-locality, personal and shared experiences, and folkloristic interpretations of ‘landscape’.



Just In Time

9 – 25 May

Curated by Aoife Flynn

Featuring Adam Gibney, Richard Forest, Gerry Erraught

“The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.” Walter Benjamin Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence is a policy of planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time. The term is divided into two categories: obsolescence of desirability vs. obsolescence of function. This kind of planning has its origins in ‘Just-in-time’ production, where stream-lined methods of production and communication meant manufacturing changes could be made on the fly and products could be made and adjusted when they were needed. Lower manufacturing costs meant products could be sold cheaper and to a wider customer base thus increasing competition. In turn, to ensure that customers needed to continue buying their product, manufacturers began to introduce variations in their products and construct them with in-built life spans. This project will gather together three artists whose work is centred around the use of technology, its possibilities and problems. Turning their enquiries towards outdated, obsolete technologies they will endeavour to create something new and potentially useful out of that which is doomed to become waste. Through this process we will seek to question our society’s perpetual consumption and propose alternatives uses for the spiraling series of technological advances in our contemporary existence.

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Dragons of Eden | Aoibheann Greenan & Terence Erraught




MART curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan are delighted to present Dragons of Eden, an exhibition featuring Aoibheann Greenan and Terence Erraught, with thanks to Arts Council Ireland and Dublin City Council.

Preview: Thursday 15 June 2017 @ 6pm

Location: The MART Gallery, 190A Rathmines Rd, Lwr, Dublin 6.

Runs to: 13 July 2017

Open: Tues-Sat: 1-6pm 

Facebook Photo Gallery 

 

‘Dragons of Eden’ featuring work by Aoibheann Greenan {Gallery 1} and Terence Erraught {Gallery2} addresses mythological and real world societal challenges. The curators invited the artists to produce work that can provoke the limitations of the gallery environment, producing informative and experimental new work that can tease out radical ways of viewing and perceiving our culture and society. Greenan and Erraught have responded here with powerful creations that take on alternative perspectives on gender representation via symbols and icons of ancient cultures experienced through a schema of digital means.

Aoibheann Greenan presents The Eighth Seal, an installation and audio piece prompted by the Repeal the 8th movement and the ongoing struggle of Irish Women over the right to bodily autonomy. A radio interview reimagines the origins of Sheela na Gigs, ancient carvings scattered throughout Ireland depicting figures with exposed vulvas. Eschewing the tendency to interpret the Sheela through patriarchal narratives, the work proposes the symbol as both a harbinger of emancipation and metaphor for resistance. Esoteric and posthumanist motifs permeate the work, echoing the historical link between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. The installation conjures a site for gathering, a space for consciousness raising, for invoking, for conspiring.

Terry Erraught’s work explores the masculine agenda of the contemporary artwork by addressing audiences increasingly desensitization of socio-political heinous events. In an era of instant digital media distribution, brutal violence appears to have become part of our daily routine, with audiences becoming increasingly indifferent. By engaging with mainstream media but using a primitive, ritualistic approach, Erraught attempts to connect with world events as they occur and enter our psyche. ‘Composition’ is a durational digital video painting, rather than an episodic performance, which contains references to multiple catastrophic events in recent times. Through a recognisable mythological and art historical aesthetic, the artist draws on his own personal experiences by physically manifesting into each of the constituent characters and situations in the video work. This can also be seen in Erraught’s second piece Saturn (The world revolves around me) which is a smaller installation or 3D painting recorded from a live performance. It is heavily influenced by Goya’s black paintings which portray Goya’s embittered attitude toward mankind, and struggles with panic, fear and hysteria specifically ‘Saturn Devouring his Son 1820-23’.

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