Sofie Loscher lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. Her practice includes sculpture and installation which is heavily influenced by Physics.
“I am an installation artist and sculptor working across art and science. Interested in perception and optics, my work uses illusions that demonstrate how visibility works. Recent exhibitions include Light Falls, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin (2015); Activating Pangea, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); Intelligent Machinery, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin (2015); Welcome Disturbance, The LAB Gallery, Dublin (2015); Neutral: Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, Galway (2014); Agitationism, EVA International, Limerick (2014). In 2014, I undertook a yearlong Art in Science residency in the Department of Physics at UCD. I hold an MFA in Sculpture from NCAD (2013) and a BA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT (2009).
My work explores light in its most basic form. I create installations as a way of describing how visibility works; in an attempt to redirect the viewer’s attention away from the object and towards the process of perception. My practice is realised in an unconventional range of sculptural media, predominantly with a strong scientific underpinning. It makes connections between the physical world and the visual world, exploring issues of visibility, stability, perception and contradiction. I appropriate objects to find strange and unknown functions in their performances and through manipulation, subvert the context of the original material. I employ a wide variety of media and techniques, but my personal style is characterised by forms and materials that evoke feelings of familiarity and fascination.”
Working across sculpture, new media, and installation, my practice is characterised by a spirit of experimentation into phenomenology, analysing human perception and technology’s role in altering our perceptual and cognitive experiences. The physical mechanisms of experience are of keen interest to me, for example, with the eye and optics, I am interested in how light is converted into electrical signals. Further, my work is influenced by the flaws that occur in such systems; perceptual flaws that affect human experience, causing misdirections by the brain (e.g. hallucinations).
I seek an expanded understanding of objects in an age of virtual acceleration. In exploring our learned and visual understanding of form, material and space, I counterpoint tangible materials with virtual 3D graphic software such as Blender, to construct installations that question simulacrum and authenticity. My research is heavily influenced by contemporary notions of representation. These influences range from John Carmack, a Texas based games programmer, aerospace and virtual reality engineer, to podcast channels such as Radiolab.
My most recent work was shown at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, in March ’17, as part of the exhibition Futures. The roots of this work lie with the ancient Greek philosophers and mathematicians who sought out truth, and looked for it within the rules and logic of language. The work takes logic as its point of departure – its journey as a shape-shifting entity from ancient Greece into the computer languages we use today. This link – between the logic found in Greek dialectics and its contemporary form observed in computing systems – is explored through the creation of an immersive video piece depicting a virtual environment, and manipulated plaster-cast sculptures placed on geometric plinths positioned within the gallery space.
Since completing my BA honors degree in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork, Ireland in 2011, I maintained a committed studio-based practice, supported by a number of awards. I have presented solo exhibitions and participated in several group shows.
She has an upcoming solo show in Lewisham Arthouse, London ( Sept 2013), and an upcoming two person show in Tactic, Cork (November 2013).
I work with installation and sculpture using a variety of materials and methodologies including electrical currents, live sound, light, moving image, and kinetics. My approach is not prescriptive, and involves an experimental use of materials that disturb a pre-existing or familiar relationship to the object. With strong sensitivities to site and context, I develop immersive installation as a means of connecting materially, physically and psychologically to a space, whilst challenging passive modes of viewing. I draw on the physical and psychological relationship of
the self or viewer to the environment and manipulate the psyche in an immediate, involuntary response to the work.
The precarious nature of many of the works presents a real risk of failure or breakdown, situating them in an insecure and uncertain space through their very manufacture. This is a critical space in my research and practice
that the work occupies intentionally. Here, I am interested in the inbetween-ness of things: slippages of time, language or understanding between one moment and another, between one person and another; and reflexivity and the indeterminate nature of psychological and emotional experiences. Within this, the nature of art as an experience that is changing and unfixed rather than finite and permanent is also explored.
|Solo Exhibition||Galway Arts Centre, Galway||2017|
|This Isn’t It||nag gallery, Dublin||May 2017|
Dr. Katherine Nolan is a contemporary artist working primarily in video, photography and performance. She is also a curator with MART, Livestock & Dublin Live Art Festival, and a lecturer in Digital Media at the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown. Exploring tensions between the experiential and spectacular body, the artist turns a ‘trivial’ and ‘frivolous’ fixation with herself as image into a critical weapon, seeking to unravel narcissism and twist its clichéd terms. She employs strategies of pleasure, humour, complicity, resistance and intervention seeking to disrupt taken for granted cultural significations and trouble social agreements. She has performed and exhibited internationally in Europe, America and Asia. Recently at LACDA Los Angeles, Supermarket Art Fair Stockholm and the Freud Museum, London. She currently lives and works in Dublin.
|Activating Pangea: Destroy These Walls||Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles||July-August 2017|
James L Hayes is a Irish contemporary visual artist and educator. Hayes’s latest series of works aim to reinvest a modernist sculptural language, whilst exploring aspects of the casting process as a means by which to interrogate the boundaries between artist, artisan and art object. His sculptural work aims to draw out the often-incongruous relationships between finished art objects, and the industrial aspects of the processes that produce these revered objects. This research-based practice also highlights an art historical agenda, through the referencing of key creative influences, such as the noted and celebrated Welsh Artist Barry Flanagan. This referencing or re imagining is brought together with his broader research interests that range from contemporary interpretations of sculptural legacies, to site-specific interventionist works that draw from traces of significant pasts and histories.
Aside from sculpture as a primary medium, Hayes also creates kinetic, film and sound based works and installations.
Recently completing a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, in Dublin, Hayes also recently completed his second solo show in New Orleans in the summer, 2016. Alongside his gallery practice he has been awarded a number of large-scale site-specific public art works most recently for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Office of Public works in Ireland and has most recently been awarded a major Public Art Commission by Dublin City Council for the Historic Liberties district in Dublin.
Hayes is a graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design, De Montfort University Leicester and the University of London. He is also the principal lecturer in Sculpture at the Crawford College of Art in Cork, Ireland.
|Office of Public Works, Public Art Commission||Fermoy, Co Cork.||January 2017|
|Activating Pangea: Destroy These Walls||The Liberties, Dublin.||July – August 2017|
|If The Walls Could Talk||The Liberties, Dublin.||September 2017|
Anthony Murphy creates work designed to explore the disparities between the physical and the observed.Using video projection mapping techniques to map animation onto sculptural objects, the work invites the audience to explore their own suspension of disbelief. By exploring and exploding physical surfaces with illusionary animation, investigating the relationship between the physical space and the projected image that is at once symbiotic and competitive, the work’s intention is to blur the distinction between the 2 dimensional and the 3 dimensional. Taking inspiration from elements of modern quantum theory, postmodern philosophy, and media studies, the work pushes and pulls perception and perspective in the hope of raising questions concerning information distribution and our interpretation of both space and events.
2011: C A V E S, Occupy Space, Limerick.
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Eleanor’s work concerns ideas around domesticity, being female and the ageing body. These concerns manifest as performance, textiles, movement, installation and film. Eleanor has been performing since 2011 and
has been fortunate to have performed in Europe and USA.
Her films have been shown in Liverpool Biennale, Whitechapel Gallery and as part of “Visual Deflections” in 2008/9. Her latest film, The Invisible Woman, will be shown at LACE Gallery in Los Angeles in March 2018.
She has co-curating Livestock with Francis Fay since 2011 and has been an Assistant Director at Dublin Live Art Festival for 2013/14 & 15. She is an active member of the MART Gallery and Studios in Dublin 6.
Eleanor has a BA Fine Art from DIT, Dublin and an MA in Textiles from Goldsmiths College, London.
My work explores female persona and the collision of voice, language, technology and communication. In my performance and video work I investigate the psychological spaces surrounding the female voice and identity. I am also interested in the feminine in relation to nature and the mystery and phenomena of the natural world and organic consciousness.
I did my undergraduate studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. While there I fell in love with making video, performance, and sound. After school I moved to Chicago, IL and was inspired by its diverse and vibrant music scene. I started writing songs, founded a Band called RUBIES and began performing and recording music. My passion is creating multi-media performance and installation work. I will be receiving an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University, A lfred, NY in May 2010.
Ciara Scanlan is Visual Artist working in site-specific video and performance based work. Her work is concerned with her place in modern society and an attempt to make sense of it. In her work she hopes to create space in which she free to explore and challenge personal and social limitations through performance and invention. To every action there is an equal but opposite reaction.
Ciara is currently studying for her MA Art In The Digital World at NCAD and is a graduate of Crawford College of Art Cork 2005 with first class honors. Ciara was quest Artist with Artspace studios for 2 years and is the founding member of MART Art Group who exhibits widely in Ireland and have upcoming events abroad. Ciara has had work shown in the Galway Arts Festival, Tulca, IMOCA and has solo show to be announced in Dublin.
Diploma show Lough community centre- work purchased by city council.
‘Inside, Out’- Group show UCC, Cork
‘Enso live’ Black Box, Galway
Degree Show- “Talk Less”, Crawford College of Art.
‘8×8′ Group exhibition, Galway fisheries tower.
‘Chimera’ Group exhibition, Galway Art’s Festival
‘Climb’ Tulca, Solo show, Artspace studios, Galway
MART@MUSUME, Galway City Museum,
‘The Art Cart’, Tulca Festival, Performance, ‘Art for free’
Galway Arts Festival 2008, The Thatch, Henny St. Video Installation
‘Meat Media’: Tuam Arts festival, Video Installation.
‘CAMERA OBSCURA’MA GROUP SHOW: Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin
‘Is This the Place’: Group show, IMOCA, Irish museum of contemporary art
‘There will be time’ Video Installation, SHUNT, LONDON BRIDGE
‘OPEN DOOR POLICY’: Video Installation, SHUNT LONDON BRIDGE
‘Love Machines’: Galway Arts Festival, Video Installation/performance
‘This is not the title of the show’: Group show, Rotar 1, Goteborg, Sweden
Matthew Nevin is an experimental Film & Installation Artist working in Ireland, UK and the US. Matthew completed a presentation and performance for media certificate in BCFE, Dublin and went on to receive an Honours Bachelor Degree in Film & Television and Scenography (Design) studies in Aberystwyth Wales. Matthew also works in the Art Department in Film, Television & Theatre working as an Art Director and Designer. He has previously worked for the BBC, MTV, RTE, TG4, Element Pictures and ITV. During which he accumulated vast knowledge on production and artistic practices within film, television and theatre production.
In 2006 Matthew’s Scenographic work led him to design an innovative piece ‘Fear Omens – Tonal Therapy’ at UWA, UK. In 2007 through his work ‘ Trading Pavements’ -’ U R Portrait’ Matthew focused on the individual self and secondary persona.
During 2006 Matthew cofounded MART (www.martgroup.org) a new initiative to provide a platform for experimental film, new media, installation and performance artists to showcase their work. In 2008 Matthew co curated several events through MART including ‘The Launch’ @ Silkes Galway, ‘Challenging Behaviour’ at Galway Arts Festival. While curating these events Matthew exhibited installations such as ‘i!’ , ‘A.D.’ and ‘Selfish Duck’.
In 2009 Matthew co curated Mart events such as ‘Mart @ Pogo’, ‘The Free Art Project’, ‘Mart @ IMOCA’, ‘MART @ SHUNT’ and ‘Open Door Policy’ at The Galway Arts Festival, while showing his own work ‘D.I.R.T’, ‘D.I.R.T #2’, and ‘The Expansion Effect’ in Dublin and London.
In 2010, Matthew showed a preview of his new Experimental Film The Core Project in ‘An Instructional” European tour – which is funded by Culture Ireland, with shows in Ireland, UK, Germany, Norway and Slovakia. Matthew also showed in ‘The Lewis Art Gallery’ in Mississippi USA.
For 2011 Matthew due to complete The Core Project, which will be shown in Shunt-London, Dublin & Galway Arts Festival & submitting to Irish Film Festivals. Matthew is also working on ‘The Stew’ an experimental film based on Irish immigration & early RTE transmissions to be shown as part of Imagine Ireland in C4 Gallery-Los Angeles, PopupLoop-Chicago, NewYorkStudioGallery & Rua Red in Dublin.
Also in 2011/12 Matthew will be work with Screenworks Ireland & USA’s KSA Prods & Canada’s LongIsland Prods to Direct an Experimental Film on Mart’s Invite or Reject exhibition in the USA & Dublin, due to air on RTE & US Cable network & festival releases in 2012.
“At surface, I wish to immediately make an impact, grab the viewers attention, keep it, intrigue them, educate and stimulate their senses. I seize the audience by encapsulating them in my work, connecting curiosity with imagination and enthrallment.
My current work focuses on self-reflection through the evaluation of identity; I wish to explore the workings of inner exclusivity and focus on the depiction of the body, existence and create a character of work conscious of identity and inform the viewer in the format of life. I strive to use innovate methods in my work, utilizing innovative technology to common recognisable materials.”
THE CORE PROJECT
The Core Project is a Visual Art endeavour I devised and am collaborating with Artists and people across all the nations of the world to create one piece of work broadcast to millions.
This Video Art Project shall contain 200+ Videos, one entry representing each of the Sovereign States or Countries of the world.
WEBSITE : www.matthewnevin.com