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Can You Hear Me Now?

MART are delighted to present the exhibition Can You Hear Me Now? kindly supported by Crawford College and The Arts Council of Ireland. The exhibtion is presented as part of the annual Crawford Graduate Award. Mentorship by Livestock.

Preview: Thursday 2 November 2017 @6pm
Location: The MART Gallery, 190A Rathmines Rd, Lwr, Dublin 6
Runs to: 1 December 2017
Open: Tues-Sat: 1-6pm

Artists: Enid Conway, Elena Sawczenko, Thomas Spencer, Chloe Tetrault.

Performance with Livestock for Dublin Gallery Weekend: Saturday 25 November 3-6pm.


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Opening Preview: Tuesday 17th October @ 6pm – 8pm

Runs Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st October

Open: W-F: 12pm – 8pm | S: 12-4pm

Location: MART LA – Pop Up Gallery, 6556 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA

As part of Ireland Week Los Angeles 2017, Irish curator Matthew Nevin of The MART Gallery Dublin has curated RE:IN FORCE a pop up contemporary visual art exhibition showcasing established Irish Visual & Live Performance Artists. The exhibition focuses on artworks that comment on the relationship between the viewer and object. Often creating a visual abstraction, which highlights the process and creation of the artworks, the exhibition showcases a series of artworks that reinforce their self-contained narratives, aiming to shape and control their own presentation and perception by the viewer. Participating artists explore and reinvent common material, technologies and methodologies, resulting in works that provoke artistic limitations through experimental new work.

This Pop Up Exhibition runs as part of Ireland Week and is co produced by LACESee Ireland Week sponsors at www.irelandweek.com/sponsors

Artists: Richard Forrest , James L Hayes , David Lunney, Katherine Nolan

Curated by: Matthew Nevin | Co Director of MART Gallery Dublin | matthew@mart.ie

Websites: www.irelandweek.com | www.mart.ie | www.martla.com

Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/499912013706637


ABOUT MART   www.mart.ie

MART is an artist-led, not for profit arts organisation founded in 2007 by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan. With the help of a skilled team, our mission is to provide creative art studios and promote contemporary art through an engaging curatorial programme. Nevin & Scanlan have curated over 100 artists through previous exhibitions, events, festivals and art fairs across Ireland, UK, Europe, USA & Japan. In 2012 the pair embarked on a 16 month journey to transform the old Rathmines Fire Station, launching two galleries in 2013 as a new home for contemporary art in Ireland. MART primarily supports sculpture, video, new media, installation and performance, art making practices that break new ground, that test and stretch the material and immaterial, and challenge conventions of ‘the norm’. In 2016 MART had its biggest reach to date, as we signed on eight Artists to be represented by The MART Gallery in a first for the organisation. MART is the largest provider of independent, affordable studios and space for the arts, cultural and creative community in Dublin city. MART operate on a not for profit basis, meaning that all profits raised from studio rentals are in-invested back into our mission to develop and promote contemporary art. MART now support over 120 members in eight studio buildings across Dublin.

About Ireland Week   www.irelandweek.com

Ireland Week is a week-long conference and culture festivities from Oct. 16-21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. In association with Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Irish Film Board, Culture Ireland, Creative Ireland, IDA Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Enterprise Ireland. Ireland Week’s focus is to bring Ireland to the world, and the world back to Ireland. The week will see varied and compelling events with a full and comprehensive program rolling out around Los Angeles, encompassing the myriad of cultural layers that make up Ireland, past, present, and future.

The Artists


Katherine Nolan http://www.katherinenolan.net/

An artist, lecturer and curator specialising in gender and new media. With particular focus on tensions between the experiential and the spectacular body, her research investigates gender, identity and desire in the context of digital cultures. Recent publications include The Camera and the Selfie: Narcissism, Self-Regulation and Feminist Performance Practices (DRHA, DCU 2015). She has exhibited internationally in Europe, America and Asia and regularly curates with MART and Dublin Live Art Festival. Her extensive teaching experience, includes a course leader role at the University of the Arts London and visiting lectureships at The National College ofArt and Design, Crawford College of Art and Design and Central Saint Martins, London. She is a member of Monster Truck Studios and the Society of Women in Philosophy in Ireland


Richard Forrest http://www.richardforrest.info/

Working across sculpture and installation, my practice is characterised by a spirit of studio experimentation and an analysis of human perception. In exploring our learned and visual understanding of form, material and space, I make physical artworks and installations which question simulacrum and authenticity. My research is heavily influenced by contemporary notions of representation. I am interested in re-negotiating our interaction with the world around us by using physical artworks that I have made – knowingly – in an age of technological and virtual acceleration. I seek to reimagine the internet, and the information it carries, as a sculptural organism. In my most recent installations, I have created speculative scenes, whereby exotic structures have seemingly travelled through an otherworldly vortex into the exhibition space, carrying physical fragments from a virtual environment.


James L Hayes http://www.jameslhayes.ie/

James L Hayes is an Irish contemporary visual artist whose current work and research practice reinvests a modernist sculptural language. Recent projects use methods of artistic production as a means by which to interrogate the boundaries between artist, artisan and art object in order 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 has an art historical agenda, referencing key creative influences such as the celebrated Welsh artist Barry Flanagan. Broader research interests range from contemporary interpretations of sculptural legacies, to site-specific interventionist works that draw from traces of significant pasts and histories.


David Lunney http://davidlunney.com/

Lunney’s artistic practice involves the undertaking of protracted art processes. Typically, these processes start with the construction of site-specific sculptural works in Dublin Mountains. These sculptures are generally created less for their inherent value but rather to provide photographic source material for documentary artworks. The resulting documentary artworks can take the form of prints, drawings or photographs. These images are rendered, framed and presented in a fashion which intentionally obscures and embellishes the original object and moment that they represent. In these artworks, it is often the relationship between representational imagery and it’s surrounding abstract visual information which infers the process and concept behind the work. The works have a self-contained narrative; the concept and the material process are intrinsically linked in the artworks discussion of it’s provenance.

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Deflated Capital II | Doireann Ní Ghrioghair

Deflated Capital II | Doireann Ní Ghrioghair 

As part of the Fire Station Artists’ Studios & MART Gallery Exhibition Award 2017

Preview: 28 September from 6-8pm

Runs: 28 September – 26 October 

Open: 1-6pm Tuesday-Saturday

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Ni Ghrioghair’s sculptural work takes its lead from monumental architecture in contemporary European cities; particularly London and Dublin. Through examining the materiality, form and aesthetics of these buildings, her work aims to probe at the psychological and physical consequences of this architecture for the individual in the city. Classical orders proliferate Western cities (and indeed beyond), imbuing buildings such as law courts, banks, government buildings and academic institutions with esteem and grandeur.

Despite being built since the 18th century, this ubiquitous style aims to cite antiquity, evincing a sense of timelessness and purity. Aesthetically, they function as signifiers of power and prestige. Ni Ghrioghair recognises them as architectural societal introjects, bestowing inherited values onto their denizens. However, as rehashed pastiches of ancient Greek and Roman architecture, she also views them as unreliable translations. A set of arbitrary aesthetics, removed from their original meaning, around which we twine the fictions of our contemporary life. For recent sculptures, she took latex casts of various architectural details of Dublin Castle. Normally these classical columns stand solid and erect. However, after the plaster is cast in an unsupported latex mould, the pillars became flaccid and deflated. While faded Georgian grandeur is particular to the history of Dublin, recent international political developments have also reminded us of the inevitable sunderance of empires. Aesthetics of permanence last longer than the power they aspire to represent.

Doireann Ní Ghrioghair (b. 1983) graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London in 2010. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Eight Gallery, Dublin (2016) and CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork (2014).

She was selected four times to exhibit at Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London (2017, 2015, 2013 & 2011 curated by Alison Wilding, Lisa Milroy, Ceri Hand and Phyllida Barlow respectively). Notable group exhibitions include I Am A Beautiful Monster, Arthouse1, London (2017); Tulca, The Headless City (2016) curated by Daniel Jewesbury; ARTWORKS, VISUAL, Carlow (2017 & 2016); Veins, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin (2016); After the Future, Eva Biennial (2012) in Limerick curated by Annie Fletcher. She was commissioned to create an installation, Beyond Excess, at Shunt, London Bridge (2011). She has received Arts Council of Ireland bursaries and was an award winner at Now Wakes the Sea, Kinsale Arts Festival (2013). She recently completed a long-term residency at Fire Station Artist Studios.

Artist Website

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Freedom of Movement

Freedom of Movement

Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani

Curated by Deirdre Morrissey supported by Directors Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan.

The exhibition is kindly supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, an IMMA Production Residency, Goethe Institut Dublin and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.

Opening reception: Thurs 24 August 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition continues: 25 Aug – 22 Sept 2017

Gallery Open: Tues – Sat, 1pm -6pm

Closing event: Late Opening for Culture Night, Friday 22 September 2017 – 5-9pm


The MART Gallery’s curatorial vision for 2017 is to select artists who work under the parameters of risk and political agitation, creating powerful, informative and experimental work. We are delighted to present ‘Freedom of Movement’ an exhibition of film work by renowned German artists Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani.

MART first introduced the work of Fischer & el Sani to Ireland in 2014 when the artists presented film works ‘Narita Field Trip’ and ‘Spelling Dystopia’ in an exhibition curated by Barry Kehoe.  Both pieces were created when the artists were Associate Professors at the School of Art and Design in Sapporo City University in Japan and explored tensions that arise between the forces of globalisation and specific local narratives.

Always keen to build upon established relationships with international artists, MART has invited Fischer and El Sani back to Dublin for the presentation of two recent film installations ‘Identity’s Rule of Three’ (2015) and ‘Freedom of Movement’ (2017) These films pose questions on various aspects of human identity and society, the limits of geographical, artistic and social structure, and race relations.

Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani are visual artists and directors who have worked collaboratively since the 1990s and both live and work in Berlin. Through their work they have explored narratives in various sites around the world juxtaposing hidden histories with the lived experiences of contemporary society and questioning cultural perspectives

Fischer & el Sani have participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Seoul Media City Bienniale (2014, 2012), Aichi Triennale (2013), Curitiba Biennale (2013), the Istanbul Biennale (2007), the Gwangju Biennale (2008, 2002, 1995), the Sydney Biennale (2002), Manifesta 4, Frankfurt (2002), Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art (1999).

Their solo shows have been hosted by, among others: Maxxi Museum, Rome (2017), K21 – Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf (2016), MART, Dublin (2014), Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalhães, Recife (2013), the Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art, Berlin (2012), the Austin Museum of Art – Arthouse, Austin (2012), the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art (2010), the Cobra Museum, Amstelveen (2010), Kunsthaus Glarus (2009), the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2007), Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (2005), Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (1998)

Identity’s Rule of Three

HD, colour, stereo, 20 min., 2015

An an­i­mated film that seizes the highly controversial de­bate around the planned pre­sen­ta­tion of eth­no­log­i­cal col­lec­tions in the re­con­structed Berlin City Cas­tle as an op­por­tu­nity to en­vi­sion a dif­fer­ent fu­ture. Play­ful and yet se­ri­ous, it ex­plores ques­tions of au­then­tic­ity and iden­tity of the in­di­viduum, art, ar­chi­tec­ture and so­ci­ety.

Identity’s  Rule of Three is a collaborative work of Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani and Bertold Stallmach.

Freedom of Movement

3 chan­nel video in­stal­la­tion, HD, 9:45 min, 2017

Evok­ing the Olympic marathon from Rome 1960, in which the Ethiopian Abebe Bik­ila con­quered the African con­ti­nent’s first gold medal, run­ning bare­foot and be­com­ing a sport­ing leg­end and a sym­bol of an Africa that is free­ing it­self of colo­nial­ism, Fis­cher & el Sani have re­con­tex­tu­alised amidst Rome’s ra­tio­nal­ist ar­chi­tec­ture, a new race in­volv­ing refugees and im­mi­grants stak­ing a claim to their “free­dom of move­ment”, also un­der­stood as the pos­si­bil­ity of being welcomed in an­other coun­try.


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MART's 2017 Programme

MART presents ‘Destroy These Walls’.

A year long series of exhibitions curated by Ciara Scanlan, Matthew Nevin and Deirdre Morrissey,

in The MART Gallery, Dublin, RUA RED, Dublin and Arena 1 Gallery, Los Angeles

with support from Arts Council Ireland and Culture Ireland.

Dates Exhibition Title Artists Description
12th Jan – 24th Feb SCHOOL DAYS Tomoko Sawada Solo Exhibition of leading Japanese Artist, featuring the video work ‘MASKS’ and photography series School Days & OMIAI♡.
2nd – 31st March The Mistress of the Mantle Katherine Nolan Solo Exhibition of Video & Performance Artist.
6th April – 4th May Transmission

Sofie Loscher

Helen MacMahon

Exhibition with a focus on light and perception.
11th May – 8th June A Rhythm Exposed (Routines 5-6) Steven Maybury Exhibition on the mechanics behind sculpture and conceptual drawing.
15th June – 13th July Dragons of Eden

Aoibeann Greenan

Terence Erraught

Exhibition showcasing live performance art and installation
20th July – 18th August Trouv​ées Métrage

Yann Beauvais,

Nicolas Montgermont,

Antoine Schmitt,

Pierre Jolivet.

Exhibition of French Digital Artists supported by The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Ireland
24th Aug – 22nd Sept Freedom of Movement Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani Exhibition of German Artists supported by Goethe-Institut Irland
28th Sept – 27th October The Fire Station Artist’s Studios Residency Award Exhibition Doireann Ní Ghrioghair Exhibition in connection with The Fire Station Artist’s Studios Residency Award 2016.
2nd Nov – 1st Dec Performance Graduate Award Announced Soon Exhibition of Two Recent Graduates of Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork.
4-8th December Symposium Programme Artists & UCD Partners Collaboration between UCD Professors and Artists showcasing in MART’s 2017 programme
RUA RED  /Glitch Festival 2017

David Beattie


Cliona Harmey

Robin Prince

David Lunney

Richard Forrest

Cathy Coughlan

Cécile Babiole

/Glitch Festival is Ireland’s leading Digital Arts Festival that brings together artists utilising media and technology.

 June 2017



Gantner Multimedia Space

Lūznava Manor Rēzeknes

Echo Chamber

Jeanne Briand 

Adam Gibney

Fabien Leaustic

Helen MacMahon

Rasa Smite

Paula Vītola

Curated by Matthew Nevin, ‘Echo Chamber’ aims to create an accessible dialogue between the digital arts and its interpretation of politics, culture and society, as part of Creative Europe’s EUCIDA project led by RUA RED in partnership Gantner Multimedia Space France and Lūznava Manor Rēzeknes Latvia. Three simultaneous exhibitions will feature six contemporary visual artists two from each of the host countries.

Arena 1 Gallery

Los Angeles

8th July – 5th August

Activating Pangea: Destroy These Walls

James L Hayes

Katherine Nolan

Margaret O’Brien

Steven Maybury

Terence Erraught

MART curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan have curated a selection of artists to work under the parameters of risk and political agitation.
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Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council & Culture Ireland.

‘Destroy these Walls’ 2017:

“One reason for making and exhibiting a work is to induce a reaction or change in the viewer…. In this sense, the work as such is nonexistent except when it functions as a medium of change between the artist and viewer.” Adrian Piper

“Experimental art today is increasingly concerned with the complex relationships involved in seeing, defining, framing and responding to pressing events.” – Jill Bennett, Institute Director of UNSW National Institute for Experimental Arts

Curatorial Vision:

For 2017 MART embarks on an ambitious new program curating selected artists to work under the parameters of risk and political agitation. By encouraging participating artists to explore and reinvent material, technologies and methodologies, the curators shall work alongside the artists to produce work that can provoke the limitations of the gallery environment, producing powerful, informative and experimental new work.

We will encourage our artists to be reactionary and politically engaged in their approach to their practice and tease out new radical ways of viewing and perceiving their art works. “There is something real in the illusion, more real than in the reality behind it” - Slavoj Žižek. This illusion acts as the power of the artist to present a world through an altered focus, to show the viewer aspects of the world that are warped and exposed. The artist – often working as the mirror for society – creates new dialogues that challenge conventional views on politics and culture, pushing for examination on our preconceived expectations of what contemporary art is and what relevance it has for the society we live in.