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Things Twice (multiple times) | David Lunney

Preview: Thursday 13 September @ 6pm

Location: The MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

Runs to: Thursday 1 November 2018

Open: Tuesday – Saturday | 1-6pm

Artist: David Lunney

Curator: Deirdre Morrissey

Late Opening for Culture Night 2018: 6-10pm 

David 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.

In Things Twice (multiple times) points of view can be different and the same, simultaneously. The artist has used tailor-made sculptures to split apart and meld together a variety of vistas.

In the Drumnadober series this is achieved using formal symmetry, weaving, photography and pattern. Here, a sculpture was brought to some woodland in Co. Leitrim and placed into the ground.

Two photographs were taken of the sculpture from two exactly opposite angles. The compositional similarities of these two images are both highlighted and obscured in the central work, Drumnadober Dance.

Most of other work in the exhibition uses reflective surfaces instead of symmetry. A cameraphone is mounted in a fixed position relative to a matrix of reflective, shiny and matt surfaces. This, as a portable unit, was brought for a walk and photographed in the digital collages A walk at Kilmashogue Passage Tomb #1 and #2.

All the images gleaned from these sculptures are presented in detailed handmade frames which play an important role in the work. These frames ape a non-existent vernacular aesthetic; a neo-Celtic Baroque.

David Lunney is based in Dublin and currently a member of Talbot Studios, he has a BA in Fine Art from NCAD. Recent exhibitions include Chrome Dreams at Pallas Projects, April 2018, Re-Inforce MART LA November 2017, Landscape Contortion at Droichead Art Centre, August 2017, Glitch at Rua Red May 2017, Things Made for Drawing at Eight Gallery, 2016, Glencree Intervention at The LAB, 2015. David Lunney has been the recipient of awards such as; the Sculpture in Context Award 2014, Arts Council of Ireland Project Award (for Adorned Documents, collaborative project with artist Jane Fogarty) Falun Grafisk (Printmaking) Residency Award John Kelly RHA Black Church Print Studio Graduate Award. He will undertake a month long residency in Tynset, Norway in October 2018

Lunney is represented by MART Gallery. This exhibition is made possible with funding by the Arts Council of Ireland.

The MART Team are: Ciara Scanlan & Matthew Nevin (Directors), Deirdre Morrissey, Barbara Deignan, Gay Murphy, Edward Sheehy, and Bernard O’Rourke.

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2018 - 2019 Exhibition Programme

MART are thrilled to announce that our exhibition programme will be returning next month!

This September we’ll be kicking off an exciting 18 month run of exhibitions featuring David Lunney, Richard Forrest, James L Hayes, Jane Fogarty, plus awardees Emma McKeagney (Fire Station Artists’ Studios Sculpture Award) and Eanna Heavey & Sarah Diviney (MART CIT Crawford Graduate Award).

Things Twice (multiple times) by David Lunney will preview on Thursday 13th Sept in our Rathmines Gallery. Using a variety of materials and media, Lunney explores pattern, point of view, landscape and repetition.

This exhibtion programme is made possible with the generous support of the Arts Council.

MART 2018 2018 Programme


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SMART Talks 2018

SMART Talks is a new series of professional development presentations and workshops, providing a platform for artists and the creative community to engage with a curated selection of creative agencies, councils, artistic supports, professional creative practices, and funding providers. There will also be a space for wider discussions of issues such as arts & mental health, wellbeing, diversity and accessibility in the arts.

By providing these talks in The MART Gallery, Dublin – alongside our gallery programme and studio network – we hope to foster an environment where creativity can flourish as a professional career, where new practices can establish themselves, and where artists and creatives have the space to engage critically with contemporary issues.

To stay informed of future talks, keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or sign up to our monthly newsletter.

Past Talks

Thursday 3rd May  – Information session with Local Enterprise Office.

Tuesday 10th July – Visual Artists Ireland Help Desk.

Thursday 2nd August – Arts Council Funding with Aoife Tunney.

Upcoming Talks

Wednesday 29th August @1PM – Presentation from Jenny Walton of Culture Ireland – BOOK TICKETS HERE.

Saturday 15th Sept 2018 – ‘Ad Infinitum’ – Led by Róisín Power Hackett & Ruth Kerr BOOK TICKETS HERE.

Saturday 10th Nov 2018 – ‘Cultural Engagement in the Age of Trump’ – led by Dan O’Neill and Fiona Kenny.

Tuesday 13th Nov 2018 – Presentation from the Craft Council of Ireland.

Wednesday December 5th 2018 – ‘Women in Film and TV’ – Led by Vanessa Gildea.

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Livestock 2018

Livestock has teamed up with MART to present a year long residency in 2018.

Livestock was established in 2010 at The Market Studios in Dublin by Joan Healy, Louise Ward and Francis Fay. Livestock continues today with Francis Fay & Eleanor Lawler as co-curators.

Livestock is an artist-led initiative set up to support, encourage and promote performance, the artists and their work. The bi-monthly event is an opportunity for performers to show new or evolving work.

Central to their ethos is the creation of a positive and welcoming environment where artists can perform their live work to an appreciative audience. We believe performance facilitates a relationship between artist and audience, creating an intimacy and a space for dialogue between both parties.

Livestock has been part of Dublin Live Art Festival since 2012, exposing Irish performance artists’ work to International artists taking part in the Festival.

Check out Livestock on FacebookTwitterInstagram or on their website.

Upcoming Livestock Events in MART

Friday 21 September: ‘Into the Night!’ an evening of live art lamenting and challenging the end of summer as part of Culture Night 2018.

Previous Livestock Events in MART

Friday 22 June – Sunday 24 June 2018: Body & Borders Weekend Event. 

Saturday 12 May- Sunday 13 May 2018: Performance Workshop with Áine Phillips and Rae Goodwin.

Saturday 24 March 2018: Showcase of new work.

Friday 24 November 2017: Livestock Performance, featuring Crawford Graduates Award artists, as part of Can You Hear Me Now? and Dublin Gallery Weekend.