What's On



x
  • Acts of Rebellion Catharsis and Resistance - Video Work Still
  • t5-fight-the-rising-odds-2015_video-work
  • Dont Cry Dont Say A Word - Video Work Still
  • We are Bodied 2015 - Live with Eleanor Lawler
  • Burd of Sorrows 2016 - Live
  • Burd of Sorrows 2016 To Camera

Katherine Nolan - The Mistress of the Mantle




MART curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan are delighted to present the exhibition The Mistress of the Mantle by Katherine Nolan, kindly supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.

Preview: Thursday 2 March 2017 @ 6pm

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

Runs to: 31 March 2017

Open: Tues-Sat: 1-6pm 

The Mistress of the Mantle is an exhibition of video, photography and performance works that emerged in the context of the artist’s return home. Living in the UK for 10 years, and returning to a life in Ireland, the artist was struck both by a period of personal change, unexpected culture shock and generational difference. This set of artworks act as a means to examine the process of reintegration, and taken for granted socio-cultural attitudes that surface through this renegotiation of identity and gender in an Irish context.  As the artist attempts to re-find ‘home’, the self of the past and the present confront each other in crisis.  

A number of different forms of ‘returning home’ are performed: the literal act of finding and inhabiting of a home, revisiting sites of personal or cultural significance, and the (re)inhabiting of personal and cultural memories of womanhood. Clothing, sites, songs, role-models, relics and imagery and of femininities from a childhood in late seventies and early eighties, are accrued, layered, muddled and re-performed in the present. The artworks seem to examine the pleasures, pains, contradictions, catharsis, melodrama, narcissism, critique and mixed-emotions that arose while contemplating the spectre of becoming the models of womanhood observed in childhood. Through this examination of personal narrative in cultural context, the artist also stands as a proxy for her generation, in an Ireland wavering between its past and its present.   

Katherine Nolan Mistress of the Mantle

x
  • tomokosawada-106
  • tomokosawada-43
  • tomokosawada-31
  • tomokosawada-29 (1)
  • tomokosawada-19
  • TomokoSawada-8
  • TomokoSawada-6
  • TomokoSawada-5
  • TomokoSawada-1
  • slider-school-days-2004-tomoko-sawada-courtesy-mem-tokyo

Tomoko Sawada - School Days




MART curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan, in conjunction with Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund, are delighted to present the exhibition School Days by famed Japanese Artist Tomoko Sawada.

Preview: Thursday January 12th 2017 @ 6pm

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

Runs to: Feb 24th 2017

Open: Tues-Sat: 1-6pm 

In Conversation: Tomoko Sawada – An interview with the Artist & Curators.

Photo Gallery: MART on Facebook.

TOMOKO SAWADA (b. 1977 Kobe, Japan) uses photography to explore the relationship between one’s inner life and outer image. Sawada’s works borrow compositional devices from familiar photographic formats such as the school portrait, weddings, and fashion photography, restaging them in a satirical mode to lay bare their various stereotypes and assumptions. Contemporary portraiture can communicate various attitudes towards identity, status, individualism, time, place, culture and other connected ideas of the self. Since the late ‘90s the artist has used her performative self-portrait as a means of opening up discussion or as an enlightening tool for personal discovery, evoking the essence of ‘real’ people within a controlled environment. Sawada’s work has a sense of familiarity, comforting but also unsettling in its realism and closeness. The digital manipulation of her work feels real and her characters, believable. All of these elements culminate in a photographic document of Japanese society and the individuals that encapsulate it.

Sawada’s filmwork ‘MASK’ {2006}, a performance to camera, is projected in large format demonstrating the artist’s ability to create striking transformations of her own identity. Her own facial integrity reconstructs through 60 altering faces, as she peels off each new personality one after another. Sawada explores the relationship between one’s inner life and outer perception from society, experimenting and highlighting the artist’s skill as a costume, make up, technical and theatrical artistry of identity manufacturing. The work acts as an exploration of social, cultural and personal assessment in a contemporary society that pushes female characteristic falsehood and stereotypes on a global interconnected society.

Courtesy of MEM, Tokyo, Sawada presents her 2004 work ‘School Days’, through a series of classically framed photographs depicting several large group class portraits. Sawada impersonates hundreds of students in the series along with the typical teacher either side of each group. Wearing identical school uniforms Sawada successfully creates a large volume of individual characters by altering each person’s attire, accessories, makeup, stance and facial expression slightly, creating a series of prevailing students. The series references a tradition of bi yearly photographs taken seasonally in school from Kindergarten right up to High School graduation in Japan. Sawada set out to homogenize both her education and teenage personalities, showcasing elements of times in her own and fellow students lives of taking a risk of breaking strict school regulations and attempting to become someone different from her own self.

Also on view is selection of Sawada’s 2001 work ‘OMIAI♡’. In this photography series Sawada transformed her own personality, character and body through the aid of costumes, makeup and wigs to explore the traditional Japanese custom of ‘OMIAI’: a tradition in which individuals are introduced to each other through staged, professional photographs for the possibility of marriage, pending approval of their respective families. Either partner attempting to analyse who she/he is. Sawada intentionally both mimics and represents several stereotypical female identities, pushing the viewer to see not just a figure, but framing these new identities that sit between fantasy and reality.

Sawada has been a recipient of the Grand Prize at the Canon New Cosmos of Photography, the ICP Infinity Hyogo Arts Award and the prestigious Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award.

Exhibitions {Selection}: MEM / Tokyo, Pace/MacGill / New York, Rose Gallery / LA, Kulturhuset / Stockholm, Colette / Paris, Fundacio Joan Miro / Barcelona, MAK / Vienna, Gallerie P / Brussels, Culturgest / Lisbon, Musee de ‘LElyssee / Lausanne, Museum of Contemporary Photography / Chicago, Kawaskaki City Museum, Museum of Modern Art New York, IMMA / Dublin, The Getty Museum / LA.

Permanent Collections {Selection}:  The National Museum of Modern Art / Kyoto, The Getty Museum / LA, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie / Paris, The Museum of Modern Art / New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art / USA, MAK / Wien Austria, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art / USA. Hyogo prefectural Museum of Art / Japan, National Gallery of Art / USA, SAMMLUNG VERBUND / Austria.

3-web-res-tomoko-sawada-final

x
  • t6-groove-chronicles-detail-pen-on-paper-and-found-wood-2014
  • 2jlhayes-mixtape-unogallery-nola-2016
  • taoibheanngreenan-theperfectwagnerrite-kwinstituteofcontemporaryart-berlin-2016
  • 5sofieloscher-blackout-greenonredgallery-2015
  • t2-burd-of-sorrows-2016_live_-image-joseph-carr
  • slider-white-mart-gallery

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 101 Exhibit 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 – 5th May Sofie Loscher & Helen Mac Mahon

Sofie Loscher

Helen MacMahon

Exhibition with a focus on light and perception.
11th May – 9th June James L Hayes & Steven Maybury

James L Hayes

Steven Maybury

Exhibition on the mechanics behind sculpture and conceptual drawing.
15th June – 14th July

 Aoibheann Greenan &

Terence Erraught

Aoibeann Greenan

Terence Erraught

Exhibition showcasing live performance art and installation
20th July – 18th August Trouv​ées Métrage Announced Soon Exhibition of French Digital Artists supported by The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Ireland
24th Aug – 22nd Sept Announced Soon Announced Soon Exhibition of German Artists supported by Goethe-Institut Irland
28th Sept – 27th October The Fire Station Artist’s Studios Residency Award Exhibition Announced mid 2017 Exhibition in connection with The Fire Station Artist’s Studios Residency Award 2016.
2nd Nov – 1st Dec Performance Graduate Award Announced mid 2017 Exhibition of Two Recent Graducates 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
Offsite
RUA RED  /Glitch Festival 2017

Richard Forrest,

David Lunney,

David Beattie,

Livestock,

Cliona Harmey

+More!

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

 June 2017

 

RUA RED

Gantner Multimedia Space

Lūznava Manor Rēzeknes

Echo Chamber

Jeanne Briand ,

Adam Gibney,

Fabien Leaustic,

Helen MacMahon,

Rasa Smite,

Rihards Vitols,

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

Aoibheann Greenan

James L Hayes

Katherine Nolan

Margaret O’Brien

Sofie Loscher

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.
ac_fund_visualarts Print DCC_RGB (2)

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.