Mare Liberum (Freedom of the Sea)
(Film, 3 minutes looped)
Preview December 6th @ 5pm – 7pm
Open: Thurs – Sun : 12pm -7pm
Runs: 6th Dec – 23rd Dec 2018
MART Gallery 2, 190A Rathmines Rd Lwr, Dublin 6
Mare Liberum (Freedom of the Sea*) is a projected film showing an assistant referee (aka Linesman) signalling towards the horizon whilst standing on top of a grass covered raft which floats somewhere in the Sea.
Drifting aimlessly, Undaunted by his maritime position, He stands upright, absurdly patrolling the line on his tiny section of football pitch in a bizarre sense of duty.
The title ‘Mare Liberum’ translates as Freedom of the Sea, and was a treaty formulated by Hugo Grotius in 1609. It established the sea as international territory for all the nations to use freely for seafaring trade. The film is beguiling as it is absurd and has a soundtrack that is calming and strangely rhythmic.
This film was made during Minsky’s Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship and was first shown in 2009 as part of his Solo show, Interfering with Play, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery. He began his residency with a file of information about the local football team, Berwick Rangers who famously play their domestic football in Scotland and his research unearthed twenty- eight other professional teams around the world who play their domestic football across another border.
After reading through, FIFA, UEFA, English, Scottish and Welsh Football Associations rulebooks, and examining the laws of the game he concluded that what was needed was a gesture to these nomadic teams. Somewhere to call home. A rallying call to all twenty-nine teams. Mare Liberum is the resulting work.
This is the first time this film has been shown in Ireland. Jason Minsky would like to thank Deirdre Morrissey and the team at MART for their help in making this happen.
A Limited Edition Signed Print ‘Mare Liberum’ is also available. Please contact the artist for details.
About the artist
Born London,1968, Jason Minsky now lives and works in Dublin. He has a multi-disciplinary approach. Combining video, photography, multiples, installation and performance. The context of the work is often central to its interpretation and during the last few years he has made a range of work exploring the conventions and rituals within and around sporting environments.
Much of Minsky’s work shares a feeling of surreal pondering brought to life. Activity and energy is captured and presented, both as performance to camera and harnessed in the objects he constructs or chooses to work with. A strong interventionist strand runs through all his work along with a mischievous sense of humour
He studied 3-D Design at Manchester Polytechnic, BA Hons (1989-1992) and completed a Masters at the Royal College of Art (1997-1999). Minsky has lectured at many colleges and universities within the UK, on a diverse range of courses, including architecture, furniture design and fine art.
He was the Inaugural winner of the Crosby Homes Manchester Art Prize (2003), creating a live performance and exhibition; Get in…get out, Manchester Art Gallery (2004). A catalogue was produced on the occasion of this show, which included an essay by Henry Meyric Hughes. ‘Get in…get out’, Jason Minsky, Manchester Art Gallery, Cornerhouse Publications (2004).
Most recently he has shown an edition of ‘Mare Liberum’ (Freedom of the Sea) prints (1/10) as part of Halftone Print Fair at PhotoIreland, Dublin November,2018. Purchased by the Office of Public Works for the State Art Collection, Ireland.
‘Advantage’ Solo show, Site Gallery, Sheffield, 2012. Artist in residence on Extraordinary Moves project, Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield, an Official Cultural Olympiad Project 2012. During 2007-2008, He spent 12 months working as Artist in Residence for the Leeds Rugby Foundation. The result was ‘Match Report’ a solo show for PSL (Project Space Leeds, 2008). During this year he also exhibited internationally with Arte Grupo Forja, Valencia (2008).
‘Unrealised Potential’ Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2010, ‘This is England’ Beacon House University, Pakistan 2010, ‘Plus100’, Volume Projects, London (2009), alongside Damian Hirst, Tracey Emin and Mustafa Hulusi. ‘Artheke’ Va Va Room, Hong Kong (2009). ‘Kiss of a Lifetime’, Bearspace, London (2009) and ‘Interfering with Play’, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery, Berwick upon Tweed (2009). Minsky’s work has been reviewed in The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, Time Out (London), and Art News (USA), Arena Magazine, Flux Magazine, Apollo Magazine, Artists Newsletter and many other publications. Catalogues available include, ‘Arcadia in the City’ English Heritage (p.74, 79, and back cover) (2002). ‘New Routes New Destinations’ Rosenthal and The Royal College of Art, (2000).
MART are delighted to present Lectus, a visual arts exhibition featuring Èanna Heavey, Emma McKeagney and Sarah Diviney and curated by Deirdre Morrissey opening 10th January at 6pm in The MART Gallery Rathmines.
Preview: 10th January @ 6pm
Location: The MART Gallery, 190A Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6
Runs to: 10th Jan – 14th February
Open: Open Tues – Sat: 1pm – 6pm
Facebook Event: Link to Facebook Event Opening
Exhibition Poster: Download High Res Poster Here.
The MART Gallery are delighted to announce the winners of our annual MART Exhibition Award: Èanna Heavey and Sarah Diviney from the 2018 CIT Crawford College of Art & Design Fine Art Graduate exhibition and Emma McKeagney from Fire Station Artists’ Studios 2018 Sculpture Bursary Award. The aim of this award is to provide a showcase and supported exhibition opportunity to emerging artists whose work is both engaging and experimental.
The artwork presented is a selection of sculptural forms, video work and live performance. Emma McKeagney’s beautiful sculptural objects are presented alongside new video work that further explores the materiality of natural and designed forms. Sarah Diviney’s moving performative work reflects Ireland’s state institutional treatment of women, many of whose fate was sealed due to the woeful lack of sexual education in Irish society as referenced in Èanna Heavey’s powerful and unsettling video piece ‘I’m sorry I was not here..’.
The exhibition is kindly supported by CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork and Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS), Dublin, the Arts Council Ireland, The MART Gallery & Studios, and Dublin City Council.
About the Artists
Emma McKeagney is a Visual Artist based in Dublin. After graduating in 2017 from Dun Laoghaire IADT she completed a year-long residency at Talbot Studios after winning their Most Promising Graduate Award 2017. During this residency she fabricated work supported by the Sculpture Bursary Award at Fire Station Artists’ Studios.
McKeagney’s practice involves working closely with material processes to create bodies of work which incorporate the idea that a process is made up of not only the artist but the material they use and the impending idea of exhibiting. Reading and discussing various topics related to New Materialism, her interest starts with collapsing any hierarchy which puts humans ahead of all other materiality.
McKeagney had her first solo-show in June entitled Unstable Categories as part of Pallas Projects and Studios’ Artist Initiated Programme. Work selected from her solo-show is presented in this exhibition and developed further through new video works is a second phase of the project.
This work aims to blur the lines between the designed and natural worlds and question the emphasis we have on dividing these categories. What is human, is a malleable category which bends and stretches depending on the objects and minerals we are oriented between.
Èanna Heavey graduated from CIT Crawford College of Art & Design with a BA in Fine Art in June 2018. “I’m Sorry I was Not Here…” explores the distorted development of self through false education, institutional structures and the ideologies of Western culture.
Interwoven into this narrative is the idea of sexuality as a core element of the human experience. The work touches on the issue of insufficient sex education within Ireland. There are some uncomfortable undertones; suggesting at what has been unsaid, unseen or unheard.The unravelling of self is an important element of the work. There is a sense of fragility; a fragile strength longing for the return to innocence, searching for freedom.
Sarah Diviney graduated from CIT Crawford College of Art & Design with a BA(hons) in Fine Art. The work in this exhibition ‘I, X’ comprises of an installation consisting of a performance piece and a video work. It investigates the authority of the Church and State within the private realm, documenting the intimacy of the domestic sphere and the position of Irish women in society.
The work explored the dangerous axis of the female body as object, amplifying this through the chosen mediums of performance and video, with the performance space acting as a developing installation. Simultaneously, the work occupies the body as a moving sculpture due to the spectator relationship between the audience and the work. The perturbed body licenses the unsettles tempo of the performance which transitions from meditative stillness to frantic action, disturbing the perceived tranquillity within the space and in turn, abruptly presenting the dystopia.
The work is an accumulation of influences by Sarah’s extensive research into the history of Irish women which generated the need for a confrontation medium to be used. The performance projects the concept into the present echoing the histories of Irish women.
*Lectus – Latin word meaning selected, chosen, choice, good, exquisite
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.
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.
Upcoming SMART Talks
Rescheduled date coming in 2019 – ‘Women in Film and TV’ – Led by Vanessa Gildea.
MART Talk – Women in Film & TV Ireland – with Vanessa Gildea
Vanessa Gildea, Women in Film & Television Board Member, will give a talk about breaking in to the industry and sustaining a career for emerging filmmakers, she will also speak about the work WFTi has been undertaking since inception, what progress and ground has been gained, if any, towards gender equality in the Film & Television industries. She will incorporate her own working life in to the talk and how art and industry weave throughout her twenty years working in the industry.
About Women in Film & TV
Women in Film and Television International is a voluntary foundation promoting greater representation of women on screen and behind the camera, with a membership of over thirteen thousand professionals worldwide. Women in Film and Television Ireland is a branch of Women in Film and Television International. The Irish branch is a voluntary body run by film and TV professionals of international standing. Our committee members represent the creative, business and technical divisions of the Irish audiovisual sector. We are all internationally credited and the recipients of industry-recognized awards. Our intention in creating this organization is to ensure that the film and television industry functions as a meritocratic, sustainable and successful force into the future.
Previous SMART 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 of the Arts Council of Ireland.
Wednesday 29th August- Presentation from Jenny Walton of Culture Ireland
Saturday 15th Sept 2018 – ‘Ad Infinitum’ – Led by Róisín Power Hackett & Ruth Kerr
10th Nov 2018 – ‘Cultural Engagement in the Age of Trump’ – led by Dan O’Neill and Fiona Kenny