The Exhibitionist | 4 | Feat. The Turner Prize 2014

Artist Campbell speaks after winning the Turner Prize presented by actor Ejiofor at the Tate Britain Gallery in London-Headstuff.org
Artist Campbell speaks after winning the Turner Prize presented by actor Ejiofor at the Tate Britain Gallery in London

The Turner Prize 2014

One of the biggest awards in the art world was announced on Monday night. The 30th Turner Prize 2014 was awarded to Irish-born, Glasgow-based artist Duncan Campbell. Five of the last 10 winners, including Campbell, are graduates of Glasgow’s School of Art and he was the favourite long before the winner was announced at Tate Britain by British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. Responding to Chris Marker and Alan Resnais’ 1953 film Statues Also Die, which explored African art and colonialism, Campbell’s It for Others included new work by choreographer Michael Clark and the piece was his contribution to Scotland’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The 54-minute film also references the IRA and subtly critiques the British Museum. Campbell’s Turner Prize winning work as well as previous films are showing at IMMA in Dublin as part of a major show until the 29/03/15.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Also this week, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios announced six new project studio members for the coming year. These six artists will take up their tenancy at TBG+S at various times throughout 2015 and will maintain their studios in the TBG+S building for 12 months. The new member artists were awarded their subsidised studios following an open submission application process, which took place in October 2014.

The six selected artists are Ella De Burca, Amanda Ralph, Maria McKinney, Ramon Kassam, Sibyl Montague and Maggie Madden.


Round Up

Shows opening this week:

Mel Brimfield at Galway Arts Centre

QFQuantum Foam
5 December – 17 January
Galway Arts Centre, 47 Lower Dominick St, Galway.
Quantum Foam is a touring exhibition of work by UK artist Mel Brimfield, her first showing in the Republic of Ireland. Operating at the intersection of live art, theatre and film, Brimfield’s practice takes a skewed and tangled romp through the already vexed historiography of performance art, simultaneously revealing and inventing a rich history of collaboration between artists, dancers, theatre makers, political activists and comedians. Presented by Kinsale Arts Festival, Wexford Arts Centre, Luan Gallery, Galway Arts Centre and The LAB, Quantum Foam is a retrospective of the artist’s work, with each gallery presenting an original series of existing works.Galway Arts Centre will be presenting a film work by Mel Brimfield from 05/12 – 17/01/15. There will be an artist talk held on the 06/12. Four Characters in Search of A Performance is a film that seeks to reconstruct a fictional lost performance artwork. A series of four characters provide contradictory eyewitness accounts of a live art event bringing into question whether it is possible to locate a transient performance after its completion. Brimfield’s ‘Four Characters in Search of a Performance’ is a scripted film installation in which four actors play contrasting characters who each give their own account of a (fictional) piece of performance art, exploring how we ‘locate’ the artistic experience. Four Characters in Search of A Performance,is written and produced by Mel Brimfield and commissioned by Jerwood Visual Arts.www.quantumfoam.ie | www.galwayartscentre.ie

Periodical Review #4 at Pallas Projects/Studios

anita_delaney_Sssss_smlpreview_900_1272_sSelected by Mary Conlon, Paul Hallahan, Gavin Murphy & Mark Cullen
5 December – 17 January | Preview: 5 December at 6pm
Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8.

Michael Beirne, Jenny Brady, Jane Butler, Rachael Corcoran, Anita Delaney, Joe Duggan, Marie Farrington, Hannah Fitz, Mark Garry, Dragana Jurisic, Allyson Keehan, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Ali Kirby, Sofie Locher, Loitering Theatre, Shane Murphy, Liam O’Callaghan, Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch/Resort, Orla Whelan

An artwork, like a book, is not made up of individual words on a page (or images on a screen), each of which with a meaning, but is instead ‘caught up in a system of references to other books, other texts, other sentences’.

Pallas Projects/Studios presents the fourth in the series of Periodical Review – a unique, yearly survey of Irish contemporary art practices, that looks at commercial gallery shows, museum exhibitions, artist-led and independent projects and curatorial practices. Periodical Review is not a group exhibition per se, it is a discursive action, with the gallery as a magazine-like layout of images that speak (the field talking to itself). An exhibition as resource, in which we invite agents within the field to engage with what were for them significant moments, practices, works, activity, objects: nodes within the network.

Each year PP/S invite two peers – artists, writers, educators, curators – to review and subsequently nominate a number of art practices, selected via an editorial meeting. Such a review-type exhibition within Irish art practice acts to revisit, be a reminder, a critical appraisal and consolidation of ideas and knowledge within the field of contemporary Irish art; to facilitate and encourage collaboration, crossover and debate; and to act as an accessible survey of contemporary art, expanding parameters to art practices around the country.

Previous co-curators have been Matt Packer (Glucksman/Treignac/CCA), Michele Horrigan (Askeaton Contemporary Arts), Eamonn Maxwell (Director, Lismore Castle Arts), Padraic E. Moore (Independent curator), Ruth Carroll (RHA), Carl Giffney (Good Hatchery).

All the works featured in Periodical Review are available to purchase during the course of the exhibition, with commissions on sales going towards developing exhibitions & exchanges at PP/S. In a collaboration with Ormston House the exhibition will be reconfigured and presented in Limerick in 2015.


Jane Fogarty at the Eight Gallery

Jane-Fogarty-Mel-VAI6 – 17 December | Preview: Friday 05/12 at 6pm.
Eight Gallery, No. 8 Dawson Street, D2.

Mel is an exhibition of new works by Jane Fogarty.

Mel is temporal – Mel is fast – Mel is a retention of process.

Mel is solid – Mel is action – Mel is slow.

Mel is potential – Mel is malleable.

Jane Fogarty graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2010.
Recent exhibitions include: Winter Open, RUA RED, The Spirit of The Stairs, Basic Space, Unearth, Roscommon Arts Centre, Resort, Ballymastocker Bay, Donegal and Gracelands, Substance Abuse, Leitrim.
Awards include: The Most Promising Graduate Award, Lewis Crosby Award for painting and The Arts Council Project Award.

www.janefogarty.com | www.eight-gallery.com

Vera Klute at The LAB

The Grand Scheme
27 November – 10 January | Opening: 27/11 at 6pm introduced by Anna O’Sullivan, Director, Butler Gallery
The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm; Saturday 10am to 5pm.

The LAB Gallery is pleased to present, The Grand Scheme, new work by Dublin based artist Vera Klute including kinetic sculptures, a 5m high video projection, tapestry and drawing. Themes are inspired by everyday life and utilise familiar objects and imagery. The artist looks at how we perceive the outside world and our place in it, and sees the individual as displaced in its own habitat. Like a natural scientist the artist is attempting to make sense of an often absurd everyday life with its cycles, routines and habits.This particular body of work looks at the individual within its sociological environment and the behaviour particular to groups. While playfully exploring concepts of group intelligence and individuals merging into a mass, it sees the human subject in a fine balance between herd instincts and the formal confines of social constructs such as the family, sports club or school class.Contrary to today’s individualist self-image there is still an inherent urge to blend in with the social environment. The artist takes these instinctual tendencies and looks at their emotional consequences. In the artwork the boundaries between the self and the other become blurred. Bodies merge and slice into each other and the movements of the group as a whole turn into waves.

The Exhibition is accompanied by a specially commissioned text by Cliodhna Shaffrey, Curator, Writer and Director of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios.

www.thelab.ie | www.veraklute.net