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“Altered Environments” Kathleen O’Leary

“Altered Environments” Kathleen O’Leary
Leitrim Sculpture Centre: Friday 31st March, 5-8pm

Refreshments served at 5 pm, Everybody welcome
Continues until Friday, 13th April 2017

Exhibition statement: ‘Altered Environments’, is an artist-in-residence exhibition that has been created through a montage of pre-recorded footage taken at music and arts festivals produced in Ireland and Spain during the past 12 years. The artist’s interest lies in how humans alter environments at such ‘living outdoor spaces’ and in turn, challenge fixed concepts of urban-rural ‘design’, and the dichotomies of nature and culture through collaborative action and critical pathways for autonomy and freedom.

Inspired by the writings of Architectural theorist Lucas “Rem” Koolhas the project reiterates the extent to which architectural space is no longer thinkable in terms of objectives, program and design and must be understood as an object capable of its own unplanned generative thinking and creativity. These sentiments are taken up by the artist’s own montage methodology in taking a situation and re-translating it into overlapping and multiple readings of conditions past and present.

O’Leary’s award-winning experimental film ‘Moveable Dimensions’, which is on show in the gallery, was made possible by two residencies in association with the Leitrim Sculpture Centre and Digital Arts Studios Belfast, Northern Ireland. The project also received support from the Arts and Disability Forum, Ireland and showed at the Duncairn Arts Centre and for Late Night Art with PS2 in Belfast 2017. The film will go on a European tour for the World Culture Festival in Mallorca, Spain, May 2017.

Artist’s Biography: O’Leary (b.1977) is an artist based in the North West of Ireland and a graduate of Art in the Contemporary World, MA, NCAD, Dublin 2013. As a visual artist, O’Leary’s artworks are multidisciplinary in nature that include drawing, film, photography and interactive media, sculpture, video installation. O’Leary directed a short ‘Second Sight | Site’ screened at Corona Fastnet Short International Film Festival in Schull, West Cork and was one of four artists chosen for LOCIS an EU project involving Ireland, Sweden and Poland at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, 2013. In 2012 she was artist in residence for the Well-Beings Project, Leitrim, and took part in the symposium ‘Pathways to Practice’, at the Glucksman Gallery, UCC, with the Fire-Station Artist Studios, Dublin and ADI 2013. Her short ‘Seeds, Seeds, Seeds III, was screened for Culture Night with MART’s ‘We Wear Short Shorts’ at Riverside Studios, London, UK, 2012.

O’Leary has exhibited at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre; Pallas Projects Studios/Gallery, Dublin; Droichead Arts Centre, Uilinn; The West Cork Arts Centre; Working Artists Studio/Gallery, West Cork, IRE; The Whole 9 Gallery, CA, USA; Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh; N.I. Tower Museum Derry; ADF Gallery, Belfast; Newcastle Artists Society’s, UK and The Model, Sligo, IRE. Her artworks have been shown nationally and internationally and are held in private/public collections.

LSC Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 4pm.
Doors open at front of house from Thursday to Saturday, the exhibition can be viewed by calling into reception on other days.

Leitrim Sculpture Centre
New Line
Co Leitrim
Ionad Dealbhóireachta, Cluainín, Co. Liatroim
Telephone: 071 985 5098

Áine Mc Bride, Habitat HQ

Monday, March 13 – Friday, March 24, 2017

This off-site project will take place in the concourse surrounding the Edmund Burke Theatre on the lower floor of the Arts Building, Trinity College. Subtly responding to the materials, forms, motifs, and imagery in this active thoroughfare, Áine Mc Bride has produced a new body of sculptures that will temporarily inhabit this space.

While the brutalist architecture of this institutional environment can be stark and unstimulating, it is each day enlivened by the students and visitors who find space here to eat, relax, and study. The group of works that will furnish the concourse refer to the functionality of the surroundings but are formally reduced to a point where it is clear that they cannot serve a practical purpose. Partly a pragmatic decision, made in light of the objects being located in a busy public area, it also circumvents any potential for the pieces to be regarded as ornamentation, obscuring their role as either sculptures or utilitarian objects. This ambiguity emphasises how the nature, or an idea, of a place can be hard to define or rationalise when its intended function is displaced by how it is used.

Artist’s Talk

At 6pm on Friday, March 24, Áine Mc Bride will talk to Francis Halsall about the ideas and research interests that helped to form the work in this project. The talk will take place in the concourse area where the sculptures are located.

Please visit the Gallery for details of how to access the off-site exhibition. The Douglas Hyde Gallery and the Arts Building will be closed on Friday, March 17, and Sunday, March 19. This project has been supported by the Trinity College Visual and Performing Arts Fund.

Rising from the Hill: Local Systems in Global Contexts

Cow House Studios Autumn Residency, 2017

With the generous support of Wexford County Council & The National College of Art & Design, Cow House Studios presents Rising from the Hill: Local Systems in Global Contexts, a 6-week residency that will explore and develop methods of giving aesthetic forms to real-life, situations. In particular, participants will respond to the local environment of Cow House Studios, in the rural Irish countryside of Wexford. Participants will be encouraged to use ideas, strategies, and metaphors of “systems” to consider the complex relationships between this local context and larger global systems such as economics, telecommunications, meteorology and so on.

This residency was conceived in the spirit of meaningful exchange between practice and theory and as an outcome of on-going collaborative projects between Francis Halsall and Kelley O’Brien investigating social relations through the lens of systems. This means to uncouple systems from individual humans and think of them, instead, as complex interactions of people, architecture, things, communications, and environments. In other words, individuals are not separate from their environments, but rather, an integral part of them.

Through structured conversations, readings, and site explorations residents will articulate different methods for aesthetically “mapping” the historical and contemporary context of Irish relations with global and social systems of power. Residency participants will be invited to develop a proposed project to be presented as both a visual record of research and development through a collaborative exhibition at the gallery at National College of Art & Design, Dublin and a published catalogue documenting the processes of the participants, visiting artists, academics and organisers.

The 6-week studio residency will be accompanied by a series of discussions and dinners led by Francis and Kelley as well as many visiting artists, curators, and academics. 4-6 individuals engaged in a variety of aesthetic practices will be selected to participate via open call process. Successful applicants will come to Rathnure and reside at Cow House Studios from October 30th, through December 10th, 2017.

Practitioners whose practices have strong conceptual and theoretical grounding are encouraged to apply; visual artists, performance artists, filmmakers, writers, architects, designers, thinkers, etc.

During the course of the residency, participants will have time to work independently on their proposed projects, experiment with new processes for exploring, understanding and mapping systems, work collaboratively to produce an exhibition (at NCAD, Dublin Dec. 2017) and subsequently a published outcome to serve as a platform for critical discussion on the interconnectedness of social systems and environments.

Read about the programme details and application process on Cow House Studios website…

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