Dark Matter

Dark Matter
Bio Space 033,
33 Charles Street West,
Dublin 7

Opening Wednesday 18th, 6pm
Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st September

Dark Matter’ is an exhibition, which is the result of the first collaboration between the two Dublin based artist collectives ArtHouse and Lauren Ipsom. This show highlights the relevance of and contribution made by art collectives in Dublin. It provides a glimpse into the minds of emerging cultural producers. ‘Dark Matter’ exhibits a collection of individuals’ work which is emboldened by the very nature of their association. By adopting a multi-linear approach to the theme of exposure ArtHouse and Lauren Ipsom expose the viewer to the visceral aspect of contemporary art outside the established hegemony. Dark matter, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is ‘non-luminous material which is postulated to exist in space’. This exhibition hopes to peel back and reveals the obscured unknown, but luminous, underbelly of the visual arts in Dublin.

Dona Stankune
Fergal Mac Pháidín
Ian Nolan
Niall Conroy
Róisín Power Hackett
Shota Kotake
Steph Gallagher
Stephen Maguire

ArtHouse is a Dublin based multidisciplinary art collective of graduates from NCAD and DIT. It was established in April 2012 by Ian Nolan, Stephanie Gallagher, Ruth Kerr, Nollaig Molloy, Aisling Ní Chlaonadh, Dona Stankune, Amanda Doran and Róisín Power Hackett. Since then we have been working to address the lack of affordable exhibition spaces and artists’ studios in Dublin for emerging artists. We focus on exhibiting our work and on community arts projects. Currently we are working towards fundraising for projects and exhibitions.

Lauren Ipsom is a multidisciplinary artist collective comprised of graduate from NCAD and IADT. The group was formed as a hub for skill sharing and working collaborations but most importantly as a way to gain leverage in the search for new, unused studio spaces. It quickly became apparent to us that our shared interest in the vacant space situation in Dublin City centre was something that we were all willing to focus on in the hope of revitalising the more derelict quarters of the city. We worked on creating an identity for the group in order that we may perhaps be able to subvert some of the obstacles that stand in the way of rejuvenating these derelict spaces. Established May 2012, organised by Shota Kotake, Fearghal MacPháidín, Brian Carton, Stephen Maguire, Fergal Cooke.