A newly commissioned ephemeral event by James Ó hAodha (IE), featuring a Macaw, a Cockatoo, and an African Grey Parrot.
22nd March 11am – 3pm at the Lab
As part of the exhibition, Tonight, you can call me Trish, curated by RGKSKSRG, artist James Ó hAodha has been commissioned to devise an encounter with a specific community of interest. His work For the Birds is a one-off event; a series of idiosyncratic exhibition tours, which takes place in the gallery over a single day – the final day of Trish. Teasing out notions of what constitutes ‘audience’ and ‘exhibition’, the artist plays with the presence of three hand-picked exotic birds – a Macaw, a Cockatoo, and an African Grey Parrot.
The birds will simultaneously occupy the gallery both as viewer and live performer, activating, intervening and, in moments, becoming complicit with the language of display, aesthetics, and the mediation of contemporary visual art. Exhibition tours will run every 40 minutes, from 11am until 3pm, each lasting 15 minutes.
Admission free, no booking required. Please note, due to the nature of this event, these timings are prone to change, and also, in moments, there may be limited access in the gallery.
James Ó hAodha (b. 1985, Wexford, Ireland) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Dublin. Since graduating from NCAD in 2009, Ó hAodha has continued to develop a socially engaged practice, working for the most part beyond the bounds of the exhibition space. Interested in the creation of encounters, his work often takes the form of intervention, performance/action and exchange, with a shared focus on how temporal encounters and site-specific work can inhabit and intersect with the space of the gallery. Ó hAodha has been involved in projects with Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray; The Joinery, Dublin; The Drawing Project, Dun Laoghaire; Fringe Festival, Dublin; Resort, Donegal; Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Irish Museum of Contemporary Art; and Tulca, Galway, amongst others. He is currently a member of Ormond Studios, Dublin.
For the Birds forms one of the artworks within the group exhibition Tonight, you can call me Trish, curated by RGKSKSRG at The LAB Gallery, and running until 22 March 2014. The exhibition also plays host to work by Alan Butler (IE), Mark Durkan (IE), Oliver Laric (AT), Rachel Maclean (UK), Eilis McDonald (IE), Brenna Murphy (US), Mary-Jo Gilligan (IE), Pilvi Takala (FI).