Curated by Sheena Barrett
October 05 - November 05 2006
Although drawing and painting have always underpinned Jeanette Doyle’s practice, her work until recently was not concerned with a specific medium. In the last two years however the practice has been primarily concerned with the painted image and its relationship to a variety of both lens based and digital technologies. Doyle has also been increasingly engaged with the sheer pleasure of painting and the production of undetermined images. The upcoming exhibition ‘New Paintings’ at the Lab demonstrates a significant departure for the artist. The paintings are boldly unpremeditated. Although the work is characteristically playful and contains both art historical reference and embedded text, it is also political, gestural and urgent.
Jeanette Doyle has been exhibiting since 1995 when she was awarded Overall Prize at EV+A by Maria de Corral, last year’s curator of the Venice Biennale. Since then her practice has, often playfully, concerned itself with the interrogation of a number of different disciplines and stances. The work has been exhibited widely both in Ireland and abroad; for example at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Croatia; Brisbane institute of Modern Art; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; the ICA and Studio Voltaire, London; The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin and the Crawford, Cork.
Doyle has also held solo exhibitions at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Limerick City Gallery of Art; City Arts Centre, Dublin; Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast and Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin. In 2003 and 2005 she showed at Eurojet Futures at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. Over the past two years Doyle undertook an MA in Visual Arts Practices with IADT to further test, dismantle and reconstitute her practice. She graduated with first class honors in 2006. The work produced during this period was shown at an exhibition entitled ‘and then I place my face against the glass’ at Broadstone Gallery, Dublin; with a concurrent show ‘Portrayals’, at AXIS, Ballymun, the latter being the outcome of a Breaking Ground 2 Commission. There is a catalogue which accompanied both exhibitions.
In June 2006 Doyle was award the Location One Fellowship in New York (2006/7) where she will reside until Autumn 2007. This residnecy will provide her with the opportunity to fully develop a compelling new body of work based on recent exciting discoveries and also provide access to an important new audience.