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Past Exhibition

Order and Chaos

Janine Davidson, Tom Moore and Fiona McDonald in collaboration with Nicholas Ward.

August 01 - August 25 2007

Order and Chaos' is a collaborative exhibition that brings together the LAB and the Black Church print studio. To celebrate twenty-five years of the print studio, three members of the Black Church, Fiona McDonald, Tom Moore and Janine Davidson, were invited to produce work in response to the specific conditions of the LAB's gallery space. The results seem, at first glance, far removed from the qualities generally associated with print. The work exhibited in 'Order and Chaos' is characterised by an experimental curiosity that engages with a variety of media and subjects and challenges traditional definitions of printmaking on a number of levels.

Artists’ Biographies

Janine Davidson was born in Belfast in 1974 and now lives in Dublin. She graduated from NCAD in 1997 with a B.A Hons in Fine Art, Printmaking and completed her Post graduate in Community Arts at NCAD in 2003. Davidson has been a Black Church Studio member since 2001 and is currently on the Board of Directors. Her work has been exhibited internationally in New York, Sweden, South Africa, France and here in Ireland.  Recent Group exhibitions include Iontas and the RHA Annual Show .  In recent years she has participated in residencies in Johannesburg and Nice where she had her first solo show.  She is currently working towards an exhibition with the artists collective Jeco Sword, of which she is a founding member.

Fiona Mc Donald lives and works in Dublin, she is a printmaker and installation artist. Her work explores the points of intersection between Art and Science. Exhibitions include, group exhibits at ev+a, Limerick, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin and the Green on Red Gallery, Dublin. She has also participated internationally in exhibitions at Danske Grafikeres Hus, Copenhagen, Print 2001 Paris, Newyork Society of Etchers, New York and at the Cologne Art Fair. She received a Bsc in Biological Chemistry from Coleraine University of Ulster before attending the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. In 2001 she received an MA in Fine Art  from the National College  of Art and Design and an MSc in Multimedia Systems at Trinity College in 2006.

Tom Moore is a recent graduate of NCAD. His work to date attempts to capture the varying degrees of line necessary to make drawing competent, believable or expressive. In doing this, his tendency to become obsessed with other peoples’ work feeds an innate desire to draw whatever is immediately to hand and let this subsequently drive the characterisations of events, experience, emotion and self-concocted theory that are his work.  Recent exhibitions include Hung Drawn & Quartered at the Original Print Gallery and It’s A Kind of Magic at the RHA Ashford Gallery.

Nicholas Ward is a Belfast based interdisciplinary artist. His work is predominantly sound based exploring notions of mechanism and physicality though installation and performance. Exhibitions include group shows in The Project Theatre, Dublin, The Workhouse, Birr and solo show in Birr Theatre and Arts Centre. His work also extends into musical instrument design. With The Glue Factory experimental opera company he has built and performed on bicycle based instruments at Hilltown House Arts Centre, Westmeath and Tallaght Theatre Dublin. He received  a B.Sc in Physics & electronics from NUI Galway in 2000, an M.A. in music technology from  Dublin Institute of Technology in 2002, an M.Sc in Multimedia Systems from Trinity College in 2004 and is currently studying for a PhD in interface design at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queens University, Belfast.

Blackchurch Print Studios

One of the objectives of the Black Church Print Studio twenty-fifth anniversary programme is to provide new and exciting opportunities for its members. The Black Church Print Studio has always encouraged experimentation with new techniques and technology and aims to foster and encourage its members to push the boundaries of what is conventionally thought of as print.

In the Black Church there are a number of members creating interesting video, digital and installation work outside the studio which have a strong print sensibility. The Black Church aims to nurture and encourage studio members in all practices and experimentation and to this end are delighted to be able to work in collaboration with the Lab on this exhibition.

The LAB aims to provide significant opportunities to further artists' careers at crucial points in the development of their arts practice. In particular, the LAB is committed to supporting emerging artists and providing opportunities for first solo shows and to work with more established practitioners who are investigating new and diverse arts practices.  Due to the investigative nature of the laboratory space, the gallery, wherever possible and desirable, shows primarily new or recent work by artists.

Exhibitions at the LAB draw upon emerging ideas and developments in recent art production, to reflect the diversity of contemporary artistic practice in terms of media, approach and subject matter.

Due to the investigative and innovative nature of the exhibitions programme, the LAB works with artists to engage in dialogue with a range of audiences through talks, seminars and publications to further consider their lines of enquiry.

Past Exhibitions

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Sean O’Rourke

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Michele Horrigan

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I Slept Like A Stone

I Slept Like A Stone

Curated by Sheena Barrett and Julia Moustacchi

June 18 - August 19 2018