Tonight, you can call me Trish
Curated by RGKSKSRG
February 07 - March 22 2014
Playing with precarity, performance, and the virtual as real, Tonight, you can call me Trish invites artists and viewers to move through multiple states of being. This is an exhibition created through plural agencies at work; artists are artists, diviners, designers, mediators; audience is viewer, believer, conspirator, user; curator is conceptualist, choreographer, strategist, inputter. With all the bluster of a one-night stand, Trish rides on the energy of art's own glossy promise, in a mashed-up, smashed-up, post-decorative dissolution of illusion.
This is a landscape for dreamers, built on instability and optimism. Here, amidst an oasis of changing states and shifting relations, is where new potentialities emerge. Playing with precarity and performance, and the virtual as real, Tonight, you can call me Trish is a show which seeks to mirror-ball the invisible realities in which we orient ourselves.
The video works of Oliver Laric and Pilvi Takala vividly explore the no-mans-land between appropriated fiction and commercial control, while the intense hyper-worlds of Rachel Maclean and Brenna Murphy deftly navigate passages through the realm of the digital, into new and shimmering materialities. The scenographic staging, devised and led by Eilis McDonald and Mark Durkan, performs the receipt and display of these artworks, within the glassy confines of the LAB gallery. This conceptual layering between space and user is further enacted through Alan Butler’s visceral sound interface. Meanwhile, skewing logic and perception, Mary-Jo Gilligan and James Ó hAodha lead us on ephemeral engagements with distinct audiences, played out along the temporal axis of the exhibition.
RGKSKSRG, is the paired curatorial practice of Rachael Gilbourne and Kate Strain, based between Amsterdam and Dublin. The exhibition was launched by Cliodhna Shaffrey, Visual Arts Specialist with the Arts Council in front of over 300 people. The award provides an opportunity for emerging curators to curate an exhibition at the LAB with a stipend, mentoring and technical support from the Arts Office. The exhibition includes sculpture, video work, and sound pieces by Irish and international artists in a scenographic staging devised by artists Eilis McDonald and Mark Durkan.
As ever, there are lots of interesting free events taking place as part of the exhibition including Your Otoliths – An Audio Route Guide to the LAB Gallery for Minecrafters. The artist Mary Jo Gilligan met with Charles Duggan, Heritage Officer to find out more about the historic buildings along the route between Moore Street and Foley Street to feed into the tour for gamers. Booking necessary via http://yourotoliths.eventbrite.ie
The opening will be preceded by an artist talk with Rachel Maclean at 5pm, presented in partnership with the MA in Visual Arts Practices, IADT.
About the artists
Alan Butler (b. 1981, Dublin, Ireland) is based in Dublin. He received his MFA from LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore (graduating in 2009) and his BFA from NCAD, Dublin. Butler's artistic output, often taking form through video, sculpture, drawing, and large-scale installation, conceptually reflects and refracts the inner-workings of the internet and the politics of appropriation. He has exhibited at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin; Demon’s Mouth, Oslo; G126, Galway; Cake Contemporary Arts, Kildare; Galway Arts Centre; FLOOD Gallery & Black Church Print Studio, Dublin; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore; Hatje Cantz Con prefazione di Angela Vettese, Venice; École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; and Museum of Moving Image, New York, among other venues. Butler currently occupies a studio at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, and recently participated on a 3-month residency at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, South Korea.
Mark Durkan’s practice involves installation with occasional performance and video. His work negotiates the politico-cultural relationship inherent in the building of identities. Employing roleplaying processes and interior design methodologies, he engages with the architectural presence of a space and the people that embody it. Focusing on mechanisms of conflict in a process of world-building, he transposes people and place with a joint idiom of value and threat. He has exhibited at The LAB, Dublin; Solstice Art Centre, Navan, Co. Meath; The Museum of the Moving Image, New York; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin; Visual, Carlow; 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo; Fabricca del Vapore and Via Farini, Milan; and at the German Chancellery, Berlin, among other venues.
Mary-Jo Gilligan (b. 1984, Dublin, Ireland) is based in Dublin. Her active and collaborative practice is often performative, with a deep interest in public art and somatic practices. Since completing studies in the University of Ljubljana and NCAD Dublin, Gilligan has worked with the following commissioning bodies; Portlaoise County Council, Out Of Site, Culturstruction and Dublin City Council. She has also undertaken residencies with Roscommon County Council, ID11 Netherlands, The Performance Corporation, VOID, Fís and Greenstar. Gilligan is the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from Kildare County Council 2013, and a Studio Residency at IMMA 2012/13.
Oliver Laric (b. 1981, Innsbruck, Austria) is based in Berlin. He studied at the Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien. Through his practice, Laric deconstructs and explores the productive potential of appropriation in the age of information. His ideas are brought to bear with biting precision, through conceptual layering and technological sophistication. His current ongoing project, Versions, has been presented at List Visual Arts Center; Art Basel; Skulpturhalle Basel and Frieze Art Fair. His work has also been exhibited at Seventeen, London; Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin; Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague; Fridericianum, Kassel; Kunsthalle Tallinn; Arnolfini, Bristol; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; X-initiative, New York; Artspace, Auckland; NGBK, Berlin; Vancouver Art Gallery and Mass MoCA, among other venues. Laric was a co-founder of VVORK, an art blog/virtual exhibition platform, which ran from 2006-2012.
Rachel Maclean (b. 1987, Edinburgh, Scotland) is based in Edinburgh. She completed her BA in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art (graduating in 2009). Maclean creates hyper-glowing, artificially saturated visions that are both nauseatingly positive and cheerfully grotesque. Working largely though green-screen, she is often the only actor or model in her work, playing a variety of characters who mime to appropriated audio. She has exhibited at Edinburgh Printmakers; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; St Petersburg’s State Museum of Urban Sculpture; Flat_Pack Gallery, Dublin; Glasgow Film Festival; and MIMA, Middlesbrough, among other venues. In 2013, Maclean received the Margaret Tait Award, and recently participated on a 6-month residency at the Banff Centre, Canada.
Eilis McDonald (b. 1982, Sligo, Ireland) and Mark Durkan (b. 1984, Cork, Ireland) are two independent Dublin based artists who occasionally collaborate. They both received their BFA from NCAD, Dublin, and have since exhibited (both independently and collaboratively) in a number of contexts. McDonald’s practice incorporates installation, painting, animation, video and digital technologies. Working through a highly developed language of visual energy, McDonald uses a mixture of images and found objects sourced online and from her immediate physical surroundings. Sometimes incorporating the work of other artists and peers she creates installations that simultaneously traverse physical, mental and networked landscapes while blurring the boundaries of authorship and ownership. She has presented work at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin; Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin; IMMA, Dublin; Galeria Valle Orti, Valencia; Xpace, Toronto; 319 Scholes, New York; Stadium Gallery, New York; and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Nebraska among other spaces (both online and offline).
Brenna Murphy (b. 1986, Edmonds, Washington, US) is based in Portland, Oregon. In 2009, she graduated with a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Murphy works with motifs that are influenced by traditional folk art and ancient patterns, re-crafting her observations into physical or virtual entities through her experimental exploration of infinite digital possibilities. She also explores noise as a medium through which to bridge virtual worlds with real-time experience. She has exhibited at Kunstverein Dusseldorf; Future Gallery, Berlin; American Medium, New York; Gloria Maria Gallery, Milan; Right Window Gallery, San Francisco; Philadelphia Art Museum; Index Art Center, Newark; and Festival Nrmal, Monterrey, among others. Murphy often works in collaboration with Birch Cooper as MSHR, and in the coming weeks they will perform a European tour, encompassing Transmediale, Berlin; Cell Projects, London and Exit Paris/Creitil, amongst others.
James Ó hAodha (b. 1985, Wexford, Ireland) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Dublin. Graduating in Sculpture 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.
Pilvi Takala (b. 1981, Helsinki, Finland) is based between Istanbul and Helsinki. She received her BFA and MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 2006. She held a studio at Rijksakademie van beelden voor kunst, Amsterdam 2009/10. Takala’s work often involves the performance of premeditated actions in specific social contexts. Through narrative, she finds ways to push the limits of tolerance/acceptance, and create moments of possibility and questioning within everyday life. She has exhibited at Carlos/Ishikawa, London; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam; New Museum, New York; Kunsthalle Lissabon; Kunsthalle Basel; Wiels, Brussels; Witte de With, Rotterdam; and CCA Derry/Londonderry, among other venues. She has also participated in the 5th Berlin Biennial; the 9th Istanbul Biennial and the 5th Moscow Biennial, and has presented work at 59th Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen.
About the curator
Based between Amsterdam and Dublin, RGKSKSRG is the paired curatorial practice of Rachael Gilbourne and Kate Strain. Viewing the space of the exhibition as a site for channeling aesthetic experience and systematic disjuncture, RGKSKSRG acts as a means through which to embrace conflicting ideologies and heighten agency. Core activities include the commissioning, presenting and contextualising of contemporary art. Recent projects include a choreographed performance through gesture to music, by Emma Haugh at (((O))), Clonlea Studios, Dublin (2013); and the year-long experiment in retro-programming at Project Arts Centre, Dublin (ongoing). The group show, Tonight, you can call me Trish (2014) marks the first major manifestation of RGKSKSRG’s practice.
- Your Otoliths - An Audio Route Guide to the LAB Gallery for Minecrafters. Tour starts at ‘Spiderweb’, Unit 39, 6 Moore Street, Dublin 1. Saturday 1 March 2014, 11am – 3pm. Recommended for Minecrafters – multiplayer mode meet at 12pm. For participation details, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For the Birds - The LAB Gallery, Foley Street, Dublin 1. Saturday 15 March 2014, 11am – 3pm. Exclusive exhibition tour featuring a Macaw, a Cockatoo, and an African Grey Parrot; led by James Ó hAodha, and facilitated by handler Eddie Drew.
Tonight, you can call me Trish was been produced with kind support from Irish Art Courier and Kunstverein Düsseldorf.