Under Your Skin
February 06 - March 15 2020
The LAB is pleased to present Under Your Skin, by Evgenia Martirosyan. Building on her recent exhibition at the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork, Martiosyan explores the transformative potential of repeated actions and the evocative power inherent in discarded materials. Using hundreds of old bicycle tyres and inner tubes, Martirosyan carefully cuts, weaves and knots the reclaimed rubber into large scale modular forms, gradually building up intensity. Her engagement with the source materials is purposely physical, tactile and obsessive in its nature.
The installation is suggestive of organic growth, an unknown lifeform, as these mass-produced materials are transformed into something both seductive and unnerving. Martirosyan uses the alien sounds from rubber manipulation and its intense smell to amplify the viscera of the experience. The work plays with the notions of time, labour, value, beauty and transformation.
Evgeniya Martirosyan is a Cork-based artist, working primarily in the mediums of sculpture and installation. Martirosyan graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2016, receiving a number of residencies and exhibition awards, including residencies at The National Sculpture Factory and Sample Studios, Ireland, and the Cork Film Centre Moving Image Award. Since graduating Martirosyan received the 2018 VAI Residency Award at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and individual bursary awards from Cork City Council Arts Office and The Arts Council of Ireland.
Her most recent exhibitions include: 'Under Your Skin' solo show with Triskel Arts Centre, Cork 2019; MUTATIO, Art Laboratory Pink Grig, Moscow, Russia, 2019; ‘Monumental/Temporal’, PRAKSIS, Norway, 2018; OUTFLOW, two person show With Ronnie Hughes, 126 Gallery, Galway Arts Festival, Ireland, 2018; Photophobia Contemporary Moving Image Festival, Hamilton Ontario, 2018. Martirosyan is currently a member of Cork Artists Collective.