Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Unrequited Hatred - Press Release

Unrequited Hatred

Curated by Darren Barrett and Tadhg Ó Cuirrín

The Shed, Galway Docks
11th - 25th August
Opening reception; Friday August 10th, 7pm

Opening Hours; Wednesday to Saturday 12pm - 6pm

Featuring work by: Darren Barrett, Alan Bulfin, Daniel Cunniffe, Terence Erraught, Nevan Lahart, Tadhg Ó Cuirrín, Jeroen Van Dooren, Kees van Lankveld, Francis Quinn.
'Play is nothing if nothing if not an open and unreserved challenge to everything opposed to play'
Georges Bataille

Unrequited Hatred will be a diverse and multi-faceted constellation of work, that is representative of a shared attitude or stance towards our artistic practice. This attitude manifests itself in the form of a collective desire to create work that is provocative, energetic, assertive and that is indifferent towards the increasing commercialisation of the contemporary art world.

Thematically, the exhibition will confront the obsession with utilising or killing time efficiently within the present consumerist society. This obsession filters itself through the mediums of technological devices such as television, computers, the internet and mobile phones. Champions of communicative technology posit that this free flow of information has helped liberate the role of the individual within Western society. However a convincing argument could be made that precisely the opposite has occurred; namely that the constant bombardment of information and visual stimuli has had the effect of debilitating the individuals capacity to think and reflect, contributing to the pervading sense of ennui and lethargy that characterises the postmodernist epoch.

The exhibition Unrequited Hatred will respond to, and attempt to transcend the present condition. In this project the artists will attempt to carve up the exhibition space as an independent site from this culture of passivity. By intermixing a variety of different materials and sources, the objective will be to create work that is allusive and rich in connotations, that resists constrictive judgement and easy classification. The processes of play and humour will be used to provoke; but also to induce more expansive methods of thinking and creating.  In the final instance, while the project will ultimately remain firmly rooted within the fabric of the contemporary landscape, we will nonetheless strive to present to the viewer something of the disavowed and fantastical desires that lurk beyond the façade of everyday life

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Tuesday, 17 July 2012


126 in association with the Galway Arts Festival present:

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Brian Loughran

Kate Howard

16th - 29th July 2012
Opening reception: Friday 20th July, 7pm
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'Guillotine', 2012
Brian Loughran
Brian Loughran is a Galway based visual artist, graduating from LCAD in 1995. Loughran explores notions of memory and identity in his work, often using the mediums of object installation and performance art. Brian has received grants from the Arts Council of Ireland, and has performed and exhibited in Unit 1, Dublin, Platform Arts, Belfast, 2009, ‘Weather permitting’, Galway, Driocht, Dublin, and RAP, Limerick.
For 'The Shed' exhibition, Loughran presents two new works, 'Prey' and 'Guillotine'. Both works play on the viewer's sense of anticipation and expectation. 'Guillotine' alludes to the seduction of dangerous close encounters and the notion of being close to the edge of a perilous situation. 'Prey' evokes a sense of frustration and endless empathy as the work is futile in its nature.
kate howard, 'bauen', mixed media, 2011
'Bauen', 2011
Kate Howard

Kate Howard aims to examine the various spatial and architectural features of the exhibition space. By the means of nominal site-specific intervention, seizing an existing situation and exposing the essence of the materials employed. Howard is primarily concerned with instability and alterability, with construction and decay. She hopes to create new environments that reveal the essence and unpredictability of the materials themselves. Through employing and manipulating functional everyday materials and re-configuring their potential. Interventions produced on site, objects become spatial structures.
Kate Howard is a contemporary visual artist and arts organizer based in Galway. In 2010 she completed her MA in Arts Policy and Practice through the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She holds degrees in Fine Art from Sligo IT (2000) and GMIT (2009).
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Image: Eimearjean McCormack
The Shed, Middle Pier, The Docks, Galway

Facilitated by the generous support of the Galway Harbour Company and the Galway City Arts Office, The Shed is a large 4,000 square foot warehouse space located on the middle pier of the Galway Docks. The space will be used for the duration of 2012 and into 2013 for a wide variety of projects and exhibitions, all instigated by local artists affiliated with Adapt Galway's organisations. Adapt hopes that by doing so, it will provide a unique platform for local artists to showcase their talents at a local and national level. Adapt also hopes to highlight the great potential of such vacant spaces around the city and how they could be used in the future.

126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and our membership.


126 is supported in kind by Adapt Galway, Galway Harbour Company and the Harbour Hotel. 

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Opening hours:

1pm - 6pm (16th - 29th July)