A SPECTACULAR FORM OF AMNESIA
A Spectacular form of Amnesia is a multi screen video installation comprising of long silent takes of the Alps at Obersalzburg, Germany. The work discusses the multiplicity of meanings and sense of place within what was once considered to be a landscape with a contentious past. During the 1930’s and 40’s the Alps of Obersalzburg became a refuge to the rightwing thinkers of World War Two offering a idyllic hideaway from the horrors of unfolding war in Europe at that time.
The films consider the region’s sense of place and narrative in terms of what meaning the land holds in present day. Many contributing factors allow for multiple narratives, seasonality for example allows for a shift in narrative: a hectic site of tourism en masse in summer; in winter a more solitary experience allowing for the exploration of the Alps almost from the dawn of time.
These films recorded in winter depict the Alps in slow moving fog referencing philosopher Edmond Burke’s theory on obscurity and the sublime; potential threats within the landscape are concealed by fog which in turn inspires a form of horror.
The viewer is invited to navigate around a silent terrain constructed of video, a layered text installation and physical fog within the exhibition space; further obscuring the viewer’s visibility. The work attempts to regain control and understanding of natural landmass and sensory perception within a constructed environment.
“These virtual landscapes are placed in a darkened, fog-filled room, and the spectator is forced to navigate the space in order to view the two projections.... the work represents an intelligent and subtle exploration of this complex terrain, with its layers of overlapping ideology, history and aesthetics, standing as it does at the borders of the still and moving image, of history and memory, the real versus the virtual, and the sublime and the weak image” - Excerpt from “A Spectacular Form of Amnesia”, Exhibition Catalogue, by Dr John Mulloy
I am a visual artist currently working at National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland. I hold a B.A (1st Class Hon’s in Fine Art) from the Crawford Collage of Art and Design (CIT 2008). On graduating I was awarded an Emerging Artist Award from Backwater Artist Group and a six month Membership Bursary from Cork Printmakers.
I have exhibited, nationally and internationally, selected exhibitions include 2013; A Spectacular Form of Amnesia, (Solo), the Customs House Gallery and Studios, Ireland 2012; Watching the River Flow, Curated by Sean Walsh, Centro de Artes, Portugal,Cutting a Door, curated by Robert O Connor, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, 2011: CUBEOpen 2011 (work shortlisted for annual residency at CUBELab2012) at the CUBEGallery, Manchester, 2010; Backwater Twenty-10, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, curated by Stephen Brandes.
I have participated in international residencies Takt Berlin, BIAP Platform China and Atelier Rondo Austria. Recent Awards include: Mayo County Council Bursary 2013/2012, Irish Arts Council Travel and Training Award 2011/2012, Culture Ireland Exhibition Award 2011 and Cork City Council Twinning Award 2011. Forthcoming projects include AIR Krems, Austria followed by a solo exhibition at Kunstraumarcade, Modling-Vienna, November 2013.
My work can be found in the collections of Cork City Council (2012) and CIT (2008) and a variety of private collections. Commissioned works include the Key Stone Project in association with the National Sculpture Factory at the Bodega Cork. (2009)
2004-2008: BA Hons Fine Art/Distinction, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork.
2006-2006 Socrates Exchange Program: North Karelian Polytechnic of Art, Joensuu, Finland
Solo/Two Person Shows
2013 Forthcoming: Title TBC, (Solo), Kunstraumarcade, Mödling-Vienna, Austria
2013 A Spectacular Form of Amnesia (Solo)The Customs House Studios, Westport, IRE
2009 At Your Service (Solo) The Patrick St Gallery, Cork, IRE
2009 Seconds (Solo) The Backwater Studios, Cork, IRE
2009 The Kitchen Table,(Two Person) Art Trail-Rediscovering Locality, 24 Nicholas Street, Cork, Ire
Selected Group Shows
2014 Forthcoming: International Contemporary Art Symposium, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germanyk.
2013 Forthcoming: NLA IV, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA), Dublin, Ireland
2013 Nature Mort(e) Curated by Anna Urbas, Atelier Hirt-Haus, Scheifling, Austria
2013 Rondo @ Rondo, Curated by Peter Wolf, ORF Funkhausgalerie, Graz, Austria
2012 Winter Show, Customs House Studios, Westport, Co. Mayo, IRE
2012 Watching the River Flow, Curated by Sean Walsh, Centro de Artes, Coimbra, Portugal
2012 Summer Selection, The Customs House Studios, Westport, Co. Mayo, IRE
2012 Claremorris Open 2012, Curated by Mike Collier, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, IRE
2012 WEARECCP// This is Culture Night Transmission, Sample Studios, Cork, The Customs House, Westport, IRE, Listhus Artspace Ólafsfjörður, Iceland, and Kaleidoskop, Berlin.
2012 Manifest, Selected by Mike Fitzpatrick, Kinsale Arts Week, Cork, IRE
2012 Cutting a Door, Curated by Robert O’ Connor, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
2012 Now that’s what I call Praxis, Selected by Kevin O’ Keefe and Noelle Collins, Occupy Space, Limerick, IRE
2011 CUBEOpen,CUBEGallery, Manchester, UK
2011 Floorplan, Off Site Temporary Project, Caochangdi Art Village, Beijing, CN
2011 A Conversation Amongst End Points, Three Person Show, The Don Gallery, Shanghai, CN
2011 Dia de los Muertos, Curated by Sandra Ann Minchin, Galway Bay Tattoo Gallery, IRE
2011 Living in Interesting Times, Curated by Mick O Shea, Tom Barry’s, Cork, IRE
2010 Impressions 2010, Selected by John Hewitt, Galway Arts Centre, Galway, IRE
2010 Backwater Twenty 10, Curated by Stephen Brandes and Vera Ryan, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, IRE
2010 Cruciverbal, Curated by Fiona Kelly, Cork Contemporary Projects, The Space, Cork, IRE
2010 Engage Arts Festival, Curated by Edel O’ Reilly and Liam Slevin, Weir St, Bandon, Cork, IRE
2010 For the Love of Offset, Curated by Shane O’ Driscoll, South Studios, Dublin, IRE
2010 The Little Picture Show, The Crow Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin, IRE
2009 The Abject Fantastic, Three Person Show, James Barry Space, Bishopstown, Cork, IRE
2009 Exchange Six, Touring Show, Print Zero Studios, Seattle, US and Montreal, Canada
2008 Soup, Crawford College of Art and Design Degree Show, Cork City, IRE
2007 Margin 18 x 21, OPW, St. Stephan’s Green, Dublin, IRE
2007 ACD3, Ordinary Degree Show, ESB Substation, Caroline St, Cork, IRE
2013 Forthcoming: Stipend Residency: AIR-Krems, Austria.
2013 Forthcoming: Artist in Residence: Cill Riailig, Co. Kerry, Ireland
2013 Scholarship from Province of Styria: Rondo Studios, Graz, Austria
2012 Artist in Residence: Customs House Studios, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
2011 Artist in Residence: CCD 300, Caoghangdi, Beijing, China.
2011 Artist in Residence: BIAP Platform China Residency Program, Beijing, China.
2010 Artist in Residence: Takt Program, Grünberger Straβe, Berlin, Germany.
2007 Workshop: Curatorial Practice, Louis Biggs, Director-Tate Liverpool/Liverpool Biennale 2008
2013 Mayo County Council Exhibition Bursary
2012 Shortlisted for Wexford Emerging Artist Award
2012 Visual Arts:Travel and Training Award, Irish Arts Council
2012 Mayo County Council Materials Bursary
2011 Shortlisted for Manchester CUBELab Residency 2012
2011 Visual Arts:Travel and Training Award, Irish Arts Council
2011 Culture Ireland Award
2011 Cork City Council Twinning Award
2008 Cork Printmakers Six Month Membership Bursary
2008 Backwater Artists Group Studio Bursary
2008 CIT Purchase Prize
2012: Cork City Council, Permanent Collection.
2009: St Peters Market, Key Stone Project, in association with the National Sculpture Factory, The Bodega, Cork.
2008: Cork Institute of Technology, Permanent Collection.
2013 The Mountain ISSUE 14, Supermassive Blackhole Magazine, Article, Edited by Barry W Hughes.
2013 Unborrowed From the Eye, A Spectacular Form of Amnesia, Exhibition Catalogue, Essay by Dr John Mulloy
2013 Interview, Westport Community Radio, with Breda Burns and Grainne O’ Reilly.
2013 This is Pseudo Nature, The Visual Artists News Sheet, June-July Edition, Articleby Amanda Rice
2013 Trains, Planes, Automobiles and... Mountains, By Ciara Moynihan Mayo News, June 2013
2013 Im Rondo, Evelyn Haberl, Kulturnews Letter Feb 13’, Kulturservice Steiermark, On-Line Publication
2012 Now That’s What I call Praxis, Reviewed by Susan Holland, Occupy Paper, Edition 7.
2012 Face to Face, Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine.
2012 Regional Perspectives-The West, Aideen Barry, Visual Artists News Sheet, Jan-Feb Edition
2011 Suburban Hotchpotch, Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine, Spring Edition.
2011 A Conversation Amongst Endpoints, Catalogue,The Don Gallery
2010 Irish Examiner, Twenty Years a Growing, Vera Ryan, March 2010
2010 Backwater Twenty 10, Catalogue, The Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork
2010 In Conversation with Allyson Keehan, Blue Studio Berlin, Publication
2009 Art Trail- Rediscovering Locality 2009 Catalogue
2009 Art Trail Rediscovering Locality Review Catalogue