MART Members Exhibition 2016
Vavara Sharaova / Cóilín O’Connell / Úna Kavanagh / Ivan Matančević / David Lunney / Tag Beckett / Eva O’Donovan / Robert Lumezi / Tadhg Ó Cuirrín / Ronan Nash / Nessa Finnegan / Jennifer Madden / Guillaume Cugnet / Séamus Bradley / Terence Erraught / Stephanie Golden / Tommy Flavin / Eimear Tynan / Margot Galvin
Curated by Anne Mullee
The MART Gallery
Preview Friday 1st of April 6-8
2nd – 16th of April | Open Tuesday – Saturday 1-6pm
Like the motely garb of the court fools of the Middle Ages, the tools of modern life often seem contrived to deflect our attention from the truth, both shielding and concealing us.
The artists, designers and illustrators taking part in MART’s 2016 members exhibition have each attempted to respond to this year’s curatorial quest to offer work that accepts the agency to perform Self-Determining Acts. Studio members examine the concept of control, agency and self-will, from the burgeoning Artificial Intelligence of Séamus Bradley’s poetry composing software, using Tweets as source material, to the capturing of the daily news in Nessa Finnegan’s impressionistic drawings. This miscellany of objects, paintings, drawing and multi-media trifles with the litany of possibilities to decide who we are and what we are capable of.
MART is an artist-led organisation founded by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan, and supported by core members through an ethos of cooperation. Since 2007 MART has sought to create opportunities by conceiving creative platforms to support artists from all stages of their careers to test new ground. In 2013 MART began a project to renovate the fire station in Rathmines, Dublin, and now supports over 90 members in six studio buildings, and includes a Gallery, Project Space and International residency.
MART is a firm belief in the self-determining artist and art organisation as vital societal and cultural catalyst. It is also a provocation on the role of action in the production of identities; individual and collective, local and global. Constructing culture as action, this framework asks artists to reflect not on what art is, but what art does. With this in mind, creative and conceptual risk-taking is proposed as a key strategy in the production of knowledge that can lead to the possibility of being self-determining.
The MART Gallery
190A Rathmines Road Lwr, Dublin 6