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Sonia Shiel

May - Oct 2014

Sonia Shiel’s far-fetched works are vested in make-believe and indiscretion. They are composed of paintings and sculptures, videos and animated sculptures that share overarching narratives and the central materiality of paint. Set in ungoverned, lawless and fictional environments, her protagonists in their various pursuits, are confronted by nature, worry, wonder and mortality, mocked by chance and other systemic obstacles of their own creation.

She has had solo exhibitions at The Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin; The Model, Sligo; Temple Bar Gallery and Studios; Kulturbunker, Frankfurt; The Galway Arts Centre; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny among others. Recipient of the Arts Council's Project Award, she has recently completed the 2014 Art & Law Program at Fordham Law School while participating on the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), in New York. Shiel's practice is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

Becca Albee

June - August 2014

Becca Albee is a multimedia artist based in New York. Known for her photo-based conceptual art, Albee was an integral part of the 1990s ‘riot grrl’ and Third-wave feminism movements.  Albee’s photo-based work often combines installation, sculpture, video, sound, and small printed editions.

Albee’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions worldwide including the Bronx Museum (New York), Cleopatra’s (New York & Berlin), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), 713 Arte Contemporáneo (Buenos Aires), and Apexart (New York). Recent fellowships include Real Time & Space (2014), Blue Mountain Center (2013), Yaddo (2012), MacDowell Colony (2011) and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2010).

LEUNG Mee-ping

June - July 2014

LEUNG Mee-ping is a Hong Kong based artist. Her practice includes multi-media installation, mixed-media, public and community based art as well as site-specific event-based projects. Her research takes an experimental approach, integrating elements of theatre and design. She utilises the commercial and social space as a platform from which to explore ideas around visual culture and globalisation. She is assistant professor of Art Creativity at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Recent solo exhibitions include Don’t Blame the Moon 2013 – Sinagpore Art Fair, Hong Kong AP Contemporary, Reality – Leung Mee-ping Installation Art Exhibition 2012– OX Warehouse, Macau and Made in Hong Kong 2011 – Pemalamo Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.

Nick Thurston

June - September 2014

Nick Thurston is a poet and non-fiction writer who makes art about the flows, forms and histories of public language acts. He is the author of three books and co-author of two pocketbooks. His poetic writings have been anthologised in volumes including Against Expression (Northwestern UP) and The Unexpected Guest (A/B Publishing), reviewed in periodicals like The American Book Review, and are the subject of scholarship in books including No Medium (MIT). Interviews with him and reviews by him have appeared in print and online for BOMB Magazine, Afterall and The Iowa Review.

Thurston’s print and sculptural works are held in public and private collections around Europe including the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Leeds City Art Gallery and The Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris); and his bookworks are collected by the V&A (London), Tate (London) and MoMA (New York). Since 2006 he has been Co-editor of the independent publishing imprint information as material (York), with whom he was Writer in Residence at the Whitechapel Gallery (London) 2011-12. He is an academic at the University of Leeds and has exhibited in Europe and North America. Current group exhibitions include 'Postscript' at the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum (Michigan).

Naomi Sex

July 2014 - January 2015

Naomi Sex is a Dublin based practitioner whose research explores what it means to be a contemporary, professional visual artist. Within this broad subject area, she looks at the ideological space between professional and amateur art practice, the activity of the artistic ‘opportunity seeking’ and how artists present themselves and their practices within various professionalised contexts. 

In recent projects such as The Synchronised Lecture Series, the artist devised a number of performance based lectures, aimed at operating as a playful commentary, critique and reflection on the contemporary discursive culture around artistic production. Naomi is a lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology and at The National College of Art and Design.

Antonia Low

July - August 2014 & returning in Autumn 2014

The focus of Antonia Low’s artistic practice is placed on spaces and their potential as abstract stores of history and narrative. Hidden, forgotten and overlooked areas elude the customary lines of sight, permitting new possibilities as regards their use, purpose and charge. The functional, cultural, symbolic and architectonic characteristics of these “other” spaces and how they can be altered or emphasised through strategies of displacement or the reveal are central questions in her practice.

Antonia Low completed the two-year Dorothea Erxleben Grant at the HBK Braunschweig last year. The Städtische Galerie Nordhorn dedicated a solo exhibition to her work in 2011. She has been awarded the 2013 Bonner Kunstpreis followed by a solo presentation at the Kunstmuseum Bonn. A comprehensive publication will be published in October 2014 in a cooperation between the Kunstmuseum Bonn and the Kunstverein Braunschweig.

Stephanie Nava

July – September 2014

Starting with drawing, Stephanie Nava has developed a hybrid practice utilising installation, photography, animation and video. Her work is concerned with relationships, engagements and encounters with the outside world. Through exploring the shaping of situations by language, gestures, and space, it reveals coincidences and conjunctions, setting a stage for a strong interest in architecture and the built environment, and how they input to the functionality of communities. Nava’s work is a montage, assembling ideas as much as images or objects in an inherently narrative form, stories allow her to install concepts as underlying structures, mental constructions dressed with figures and décors.

Nava lives and work in Paris and Marseille. Her project Considering a Plot (Dig for Victory) has been exhibited successively in solo exhibitions worldwide. Selected recent exhibitions include presentations at Galery White Project, Paris; Viafarini DOCVA, Milan; Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan; CCC, Tours; CAC, Malaga; Galleria Neon, Bologna; Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris; MAGA, Gallarte; Kunstverein Tiergarten in Berlin; INOVA Milwaukee; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Moly-Sabata / Albert Gleizes Foundation, Sablons; Le Parvis Art Centre, Pau and Le [mac], Marseille. In 2013 Nava was awarded the Partenaires Prize by the Museum of Modern Art of Saint Etienne including a major solo exhibition in November-December 2013.

Nava is represented by Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan and Galerie White Project, Paris.





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