Fergus Byrne (b.1974, Dublin, Ireland) is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, sculpture, drawing and event curation. Underlying much of the performance work is the practice of life modelling of which he has extensive experience. In performance he tests the materiality of his body, sometimes combining such action with spoken word. Through rigorous physical discipline he creates mesmerising performances. Byrne is an alumni of IMMA’s artist residency programme.
October 2008 – March 2009, Studio 13
Performance, installation, video/film, drawing
Fergus Byrne works across varied media with the physical actions and perceptions of the body as a consistent reference. The use of different media gives multiple perspectives on specific themes. Currently he is working with Arts Council funding on a project, which focuses on the statue Wrestlers at the National Gallery of Ireland. This genre crossing project brings dancers and martial artists together in an exploration of the contrasting intentions behind their respective movements.
Previous works engaging in an interdisciplinary practice have been exhibited in Fiction, Pallas Heights, Dublin, 2006 and More Than Walking, Concourse, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, 2006. More recently Byrne showed in Synesthesia Sat,Birr Union Workhouse, Out Of Site, 2007. Fergus Byrne is a member of The Visual Arts Centre.
The Process Room
Fergus Byrne’s work was shown in the Process Room, First Floor Galleries, from 19 February to 1 March 2009.