PERSONA: Susan Connolly | Maggie Madden

Exhibition dates: December 12th-January 31st.

Preview, Thursday, December 11th (6-8pm)

In this exhibition, artists Susan Connolly and Maggie Madden examine the relationship of the aesthetic subject and the idea of ‘exhibition’. The title for this exhibition is taken from Director Ingmar Bergman’s seminal 1960’s film, ‘Persona’. Both art and film have at certain junctures, exposed the limits of their media to further examine the role of art and its presentation. The film ostensibly explores the relationship of two women placed in close proximity, however what remains central to the work is the non-reciprocated conversation between the two protagonists. And although a reciprocity between (object and viewer) is often looked for in the presentation of art, the gallery, ultimately retains a performative disposition.

Susan Connolly’s works rotate around a complex axis, oscillating between the flattened plane (of painting) and the space of sculpture. Maggie Madden’s work pushes the boundary of the formal grid into a mutability that decries all previous assumptions regarding sculpture, solidity and form. Can the ‘exhibition’ deconstruct itself enough to engage in a subjective manner with the viewer? Does immediacy2 exist in the presentation of art, or is art destined to remain a performative ‘event’3 embedded in the greater terms of one’s singular temporality?

Maggie Madden A Great Expanse (2014)
Maggie Madden
A Great Expanse (2014)


1. Derrida, Jacques (1967), Of Grammatology; 2. Henri Bergson, (1896) Matter and Memory; 3. Alain Badiou (1988), Being and Event.

Main Image: Susan Connolly, C/M/Y (2014)

Susan Connolly. Graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design, Degree in Fine Art-Painting (1998), she holds an MA in Fine Art from the University of Ulster (2002), a first class honours MA, Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, Dublin (2013) and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Ulster (VC Scholarship). Recent exhibitions include The Sunken Gallery, The MAC, Belfast (2014), Essays for the House of Memory, Ormston House (2013);Three Degrees of Painting, Solstice Arts Centre; Detonate, Limerick Arts; Encounter, Stranger/Stranger, The Complex (2013); Urban Interventions, NCAD/UCD (2012); Airports for Shadow, EIGSE Carlow; The Cross Gallery. Habitation-An Exhibition, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. VISUAL, Carlow and Connections Rua Red (2011). Connolly received Arts Funding from Kildare County Council and was awarded the WARP residency, Sint Nicklaas, Belgium in 2010.

Maggie Madden graduated with a Masters in Fine Art at NCAD in 2006 and B.A Fine Art Painting from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1998. Solo exhibitions include Far and Wide, The Dock, Leitrim, (2014), Site Line, The LAB, Dublin (2012), Fading Not Ending, Roscommon Arts Centre, (2010). Upcoming solo exhibition at Rua Red, Tallaght, Summer 2015. Recent group exhibitions 184th Annual Exhibition, RHA, (2014), Re-Framing the Domestic in Irish Art, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2014), Pallas Periodical Review, Pallas Projects, (2013), Futures, RHA, (2013), Lacuna, Taylor Galleries, (2013), RUA Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Sluice Art Fair, London, (2013), Claremorris Open, (2013), What has been shall always never be again, Ormston House, Limerick, (2013), Nailing Jelly to the Wall, Monstertruck at Catalyst Arts, Belfast, (2013), Artists on Architecture, Áras an Chontae, Co.Offaly (2013). Received Visual Art Bursary from the Arts Council in 2014, 2013 and 2011.

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