Dates: August, 2017
ArtBox is delighted to announce Helen Hughes as our latest PROCESS Residency artist. Hughes will take over the space at ArtBox for the period of August. Helen Hughes’ practice is predominantly sculptural, using expendable materials from modern mass production systems. Often developed for specific sites, materiality is central to the work and both found objects and purchased industrial products are utilised. Colour is prominent, in particular colour that is innate to materials.
Reflecting on consumerism and focusing in particular on the area of intersection between the individual and the structural, this artist strives to humanise a seemly dehumanised behaviour linked to materialism. Materials include isocyanates, resins, and plastic along with readymade commodities. Switching the importance of form over function the component elements are playfully reworked through removal, addition and recasting, to disguise or reveal appearances and draw attention to latent qualities in the materials. No longer presenting the homogenous manufacture of industrial products, materials and objects begin to mimic each other and other things. A process of fluid and gestural physical engagement is used to activate machine finished forms and force them out of an inertia. Often shiny and alluring, selected materials can be wilful, unpredictable and difficult to control. Working against their intended use by disrupting the designed functioning of these materials allows the artist to probe the homogeneity of mass production. Adding layers of history, the intention of the work is to present combinations of altered consumerist objects and relations to connect with narratives of memory and subjectivity. Just as mass-produced goods are utilised physically, titles are found and borrowed from a number of typically mass-media sources.
Hughes completed a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and MA from IADT in Visual Arts Practices, recent exhibitions include A Bounce Borrowed, The Dock, Leitrim (2017), Tulca Festival, Galway (2016) and Veins, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin (2016).
Residency Dates: Jan. 5th-Feb. 1st
Open Studio: Feb 2nd-10th, preview Thurs Feb 2nd (6-8pm).
Ali Kirby creates sculptural assemblages and installations that visually respond to the built environment. Ordinary construction materials are re-purposed to create seemingly robust structures that reveal their fragility upon inspection. Concrete, plaster, soap and textiles often sit side by side in these sculptural arrangements that position themselves somewhere between interior and exterior space. Her approach to materials and colour is intuitive, often employing a muted palette, soft textures and hard edges to create the various surfaces and forms normally associated with architecture. These soft-edged fabrics and forms butt up against concrete or wood in an attempt to draw our attention to the relationships between materials, how they connect, support, become damaged or distressed and ultimately reveal their potential for transformation.
Ali Kirby, born in Dublin, Ireland, recently graduated with first class honours (BA) in Fine Art from LSAD, specialising in Sculpture & Combined Media. Recent exhibitions include only connect (2017) Kevin Kavanagh gallery, Dublin, all shimmers here (2016) MART gallery, Dublin, Describing Architecture – Memory and Place (2015) City Assembly House, Dublin, the 185th RHA Annual Exhibition (2015) Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Periodical Review #4 (2015) Ormston House, Limerick, Periodical Review #4 (2014) Pallas Projects,Dublin, First Light, LSAD Graduate Show (2014), LSAD, Limerick, Essays for the House of Memory (2014) Ormston House, Limerick, Open Drawing Awards (2013) LSAD, Limerick, Single Channel (2013) Chartier Arts Venue, Connecticut, USA, Undertow (2012) the LAB, Dublin, Undertow (2011) Ormston House, Limerick, Open Drawing Awards (2010) LSAD, Limerick.
Artist: Richard Forrest
Residency Dates: July 31st-August 29th. The work will be open to the public from, August 14th-29th
Preview evening Thursday, August 13th (6-8pm).
We are delighted to announce that Richard Forrest will be the first ArtBox Process Residency artist. Richard will be resident in the gallery space for the month of August, and will create a unique site-specific installation for the gallery; documenting his process as the work evolves. Once complete, the work will be open to the public.
Richard Forrest, is a visual artist based in Dublin. Forrest’s practice combines sculpture, new media and painting to explore ideas of perception and technology as a mediator of human experience. His work investigates the world that we know through our senses and the world which we comprehend with our mind. His work often reflects an interest in the virtual, systems, optics and fragmentation of form. He graduated in 2011 from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork and has exhibited in numerous group shows and galleries including: The Black Mariah, Cork, Catalyst Arts Centre, Belfast, Tactic Gallery, Cork, Occupy Space, Limerick, SOMA Contemporary, Waterford and The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.
ArtBox Process, is an initiative that sees an artist occupy the gallery space for a one month period. During this time they can experiment; trialling new configurations and materials, using the gallery as template. The chosen artist will document their process as they go via the ArtBox website, and ArtBox will invite Curators (visiting and internal) to visit the space and interact with the event.
The Curator of this project is Hilary Murray. ArtBox PROCESS Residency Coordinator is Caroline O’Hora.