ArtBox at VUE Contemporary Art Fair, RHA.

VUE Contemporary Art Fair
Venue: Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, Ireland
Dates: Friday 6th – Sunday 8th, November.
Preview event: Thursday 5th November (6-8pm)

ArtBox is delighted to be representing a selection of artists that have shown (or are due to show) in the gallery, at this year’s VUE Contemporary Art Fair at the RHA. Items on show at the ArtBox booth will include recent work by Janine Davidson, Richard Forrest, Dragana Jurisic, Barbara Knezevic and Miriam O’Connor. All ArtBox Editions will also be available to purchase through the booth.

Complimentary tickets to the fair can be collected from ArtBox. All ArtBox Members will have an invitation for the special preview on Thursday 5th, as well as tickets for the weekend event reserved for them under their name at the main desk at the RHA. Tickets are required for both dates – complimentary tickets may be collected from ArtBox. Weekend tickets admit two.

The Gallery on James Joyce Street remains open for the duration, Wed-Sat (11-5pm), with the exhibition “2039”.

ArtBox looks forward to providing an on-going platform for the presentation and sale of contemporary works in Ireland. See you at VUE!

Main image, Richard Forrest, image below Janine Davidson, courtesy ArtBox.





Exhibition dates: October 16th-November 20th.

Preview, Thursday October 15th.

Emer O Boyle | Meadhbh O’Connor

2039 brings together new work by artists Emer O Boyle and Meadhbh O’Connor. The exhibition explores the parallels that bind the pursuits of both artists and scientists, in a continuum of reciprocal influence.

Early in the life of the solar system, dust and rock circling the sun were pulled together by gravity into planets. But Jupiter, the largest planet, kept a number of the pieces from coalescing into another planet. Instead, it’s gravity disrupted the formation process, leaving an array of unattached asteroids. The exhibition takes its title from a piece of rock orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Mars. It has been there since the dawn of our solar system. Only 23km in diameter, it travels alone, 600,000km from any other object in space. It travels in the Main Asteroid belt among billions – maybe even trillions of asteroids. On February 14th, 1974, it was observed and named. It’s called asteroid 2039 Payne Gaposchkin. In 1925, Cecilia Payne Gaposchkin discovered the composition of the stars. Her Phd work on decoding stellar spectra underpins all modern astronomy. Her story is the impetus for a new body of work by Emer O Boyle.

Since graduating with an MA in Fine Art Sculpture in 2007, Emer O Boyle has worked with forms of expanded portraiture to explore individual stories within collective contexts and to create conditions for exchange between different interest groups. Her long term projects have been funded by the EU Partnership for Peace Programme, Amnesty International, EUFP7 project called GLORIA – Global Robotic Telescope Intelligent Array and University College Dublin. Since 2010 she has collaborated with UCD Professor of Astrophysics Lorraine Hanlon and is co-founder and director of UCD Parity Studios.

Méadhbh O’Connor produces large-scale sculptural installations that mix handcrafted objects, engineered constructions and ephemeral materials. Her projects are all, whether directly or indirectly, propelled by her interest in science. For 2039 at ArtBox, Méadhbh explores the role of fiction as a domain in which complex and seemingly unlikely ideas can be processed through the imagination. Here she creates a world which combines Baroque and Gothic Revival styles, the scientific instrument, references to the astronomical, to the Sci-Fi subgenera of Steampunk and Planetary Romance; echoing tropes which persist in Science Fantasy today, often serving as elaborate backdrops to alternative worlds. Recent exhibitions and awards include Welcome Disturbances, The LAB, Dublin, 2015; Sculpture Workshop Award, Fire Station, 2015; Unknown Shores (solo exhibition), O’Brien Centre for Science, UCD, 2014; UCD Science Artists In Residence Award, 2013; powers + √roots, Pallas PP/S, Dublin, 2013.

This project is curated by ArtBox Director Dr. Hilary Murray.

Image: Emer O’Boyle, Prof. Lorraine Hanlon and processed by Dr Antonio Martin Carillo from, the UCD Watcher telescope.

The Anti-Room

Artists: Janine Davidson | Naomi Sex | Nicky Teegan

Exhibition Dates: September 4th-October 7th

Preview, Thursday September 3rd (6-8pm).

The “archive” is a grouping of work that aspires to recoup failed visions in art, and it is [the] arrangement of these works, that attempts, through multiple agencies and media, to transform the no-place of the archive, into the no place of a utopia (1). And yet, art’s historical frame – what we think of as “canon”, is itself a type of archive, one involved in a continuous process of self reproduction. A process mediated through market forces and social conditions of the day (2). If art is memorialised from a particular vantage point, it is because those responsible for creating the archive, define and prioritise this way of looking.

The works here attempt a futile rebellion. Each presents itself in a way which articulates and appropriates the relationships between artist, artwork, viewer and exhibition site, but also uses these relations as a way of exploring the structures that condition them. The works create a visual typology, offering material for further art historical research, while at the same time experimenting with the registers involved in the act of exhibition making. Each work is not a closed, self-contained entity, but rather the product of specific historical practices and belief systems. The Anti-Room works form a type of anti-canon, one that bears the imprint of the ideas, values and conditions of existence, but rebels against them.

Main image: Naomi Sex, “Next Previously Meanwhile” (2012), Actors: Dave Layde, Darina Gallagher, Naomi Sex

1. Hal Foster, An Archival Impulse (2004)

2. Re-Thinking The Canon (1996): Michael Camille, Zeynep Çelik, John Onians, Adrian Rifkin & Christopher B. Steiner, pp 198-217.The Art Bulletin, Vol 78, Issue 2. 1996.

This exhibition has been kindly supported by Fingal County Council


Richard Forrest: PROCESS

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.

Intersection (1)

(It’s kind of like) telephone

Exhibition dates: July 3rd-31st.

Preview and launch: July 2nd (6-8pm) ArtBox.

This exhibition is curated by ArtBox Director Hilary Murray as part of The PhotoIreland Festival (2015).

“(It’s kind of like) telephone” exemplifies a collaborative and interrogative visual practice between a group of photographers, taking place in the public arena. As each artist posts an image, it appears online via a Tumblr feed; the next artist responding in-turn. This continuous exploration into individual practice and how it is influenced by a collaborative event (taking place across a digital platform), eschews geographical awareness, and further explores the complexity of online dialogue.

Artists: Una Spain, Kate Nolan, Mandy O’Neill, Dragana Jurisic, Amy Stevens, E. Brady Robinson, Miriam O’Connor (main image) and Ethna O’Regan.

All works featured in the exhibition are limited editions and available to purchase through the gallery. Information on PhotoIreland editions can be seen here.

Dragana Jurisic: 100 Muses

Exhibition: May 29th -June 27th. Preview: Thursday, May 28th

‘100 Muses’ is an initial chapter in a larger body of work titled ‘My Own Unknown’. With this project artist Dragana Jurisic explores the John Keats statement; ‘beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know’.

“My initial questioning of this statement took me to Paris to commence an exploration on L’Inconnue de la Seine, the name given to a young woman whose body was allegedly recovered from the River Seine and whose death mask was cast in a bid to identify her. Her serene and quiet beauty became a muse for artists such as Man Ray, Albert Camus, Anais Nin and many others, who projected imagined identities on this drowned Mona Lisa. The idea of the muse often evokes images of a male artist and a passive female muse. The two main job requirements for a muse are beauty and mystery; hardly a job for a feminist, or is it? The female muse is often depicted as nude in visual art. And in turn “the nude” – one of the biggest clichés of Western art tradition, is a genre predominantly inhabited by male artists.”

At the beginning of April 2015, Jurisic began the task of photographing 100 female nudes over a period of five weeks in order to explore what happens when a female artist looks at female body. What are the characteristics of the female gaze? What happens once 100 women respond to the open call of being photographed nude? Once in the artist’s studio, they are given two props: A chair and a veil. How do they utilise these props? To show, or hide their bodies.


Intelligent Machinery


Sofie Loscher | Jonathan Mayhew | Niamh O’Doherty

Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin

Exhibition Dates: April 3rd – May 31st

A polarity is presently developing between the finite, unique work of high art, that is, painting or sculpture, and conceptions that can loosely be termed unobjects, these being either environments or artifacts that resist prevailing critical analysis. This includes works by some primary sculptors (though some may reject the charge of creating environments), some gallery kinetic and luminous art, some outdoor works, happenings, and mixed media presentations. Looming below the surface of this dichotomy is a sense of radical evolution that seems to run counter to the waning revolution of abstract and nonobjective art. The evolution embraces a series of absolutely logical and incremental changes.1

The exhibition ‘Intelligent Machinery’ explores ideas that inform artificial intelligence, pattern recognition (in neural networks), complex networks, coding, and how these factors have been used in seminal moments in our history. The classical grid of Art History has given way to the ‘system’, and modern forms of invention have to deal with a norm composed of complex inputs often concerned with redaction, obfuscation and reflection.  “To understand art as software is to understand it in terms of codes and information rather than in material or medium-specific terms.” A contemporary art-tech revolution now sees a new form of mechanical perception within the confusion of digital avatars.

Sofie Loscher (b. 1987) lives and works in Dublin. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from NCAD and a BA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT. Recent exhibitions include Neutral: Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, Galway (2014); EVA International, Limerick (2014) and Periodical Review #4, Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin (2014).

Jonathan Mayhew (b. 1981) is currently based in Paris. He holds an MFA and BA in Painting from NCAD. Recent exhibitions include Elefants, The Joinery, Dublin (2014); Housing a Pig, Flood, Dublin (2013) and (((O))), Clonlea Studios, Dublin (2013).

Niamh O’Doherty (b. 1988) is a visual artist based in Dublin. O’Doherty graduated from Fine art at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2010 and an MA in Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD in 2013. She was recently awarded a grant from She was selected to exhibited at Kilruddery House, Co. Wicklow (2013) and a had a solo exhibition at Broadstone Studios (2014) and has previously shown in London at the Wayward Gallery (2010) and at Slade School of Art (2011).

  1. Jack Burnham (1968) Systems Esthetics.
  2. Francis Halsall, (2008) ‘Systems Aesthetics and the system as media’ from Francis Halsall, Systems of Art, (Peter Lang, 2008):

This exhibition is curated by Dr. Hilary Murray, Director of ArtBox


Catherine Barragry I Teresa Gillespie | Maria McKinney

March 20th-April 25th

Preview: March 19th (6-8pm)

“There is but one world and everything that is imaginable is necessary to it. For this world also which seems to us a thing of stone and flower and blood is not a thing at all but is a tale. And all in it is a tale and each tale the sum of all lesser tales and yet these are also the selfsame tale and contain as well all else within them. So everything is necessary. Every least thing. This is the hard lesson. Nothing can be dispensed with. Nothing despised. The way in which the world is made. We have no way to know what could be taken away. What omitted. We have no way to tell what might stand and what might fall.” (1)

The world population is expected to reach over 10 billion by 2050. This means that there will not be sufficient employment available for everyone, not enough housing and food, and more waste will be produced contributing to air pollution (2). Overpopulation, coupled with a loss of habitat and biodiversity, means that ecology is incapable in its current form of responding to the needs of the population (3). A different future will emerge, one that challenges our ability to adapt to changes in climates and ecosystems, and the outcomes of our adaptive capacity will in large part be determined by our creativity (4).

Considering humanities ecological outlook, the human body can now assume a sentient phase, a becoming-animal. Philosophically, the animal is understood solely as the object of property, and can in many ways be seen as representative of man’s original right to property (and product of man’s dominion). A purely mechanical, “soulless” object, to be utilised in any way for its instrumental value to human ends (5). To ‘become animal’ will be humanity’s only path of escape. We will cross a threshold, where human becomes animal, not in a literal sense, but in a taxonomic sense (6). The discourses and social relations previously afford the body, shall be assumed by something more capable of survival and adaption.

When our future ecology reaches its final conclusion, each one of us will take our rightful place on the pedestals of the DEAD ZOO.

  1. Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing (1994), published by Alfred A. Knopf (as part of ‘The Border’ Trilogy)
  4. ibid (2)

Ella de Búrca: GOBO

Ella de Búrca
Exhibition Dates: February 6th-March 13th

GOBO press release

As an integral part of GOBO, a performance of /portals/, a play written by Ella de Búrca and starring actors Jill Harding, Bob Kelly and Aine Ní Laoghaire took place in the gallery space on February 12th and 13th. Two limited edition prints have also been created by the artist for this exhibition. All enquires can be directed to


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.