6 Aug 2013

126 presents:


Gary Dempsey & Conall Cary
curated by Gerald Heffernan

August 10th -31st  2013
Preview | Friday 9th August 2013 | 7pm

Gary Dempsey & Conall Cary
curated by Gerald Heffernan

August 10th - August 31st 2013
Preview | Friday 9th August 2013 | 7pm


There is a deficit of work in current contemporary art practice which confronts masculinity directly as its subject matter. The Machismo Project was conceived as a means by which this neglected area of research could be examined and explored. Through an exhibition and symposium a dialogue will be opened up where the complex pressures of traditional gender constructs can be unpacked and discussed. This project does not hope to provide answers to the issues it raises but rather to begin to subvert and question the roughly hewn narratives of machismo and its intersection with society.

Within the exhibition curated by Gerald Heffernan (Tactic @ Sample-Studios) the topic of male identity will be explored through the work of artists Conall Cary and Gary Dempsey in their use of printed imagery and innovative construction methods. The work will consist of large scale prints on cast concrete and cut steel, utilising the inherent masculinity of the materials size, strength and toughness juxtaposed against the surface imagery

Gary Dempsey is a visual artist and printmaker currently working as a member of Backwater Artists Group and Cork Printmakers. He graduated from the Limerick School of Art & Design with a degree in Fine Art Printmaking and has been involved as a member of the Francisian Church and Limerick Printmakers,  showing work in a variety of group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In 2011 he was awarded the  Bursary Award from Cork Printmakers and he continues to work and teach there. Dempsey's work draws on his experiences of relationships and human interactions and imposed sexual expectations placed on men today. In his work men and women are replaced by curious, animal like creatures that are used to explore the ways in which men are encouraged to reduce themselves to a series of primal urges.

Conall Cary is a visual artist and printmaker currrently working as a member of Backwater Artists Group and Cork Printmakers. After his studies at the University of Oregon, he went on to study Printmaking at GMIT and graduated with a first class honours degree in 2010. As artist-in-residence at the Highland Print Studio in Inverness, Scotland he worked with mental health patients facilitating workshops using printmaking methods. With recent residencies at the Sirius Art Centre, Cork Printmakers and Ratamo Centre for Printmaking & Photography in Finland, Cary has continued a direction of work that is concerned with the modern male identity, in particular the issues facing men living in rural isolated environments.

Gerald Heffernan graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design in 2010 with a bachelors degree in Fine Art. Having previously founded and programmed the Patrick St. Gallery in Cork from 2006-2009 he became involved with the creation of Sample-Studios in Cork City. He currently acts as Director and Chairperson while also being the co-curator and programmer for TACTIC project space in Sample-Studios. Heffernan has curated several exhibitions both in TACTIC and elsewhere, most notable being NLAIII at IMOCA in Dublin in 2012. He is currently involved in on-going curatorial projects such as The Machismo Project.


126 presents:

Artist Talk 7 | Laura Gannon in conversation with Katherine Waugh

Saturday 10th August 2013 | 5pm
Followed by prosecco reception
Free event open to all

 126 Artist Talk 7 | Laura Gannon in conversation with Katherine Waugh
Saturday 10th August 2013 | 5pm

126 presents the seventh in a series of Artists talks that aim to encourage critical conversations about contemporary art practice in Ireland. Artist Laura Gannon will discuss the development of her artistic practice along with a presentation of a selection of her works in film, drawing and performance.

Laura Gannon was born in Galway and grew up in Mayo and is now a London based visual artist working predominantly in 16mm and digital film and drawing. She completed the Artist Associate Programme at Lux, London, 2009 and graduated from Goldsmiths College, London, with an M.A( Fine Art) in 2003. Her 16mm film StopGap was the first moving image work purchased by the Irish Arts Council and has recently been included in the touring Into the Light exhibition, and her film A House in Cap-Martin set in Eileen Gray's landmark Modernist house E1027 (2006) has shown internationally to much acclaim.

Gannon recently completed a commission to produce a performance piece based on Elizabeth Bowen's The Heat of the Day as part of the David Roberts Art Foundation's programme A House of Leaves, which investigated further her preoccupation with the relationship between architecture, literature, non-dominant narratives and the body. Her work will be included in a forthcoming group show Folly: Art after Architecture in the Glucksman Gallery.
She has exhibited widely in numerous group exhibitions in Ireland, the UK, Germany, and the USA, in addition to solo exhibitions in the Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, The Context Gallery, Derry, Sketch Gallery London and Whitechapel Projects London. She has received many awards and scholarships, including the Macauley Fellowship from the Irish Arts Council and the Thomas Damann Memorial Fellowship.

Laura Gannon:
"My work is an ongoing process of exploring ways to convey fragility, the female body within architecture and non-dominant narratives which emerge in geographical margins. This interest stems from a childhood growing up in the West of Ireland where language was nuanced and loaded with unspoken meaning.  I have an ongoing engagement with literature, which explores architecture, storytelling and memory. I have worked with texts from Elizabeth Bowen, Maeve Brennan and Jean Rhys. Most recently I have used Bowen’s novelThe Heat of the Day’ as a starting point for creating a performance for four actors. By taking sections of text and collaging it to create a new structure, the work explored place as narrative.

I am now adding layers to this ongoing research and exploration incorporating performance and the
fantastical coinciding with the domestic containing the voice and actions of older women. The current
work-in-development The Cat Jumps (title from an Elizabeth Bowen short story) will allow me explore
collaged narrative in film as well as live performance. By including non-actors in their seventies, 
there is room in their filmed performance for an intimate space to be created and portray the texture
 that is part of old age. The use of a house as location for filming will provide an existing ‘stage set’ for
 the action to take place. 
My films question the placement of an individual body in socio-cultural environments, specifically within sites of particular architectural or historical interest. These might be fraught with an uncertain future, troubled by conflict or lie languishing and derelict. I am also concerned with the alignment of power and the effect of recent histories impacting earlier histories.

I explore the appearance of human presence as a form of ritual and staging within both architectural
and the natural environments. I am concerned with the notion of performance, staging, existing 
histories and the slippage between the dominant history and a story that is under the skin of that history.
Voice, storytelling, architectural histories in literature, the edge of the margins: culturally and geographically, glamour, luxury, fragility, creating identities through dress, the inconsistent narrator, the construction of domestic environments into a place of performance and ritual. The secrets of old women. (which really means remembering outside the dominant cultural and political narrative). Humour and pleasure in the uncanny and the slippage of life.  Powerful women who occupy my mind include: Grace O’Malley, Eileen Gray, Nora Barnacle, Elizabeth Bowen and Margaret Burke-Sheridan".