28 Nov 2012

Breaking the line _ _ _ Lotte Bender, Declan Casey, Gerard Garvey, Barry McHugh

126 present:

Breaking the line _ _ _ _

Lotte Bender    Declan Casey

Gerard Garvey    Barry McHugh

1-22 December 2012

Preview: Friday 30 November, 7- 9pm,
with opening night performances by
Declan Casey and Gerard Garvey.
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Image:  HotStr8actn2012  Gerard Garvey

Breaking the line _ _ _ _  

126 Gallery presents a show by four recent graduates from Galway & Mayo Institute of Technology, and  Limerick School of Art and Design. 

This exhibition is a showcase of new work by four recent graduates.  Responding to the theme ‘Breaking the line’, each artist has engaged with powerful issues of perception, futility, identity and ownership in modern contemporary living.

Lotte Bender

Lotte Bender lives in Limerick and graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design with a BA in Sculpture and Combined Media.

She has an interest in how perception shapes our views of the world and how this perception can be influenced, especially by the mass media.  By combining these questions within her artistic practice the aim within many of her projects, inspire dialogue and ask open-ended questions.

Declan Casey

Declan Casey was born in Dublin, but lives and works now in County Limerick.  Casey graduated from Limerick College of Art and Design with a BA in Sculpture and Combined Media.

Moby Strets is his alter ego, who questions the futility found in many aspects of contemporary living. This is done using both live and video performance. 

The current video piece is part of an ongoing larger work in the form of a surreal short video film featuring Moby.

Gerard Garvey

Gerard Garvey is from Ballinasloe and graduated from GMIT, with a BA in Sculpture.

Garvey's work is based on sexuality, gender and the complexities  that gay identities face with conforming to or rejecting society's stereotyping critical perceptions.

Blurring and testing gender roles that are placed on men, Garvey is interested in the constraints that are constructed to maintain the ' macho man' social order and wants to push the boundaries on what is deemed adequate behavior for men in society today.

Barry McHugh

From Largydonnell, Co.Leitrim, Barry McHugh graduated from GMIT, with a BA  in Fine Art.

Through incursions and re-appropriation of images, McHugh breaks the line of creation and looks at issues of ownership in regard to the printed image.

Deliberately altering the images, McHugh changes the way the images are viewed, giving a feeling of displacement.

126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and our membership.

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12 Nov 2012

126 presents
126 Artist Talk 3 | Eve Vaughan

Out in the open |  An artist's insights into creating performance for public spaces
4.30pm | 13th November 2012
The White Room | Cluain Mhuire | Wellpark Road | Galway
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126 presents the third in a series of artist talks that aim to encourage critical discourse about contemporary art practice in Ireland.

Out in the open | An artist's insights into creating performance for public spaces

Eve Vaughan (Galway) is a contemporary theatre and live art practitioner who specialises in making performances and installations in public spaces. Alongside working independently of theatre and art spaces, she has presented as part of festivals and with the support of art galleries in Galway, Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Amsterdam, New York and London. In conjunction with her arts practice she is trained drama facilitator and regularly creates performance workshops for artists and young adults.
A statement to stand by | Performance workshop
Life Room | Cluain Mhuire | GMIT
2-5pm | Friday 16th November 2012
This free workshop will look at various methodologies behind making contemporary performance and how these forms can engage with the participant's current beliefs/preoccupations when translating ideas into live actions. Maximum 10 places. email contact@126.ie to book a place.


8 Nov 2012

126 and TULCA present:


Conor McFeely

10 - 23 November 2012

Preview: Friday 09 November, 6pm
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Image: Weathermen Projects, Conor McFeely, 2012

Weatherman - Conor Mc Feely

Shown for TULCA 2012 are extracts from the Weathermen projects in the form of video and audio sequences. The Weathermen projects draw upon an interest in a history of arcane references including “the weathermen” a clandestine revolutionary party in the 60’s and 70’s for the violent overthrow of the US government and the establishment of a dictatorship of the proletariat. They famously aided the jailbreak and escape of Timothy Leary. It is a landscape of the interior as much as the exterior of human experience as structured by diverse forces from the meteorological to the personal and the social.

Conor McFeely’s works have an emphasis on the manipulation of space and the idiosyncratic use of materials and media. The contexts for these works have been varied and include references to literature, cinema, art history and social contexts amongst others. He has been referred to by the Guardian newspaper as a twenty-first century electro-alchemist. His work which has often been informed by cult literature, has also been described as jump cut rather than linear, and been likened to a diatribe, more from the lips of Mark E Smith than William Burroughs, a sort of post-punk diorama. Recent shows include The Cologne Video Art Festival, CologneOFF 2012 and The Night of the Long Knives (Weathermen projects) as part of an AIR Residency at NKD Dale Norway, 2012.

2 Nov 2012

126 Artist Talk 2

126 presents:
126 Artist Talk 2 | Applying for postgraduate art programmes
Amanda Ralph, MAVIS Programme Director, IADT

5pm | 6th November 2012
126 Gallery | Queen Street | Galway
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126 presents the second in a series of artist talks.

Applying for postgraduate art programmes

Amanda Ralph, Programme Director of the MA in Visual Arts Practices (IADT) will conduct a meet and greet session to discuss applications to postgraduate art programmes. While there will be specific information provided on the MAVIS programme, Amanda will also discuss her own experience of applying to and studying in the United States along with general advice regarding proposals for study at Masters level. Recent graduates (critics, curators and artists), and those about to graduate or those interested in pursuing postgraduate art programmes are welcome.

The session will include a presentation entitled "You don't do art for no good reason. It costs so much" James Turrell, Sunday Independent, 1991, which focuses on one of the research themes that will be taken up during the 2013 MAVIS programme.

Amanda Ralph is an artist whose practice is based on ideas generated though consideration of material in the public realm and has previously developed ideas working at the Centre for Creative Photography, Tucson, the Coroner's Court Dublin, the Economic and Social Research Institute and the Multiple Sclerosis Care Centre, Dublin. Amanda is Programme Director of the MA in Visual Arts Practices at DĂșn Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She holds an M.Sc. from Trinity College Dublin, an MFA from the University of Arizona Tucson, and a BA(Hons) from the National College of Art and Design Dublin. Awards include Fulbright Scholarship, a one-year artist residency at the International Studio Programme at PS1 Museum of Modern Art, New York, a three-year artist residency at the Fire Station Artist's Studios, Dublin and Arts Council of Ireland bursaries. Amanda has served on the board of the National Sculpture Factory Cork, the board of The Sculptor's Society of Ireland and is currently a member of the International Association of Art Critics, Ireland and Advisory Board member of Askeaton Contemporary Arts.
126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and our membership.


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