OO3D Galway Arts Centre
Galway Arts Centre, Galway, Ireland.2009.
Galway Arts Centre presented 003D: a collaborative exhibition between the Galway based artists collective Expanded Draught and Masters degree students from Louisiana State University, curated by Gina Ruane (Galway) and partly funded by LSU. The blitz exhibition opened Monday June 22nd at 6.00pm on the ground floor of GAC and ran for one week closing on Saturday 27th. On the 8th of June the five LSU students will moved to Galway City to conclude their two month collaboration with the Irish artists. Over the intervening two weeks the two groups worked together in various locations throughout the city to develop and realise their ideas, culminating in the show 003D.
The two groups were initially brought together by Expanded Draught member Allison Regan who moved to Louisiana in August 08 to start a three year Masters degree in sculpture. The idea for the collaboration was triggered after the collective were forced to figure out a new way of working with the founder member who was now based overseas. Although it is a collaboration of two groups the artists have chosen to work in pairs. Taking the concept of people and ideas being placed and displaced in and out of contexts and environments, each collaborative pairing has applied this as the starting point from which to develop their interpretations. Communication, and its significance to the project regarding physical distance, accessibility, cultural differences and modes of exchange, was an ongoing and key factor to the process over the last two months. Working relationships deemed appropriate by each pair were quickly established as a base for the perception, formulation and reciprocation of ideas. Working relationships deemed appropriate by each pair were quickly established as a base for the perception, formulation and reciprocation of ideas. This process moved to the exciting next level on the 8th of June when the five LSU students finally arrived in Galway.
Talk: Galway Ireland
The public got the opportunity to meet the artists at a public talk held in the gallery space an hour before the opening at 5.00pm. there the artists answered questions as well as discussing their collective experiences of the project and their individual artistic practices.
Talk:Baton Rouge Louisiana
We held a professional practice talk in Louisiana State University, Design Building, Auditorium Baton Rouge 70803, We skyped Irish members who were present for the duration of the talk and called other members who were unavailable at that time.
Talk: Nichols college, Thibodeaux Lousiana
We held another professional practice talk and again skyped Expanded Draught members for the duration of the talk.
The artists involved in 003D:
Lindsey Maestri, Arkansas, (LSU Ceramics) & Joanne Dolan, Co Galway, (Printmaking, co-founder of Expanded draught) who, through selective and minimal forms of communication, are exploring the concept of the created persona. Their ideas centred on obsession, imagination, intuition and observation sparked from a limited information exchange.
Cody Arnall, Oklahoma, (LSU, Sculpture) & Colin O Brien, Dublin, (Sculpture, graphic design) took a look at the idea of connectivity and the use of everyday objects and materials as a vessel for communication. Led by the materials and objects they scavenged on a daily basis throughout the city, the pair documented the changes effecting human interaction with these objects through their subversion.
David Carpenter, Arkansas, (LSU, Sculpture) & Alwyn Revill, Dublin (Sculpture), &
Allison Regan, Galway (Sculpture, LSU). Taking the concept of ritual masks as an embodiment of a tradition important to the religious and/or social life of the community as whole or a particular group within the community, the three artists held a form of parade. Their investigations have centered on a diversity of influences such as Mardigras Indians, Armagh Mummers, wearable art and processions of the dead.
Kit French, Virginia, (LSU Sculpture) & Dave Callan, Dundalk, (Sculpture) explored ideas of communication, copyright, appropriation and displacement. Their process involved juxtaposing the use of modern tools of communication such as skype with outmoded devices such as records and tapes.
Tyler Mackie, Oregon, (LSU, Painting) & Breege Hynes, Co Galway, (Printmaking) focused on making their work a documentation of their time apart and then with one another in Galway. The pair made a series of drawings relating to themselves and their environment for a month leading up to their meeting. The drawings were then exchanged, partly erased and gradually reworked by the other artist for the duration of their time together, with the process influenced by their reflection of and interaction with one another.
Article written By Simon Flemming:
So what do you get when you mix equal parts Louisiana Master students and a local Irish art collective? Probably a lot of drinking. But as far as an exhibition goes? Well, you can probably expect a good one, and that is just what you get. The Galway Arts Centre is showing a large group collaborative show of artists from Galway and Louisiana. Titled 003D and curated by Gina Ruane. Unfortunately its a very quick show and ends this weekend. Here is a brief snippet about the show from the GAC.
The two groups were initially brought together by Expanded Draught member Allison Regan who moved to Louisiana in August 08 to start a three year Masters degree in sculpture. The idea for the collaboration was triggered after the collective were forced to figure out a new way of working with the founder member who was now based overseas. Although it is a collaboration of two groups the artists have chosen to work in pairs. Taking the concept of people and ideas being placed and displaced in and out of contexts and environments, each collaborative pairing has applied this as the starting point from which to develop their interpretations.
I am glad I swung by yesterday as I didn’t know it was up for such a short period of time. The exhibit is a feast. You are confronted right away by a wall of masks created by David Carpenter, Alwyn Revill and Allison Regan. Its interesting the effect masks have. Phantasmal otherworldly notions creep into the dialogue that one has when standing in front of this tribalistic trophy wall. I am not sure of their “practicality” as mentioned in the artists write up but they do evoke a slight sense of wonder with a hint of intimidation. Masks tell stories, but they also hide and impose. These mask have an end of the world feel to them. Are they from tribes that have risen from the cast off of a failed society or are they tools of the trade from some strange traveling carnival ? What ever they are, they succeed in pulling the viewer down new paths, new narratives.
On the opposite wall we are asked to take a more intimate look at Breege Hynes and Tyler Mackie’s collaboration. I liked the idea behind this work. Creating small works and exchanging them only to be erased, covered up or reworked by the other artist. A mix of faith and curiosity is needed for these types of joint ventures. I enjoyed some of the pieces but not all and I’m not sure how the work as a whole holds up. It was a tough spot opposite the visually commanding display of the masks. But the way they mounted the small works was engaging I almost missed hidden pieces mounted to the ceilings of the alcoves. The middle room was the location for an eye catching sculptural display, a strange combination of found material. The write up by the artists explains that they started with a series of themes and collected materials from around Galway in response. I couldn’t read the relation of the final piece with the themes but didn’t care really. I was drawn into the works structure and physical impact, the relation it had to the room. I wish I had a better shot of the piece. As I am writing this I have just realised that there was a second component to this work, I suspect. A small framed image on the opposite wall. I have to admit that I did not associate the two parts as one. I didn’t see the connection or relation. I have to ask if this was a situation due to the layout of the room or a short-coming of the work itself.
The back room found two projects. Kit French and Dave Callan’s playful colour paper creations and Lindsey Maestri and Joanne Dolan’s “25 Random Facts” collaboration. I found a bit of a disconnect with the combination of reproduced actual items (tape player and cassette tape) with random forms. It was a bit confusing but didn’t really detract from the whimsical nature of the work.
Over all a strong show that really should have been up for longer.