A site responsive exhibition of sculpture, installation, works on paper and audio visual works by artists Sophie Behal, Maeve Lynch, Rosie O’Reilly and Cliodhna O’Riordan. Drawing on Husserl’s phenomenological analysis of perception the work in the exhibition will be conceptually linked by investigations into the object and the experiencer as fluid entities; dissolving, melting and transient.
Sophie Behal (b.1989) is a visual artist based in Dublin.She works mainly in sculptural installation, which can include audio, text, photographic, video and performance elements. Her work explores the space between thinking, language and making. Often the nature of the project is pre- verbal, in that it tries to grasp an experience that we know well but cannot name. This tension at the core of the practice between language and making is a generative element for works. Her work exists in an attempt to dissolve language and reevaluate the narrativity implicit in artistic creation. Sophie’s work is characterised by an attention to the inherent qualities of
materials and their relationship to time. She is interested in the historical relevance of materials and the form that artworks embody is driven by an active material experimentation and research period. These materials whilst in a state of becoming and possibility suggest things still in a state of flux, the negotiable delicate balance of things in this world and the constancy of change.
Maeve Lynch’s work is driven by her interest in perception, materiality, and structures. She works in a variety of media including print, sculpture, installation and sound. Her work is concerned with architecture and landscape as site and manipulating the space within existing structures through installation, video and sound. She explores the transformative potential of materials and their potential to blur the line between two and three dimensionality.
1 1 ‘the physical thing itself: it itself is there. But, in being there itself, the physical thing has for the experiencer an open, infinite, indeterminately general horizon, comprising what is itself not strictly perceived’ (Husserl 1999. Husserl, Edmund. 1999. Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publications.
Rosie O’Reilly’s work is concerned with the rationalist-constructivist view of nature that separates it from human experience with a focus on building connections in a world we are physically entangled with but have been trained to think apart from. She is interested in how stories are told and how they need to be retold to invade the knowledge structures that continue to reinvent borders.
Cliodhna O Riordan’s sculptural process is intensely physical. Potent matter energy is expressed through the marriage of dull materials such as ‘Gone Off ‘poster paints and styrofoam. Invisible forces determine the structure and behaviour of the physical within negative spaces.
Venue: Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast
Exhibition opening: Thursday 8th August
Exhibition opening time: 6.00-9.00pm
Dates: 08/08/2019 – 26/08/2019