Burd of the Sorrows at Future Histories

I will be presenting a specially commissioned new work Burdof the Sorrows at Kilmainham Gaol this Saturday 21st of May. The piece is featured as part of Future Histories part of ART:2016 the Arts Council's 1916 Programme. It promises to be an historic and culturally significant event, occurring from dawn to dusk with 16 of Ireland's leading artists responding to this iconic site of historical importance. I will be performing every hour on the hour from 10 am to 10pm

Artists:  Danny McCarthy, Brian Connolly, Debbie Guinnane, Helena Walsh, Sandra Johnson, Fergus Byrne, Francis Fay, Katherine Nolan, Pauline Cummins, Ciara McKeon, Dominic Thorpe, Méabh Redmond, Dr. Laura McAtackney, Michelle Browne, Alastair McLennan and Sinéad O’Donnell.

Curated by Aine Philips and Niamh Murphy

This project explores the embodiment of the Irish nation as woman, in contradiction to the repression of women's full access to subject-hood in Irish society, lore and law. In both written and unwritten laws, in the language, and social and cultural codifications that continue to produce women's oppression.

Through mythical figures such as Kathleen Ni Houlihan, Ireland is depicted as woman 'violated' through colonial rule; and her sons fighting for her honour become martyred. This work represents a melodramatic, sorrowful figure of woman haunting the Gaol as site of trauma and loss. The loss is a loss of voice, a lost of subjecthood. Enacting, embodying but struggling and failing to voice her sorrow. She is dramatic and kitsch, and contains elements of both pleasure and sadness in her sorrowfulness. After many haunting visitations a climactic, dramatic and hysterical outburst rings through the Gaol. She then returns once again, to her haunting.

Though its hurting me, now its history at Supermarket Stockholm

I will be performing live as part of MART at Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm

James L Hayes | Adam Gibney | Margaret O'Brien | Ruby Wallis | Katherine Nolan

MART is an artist-led organisation founded by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan, based in Dublin, Ireland. As part of their endeavours to provide creative platforms MART presents the work of five leading Irish contemporary artists at Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm. The show forms part of an on-going programme of exhibitions curated by MART to promote Irish art in international contemporary art markets in Europe and the US.

Since 2007 MART has sought to create opportunities by conceiving creative platforms to support artists from all stages of their careers to test new ground. Projects have included exhibitions across Ireland, the U.K, Central Eastern Europe, North America and Japan. In 2013 MART began a project to renovate the fire station in Rathmines, Dublin and now supports over 100 members in 7 studio buildings, and includes a Gallery, Project Space and International residency.

SUPERMARKET is an international artist-run art fair for artist-run galleries and other artists’ initiative. It has featured exhibitors from more than 50 countries, all part of a growing international trend of artist-run galleries, project spaces, artist collectives and other artists’ initiatives.

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Empathy with the Flesh at Dublin City University 1-3 Sept 2015

I will be showing a 4 channel video installation at Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities Conference at Dublin CIty University

Borrowing from ‘youtube tutorials’ and other viewer generated content, these video works seem to take the format of instructional videos -  instead offering material-related, ‘pointless’ sensory experiences. The work refers to compulsive viewing, that like ‘peeling a scab’ might elicit visceral experiences of disgust, satisfaction or relief. Employing affect, visual pleasure and displeasure the work aims to raise questions around how and why we invest our time, emotion and attention in the digital age.

The referenced format of user generated content has more recently been co-opted for advertising purposes, particularly aimed towards children - for instance the highest youtube earner of 2014 reportedly earned $5million ‘just by opening toy packages’. This video installation aims to raise questions such as how are our experiences constructed through the type of imagery produced in hyper-mediatised late-capitalism? Is authentic expression/identification possible in this context, or are our emotions constantly co-opted in the digital economy?

Instinct at LA Centre for Digital Art 11-29 August 2015

I will be showing my work Every Now and Then I Fall Apart  as part of Instinct at the LA Centre for Digital Art

Curator Matthew Nevin of the Irish Visual Arts organisation MART has invited 18 emerging and established Irish visual artists and designers to take part in ‘Instinct’ a cross disciplinary exhibition showcasing work in three Los Angeles galleries: Santa Monica Art Studios Gallery, The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and Hive Gallery and one Irish The MART Gallery.

Artists: Dominic Thorpe, Liam O’Callaghan, Margaret O’Brien, Katherine Nolan, Terence Erraught, Eleanor Lawler, Francis Fay, Aidan Smyth, Olga Criado Monleon, Kayleigh Forsythe, Marie Farrington, Róisín de Buitléar, Gearoid O’Dea, Grainne Tynan, Ida Mitrani,Patricia Douglas, Karen Vaughan, Christina O’Donovan.

Hive Gallery – www.hivegallery.com
Preview July 9th @ 6pm.
Runs: July 9th – August 1st, 2015.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 1-6
729 South Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA.

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art – www.lacda.com
Reception: Saturday July 11 from 6-9pm.
Exhibition Runs: July 11th – August 29th, 2015.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12-5
LACDA, 104 East Fourth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA.

Santa Monica Art Studios - www.santamonicaartstudios.com
Preview: July 25th @ 6pm
Exhibition Runs: July 25th – August 22nd, 2015.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12-6.
Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405,USA.

The MART Gallery - www.mart.ie
Preview August 26th @6pm
Exhibition Runs: August 26th – September 5th, 2015.
The MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6, Ireland.