Satellite Residency: Stephen Dunne & Niamh Davis
Stephen Dunne’s work operates across the registers of painting, drawing and moving image. Works are produced in a spontaneous manner and attempt to draw upon the unconscious as a source material. The process of making, where each thing leads to the next through an experimental and intuitive approach is at the core of this work.
Dunne is a graduate of the M.A in Fine Art painting at the Royal College of Art and of NCAD and his recent exhibitions include “As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics” & “Wilder Beings Command” at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Forthcoming solo presentations will be at the Ashford Gallery at RHA in February, Triskel Arts, Cork in April and the Courthouse, Ennistymon Co.Clare, May 2019.
Image: Work in progress, Cow House Studios Sattelite Residency, 2018
Niamh Davis is a Dublin based artist. She has a BFA from Crawford Art College, Cork and a Post Grad from UCD. She has had solo exhibitions in Cross Gallery, Dublin, nag Gallery, Dublin, PS2, Belfast and The Andrew Stone Gallery, Westport, as well as many group exhibitions throughout Ireland, Berlin and Timor Leste. In addition to the Mothership Project Satellite Residency in Cow House Studios, awards include Fire Station Artist’s Studio’s Digital Media Residency Award and the Backwater Artists Studio’s, Ciaran Langford Memorial Bursary Award.
Niamh’s work is motivated by a desire to explore and to excavate meaning from our contemporary condition and what it means to be a woman in 21st Century Ireland.
Her most recent work includes short minimal vignettes based purely on an encounter between herself and the camera. In this situation, artistic production is reduced to it’s barest form yet using Green Screen technique and high-end video production. A series of personas act out jovial expressions pushed to an extreme, externalising inner states and giving form to contradiction.
Image: Only When I Laugh, vIdeo still, 2014