Supported Summer Residency: Week 2
Supported Summer Residency: Week 2
This is the second update from our Supported Summer Residency. Each week we are highlighting the artworks being donated by each participating artist. This post highlights the artists and their works from week 2.
‘Dog (Motion Capture)’ depicts a dog in motion capture suit that is commonly used in the film industry to map an animal or actor’s movements digitally to an avatar. It was part of a series of paintings that explore our prosthetic relationship with technology and explore spaces that blur boundaries between the real and virtual and where technology, culture, and politics have become synthesized.
Colin Martin is an artist and lecturer based in Dublin. He is currently Head of the RHA School and lectures part-time in the NCAD Media Department. He is a graduate of DIT and NCAD and works in the medium of painting and film. Recent solo exhibitions include Keyframe, Platform Arts, Belfast, 2014, Collection, City Assembly Building, Dublin, 2012, The Garden, curated by Kate Strain, Broadcast Gallery, DIT, Dublin, 2011, Cyclorama, Basic Space, Dublin. Recent group exhibitions include Surveille.e.s CCI Paris, curated by Nora Hickey, House Taken Over, Private House, Belfast 2018, This is Not Architecture, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda 2017, Far From Me, Josef Fillip Gallery, Leipzig, N.O.W.H.E.R.E., Interview Room 11, Edinburgh 2016. He has received the Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary in 2015, 2012 and 2007.
Laura Fitzgerald is an artist working in video, drawing, sculpture, and writing. She is currently on a 3-year residency at the Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin. Recent shows include ‘HEADCASE’ at the RHA Ashford Gallery and NO PITY! at Galerie Michaela Stock Vienna.
Laura will be exhibiting in EVA International, as one of the platform commissions selected by Matt Packer, Anne Talentire & Merve Elveren. She will also be exhibiting in the Coup de Ville Triennale in Sint Niklaas, Belgium, and Less Stress More Success curated by Rachel Botha at Kilkenny arts office both in September 2020 and the Zurich Portrait Prize in November 2020.
Laura was awarded the Wexford Emergent Award in 2019 and will present a new body of work at Wexford Art Centre in 2022. She is also working towards a solo show at the Crawford Gallery in June 2021, so she is very happy.
Laura has kindly donated the drawing Making a balls of it in bad weather, 2018. The drawing is pen on Fabriano and measures 29.7 x 42cm.
Paintings form the basis of my practice. My approach is to invent a semi-fictional world to site an artist in. Painting in the third person, my works relate to one another through an invented narrative, depicting an artist’s supposed activities, environment, and viewpoints.
The painters’ studio and activity within is a recurring theme in my work. During my time at Cow House Studios, this theme was probed playfully through digital painting processes. A new suite of images were created, simulating and inferring processes and paintings produced during the residency. The alternative reality depicted includes images highlighting the painterly residue left in the wake of my manufactured activity during the residency, as well as images of some new paintings created in that parallel world.
Worn Mountain is a site-responsive wearable work made from and by materials, animals, and by people inhabiting the landscape of Hjalteyri, Iceland surrounding the gallery. A participatory gathering invited the local Sheep farmers Club (Saudfjárraektarfélag Skriduhrepps) to dance on the wool to make felt for the work Worn Mountain. It was for the exhibition ‘Phishing the Landscape’ curated by Berlin-based artists Clementine Roy & Catriona Shaw and with nine international artists at Verksmi∂jan, Hjalteyri in Iceland.