Michael Hanna, Artist Talk Thursday 6th April 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

Michael Hanna
Artist Talk
Thursday 6th April 1pm.
Conor Lecture Theatre.
Belfast School of Art.
All Welcome!

Misspelled Tattoo shown as part of Vanishing Futures: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art.

Typical of Hanna’s art is the impulse to generate new practices of experience within familiar states, unsettling the semantic relationships between the verbal and the visual, the perceptual and the conceptual, and invoking an awareness of those processes that operate under the level of our consciousness.  This is what philosopher Brian Massumi calls an ‘artwork as event’, because the synaesthetic experience of the films constitutes a type of action in itself, whereby ‘what we abstractly see when we directly and immediately see an object is lived relation – a life dynamic.’ ‘With every sight we see imperceptible qualities, we abstractly see potential, we implicitly see a life dynamic, we virtually live relation. It’s just a kind of shorthand to call it an object. It’s an event

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Catalogue essay for Predictable Contact EVERYTHING IS THE SAME AS EVERYTHING ELSE, NOTHING CAME FIRST Daniel Jewesbury. LIGHTS Unpredictable jarring cacophony.

Extract from essay by Catherine Gander

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Robert Armstrong, Artist Talk Thursday 30th March 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

Robert Armstrong
Artist Talk
Thursday 30th March 1pm.
Conor Lecture Theatre.
Belfast School of Art.
All Welcome!

In these paintings of the last decade, Armstrong has been fascinated not merely by the sea and by water, but also by floods, ark and rain, a sense of the world either at its end or its beginning, or indeed painting itself as both under threat and re-asserting itself. The sea, of course, allows for a fluidity of statement, but also, because of the ways in which the sea and, indeed, rain and clouds and fire have been previously painted and given significance by artists, they are part of the process in which, as Heidegger would have it, ‘the world becomes picture.’

One of the hallmarks of Armstrong’s talent is his tact. While his work depends for some of its strength on his reading of the work of painters from the past, and his thinking about the history and process of painting, it also depends on a sort of controlled spontaneity, a sense of free gesture, quick mark, brave addition. There is something distinctly anti-heroic in how he approaches the making of an image. Thus he will take a small section of an earlier painting rather than its entire import; he will almost playfully extract a colour or an image, and then see what will happen as he lets this merge with his own concern with making new images which are open-ended and suggestive, which come from the mind and from dreams, or which come from some set of imaginative resources which lie at the heart of his talent, a talent which is both considered and ready, as he paints, to surprise us and himself. Colm Toibin 2015

Robert Armstrong  (born Wexford 1953) is an artist founder member of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and is Head of Painting at NCAD.

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Alastair MacLennan, Artist Talk Thursday 23rd March 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

Alastair MacLennan
Artist Talk
Thursday 23rd March 1pm.
Conor Lecture Theatre.
Belfast School of Art.
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“Art is a demonstrated wish and will ‘towards’ resolving inner and outer conflict, be it spiritual, religious, political, personal, social, cultural…or any inter-fusion of these.”

Alastair MacLennan was born in Scotland and studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA.  During the 1970’s and ’80’s he made some long, non-stop durational performances in Britain, America and Canada, of up to 144 hours each. Subject matter dealt with political, social and cultural malfunction. Since 1975 he’s been based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was a founding member of Belfast’s Art and Research Exchange (1978). Since 1975 he taught at Ulster Polytechnic (later, University of Ulster) Belfast, where for 11 years he ran the Master of Arts (MA) Fine Art program. In 1997 he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, with inter-media work commemorating the names of all those who died as a result of the Political Troubles in Northern Ireland, from 1969 to (then) date.  He travels to Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, North America and Canada presenting Actuations (performance/installations). Since 1989 he’s been a member of the internationally regarded performance art entity, Black Market International. He’s an Emeritus Professor of Fine Art from Ulster University, an Honorary Fellow of (former) Dartington College of Arts, Devon, England, an Honorary Associate of the (former) National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, Scotland and a founding member of Belfast’s BBEYOND Performance Art organization.

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Martin Krenn, Artist Talk Thursday 16th March 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

Martin Krenn
Artist Talk
Thursday 16th March 1pm.
Conor Lecture Theatre.
Belfast School of Art.
All Welcome!

Memorial at the Friedenskreuz St. Lorenz (2016)

Martin Krenn is an artist, curator and lecturer at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. His work examines and discusses sociopolitical topics. He uses various media such as photography, video and web-based tools to develop projects realized in exhibitions, public space and on the internet

Krenn has had numerous international exhibitions, including solo shows in Graz (Neue Galerie), Vienna (Kunsthalle Exnergasse and Passagegalerie Künstlerhaus), Salzburg (Salzburger Kunstverein and Galerie 5020), Brest (Centre d’art Passerelle), Lüneburg (Kunstraum Lüneburg), München (Kunstraum München), Ljubljana (Mala galerija Cankarjev Dom), Celje (Center for Contemporary Art) and Bucharest (Centre for Visual Introspection).

He was awarded a PhD by Ulster University in 2016. From 2006 to 2009 he served as chairperson of the Austrian Artists Association (IG Bildende Kunst). His work is represented by Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz

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Ramon Kassam, Artist Talk Thursday 9th March 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

Ramon Kassam
Artist Talk
Thursday 9th March 1pm.
Conor Lecture Theatre.
Belfast School of Art.
All Welcome!

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Canvas, acrylic and tacks on linen, 56x81cm, 2014.

 

Ramon Kassam is an artist from Limerick City in Ireland, painting forms the basis of his practice. Kassam’s recent work re-connects with the concept of the artist as creative subject, combining the thematic of the artist’s workspace (canvas, studio, gallery and urban environment) with formal and conceptual references to the autonomous reality of modernist abstraction. Ramon has been exhibiting regularly since 2010. Recent exhibitions  include; The Green on Red Gallery – Dublin (Solo), The Lewis Glucksman Gallery – Cork, and The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in Michigan (US), Limerick City Gallery of Art (2015 Solo), EVA International – Ireland’s Biennale, Limerick (2014). Pallas Projects, Dublin, (solo 2013),

He has received a number of awards and residencies. These include The 16 x 16: Next Generation Bursary Award, a special initiative of the Arts Council and the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, in recognition of the role of artists in the events of 1916. Residencies include The Embassy of Ireland in Addis Ababa – Project Residency, The RHA Tony O’ Malley Residency Award and Irish Museum of Modern Art. In addition to his practice Kassam founded and was a Director of both Wickham Street Studios, an artist studio complex and Occupy Space, a visual arts exhibition space in Limerick City from 2009-2011.

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Hyeyoung Maeng, Artist Talk Thursday 2nd March 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

Hyeyoung Maeng
Artist Talk
Thursday 2nd March 1pm.
Conor Lecture Theatre.
Belfast School of Art.
All Welcome!

24336faf-154b-4716-ae42-545413323b6fHyeyoung was born in South Korea, and is currently a PhD candidate in Contemporary Art at Lancaster University. Her PhD research investigates the boundaries between painting and film, and explores the potentiality of digital documentation of the process of Korean Bunche painting as an independent fine art piece from the final stage of the painting. This practice also re-invents French philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s theory of art as Transcendental Realism.

Hyeyoung earned a BFA and an MFA in Korean painting at Kyung Hee University, South Korea. After 10 years working experience as a practicing artist, she came to San Francisco in 2010 to study contemporary art at the San Francisco Art Institute. This trans-cultural experience led her to develop a new way of seeing everyday life, not through fixed identity and pre-existing categories, but rather infused with the notion of differenciation, and in search of truths as a process.

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Moira McIver. Artist Talk. Thursday 23rd Feb 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

Moira McIver
Artist Talk
Thursday23rd Feb 1pm.
Conor Lecture Theatre.
Belfast School of Art.
All Welcome!

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Moira McIver’s previous artworks have been photographic and video art projects based on historical events from a contemporary female perspective. Projects have included subject matter such as: The Second World War, female sailors in the 18th and 19th century, Irish female heroines in the 1798 rebellion in Co.Down. N.Ireland. Research into these historical events included first-hand interviews with war veterans and explorations of popular local myth. Her work often focuses on the interplay and tension between social history and the individual and how our sense of the physical body remains central to this discourse.

McIver uses historical photographic techniques such as wet plate collodion as part of her research into social, political and gendered perspectives on early Irish photography. Wet plate collodion photography, is an historical process invented by Frederic Scott Archer in 1851. The process often produces unexpected results which challenge contemporary expectations of the photographic image.

Recent Exhibitions incluudeShadow Catcher: Explorations in Historical Photography, Solo Exhibition, Ards Arts Centre, November 2016.,Vanishing Futures: Collective Histories of N.Irish Art’, Group Exhibition, GT Gallery, Belfast, 2015. ‘To Camera..’ Group Exhibition, GT Gallery, Belfast Photo Festival, 2015.

This Lecture Programme is supported by the Development & Alumni Relations Office (Arts & Culture) Ulster University

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