8th – 18th Nov | A4 Sounds Gallery
A4 Members’ & Neighbours’ Show 2018
Time to be Home is a selection of work by 18 of studio members, 4 neighbours, and 1 anonymous work submitted to us. The show looks at the landscape of our home through architecture, information, migration, identity and politics both structural and social. It is our right to call this place home if we choose to.
The Fabric of Society
We are all digital citizens living within the convolutions and confusions of the digital terrain. Today, we live in a world where we are inextricably tied by data and flowing bytes. A shift in to a digital geography is unseen, as interference patterns in the electromagnetic spectrum surround us. They draw new maps and propose new forms of invisible network infrastructures
This piece aims to show the unseen communication patterns that saturates and weave through our everyday urban surroundings. Highlighting the connections of networked infrastructure and the flow of invisible information.
Data Co-ordinates: 53.3607, -6.2604
Claire’s practice explores the interdisciplinary area of art and technology. Her research explores computational creativity and new aesthetics within contemporary art.
A graduate of the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Claire holds HCert in Audio Visual Media Technology, BEng in Digital Media Technology and BA in Visual Arts Practice. She holds an MA Art in the Contemporary World from the National College of Art and Design.
Claire is an author and contributor to Digicult, representing an international network of selected educators, journalists, curators, artists, theorists, practitioners and critics with a track record of research, academic and professional practice in the fields of contemporary digital arts, design and culture.
Created using graphing technology Grapha Mundi consists of a number of scatter graphs which represent the history and current state of Dorset street and the surrounding world. Representing the paradoxical glut of information we have available to us and the opaqueness of the world at large.
Danny Brennan is a writer and film maker. He works with Irish history and the ghosts that live there. His work has been screened at the Galway Film Fleadh and Cannes Film festival. Daniel has collaborated on feature films throughout the country and actively writes and wanders about Dublin.
Transition and Gutters
Transitons and Gutters seeks to explore the transitional properties of the ‘Gutter’ in sequential graphic storytelling. The gutter relates to the negative space between drawn panels in traditional comic book art, allowing for a sense of closure to individual elements. This closure allows us to “Observe the parts, but perceive the whole.”
Specifically, ‘Transition and Gutters’ seeks to present this through a series of seemingly unconnected visual documents of this locality and its inhabitants. Snapshots of people and places, viewed directly or discreetly and then presented in sequence so as to create the visual narrative. The artist needs both the gutters and the participation of the viewer to draw conclusions from them in order for time and motion to take place. Ultimately it is the audience that must determine what these observations reveal and what, if any, invisible messages are hidden in the margins.
Eoin Whelehan is a visual artist based in Dublin. As well as being an active member of A4 Sounds, Eoin works with Maktus Studios and is a professional member of Visual Artists Ireland. Eoin began drawing at an early age and studied animation at the Institute of Art Design and Technology in Dublin. Following graduation he became a founding member of Delicious 9, an animation collective that produced music videos for a diverse range of both Irish and international acts. Eoin also worked as a character animator for Kite Productions who made comedy series for the Irish national broadcaster RTE.
Over the last 5 years Eoin has switched his creative focus to illustration and design. He predominately works in digital media, with an emphasis on original character-based illustrations. Eoin also produces commercial graphic design and branding, as well as privately commissioned projects that utilize mixed media.
Based on the Beehives located at Broadstone Community Garden, ‘Honeycomb’ aims to promote the value of bees and the risks facing the species.
Vivienne Molloy is a Textile Artist based in Dublin and is a graduate of Textile Art and Artefact from the National college of Art and Design. Vivienne’s ambition is to pursue a career in Costume Design for Stage and Screen. She is currently in her first year of Costume Design and Make-up in Inchicore College of Further Education.
Living in the Shadow of Elder’s Bones
A collection of abandoned, boarded, and demolished buildings.
We live in the shadow of ruined opulence. A jagged silhouette is cast by palatial buildings erected for a lost caste’s fancy, now hoarded and left to decrepitude. Their useage blocked, nurturing decay in the pursuit of potential future profits. Prevented from inhabiting the past, the newly emptied plots remind us that what will be built in their place is unlikely to serve the real needs of the present denizens.
Aoife Balfe is a real life artist based in Dublin. Since graduating from Animation at IADT in 2013 she has worked as a designer, illustrator, and animator on a number of commercial projects, short films, and real life artworks.
Ghostly shadows of the past ripple through a thriving modern community, making Dorset street a place like no other. Once the city’s most important thoroughfare, over the years it has fallen victim to both dereliction and unregulated development. Beautiful historical buildings are propped up by fast food outlets as old traditions give way to a thriving melting pot.
Spectres is a collection of photographs that takes a look at the ghosts of a past that begs to not be forgotten.
Sophia is a Dublin based filmmaker and photographer with a penchant for visual storytelling. Her work consists of character-driven stories that focus on themes of identity, loss and memory.
Sculpture / Mixed Media
Looking around the historic architecture of Eccles St and beyond, the height of everything caught Lucy’s eye. The tall Georgian buildings holding up long crooked drainpipes, tapering down onto the street made her think they have probably never changed and witnessed a changing Dublin over the past hundred years.
Lucy Peters lives and works in Dublin. She is interested in her surrounding environment and takes every day objects found in the household and makes them into every day objects found outside the household.
Phone: 086 0754680
One Step at a Time
Photography / Installation
The Doors of Dublin are famous around the world and are originally from the Hanoverian period in the 1700s. Georgian houses spread across Dublin City and are found in the neighbourhood around the A4 Studio. From the 1950s, the Georgian House became threatened by the Irish Government’s development policies which demolished some of the houses following by a dominant nationalist ideology which wanted to erase physical reminders of Ireland’s colonial past.
Today, some of these buildings are left in bad condition or completely uninhabitable. It is deeply ironic considering the high demand for accommodation in the city and the difficulty to get access to the housing market.
The installation is visible in 2 steps, first is the key itself and the second is its shadow created by the lighting. The shadow discloses the shape of a door from a Georgian house. The concept behind using a shadow cast from the key itself is that it would be in vain to try to open the door with this key as the door would vanish as soon as the key is moved. This installation connects Guillaume’s past creations and research. He has tested projections of recordings of moving objects on themselves.
Guillaume is a French contemporary artist born Hérault, South of France who lives and works between Dublin, Ireland and Montpellier, France. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Les Beaux-Arts de Montpellier in 2012. Passionate about photography, he likes all subjects related to light; natural or artificial. The way we use light in our modern society on our buildings, our streets or lighting up rooms captures his attention. Light enables us to view the world around us and is linked to how we interpret our environment.
The Findlater Every day Tear-away planner
Paint / Illustration
Every day is Findlater day with this handy day by day planner. Everyday is YOUR festival. Simply tear off a flap a day to reveal another great Findlater moment. Find you later – you know where!
Do you accept where you are?
Dealing with the issue of Locale should be easy but it is not. I am here, after-all. But the occasions where I see further than my appetites and the tiny dance steps of my sad life that I scratch out on this ceaselessly turning clay are rare.
Art is supposed to lift you to a higher place-I’m sorry I can’t take you there.
But we can go to the Findlater.
The Findlater is a place in-between. It is earthy, definite, touchable in veneer and beer. But we go there to escape reality and blot out our present, change our brains to the frequency of booze.
To place myself I will not place myself in an epic heroes tale, instead show the rat-like paces, from the bus stop to the bar and back again that I trace each day. I will place myself where I am. And I hope we can meet there.
Where do you find yourself? Accepting where you are, or fantasizing, wishing you were here or wishing you were with the person who wished you were there?
Born 1983 Dublin Ireland, educated at the national collage of art and design, Sophie Iremonger graduated in 2008 with a BA in Painting. She has lived in Berlin for the last ten years developing a strong studio practice. Exhibiting in Berlin, London and New York. She makes paintings, books and illustrations thematically concerned with wastelands and the junctures between human and non-human worlds. Other themes include food, and deconstructing baroque art. Her paintings utilise print, collage and acrylics. She also illustrates and writes children’s books.
Where do I belong?
Whether you belong is partly how people interact with you, including strangers. Claudine tries to answer the question, “is it me?” Two cams, two different people. Can you tell who’s wearing which cam?
Claudine was formerly a research scientist who thought about climate, the atmosphere, light and wavelengths. She had a midlife crisis and art was the answer. She now gets paid to code, and in her free time plays in the intersection of art, science, hardware, and software. She’s exhibited in Berlin with Lacuna Lab and in Dublin with A4 Sounds. She is also an instructor in the Technology for Artists course through A4 Sounds.
Sara Serpilli and is an Italian Photographer/Illustrator currently based in Dublin. Sara studied in Paris, France, where she obtained a MA in Photography. After 7 years of baguettes Sara decided to take a temporary break and she moved to Ireland. The temporary break became a permanent stay.
A key component of Sara’s work is humour. As an Illustrator she her main tools are water colour and ink. Sara is currently working on a series of drawings where she digs into the psychology and symbols that belong to her personal story as woman. She is also working on a series called ‘Magdalene Art’ where she creates visual satire about Ireland and her experiences here. Sara also works as a commercial photographer and educator.
Sculpture / Performance
Rescue me is an ongoing project using abandoned sites and condemned buildings as a canvas with a cyberpunk/ vaporwave bent. Assemblages are made out of found aesthetic trash and placed at sites along with text exploring the idea of wanting to be rescued.
River Champion is a genderpunk and a provocateur. Using their words, their body, or whatever paint or objects they can find they are gonna screw with your concept of art and gender. They make political statements with their art, whether that be about the state of mental health in our society or about the cause of intersectionality, they seamlessly blend the personal and the political.
Working primarily in inks, street art, performance poetry and mixed media on canvas in the past year they have made an impact as a genderqueer model and an event organiser. Recent exhibitions have included ‘kitchen portraits; representing the impact of homelessness on gender minorities’ and ‘body | battleground; bodily autonomy beyond the 8th amendment’.
Jess Mc Kinney
Home is Where We Are Together
Poetry / Art Zine
Home Is Where We Are Together is a mixed media zine, made from materials sourced in the area and filled with poems about making a home here. To correspond with the exhibition theme ‘Locale’ the poems consider concepts such as housing, community and life in the inner city. Jess’s decision to move forward with the project was spurred on by the recent housing activist movement ‘Take Back The City’ whose protests took place locally.
The materials were selected to highlight the relationship between nature and domesticity within the shifting city landscape, all of which were naturally occurring, recycled or from nearby charity shops. In an ever-expanding city during the age of gentrification Jess wanted to gather an assemblage of materials and words to symbolize human defiance. This is a consideration of the different ways we find relief, love and community in a city that’s pushing us out.
Jess Mc Kinney is a poet, artist, zinester and English Studies graduate of University College Dublin. Originally from Inishowen, Co. Donegal, they are now living and making work in Dublin city. Their writing is informed by themes such as nature, memory, sexuality, relationships, gender, mental health and autonomy. Often visually inspired, they enjoy pairing poetry with photography and collage work, and has been working to incorporate a tangible element in their creative practice.
They are co-founder of the recently established Not4U Poetry Collective. Their work has been previously published both in Ireland and further afield, in journals including Abridged, Poethead, Monstrous Regiment, Peach Magazine, A New Ulster, Impossible Archetype, HeadStuff, Hunt & Gather, and several other local zines.
Intervention / Documentation
JMDefaux is an unknown person or group who make work of a political nature through public art interventions. Utilising street furniture advertising, particularly that of JCDecaux, their current focus seems to be on the ongoing housing crisis in Dublin. They do not appear to be affiliated with any other organisations.
JMDefaux have submitted their work for this show to A4 Sounds anonymously.
Bad Times Brick (Megan Scott & James Delanney)
Live Intervention / Sculpture
Installation / Off site Sculpture
The phenomenon of gentrification has emerged as the most effective means to artificially inflate property value in an area for the generation of profits in the pursuit of ever higher numbers on spreadsheets. This is a major contributor to the creation of housing “bubbles” in a constant cycle of inflation/deflation. The casualty of this process is the local community.
This sculptural installation seeks to ponder the meaning of what a house represents – home, belonging, family, security, community – the fragility of that, its need for protection, and its importance to healthy human functioning.
Do the bricks and mortar have more value than the lives within? Does the value lie in being a house or a home? Which is more precious – the tangible or the intangible?
Lieselle McMahon is a performance and visual artist living in Dublin, where she studied Music & Media Technologies at TCD and Visual Art at NCAD. She uses a combination of sound synthesis, field recordings, spoken word, soundscapes and voice, as well as sculpture and layering visual textures in film and photography. Her art work is very much influenced by her background as a musician and songwriter.
Marginalia is a body of work by Siobhán Clancy presented in ‘episodes’, a form that is borrowed from the method of publication by installments of Ulysses by James Joyce. Each is a component in a larger collection-in-progress. Themes variously touch on a heritage of silent treatment, struggles with ambiguity in a culture of self-censorship and the political in every relationship.
Clancy presents Marginalia Part 1 consisting of 4 episodes at Locale #2: Time to be Home.
Siobhán Clancy is a visual artist concerned with social health. Her practice is located in institutional, civic and cultural spaces, often collaborating with others as potential agents of change in a shared social context. The outcomes typically manifest as multi-media works, immersive events, participatory performances, live action and play on themes related to health, education and justice.
Following graduation in 2005 from NCAD with a BA in Fine Art, in 2014 Siobhán completed a Masters in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism at Maynooth University. Her work on agency, abortion and feminist activism in Ireland has received support from the A4 Sounds Studio Project Award (2016), The Arts Council of Ireland, Create (2015) and INROADS (2015). Recent work in healthcare settings with youth has included artist residency programmes, film screenings, exhibitions and events at The IFI (2014) IMMA (2015, 2016) and The Sugar Club (2017) with Helium Arts. The Arts Council of Ireland (2016), The Department of Education and Skills (2018) and Erasmus+ (2016) have supported her arts education work with Make Create Innovate.
Episode 1. Aspiration for a Speaking Mouth
Performance from 7pm 8th Nov 2018 / Sculptural Artefact
Performance from 7pm on 8th Nov to coincide with the exhibition opening event. Sculptural Artefact on show from 8th – 18th Nov.
Siobhán Clancy, Ann Kinsella & Brian Kinsella
Episode 2. Knowledge is Heavy: An Interpretation of Locale #2 by our Neighbours Engaged Work at 2pm on Sat 10th Nov 2018
The artist has collaborated with Ann and Brian Kinsella to create a tour that shares insights on the exhibiting artist’s motivations behind their work and invites the audience to discuss their own interpretations. It is an experiment in engaged critique and interpretive exchange.
Episode 3. If you thought this was a quiet revolution…
Engaged Work with Public 2-5pm on Sat 17th Nov 2018
This piece involves the collection of crowdsourced suggestions for songs of solidarity and dissent for playback during a Pull and Print drop-in event. It is in response to a recent revisionist statement by Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Claiming that the repeal the 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution came about through “quiet revolution” effectively mutes the voices and actions of a 35 year old civil movement that has been defined by speaking out using an incredible range of media including chants, performance, an all-Ireland strike action, speak outs, visual art and much more. The subtext of the statement implies an expectation of respectability politics on the part of other movements for health, housing, social justice and others.
Visitors are invited to pull their own print on the day between 2pm and 5pm. Bring a high vis, Repeal jumper or any garment you would like to print on.
Can’t make it? Then why not suggest some solidarity songs for printers to enjoy as they work. Also, limited prints and garments available to purchase at the A4 Sounds Gallery.
Episode 4:Loud Dark Iron
Engaged Work with Public 12-8pm on Sun 18th Nov 2018
coinciding with Community Walk – James Joyce Trail
These bells feature multiple times in the work of another ancestral neighbour artist James Joyce. In Calypso, the fourth episode in Ulysses, the phrase “loud, dark iron” evokes their unique sound. The bells are now installed in the belfry at Christ Church Taney Parish, Dundrum and continue to be rung regularly. For the 2018 A4 Sounds Studio Member Show ‘Locale II: Time to be Home’, artist Siobhán Clancy invites present day neighbours to experiment with Joyce’s interpretation of Johnston’s bells. Drop in at 1-5pm on 18th November to activate ‘Loud Dark Iron’ and restore a centuries old soundscape.
This event is interactive and ideal for families. It coincides with the BLEND Community Walk along the ‘James Joyce Trail’ by local Phil McEvoy and friend Henk Vleugels. It starts from A4 Sounds Studio at 10.30am on the same day. All are invited to swap stories on the rich history of our ‘hood over a cup of Winter soup after the walk. For neighbours less partial to bell ringing, ear plugs are provided!
Community Walk – James Joyce Trail
Community Event from 10:30am on Sun 18th Nov 2018
Neighbour Phil & Henk are active walkers. They have curated a walk especially for the exhibition, based on our local history. Detailed route descriptions are provided on the day. The walk will take place whatever the weather, so wrap up warm or bring a raincoat!
Sunday 18th Nov
Strict Start: 11am
Fee: €1.25 Members // €1.75 Non-Members
Distance: Approx 10-15km