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The Bomb Factory Art Foundation
The Bomb Factory presents Scaffold: a group exhibition that explores issues related to our use of digital technologies and how this engenders a sense of detachment, thus examining how this may lead to manipulating or polarising opinion and sense of self. Works on show will consider how the material disintegration of images and information, of pixilation and surface breakdown, can confound meaning and truth. Kate Fahey’s practice explores embodied experiences with contemporary screen-based, techno-scientific images, reimagining bodily presence in the military’s highly mediated representation of warfare online. Adam Gibney’s works highlight the relationship between scientific uncertainties and the anxious state we sometimes occupy. Jonathan Mayhew is interested in moments when edges blur and ideas of ourselves along with the world around us are ruptured. The artists explore absent bodies, barriers in communication and aim to find a voice within the noise and complexities of digital scaffolds. The exhibition aims to question the function of systems we use to disseminate and consume content in the digital sphere and what happens when these processes are undermined by glitches that can be detrimental in our understanding or interpretation of them.
The exhibition is kindly supported by:
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
LONDON IRISH CENTRE
UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON
ARTS & HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL
Events and Itinerary:
Wed 23 Oct, 6-9pm
Join us for a drink to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Scaffold.
London Irish Centre Culture Pop Up - Artists’ Talk
Thurs 24 Oct, 7-9pm
Organised in partnership with The London Irish Centre, this event will connect with the culturally minded Irish diaspora living in London. To attend please see book at www.londonirishcentre.org
Artist workshop with Kate Fahey
Fri 1 Nov, 2-4pm
Kate will present an object / text / image which has been key in the development of a recent work. Participants will be invited to do the same followed by an open discussion around research, ideas and how we work through these ‘agents' to influence our practice. To attend please book at: www.bombfactory.org.uk
Artist Peer Support Workshop
Fri 1 Nov 4-6 pm
Scaffold curator Séamus McCormack will lead an artist led workshop on ways of discussing and supporting practice.
To attend please book at: www.bombfactory.org.uk
Zine Making Workshop
Thurs 31 October 6.30-9.30pm
Studio Novel designer Ashley Kinnard & artist Jonathan Mayhew will lead a zine-making workshop based on some of the themes in Scaffold
Artists and Curator Bio
Adam Gibney is a Dublin based artist. His most recent solo exhibitions include Euclid, I miss you, Artbox 2016 and Projective Verse 9: Deep Breadths, Daegu Foundation of Culture, 2017. Other recent and notable exhibitions include: Jealous Wall, Luan Gallery, 2017, The Voyage, CB1 Gallery, 2016 and Futures, Royal Hibernian Academy, 2014. In 2016, Adam represented Ireland in the V Moscow Biennale for Young Art – Deep Inside. In 2018, Adam was the recipient of the Fingal Arts Office Infrastructure Public Art Award. At the end of 2019, Adam will present a solo-exhibition in The Oongah Young Gallery, Dublin.
Kate Fahey (b. Kilkenny, Ireland) is a London based artist and researcher Previous exhibitions include Fuzzy Logic, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Ireland (2018), Repetitive Strain, Lewisham Arthouse, London (2018), Surface Tension, Detroit Gallery, Stockholm (2017), Dark Adaptation, Guest Projects, London (2017) and the Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA London, (2016). Recent residencies include ZK/U, Centre for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin (2019), Leitrim Sculpture Centre, (2018), British School at Rome (2017) and Callan Workhouse Union (2016). She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and currently an AHRC TECHNE funded PhD candidate at the University of the Arts, London.
Jonathan Mayhew is an Irish artist based in Dublin. Recent Exhibitions include: solo exhibition at Pallas Projects, Dublin, 2019; Black Church Annual, Black Church Studios, 2019; Carlow Arts Festival 2019; digital_self, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2018; Zurich Portrait Prize 2018, National Gallery of Ireland; Sørlandsutstillingen, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Norway, 2017; I Wanted to Write a Poem, Wexford Arts Centre, 2017; Activating Pangea, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles, 2017; Glitch 15, Rua Red, Dublin, 2016. Awards include: EVA award Wexford Arts Centre, 2015 and his work is held in the collections of the Office of Public Works Ireland and AXA Insurance.
Séamus McCormack is a curator based in London. Curated projects include: Rain Wetting Thirst, Lewisham ArtHouse; Jealous Wall, Luan Gallery, Athlone; SausageFest, ArtBox, Dublin; Traces, IMMA, Dublin; Roadkill, IMMA, Dublin and was co-curator of both Mobile Encounters and Primal Architecture, IMMA, Dublin. He currently works with New Contemporaries and was previously at Whitechapel Gallery, London and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). He was written on the work of artists including: Haroon Mirza, Leonora Carrington, Wolfgang Tillmans, Paul Sharits, Jonas Lund, Ulla Wiggen, Christopher Williams, Janine Davidson, Elaine Leader and Jennifer Brady.
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