Helen Mac Mahon ‘Fortuna’ at MART

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Helen Mac Mahon will be showing work as part of the MART Experiments series. It opens on Monday the 7th of December at 6pm and will run until Thursday the 10th.

Fortuna is comprised of a collection of works at various stages of development whose realisation owes much to the element of chance.
The starting point for each of the works is the manipulation of light, but serendipitous discoveries have been allowed to lead the course of creative action.
Mundane, everyday items introduced have acted as catalysts, producing surprising results and offering opportunities to push the process of discovery further along an undetermined path. This type of experimentation has become the very root of my practice.
These works are not intended to be finished pieces and are more akin to sketches that inform and influence each other. They allow a glimpse into a process of investigation – one where the eventual outcome cannot be fully predicted. Curiosity fuels this experimental approach. An openness to experimentation for its own sake facilitates the growth and development of the work.
Curated by Siobhán Mooney.

More information can be found on the Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/events/1494050704230330/

More information about MART and its events www.mart.ie

Helen Mac Mahon – Eidolon, Platform Arts Belfast

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Helen Mac Mahon’s exhibition ‘Eidolon’ will be opening in Platform Arts Belfast on Thursday the 1st of October from 6 to 9pm. The show will then run until the 24th of October.

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For more information see the Platform Arts website platformartsbelfast.com or the Facebook event page http://www.facebook.com/events/426527620885092/

Ormond Stew

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‘Ormond Stew’ is influenced by the artistic practices of the members currently residing in Ormond Studios from the perspective of its newest members.

The exhibition examines how practices can exist and influence each other in this artist-led initiative.

It aims to challenge and reflect upon the creative atmosphere in such an environment, and is an experiment meant to encourage conversation and integration among it’s members.

A series of conversations were conducted amongst members in the realizing of the show.
Through the course of these meetings, thematic language and common themes arose that helped shaped the show.

ingredients;
self reflection / self – actualisation / deliberation / a place for contemplation / an integral part to practice*life / shared experiences / sensory submersion / trust in simplicity / definitions are finite / reading not explaining / suggestion / digestion and observation/ Deceitful memory / recreated memories / objects as vehicles of memory / representations of constructed or false realities imaginary situations /

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Opening: 7 – 9pm
17 & 18th of September.

All other viewings by appointment.

Helen Mac Mahon – ILLUSION on Tour, Petrosains Discovery Centre, Kuala Lumpur

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Ormond member Helen Mac Mahon has work exhibited as part of ‘ILLUSION on Tour’, the Trinity College Science Gallery’s touring exhibition, at the Petrosains Discovery Centre in Kuala Lumpur. The show runs until December.

‘Petrosains, The Discovery Centre at Suria KLCC presents a new visiting exhibition – “Illusion”, an exhibition which offers an insight into the human mind through an exploration of the motivations and mechanisms of sensory deception. In simpler terms, “Illusion” will make you question what you see and will help you to investigate how perception underpins the way we see, feel, think and understand the world.

“Illusion” was developed by Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin and offers a diverse range of artworks or exhibits that deal with different types of illusions, from Significant Birds by Nye Parry, Cubes by Jennifer Townley and The Hurwitz Singularity by Jonty Hurwitz. All exhibits will deceive the senses, showing that what we perceive is often radically different from the reality of what our eyes observe or our ears hear.

This exhibition recently showcased in Charlotte, North Carolina and Petrosains is their first venue in Asia, which makes it a MUST-VISIT exhibition. It will be at Petrosains from August 2015 till December 2015’

Steven Maybury & Helen Mac Mahon – Quantum Leap

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Studio members Steven Maybury and Helen Mac Mahon will be exhibiting work in Quantum Leap as part of the brilliant Foundation15 in Tullamore. The festival runs from the 10th -25th September with a jam packed programme of art, music and theatre and an educational programme that will run alongside it.

For more information see their website www.foundationartsfestival.com or follow their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/foundationartsfestival?fref=ts

Helen Mac Mahon – ‘Profero’, Draíocht Theatre

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Ormond member Helen Mac Mahons beautiful solo show ‘Profero’ will run in Draíocht from 8th May until 11th July.

Review of the show http://www.draiocht.ie/blog/entry/des_kenny_reviews_helen_macmahon_profero

The work in Profero is the result of a fascination with the phenomena of light, movement, perception and space. They are the result of observation and they function to reveal the artificial ecosystem that exists between the viewer and these intangible elements. They co-exist in a state of continual flux, changes occurring in one facet having a perceptible impact on the others. The pieces are experimental in nature and this exploratory process is as important as the finished piece. Commonplace materials, such as light, glass, and lenses are used, showing their potential to act in surprising ways, distorting and obscuring the very things it is their function to reveal. The curiosity of the viewer is rewarded as their interaction shows them to be a catalyst, ‘activating’ the works and bringing to light latent potential in the materials and the beauty of the natural laws that create them.

Helen Mac Mahon – ILLUSION, Discovery Place, Carolina

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Ormond member Helen Mac Mahon will have work in ‘ILLUSION’, the Science Gallery’s touring exhibition that opens in Discovery Place, Charlotte, Carolina tomorrow.

‘ILLUSION is a perception-shattering insight into the human mind, playfully combining the techniques used by magicians and explored by psychologists. ILLUSION shows that what we perceive is often radically different from the reality of what our eyes observe.

Gaze into a mirror and morph into your inner animal at All the Universe is Full of the Lives of Perfect Creatures. Delicate Boundaries creates a space that allows the worlds inside our digital devices to move into the physical realm as bugs crawl off the screen and onto your body and Counter, using a trompe l’oeil effect, tries to convince us that a two dimensional object is actually three dimensions.

More artworks and interactive demonstrations will offer further insight into the human mind through an exploration of the motivations and mechanisms of sensory deception’.

ILLUSION was curated by psychologist, author and magician Richard Wiseman; researched by deception artist Paul Gleeson, who is also the world’s youngest professional escapologist; and created by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, pioneers of the Global Science Gallery Network.

More information on the exhibition can be found here http://www.discoveryplace.org/museum/exhibit/39/ILLUSION

Ormond Studios | 5 Year Anniversary

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NEW ONETo celebrate 5 years successful running, Ormond Studios is excited to present two exhibitions featuring new and existing work from a selection of current artists and past members who have contributed to the space since its founding.

Ormond Studios was founded in 2009 by 11 recent graduates from IADT and NCAD as a non-hierarchal, self-organised art initiative for emerging artists. The ongoing aim of Ormond Studios is to provide a centrally situated, affordable and discursive workspace with facilities for emerging visual artists in Dublin that is collaboratively run and entirely artist-led.

To mark half a decade functioning as a unique creative hub in Dublin City Centre, past and present members of Ormond Studios will come together to create two exciting exhibitions. These anniversary shows will highlight the diversity of creative talent that has fed and driven the space during its five year existence, and serve as a representation and reminder the varied practices the space has been home to in this time. 

Thursday October 23rd – Tuesday 28th. Opening 6pm

Kieran Gallagher 

Martina Galvin

Sam Keogh 

Kevin Kirwan 

Louise McGrath 

Helen MacMahon

Ciara O’ Hara

Matthew Slack

Deborah Smith 

Tanad Williams 

Keshet Zur 

Thursday November 6th – Tuesday 11th. Opening 6pm

Lucy Andrews

Alan James Burns

Amanda Elena Conrad + Róisín Beirne

Jennette Donnelly 

Jason Dunne

Rachel Marum 

Sandra McAllister 

Martina McDonald

Joseph Noonan Ganley

James Ó hAodha 

Nicky Teegan 

Co-Curated with Sandra McAllister.

Ormond continues to evolve and offer concrete supports for emerging practices including our annual Recent Graduate Award, a peer-supported residency and solo exhibition aimed toward graduates from all art institutions across the country, and our in-house Feedback sessions, offering members and other interested artists a platform for testing out new work and ideas.

For more information see :

ormondstudios.wordpress.com

Or Contact:

ormondartists@gmail.com

Ormond studios gratefuly acknowledges the support of Dublin City Arts Office with this event.

Helen Mac Mahon – Into the Field

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Ormond member Helen Mac Mahon will be exhibiting work as part of the upcoming show ‘Into the Field’ in the Model Sligo.

Odey Curbelo, Jack Doherty, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Helen Mac Mahon, Tumi Magnusson, William McKeown, Paula Stokes, Norbert Vollath, Jack B. Yeats.
Curated by Marie-Louise Blaney.

“The world and the universe contain elements that cannot be articulated or contained using the codes, language and meaning with which we try to make sense of our lives. But our world is somewhere we can feel, and feel reassuringly part of in those moments that the boundaries between us and it dissolve.”
William McKeown

Opening on Saturday 11th October, Into The Field is an invitation to encounter the inner world of feelings through the lens of a live field of contemporary art practice, dissolving the boundaries between artist and viewer.

Light, colour and sound gently collide within a myriad of objects, video, installation, colour studies and soundscapes that move between material and immaterial worlds. This encounter will create possibilities for the viewer to find meaning and resonance within the porous nature of the work, thus providing a fertile ground for activating the viewer’s response.

New works by artist Odey Curbelo and composer Norbert Vollath, together with works by William McKeown and Jack B. Yeats will be placed in dialogue with each other. The theme of colour and light will be anchored lby Olafur Eliasson’s Colour Circle Series, a quiet interruption at the centre of the experience.
Into The Field invites the viewer to step into this elusive experience, in an attempt to elicit an open-ended response to the work.

Helen Mac Mahon – New Living Art V, IMOCA

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Helen Mac Mahon will be taking part in IMOCA’s 5th New Living Art exhibition, NLA V, which will be held in the Steambox Galleries on School Lane. The show opens Friday 12th September and will run until the 12th of October.

More information here – http://the.imoca.ie

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