Date(s) - 14/03/2019
Opening: Thursday 14 March, 6-9pm.
Creator of much loved Savita mural moves into a gallery space for the first time
Contemporary muralist Aches, the artist responsible for the now preserved Savita mural painted the day before the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment, will open his inaugural exhibition in the Atelier Maser gallery on Thursday 14th March, 6-9pm.
Following a two-month artist residency in the Atelier Maser studio, Aches, known for his ‘glitch’ and RGB style of murals found on the streets throughout Ireland and indeed the globe, will unveil his hugely anticipated new body of work in the recently opened gallery.
For his first exhibition, Aches utilizes his signature style to explore the contradictions that exist in the digital world that we live in today using a limited colour palette consisting solely of Red, Green and Blue colour variations to create seemingly digital portraits. The RGB palette is specifically selected to emanate the colours that we see most often – the colours on screen that create the digital representations of the people we know.
The work itself is centred around the potentially negative effects that are created by communicating through technology on a constant basis. Digital apps are designed to make it so simple to connect with anyone, anywhere, yet in many cases it actually creates a bigger distance between the people we are the closest with. Moreover, today’s generation are so used to communicating with friends that are identified by a digital photo on screen, rather than a true representation of the real person.
It is so easy, and convenient, to be constantly in touch with each other online, however, because we are constantly updated on the lives of our friends – a slight mystery is diminished and almost gives us an excuse not to meet up in person.
Aches has illustrated this idea through a series of hand crafted, pixelated portraits. Taking a digital photo as the starting point, each portrait has been created with the RGB palette. Hand mixing every colour to correlate to the onscreen pixel tones, Aches has created abstract representations of faces familiar to him – with intricate detail and many, many layers of paint (spray and acrylic).
Up-close the work can be viewed as woven web of colour overlays, but from a distance – the portraits emerge. This allows the viewer to have multiple experiences of the same painting, which is paralleled with the idea of interacting with the many digital aliases of the same person.
For the exhibition at Atelier Maser, the artist invites the viewer to take photos of the work on their phone. The image captured will create a clearer representation of the person in the portrait, less pixelated and more life like – therefore bringing the image full circle.
The exhibition will launch on Thursday 14th March, and run until 5th April (Thu-Sat)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Hailing from Dublin Aches has been creating work since the age of fifteen. Boasting an impressive repertoire of work, he has been invited to design and create original artwork for projects in countries such as Denmark, Ireland, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Miami, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland, England and USA.
Aches artistic practice is shared in equal balance between contemporary murals and studio work. He has collaborated with Irish artist Maser, and a series of international artists including Insane51 and Fork4.
Coining his father as a rich influence to his creative process, Aches has evolved his artistic practice through many styles over the years. Originating with traditional painting techniques and sketching as a teen, he progressed his painterly style into an impressive mural career, and most recently, Aches has evolved again into the realm of anti-alias and sub-pixel paintings, some of which will be on show at Atelier Maser.
He sees the process of painting, and indeed the process of creating, quite like a form of personal meditation. A creative outlet that evokes a space of stillness for both the artist and the viewer. Having studied Visual Communications in NCAD, Dublin, Aches credits the design skills learned here for influencing his extremely precise and technical style of work.