NCAD GALLERY opening times: Monday—Friday, 11AM—6PM.
EXHIBITION :: Friday 19 November 2021—Friday 28 January 2022, 11AM—6PM. NCAD Gallery exhibition closure dates: Monday 20 December 2021—Wednesday 5 January 2022. (Note: We are closed to the Public on Thursday 20 January 2022.)
NCAD Gallery presents the ELECTRONIC SHEEP duo of Brenda Aherne and Helen Delany with their exhibition, Electro-Fuse, 19 November 2021–28 January 2022. The internationally renowned designers have worked together since 1998, creating illustrative and typographic knitwear/jacquards based on narrative storylines that draw on their own personal lives while simultaneously reflecting a wide range of social, cultural and political moments. Electro-Fuse captures an edit of knitwear and archive from this prolific practice that includes the design for the newly-commissioned The Kilburn Tapestries, and the premiere of their 2021/22 Electro–Fuse collection.
We are first greeted at the exhibition entrance by a retrospective of iconic triangle scarves and garments from the Electronic Sheep archive. Passing underneath swathes of textiles from the foyer to the larger exhibition space, we encounter collaborations with artists, designers, musicians and stylists, showcasing a curated selection from their body of work to date (1998–2021), including the 2021/22 Electro–Fuse collection.
Electro-Fuse is populated with scenes from the eponymous ‘Electronic Sheep’ comic – first created in 1998 – fusing a mix of their original stories with new tales reminiscing on nights out in familiar music venues across London, Dublin and New York. Gig flyers, fanzines, posters and tickets that the duo have collected over the last 30 years are spliced together with their detailed drawings based on actual events. In presenting contemporary work and archival material from these NCAD Alumni, this exhibition time also represents an opportunity to collate, process and catalogue the Electronic Sheep archive in situ at the NCAD Gallery.
In 2022, the NCAD Gallery will bring the Electro-Fuse exhibition to Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris curated by Anne Kelly, Curator, NCAD Gallery.