Exhibition | Parallel [in]Between at Platform Arts, Belfast

Exhibition | Parallel [in]Between at Platform Arts, Belfast


08/05/2021 - 28/05/2021    


Platform Arts
1 Queen Street,, Belfast, BT1 6EA

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Parallel [in]Between is an ongoing project of exchange and collaboration between Visual Artists Ellen Duffy and Kate Murphy.

It began with a series of works on paper and small fabricated structures the pair worked on together by sending work back and forth by Irelands national postal service, An Post. Each artist contributed a series of mark makings, then exchanged the works and added upon the other artists contribution. These works on paper were the foundations of the project that allowed the pair to work through the future sculptural elements. During the four day long studio aspect of the project in the Bkb Studios, Dublin they worked collaboratively to create a number of assemblages through material exploration and responding to the characteristics and the light in the gallery space. They assembled and installed a number of separate interventions and sculptural works over a period of four days. Some of the objects used to create the site-responsive installations were fabricated through processes, like; plaster mould making and others were found materials and preexisting structures. Through their process led practice of assembling, installing, moving, and reflecting the artists collectively produced a series of works. They include finished pieces, works in progress and small scale material explorations that held equal standing within the context of this project.

Ellen Duffy is a Visual Artist based in Dublin, Ireland.

Her practice is rooted in the idea that materials and objects give power to one another by the role they play in the assemblage. Her haptic way of making is driven by curiosity and doubt. She utilises found/discarded materials and through her process she creates a dialogue between them resulting in playfully provisional installations. The relationships between the objects in her installations are activated through an associative process. These objects contained in a given installation disassemble and reassemble and exist in a perpetually changing state, creating infinite networks. In addition to the conversations that occur within the work, it is also reliant on the space it occupies. Her work speaks of the inter-reliance between the objects and their interaction within a space and the viewer. Ellen uses a range of materials and objects to create her assemblages. She is interested in exploring how the different materials give power to one another through their role in the assemblage. Her work attempts to look at the world as existing in perpetually changing assemblages that create infinite networks. Her haptic way of making is driven by curiosity, doubt and a determination to figure out limitations and how to push beyond them.

Ellen recieved her BFA(hons) from The Technologocal University of Dublin in 2019 and garnered early attention after a successful graduate show. She was selected to be in the RDS Visual Artist Awards 2019 – curated by, the late, Janet Mullarney and David Quinn. And winning the RHA Graduate Studio Award.

Other past shows include: ‘Sympoetic’, Farmleigh Cowshed, Dublin; ‘Ellen Duffy: Works on Paper’ at The Sarah Walker Gallery, Cork, 2020. Upcoming shows include:‘Platform’ at The Draiocht, 2021; ‘Parallel [in]Between’ at Platform Arts, Belfast, 2021; The Dock Arts Centre, 2021; ‘Non-Events’ at Arcade, Belfast.

Kate Murphy is a Visual Artist based between Kildare and Dublin.

Kate’s sculptural practice relies on a comprehensive engagement with materials, process led making and spatial perception. She fabricates and welds steel structures from box steel and uses mould making processes with concrete and plaster. Her practice deals with the process of humans organising, moulding, dividing and manipulating space. Construction, destruction and reconstruction through a study of materials and an attempt to make sense of the assemblage and design of art installations. An exploration of boundaries be-tween object and place, the physical and illusional boundaries and restrictions that occur. An intention to expose these boundaries of a site as genuinely as possible. Re-framing and re-representing them through sculptural objects and interventions highlighting the moments of in-betweenness that occurs within the intersection of different materials. A significant importance of her practice revolves around an inter-reliance and balance that occurs both structurally and spatially when the objects meet their site. Kate is particularly interested in aspects of Japanese culture that are thought to have influenced early contemporary Sculpture from the 1960’s onward including Japanese tea houses and garden design. For example how the presence and significance of objects in the Tea Houses are given sculptural significance due to the way space is organised around them.

Kate is a visual artist/curator and co-director of Catalyst Arts, Belfast. She received her BFA(Hons) from TUD, 2019 and won the Graduate Residency and Bursary Award for Sculpture in Fire Stations Artists Studio Ltd. Kate exhibited/curated works in the Sarah Walker Gallery, Cork 2020. She is part of an International Curatorial Programme with NODE, Berlin.

Kate is curating and facilitating a site-responsive group project ‘Non-Events’ which will be shown in Arcade, Belfast in August 2021.

Upcoming shows include; ‘Parallel [in]Between’ at Platform, Belfast in May 2021 and a solo show in Ballina Arts Centre in 2022.

Exhibition premiers 8 May.

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