Hen’s Teeth announces Niall Sweeney: I AM THE COSMOS, opening in its new gallery on Thursday, 7 November, 2019. The exhibition features a series of eight prints and two silk scarves, each one exploring dark matter, space deities and the electromagnetic push-and-pull of the forces that bind us. The seeds of the collection were first planted with the creation of the scarves — an object that has long fascinated the artist for its rich and nuanced history.
“Silk scarves are sensual, beautiful things, but even in conservative circles they can be the one canvas where anything goes, where play and subversion can roam — they are very egalitarian in this respect. The prints have been inspired by the designs for the scarves, depicting each of the deities in their natural habitat — the dark — but they also explore the event horizons of desire. There’s more than a hint of Egyptian gods and Japanese Shinto, of animism and the inherent spirit in all objects, and, of course, the cosmological universal field!” says Niall Sweeney.
I AM THE COSMOS marks the official opening of Hen’s Teeth’s permanent gallery in Dublin’s Blackpitts. The exhibition launch will take place as part of an opening weekender of activity in the new space.
Signed and editioned A1 and A2 prints and digitally printed, hand-finished silk scarves from the collection will be sold exclusively online and in-store at Hen’s Teeth from 7pm, Thursday, 7 November.
About Niall Sweeney
Niall Sweeney is an artist and designer from Dublin, Ireland. He is one half of Pony Ltd, a graphic design studio based in London.Working in Britain, Ireland and internationally, output at the studio ranges from popular culture to the avant-garde, from high-brow to low-brow, creating for print, screen, three dimensions, sound and performance. Niall previously released HEAD, a series of 60 original monochrome paintings, with Hen’s Teeth in November 2017 in the RDS.
About Hen’s Teeth
Hen’s Teeth is a gallery, store and studio that aims to make art fun, approachable and accessible by working with artists from around the world to create and curate artworks, exhibitions and cultural experiences. Hen’s Teeth will be based in Blackpitts, Dublin 8 from November 2019.