Exhibition opening Friday 29th October 2021, 5-8pm.
Exhibition continues until 18th November.
Gallery opening times – 11am-4pm Wednesday to Saturday.
O’Brien’s immersive installations are a combination of sculpture, live sound, light, moving image and kinetics. Each configuration is the result of material experiments that often operate within a live state of malfunction or instability. Underpinning the precarious nature of these works is an exploration of the concept of failure, what its parameters are, and its psychological and emotional values. This often translates to an exploration of material possibility and impossibility through scale, engineering, process, and site. Because of this there must always be some element of discovery for O’Brien in the concept and creation of the works and the possibility of using ‘failure’ as a positive and critical space of trial and endeavor that reflects a human drive to discover.
For her exhibition at Leitrim Sculpture Centre O’Brien will present four installations that each in their own way explore the concept of failure and the impossible. These range from the generation of electricity, sound, and even music from living soil sediment, to the use of sunlight to change the morphology of metal. All the works are built around the translation of energy from one material to another, demonstrating the interconnection between things and the impact of the environment on the subject. Using this approach, O’Brien builds a psychological charge into the experience of the artwork, through relationships between the physics of the material and the space of its installation. Although her perspective is dystopian, it is not without humor.
Margaret O’Brien is an Irish visual artist based between U.K. and Ireland. She studied BA at Limerick School of Art, and MFA at the Slade School of Art, London. Here, she studied under artists such as Phyllida Barlow, Simon Starling, Tim Head and Liz Rhodes. O’Brien has also completed an MPhil and PhD at Trinity College Dublin.
O’Brien has won significant public funding for her work from Arts Council England, Arts Council of Ireland, Irish Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Board UK, University College London, Trinity College Dublin, and Dublin city councils. She has exhibited widely, examples include Citè Internationale des Arts, Paris; Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art; Galerie Schüster Berlin; Torrence Art Museum Los Angeles; Royal Hiberninan Academy, Dublin; Fieldgate Gallery, London; FE MacWilliam Gallery, Northern Ireland. Recent artist residencies include Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Helsinki International Artist Program, Finland; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Fire Station Artists Studios, Dublin; and Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. Her work is held in public collections such as Arts Council of Ireland; Allied Irish Bank; GE Aviation; and AXA Insurance.
O’Brien is currently a lecturer in fine art at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin since 2008.
Physical distancing and COVID-19 protocols will be observed and gallery numbers will be restricted. Thank you for your co-operation.
Proud to be supported by the Arts Council and Leitrim County Council.
Image: Interference II, hand knitted copper, grow bulb. cable and moss, 2021.