Pallas Projects/Studios has a dedicated team of workers and volunteers who are custodians of the space, they are also artists.
Juncture is an exhibition that brings together the artwork of a group of Pallas workers and volunteers. Each artist, with their own distinctive practice and experience of the Pallas space, cohese to create a multifaceted entity bound by this shared common space.
The show also marks the return of physical exhibition-making for many of the artists. Months of continuous lockdowns have inhibited the use of essential spaces such as studios, galleries and workshops. The show facilitates the return of a seemingly disparate group to their common haunt.
Juncture: a place where things join is co-curated by Grace O’Boyle & Dáire Mc Evoy and features work by: Steffi Kelly, Natalie Pullen, Jonathan O’Grady, Viktorija Kacanauskaite, Vera Ryklova, Dáire Mc Evoy, Méabh Hennelly, Shane McInerney, Michaela Nash, Louise Dolan, Grace O’Boyle, Ellius Grace and Alex Keogan.
Exhibition dates: Wednesday 4th August – Saturday 7th August
Late opening / / Reception: 5–8pm Thursday 5th August 2021
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Gallery open: 12–6pm, Wednesday–Saturday
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Wednesday, 4th August, 12 pm – 1.30 pm, Artist-led workshop facilitated for children by Natalie Pullen
In this playful and experimental making-workshop lead by Natalie Pullen, participants will spend time with the work on show before leaving the gallery space to respond to, reconstruct, or re-imagine a chosen piece from memory through a variety of materials and methods – including paint, drawing, and collage with paper and fabric.
This will be a fun and creative afternoon aimed at ages 8 – 12. Materials provided, participants are welcome to bring a pad of paper and pencil.
Dáire Mc Evoy is a Dublin – based visual artist working in painting, photography and installation. He holds a BA from IADT in Visual art practice (2017) and prior to that was involved in community-based workshops in the Highlanes gallery and Nexus arts in Drogheda. Using his photos to capture and document urban life as a visual language, he then integrates the aesthetics and concepts of graffiti to his paintings. His work is generally portrayed in strong, bold, and bright colours with fun whimsical titles.
Steffi Kelly is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher from Waterford City. She has just completed her BA in Art at IADT. In 2015, she co-founded The Rogue Gallery & Studios curating Selfhood, a large open-call group exhibition at the gallery in 2016. Recent exhibitions include Ark Life at Pallas Projects & Studios and a group exhibition in the Herbert Wing of St. Vincent’s University Hospital, a student collaboration with the Department of Psychology, IADT. Steffi is concerned with themes of relationality and perception, working primarily in experimental print and mixed media.
Natalie Pullen is a visual artist preoccupied with the vulnerability and absurdity of making an abstract painting and asking someone to look at it. Through fully inhabiting her studio practice and negotiating with surface, mark-making and the application of paint, and through public display, facilitation and interdisciplinary collaboration, she attempts to stammer the language of contemporary painting, so as to unseat the set of expectations it carries and encourage the viewer to look again. Natalie is based in Abbey Artist Studios in Dublin 1, and is currently working towards a solo exhibition in the Alley Arts Centre, Co. Derry in 2021. She has recently been awarded an Autumn residency at Can Serrat International Artist’s Residency, Spain, and her practice is generously supported by an Irish Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary, Fingal Arts Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Council.
Grace O’Boyle is an artist, curator and researcher. At present, she holds the role of research fellow in the Centre for the Study of Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland. Her practice tends to focus on how archival research, specifically ‘object analysis’ can be translated to form visual expressions. O’Boyle has collaborated with visual culture students at NCAD, weavers from the world-renowned Donegal Carpets textile firm (sponsored by Creative Ireland 2020), and is currently contributing toward the artist Sarah Pierce’s artwork for the group exhibition: Wayward Eye, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, September 2021. Presently, she is developing a short audio-visual project with photographer and director, Ellius Grace and ambient composer and musician, Alex Keogan. The project, entitled Eulogy, considers ambiguity around the death of Irish artist Patrick Tuohy (1894 – 1930).
Jonathan O’Grady is an artist based between Kildare and Dublin. He recently graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art Media with Critical Cultures from NCAD. His work is wide-ranging in its concerns but typically involves a speculative reconsideration of rigid systems and orders. It is manifested through photography, video, sculpture, drawing and performance, with a particular focus on lens-based media. He has recently shown work at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), the Yellow Box Gallery at NCAD (with artist Rosie Feerick) and at the Rupert Guinness Theatre, Dublin. He is a part of the Student Forum III with the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, and was a participant at the IMMA Summer School 2020.
Viktorija Kacanauskaite is a photographer based in Dublin. Commonly working with a digital image, she is expressing her visual and creative side by working on self-portraits and documenting places. She is drawn to the dreamy, nostalgic and atmospheric look of the image. Continuing to develop personal and social projects she is looking forward to combining different techniques into photography.
Vera Ryklova is a Dublin based artist who works in lens-based media. She recently completed an MA in Art and Research Collaboration (2021) at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire. In 2015 she graduated from the same Institute with a BA (Hons) in Photography.
Ryklova was one of five selected Irish Talents representing PhotoIreand in 2020 at FUTURES, a Europe-based platform for photography. She won the Hotron Art Works Prize for work by a recent graduate in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2016, which was exhibited at the National Gallery of Ireland.
She presented two solo exhibitions, in 2021 at the Irish language, arts and cultural centre Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich (Belfast) and in 2018 at Triskel Arts Centre (Cork). She has also exhibited in several group exhibitions held in Ireland and the UK, including the FiLiA Feminist Conference (London and Manchester). Her work was also reviewed in the photographic magazine Source (Graduate Photography 2015), featured in OVER the journal for photography and visual culture (FUTURES 2020), published in Reset: Futures Photography 2020 publication (Amsterdam), and it is included in the art collections of Trinity College and The Arts Council.
In her current practice Ryklova explores the concept of the self and the events that impact its social construction. She performs to the lens and produces photographic and video self-portraits, using the form of the series. Self-portraiture is a manner in which she explores her subject, not a specific genre she has focused on. Her activities are also engaged in curatorial practice. As a curator she presented two group exhibitions in Dublin, in 2017 at The Complex and in 2015 at Steam Box Galleries.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Ryklova was brought to Ireland on a journey of personal discovery and since 2007 she has been living and working here.
Méabh Hennelly is a media artist based in Dublin, currently completing a BA in Fine Art Media in NCAD, having studied in the Liberties College, Dublin prior to this. Méabh makes her art largely through 2D mediums, such as photography and video as well as web-art. She has had her work shown in the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda having been shortlisted for its inaugural open submission/Janet Mullarney Prize 2020. She also had a piece in the 8th Annual Signal Open Exhibition in the Signal Arts Centre, Bray in August 2020. Taking inspiration from documentary art and archiving, Méabh’s recent work is centred around the people in her life, using this intensely personal subject matter as a way to engage with various universal themes.
Shane McInerney is a painter from the seaside town of Skerries, Co. Dublin, Ireland. He obtained his degree in Fine Art, Paint from the National College of Art and Design in 2021. McInerney is a tonal painter whose practice features a range of topics, centred around the investigation of the relationship between the digital and physical. Experiences are crucial to McInerney’s practice, as he cultivates a different perception in each painting. His style is a cocktail of all the art he consumed in his school days, heavily influenced by Francis Bacon and the impressionist movement.
McInerney’s practice uses the growing exchange between the digital and the physical as a vehicle to create work. McInerney’s paintings encompass a range of concepts mainly focusing on the experiential aspects of viewing a painting. The artist uses traditional methods of painting, oil on canvas, but plays with scale. McInerney’s work contains themes of anonymity and the digital age.
Louise Dolan is a Dublin based filmmaker who graduated with a BA in Film and Video Production from Wolverhampton University in 2018. Her work has focused to this point mainly on documentaries where she explores her interest in people’s life stories and struggles. She is expanding her work into visual arts using film and other mediums.
Michaela Nash is an emerging artist/arts writer, born in Belfast, NI. She is a member of the Lucida Collective. Her writing spans hybridised and experimental art writing. Which has been published in ‘Propagate’ a Catalyst Arts Belfast publication (2020), Wolfgang Tillmans’ ‘Today is the First Day’ exhibition publication with IMMA Ireland (2019) and the first RHA Gallery Young Art Writers Zine (2018). Her work is conceptually driven and has recently taken shape through photography, video installation and sculpture. Her work has previously explored themes of memory/home, belonging/place, and native/foreign plant species.