The Courthouse Gallery & Studios is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Alan Magee, Ode to the Soft Centre in the main gallery and Buttered Up by Áine Philips in the Red Couch Gallery. The preview of the exhibition will take place on Friday the 2nd of September from 6 to 9 pm. The Exhibition will run until Saturday the 2nd of October 2021.
Alan Magee was born in Ireland and lives and works between Dublin & London. He holds an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London, and a BA from TU Dublin (DIT), Ireland. Awards include; Fire Station Artists’ Studios -Sculpture Bursary Award, Florence Trust Studio Residency; Arts Council Ireland Travel and Training Awards. He has notably exhibited at White Cube, London; Castor, London; Xi’an Academy, China and LCGA, Limerick. Magee is currently a lecturer at the University of the Arts London, a PhD Researcher on the CoAT Scholarship, and is represented by Castor (London).
Magee’s practice crosses many disciplines from sculpture, installation and drawing, to a variety of lens-based media. Often addressing issues that arise from the politics of power, labour and technology, Magee’s playful, often absurdist compositions juxtapose bodies and objects, high art, and everyday life. The artist’s renderings of domestic objects take on powerful symbolism as the markers of the human condition.
Áine Phillips is a visual artist and academic based in Galway. She works in live performance, video and sculptural installation. She has exhibited in Ireland and internationally since the late 80’s and has created work for multiple contexts; public art commissions, the street, club events, galleries and museums across five continents. She has given talks on her work at TATE Britain and IMMA. She has been involved in curating major live art and performance events in Ireland and the UK. She writes for international academic journals and she published the critically acclaimed survey “Performance Art in Ireland: A History” with Intellect Books in 2015.
Her work is collected by the National Museum of Ireland and The Arts Council of Ireland. She lectures at Burren College of Art and NUI Galway.