Niall Flaherty

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Neu! Graduate Showcase

NEU! New Emerging Undergraduates Ella Bertilsson, Cormac Browne, Cristina Bunello, AJ Doyle, Helen Horgan, Sam Keogh & Serena Teehan

Selected by the Monster Truck Curators: Michelle Considine, Lola Rayne Booth, Peter Prendergast Niall Flaherty, Jonathan Mayhew, Sharon Phelan & Davey Moor

at Monster Truck Gallery & Studios 16 July 2009- 27 July 2009 Launch: Thurs 16 July, 6-8pm Also launching: Multiples Cabinet series 1, True + False

Monster Truck Gallery and Studios presents NEU! – New Emerging Undergraduateds, an exhibition of seven young artists carefully selected from this years graduating classes at NCAD, DIT and IADT by the seven members of Monster Truck’s Curatorial Team. Each of these artists were selected by a different person for very different reasons, and all of the artists in this show demonstrate individual and distinct practices, reflecting the different tastes and interests of our curators. We hope that this show will provide a comprehensive overview of some of the highlights of the graduating class of 2009.

Serena Teehan’s work has stemmed from inquiries into belief structures and she is particularly interested in the complex symbolic relationship which individuals have with objects. Serena produces tactile, puzzle-like hybrids, using materials brought beyond their recognizable forms, such as hula hoop’s and coated polystyrene. The arrangement of the objects in space is intended to arouse curiosity and to explore how we ascribe meaning to things based on our own beliefs.

I chose Serena’s work for NEU! because it represents the difficulty of reading meaning from form. Her apparently universal shapes, seemingly derived from a library of forms and cosmological spaces are purposefully shaped but refuse to be fixed in meaning.

Trace – 10to12artists at Palace Contemporary Projects

Opening reception:
6–8pm Wednesday, 17th June 2009
Exhibition continues:
12–6pm, 18th–20th June 2009

Plotting a course… following a path… pursuing their own process… 10 to 12 artists set out together to trace a new route. With a lightness of touch, embracing models of production and activity from artists they admire, they develop for themselves new practices to describe their world.

Trace is the inaugural show of a new artists’ collective called ’10to12artists’, formed by graduates of IADT in 2008. The show features new works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, photography, video and installation.

10to12artists are: Lorraine Byrne, Gráinne Brady, Pamela de Brí, Charles Henihan, Jacinta Hughes, Denise Kevany, John Murray, Joe Nagle, Roma Przedpelska, Ann Turpin and Mary Quinn.

The works for Trace have been selected by Niall Flaherty, who is a practicing artist and educator, a founder member of Blackletter Artists Group and currently a member of Monster Truck Gallery’s curatorial team.

This is an artist-initiated project, as part of the independent summer programme of exhibitons at the Pallas Contemporary Projects

Process Visible Open!

My curated show in Monster Truck opened last Thursday, hope you get along to have a look before it closes on the 16th of June. It features the work of 3 painters I really like: Séamus O’Rourke, Emma Roche and Adam Bohanna.

Upcoming Curated Exhibition – Process Visible

I’m curating a show for Monstertruck which opens on June 4th. It’s a painting show featuring the work of Emma Roche, Adam Bohanna and Seamus O’Rourke. Each of the artists produces work which somehow touches off the notion of process painting, but each has their own twist that I hope will bring something very special to the mix.

I’ve just finished doing up the invite for the show so I thought I’d include it here.





This must be the Place

Cliona Harmey and myself made this piece representing Blackletter’s working methods, the show took place in the IMOCA space on Jamestown Road. It was curated by Sally Timmons and Paul Murnahan, who invited art groups to create work together to represent their idea of who they are. Our idea was to show that Blackletter exists to provide others with spaces for expression, so we painted the floor black, and made a trolley for chalks and chalk-duster shoes!

The slideshow includes a few pics of some other great pieces made for the show by The Good Hatchery, MART, Monstertruck and Art / Not Art.

Magnhild Opdöl @ Project Platform

Magnhild Opdöl @ Project Platform

Project Platform was the emerging artist section at the centre of Dublin Art Fair 2008 in the RDS. Monster Truck Gallery & Studios were invited to select an artist for inclusion. They chose Monster Truck Award winner Magnhild Opdöl. The event was curated by Niall Flaherty and Alan Butler.

Magnhild Opdøl is an interdisciplinary artist using multi-various media, inc. drawing, taxidermy, painting, sculpture and installation. She often attributes animal characteristics to humans, using images to highlight the perfusion of power in our world, as well as generating dichotomies between world-scale and intimate personal goals. Norwegian Magnhild has exhibited throughout her native Scandinavia, and currently occupys Dublin City Council’s International Studio at the Red Stables. Part of The Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, she received the Monster Truck Award (2008).