F U T U R E S
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Photos by Wendy Gilmartin

upcoming exhibition @ elephant
FUTURES
december. 3. 2010

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Elephant is pleased to announce the exhibition...

FUTURES

Sarah Campbell
Chris Cunningham
Michael Hanna
Phil Hession
Lisa Malone
Christopher McKinney
Ryan Moffett

Please join us at the opening reception for this exhibition on Friday, December 3, 2010 6pm - 9pm.

Futures at Elephant was conceived as a response to the current vitality and diversity
of expression displayed by young artists from Northern Ireland today.
The exhibition includes seven artists, while showcasing video art, installation art,
photography, painting and printmaking.

Futures hopes to bring the practices of young artists in Northern Ireland to a new and
challenging setting, and aspires to observe an alteration in context through the work
reaching a new audience.

About the artists...

S A R A H C A M P B E L L
‘I am intrigued by the connection between the world and our existence. How did everything begin and where did it come from? Creation stories originate from numerous religious groups and tribes, which have been passed down through word of mouth and written text and all vary in content and detail.’
‘These stories do not make much sense and do not follow a logical order of events. By emphasising this sense of uncertainty and ambiguity, the nature of creation mythology is reflected. They highlight how people have come to terms with their own mortality, and how they can make sense of their existence.’
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C H R I S C U N N I N G H A M

Like most 90’s kids I was raised on a healthy diet of sugary cereals and brightly coloured television shows, and although I’m 23 now my work still reflects this period of life through a vibrantly spray-painted nostalgic haze of pop-culture imagery. What I was blissfully unaware of at the time was that by sitting watching my cartoons after school I was exposing myself to a world of semiotic advertising and media. My practice now aims to mimic and in turn expose the devices of mass media and advertising by juxtaposing and subverting images of contemporary pop-culture to expose this socially accepted modern capitalist culture that society has created.
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M I C H A E L H A N N A

My practice generally involves a systematic approach based on a production workflow and tends to have a labour intensive, time consuming quality. This work takes a wide range of forms including drawing, sculpture, collage, acoustic installation, text and video.

The main areas in which I am interested are:
Order and sequence, written language, and the physicality of speech.
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P H I L H E S S I O N
In the video work Storm Blew Up Phil Hession sings the Traditional Irish song Willy Taylor. The audience in the video is made up of Taiwanese indigenous artists who dismiss Hession’s attempt to teach them the song instead preferring to accompany him with improvised harmonies.
In A Tartan Elephant, Hession conducts an impromptu interview with Alexander on a Belfast street. The roles of Interviewer and interviewee become blurred as Alexander begins to take command of the conversation. Topics discussed range from shoe shops to Sigur Rós.
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L I S A M A L O N E

Lisa Malone works at Flaxart studios, Belfast, exploring and experimenting with her practice. Malone's work is a gentle comment on human nature, suggestive rather than literal, and allows a multitude of readings. Using print, sculpture and kinetic elements.

In Onyx semtex kissesx it is the ambiguity of a moment, where the figures stay the same yet the cloud movement and the text changes, the picture can be read in many different ways. In an attempt to fragment an intense moment, the internal life of an individual and the varied ways people experience things.
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C H R I S T O P H E R M C K I N N E Y

My interests have travelled from conventionally formed paintings to those which seem more comfortable obtaining a sculptural presence. The work is scripted with a theatrical narrative, something that isn’t entirely honest about what it’s not, an attempt to act as a stage prop for the imagination.
Currently I find myself observing notions and concepts of identity. Aspects of my subject matter are constructed around what were once frequent and familiar encounters from the past weather its imagery or aspects of an old interior. I’m interested in how objects are categorized, particularly in relation to their function or purpose, how an alteration of context distorts the reading of while developing an alternative understanding of the everyday, the common.
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R Y A N M O F F E T T

My practice usually involves working on large-scale multi media installations that incorporate video and sound to explore cinematic perspective. The new work titled ‘The Drowning’ was created as a response to my time in Los Angeles. ‘The Drowning’ is constructed of a series of found photographic images that where selected for both their narrative value and their sense of place.
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Opening BE HERE NOW

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Photos by Bianca D'Amico

past exhibition
BE HERE NOW
Rebecca Kolsrud, Anna Mayer & Andy Rocher
november. 12. 2010


Elephant is pleased to announce the exhibition...

BE HERE NOW

Rebecca Kolsrud
Anna Mayer
Andy Roche

Please join us at the opening reception for this exhibition on
Friday, November 12, 2010 6pm - 9pm.


"...O Holy Family.

This is the seat of the practice.

And as the children who are the fruit of the union appear, see them as divine avatars, holy beings who have come recently from our true HOME to teach. Nourish and feed them as they feed you. Listen for their tone, see their ray so as to help them fulfill their spiritual destiny, provide a matrix for their consciousness. Great care must be taken to guide this entity on this plane. Choose carefully the initial impressions which they will be registering as you would the food they eat. They are the hope and destiny of the universe. Respect and honor them. Guide them clearly. Keep them home and free of chaotic inputs. Let love burn in all the lamps. Through all of this, face and cope out the difficulties... "

Baba Ram Dass, from Remember, Be Here Now (1971)


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What progressive possibilities are available to figurative art now? Three pieces by three artists here articulate three theatrical modes of the figurative. In each case, the figurative gesture is not to demonstrate a human form in a frame, but rather, to activate the exterior space containing the work. By effectively turning the space into a theater, and surrounding works into co-stars, these works' primary commitment emerges as a collaborative teaching function, facing their public selves toward the whole of the room. Instead of stepping back from the social encounter, each work steps forward, constituting an argumentative, cacophonous public space.


Rebecca Kolsrud lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received a B.S. in 2006 from New York University, and is a current MFA candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Anna Mayer lives and works in Los Angeles, where she got her MFA from CalArts in 2007. Moving between between collectivity and introspection, Mayer attempts to establish an “outcantatory” practice that uses language, fire, and intention to propose relationships encouraging embodiment and the rejection of discreet, linear modes of reception. In 2010 Mayer had a solo exhibition at Sea and Space Explorations in Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include Night Gallery (CA), Cerritos College Art Gallery (CA), A.I.R. Gallery (NY), Karen Lovegrove (CA), and Klaus Von Nichtssagend (NY). Mayer recently performed the first of her *WORD THE WORD* series of guided listening sessions at the Experimental Mediation Center of Los Angeles. www.annamayer.info

Andy Roche earned a BFA from the University of Iowa and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. One strain of his work, as included in this show, pursues an aesthetics of radical witnessing informed by the politics and theology of Christian Anarchism. Roche also performs in the group Black Vatican, recording artists for Locust Music. www.andyroche.org



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Photos by Bianca D'Amico