A Knowing Nature
Julie Merriman, Chanelle Walshe, Phil Foley, Cliodhna Timoney and Anita Groener
What raises us out of nature is the only thing whose nature we can know: language.
Habermas, Knowledge and Human Interests
This exhibition brings together the works of artists at the middle and early stages of their careers. The common line that encircles them is an individualistic, focused, and determined pursuit of a personal artistic language. The exhibition looks purely at that pursuit through drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation. Artists included are Julie Merriman, Chanelle Walshe, Phil Foley, Cliodhna Timoney, and Anita Groener.
The works by artists Julie Merriman and Chanelle Walshe includes the use of archival materials to research histories, and through conversations with various experts, they explore the conventions of various drawing and painting languages. Merriman responds to the many languages of architecture, engineering, science, cartography and mathematics and examines how drawing is used to impart specific information. Walshe structures her visual language through documenting, drawing, and painting. Her work is influenced by ideas about consciousness, unconsciousness and in-between states of being. Her interests lie in the self-destructive and regenerative qualities of both earth and man.
Phil Foley started his career as an animator, he is a member of Galway based Itsa Collective. His interests are in drawing, history, and documentation.
Cliodhna Timoney’s drawings can be seen as an accumulation of data and languages deriving from a number of sources, such as the history of painting and pop culture. Her objects and sculptures are extensions of these drawings. She uses overlooked materials in an attempt to translate the drawings and transitory nature of the drawings into a sculptural setting.
Anita Groener was selected to participate in the Facebook AIR (Artist In Residence) Programme and has completed a commission within the company’s European Headquarters in Dublin. Ideas of home and displacement within modern geopolitical realities drive her artistic enquires. She makes paintings, monumental site-specific drawings, film, and animations that she exhibits internationally.