5th – 21st August 2010
The Golden Thread Gallery proudly presents On Departure, an exhibition drawn from the most innovative and exciting emerging artists from this summer’s graduate exhibitions at the University of Ulster, the Dublin Institute of Technology, and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Co-curated by Sarah McAvera and Ben Crothers, and featuring works by Rebecca McNaughton, Linda Monks, Laura-Ann Morgan, Shaleen Temple and Chanelle Walshe, On Departure showcases an eclectic body of work by a select group of promising individuals about to embark upon their careers in the art world.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Rebecca McNaughton received her BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2010. In her primarily installation-based work, McNaughton works with photography, print and found objects to explore the theme of life in contemporary cities. Concerned with the concept of futurology, McNaughton studied the predictions of filmmakers, writers and designers from the 1950s to the 1980s as to what the cities of 2010 would be like. The empty shells of half-built apartment blocks and the grand designs of urban planners left unfinished which we see today highlight the unrealised potential of these undelivered cityscapes.
Linda Monks completed her MFA at the University of Ulster in 2010, and has recently been awarded a six month residency at Platform Arts. She strives to create art which amuses both herself and others, drawing inspiration from film, television, comic books, and the comedic moments of everyday life. Working in a range of media, from drawing and photography to video work involving puppets and stop-motion animation, Monks has created a playful body of work, which is charming in its simplicity, but not without gravitas.
In her artistic practice, Laura-Ann Morgan uses performance, photography and video to question our understanding of the body and its environment, exploring the boundaries between the physical body and the body of a space. She is intrigued by the rules and rituals placed within a given space, and makes work in response to the space in which she finds herself. Belfast-based Morgan completed her MFA at the University of Ulster in 2010.
Born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1987, Shaleen Temple moved to Northern Ireland at the age of thirteen with her mother and siblings. She received a BA (Hons) in Photography from the University of Ulster in 2010, and through her work explores themes surrounding South African lifestyle. In the Boys and Girls series, Temple photographs black South African maids and gardeners in their white employers’ homes, examining the changes South Africa has undergone since the end of the Apartheid, specifically the relationship between the workers and their white employers, a relationship which Temple herself experienced as a child.
Dublin-based Chanelle Walshe completed her BA in Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2010. Working with text, photography and drawing, Walshe’s work is highly personal, but it is through its specificity that the work confronts universal concerns of identity and the self. Her body of work communicates something of the resistance to the explanation of the self, and the anxiety which can be experienced as a result of attempting self-definition.
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