Opening reception: 6–8pm Thursday 9th August 2018
Exhibition runs: Thursday 9th August – Saturday 18th August
Gallery open: 12–6pm Thursday–Saturday
When I was a child, I would take my toys apart to see how they worked, all in the knowledge that I may not be able to reassemble them. To me, it was always worth the risk. I remember in Art College seeing a de Kooning painting for the first time. I instantly responded to the honesty of his painting process. The painting told its own story, the indecisions, mistakes and the final solution.
These concerns are part of the main focal points of the work in this show. The idea of making work that showed its own integrity, my own interests, as well as how the pieces come into being. It captures the physical and visual elements of my surroundings. I try and reimagine, juxtapose and alter, making new and vaguely familiar scenarios.
Robert Dunne finds materials and ideas for his work in everyday situations. The visual and physical memory of his environment influences everything he makes. His interests are functionality, design, material and scale. The process of making is a kind of reimaging juxtaposition of things that he has seen or experienced half familiar but new at the same time.
Dunne’s work plays with familiar materials, creating connections with and deriving meaning from their traditional usage, making the objects at time seem quite familiar.
Robert Dunne studied at The Museum of Fine Art, Boston and graduated from NCAD, Dublin. His most recent solo exhibitions include ‘ Sculture’ Theca Gallery, Milan 2018 and ‘Alter’ Linenhall Arts Centre, 2017.
Most recent selected group exhibitions include, Group Show, Gray Contemporary, Houston, 2018. Absolute, Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany. Winter Open 2017, Rua Red, 2017. Dirty Filthy Painting, Byron School of Art, Australia, 2017. Harvest, Theca Gallery, Milan, 2017. Painting, Installations, Objects, Galleria Kierat, Szczecin ,Poland 2017. Combined, Gray Contemporary, Houston, 2017. In White, Galleria Projektentow, Warsaw, 2017. Art Works, Visual, Carlow,2016.
Education Programme: Robert Dunne will bring a group of Senior Cycle students from Castlecomer Community School, Kilkenny, to see Sibyl Montagues exhibition at Pallas Projects Artists Initiated Program in September. The Students will look at similarities and contrasts with this work and the work from Dunne's recent exhibition at Pallas Projects, in particular, students will look at the inherent connotations of a given material and how both artists use plaster to suggest very different narratives and associations.
Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects/Studios is an open-submission, annual gallery programme of 12 x 2-week exhibitions taking place between April and November 2018, in the context of a gallery space with a dedicated tradition towards the professional development of artists in a peer-led, supportive environment. This unique programme of funded, artist-initiated projects selected via open call is highly accessible to artists, with a focus on early career, emerging artists and recent graduates. Projects are supplemented with artists' talks, texts, workshops or performances, and gallery visits by colleges and local schools.
Artist-Initiated Projects aims to act as an incubator for early careers, and support artists' practices at crucial stages, providing a platform for artists to produce and exhibit challenging work across all art forms. The model of short-run exhibitions with a relatively short turnaround time of 3–6 months is an alternative to the normal institutional model, where the process of studio visit to exhibition can take several years. Shorter lead-in times allow the programme to be quick and responsive, reflect what artists are currently making, and encourage experimentation and risk-taking.
Pallas Projects/Studios Artist-Initiated Projects is supported by The Arts Council.