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Kathy O’Leary—5th Wheel Element Project

Kathy O'Leary

Preview Thursday 1st August, 6–8pm

Continues Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd August, 12–6pm

5th Wheel Element project involves creating dialogue through art, documentation and performance around the politics of participation. Installations that evoke and alternate the line between the real and the fictional are created.

In 2013 I had applied for a grant for a Smartdrive to adapt and make life more manageable, in terms of access. Alas, I didn't get the grant so I'd adapted the project and the “5th Wheel Element” has become an ethereal, collaborative, experimental and a subversive experience to challenge 'outside the box' and what is perceived as the norm is where the 5th Wheel Element Project allusion comes from. "Clogging cogs" is the title of an audio, music and visual experience wall piece that is amongst other interpretations as a part of the show.

To date my practice has been to use art as an experimental research tool to configure a language that speaks of inclusion. My concern and focus for this project is to develop and examine issues that relate to accessing urban landscapes which involve creating new aesthetics and concepts for my visual practice through capturing moments of light, satire and motion. By analyzing situations of intervention, "5th Wheel Element Project" attempts to examine and question notions of what an 'Institution' is, how does it become such and the benefits of participation as a learning cognitive methodology.

"5th Wheel Element Project" is elaborated through a series of events including an exhibition and artist in-conversation with Marianne O' Kane Boal, Art and Architecture Critic and Curator.

Artist in-Conversation with Marianne O' Kane Boal
This will be a performative, artists' dialogue
Time 12pm, booking is essential
Please email 5thwheelelementproject@gmail.com to confirm by Thursday 1st, as space is limited

Kathy is currently completing her M.A. Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD Dublin. She completed her *BFA (Hons.), Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland, ('05). She took part in Pathways to Practice Symposium, Glucksman Gallery, UCC, the Fire-Station Artist Studios, Dublin and A.D.I. ('13). Residencies include Locis ('13) and Trade ('12).

Kathy has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally including her recent solo show at 'Open Book | Leabhar Oscailte', at The Working Artists Studios Gallery, Cork ('12).
Co-Mentoring Program with Ruth Le Gear, the Fire-Station Artist Studios, Dublin and ADI, ('11). Her work is held in both private/public collections.