Opening reception: 6–8pm Thursday 20th July
Exhibition continues: Friday 21st– Sunday 23rd July
Collective Residue—off the clock
Collective Residue is a multidisciplinary exhibition presenting the work by Aoife O’Callaghan, Aoife Ward and friends, Catherine Ward, Cristina Nicotra, Devid Vingertsuk, Eugenia Zapatero, Jessica Daly, Jen Harrington, Maria Escarpenter, Maria Krupa, and Yusuf Amod.
Inspired by the common experience of wearing double hats as artists and art workers at Pallas Projects/Studios: ‘residue’ expresses the spaces in-between words, roles and processes; what is visible and yet still unseen.
As a long-running art space which retains a dedicated artist-run ethos, Pallas Projects/Studios is supported by a dedicated team of workers: staff, interns and volunteers who are custodians of the space and this ethos. They bring a multitude of skills, experiences and perspectives, while providing oft-unseen assistance to artists throughout the life of an exhibition, from planning stages through to public events.
With space for self-organised exhibitions a limited resource in Dublin City, Pallas has, since the inception of our volunteer programme in 2008, been conscious to devote time, space and supports for our art workers, to encourage and present exhibitions as part of our gallery programme. This project – intertwined with international internships and volunteer opportunities – has to date enabled scores of artists to work collaboratively and build exhibitions, alongside performances, workshops and screening events.
The personal work of our current art workers is produced through 3D modelling, AI poetry, textile installation, costume, performance, painting, photography, videography and text in multiple languages. These interests, skills, alongside practical experience in presenting exhibitions throughout the last 2 years, have encouraged the artists to experiment and take risks within the Pallas gallery.
Aoife O'Callaghan, a multidisciplinary artist based in London and Dublin. With exhibitions in London and Dublin, she explores the realms of digital mediums such as AI poetry and 3D animation. Employing the technique of datamoshing, her work revolves around the themes of lost data, pixels, information, and history. Her 3D constructions challenge the notion of perfection in digital objects by intentionally introducing imperfections. Furthermore, she delves into the intersection of AI progression and the gradual decay of the natural world, prompting us to consider solutions for our deteriorating planet. The work urges us to reflect on our role in constructing and finding innovative solutions for a world that is slowly fading away.
Aoife Ward is an artist with long beautiful curly hair. It is brown with blonde highlights, which she describes as ‘streaks of butter’. She was born in October. Aoife makes art that makes you go, “Huh?” and “What the heck is this crap?”. This is exactly the response she expects, and she spends every day trying to figure out in fact what the heck is this crap. Aoife is a sculptor with a BA hons from NCAD and is waiting for a certificate from Trinity.
Catherine Ward is an Irish visual artist working across painting, drawing and photography. Ward graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a BA in Fine Art Painting in 2023 and is currently based in Dublin, Ireland. Her practice is concerned with depicting the interactions between natural geography and human intervention. Using a camera drone to capture images from above, these are then translated into the language of painting. She is currently supported by Fingal County Council (2023).
Cristina Nicotra is a textile artist and sustainable fashion designer based in Dublin. She explores liminal spaces and the emotional marks left by the climate crisis and ecological loss. Her solo and collaborative practice favours entangling textiles, and fibres with meditative and tactile experiences. She prefers simple techniques in her draping, stitching and hand weaving showing the power of the gesture.
Devid Vingertsuk is not an artist, but he does enjoy photography. Originally taking inspiration from American photographers of the 20th century, he experimented with a variety of styles and techniques to form his own style. Preferring dim artificial light rather then the warm sunlight, his photography is typically dark and moody, while his frequent use of telephoto lenses in a close setting fills his work with detail.
Eugenia Zapatero is an Argentinian artist based in Dublin graduated from NEDYC, BA in VIsual art.
She works in installations, photography, and video. Always focused on attentive listening to the environments and situations she inhabits. She uses autobiography and everyday life situations as raw material. What guides the exploration is the tension between the need to settle and the need to move, an investigative process that in a moment is embodied and then continues to grow.
Jen Harrington is an Irish mixed-media artist exploring macabre and absurd themes. Moving into art practice from a design background, Jen experiments with both natural and synthetic materials, as well as her own voice, inquiring into their transformative qualities and attempts to bridge boundaries between traditional and digital formats.
Jessica Daly is an Irish artist living in France. She graduated from NCAD in 2021 with a B.A. in Painting. Her recent work explores the loss and recovery of digital memory using a restrictive palette and a highly methodical approach. In 2023, Jessica received a bursary from the Edward James Foundation, and in 2022 she was awarded a grant from the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award to research Jasper Johns and Frank Stella at MoMA's Drawings and Prints Study Center, New York.
Maria Escarpenter is a Spanish and visual artist based in Dublin, but graduated in TAI, Madrid. She works with performing, installations and drawing. Her general work is about the body, as a tool to express ideas, and its movement combined with how human beings can communicate with each other with different languages like sign language, words, bodies, drawings, codes. Specifically her piece in this exhibition explores the use of humour and randomness between english and spanish idioms influenced by dada movement.
Maria Krupa is a Polish visual artist working with body printing, abstract painting and installation based in Gdynia. Maria's works can be described in words: ephemeral, organic, related to the forms of the human body. In her work, the artist focuses on traces, artifacts and belonging to the place where we were born, where we come from. Maria uses her body in the process of creating abstract compositions. Inspired by the thought of Georges Didi-Huberman, she looks for a sense of presence and belonging in the haptic traces she leaves.
Yusuf Amod is a Dublin-based visual artist. Yusuf completed his BA in Photography in at IADT. This work reimagines his grandfathers family archive dating back to 1920's apartheid era South Africa. By combining two different periods and archive images with 35mm pinhole photographs Yusuf brings his family archive to back life with images that concatenate in a visually imaginative language proving that loved ones who have left us are never truly gone. They merely setup home in our visual dreams and live on from memories we recreate.