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The LAB, brought to you by Dublin City Council is pleased to present


Barbara Knezevic

Preview Thursday 10 April from 6pm to 8pm

Exhibition continues to Saturday 7 June 2014 

Special Event at 5pm on Thursday 10 April

InConversation: Barbara Knezevic and Dr. Maeve Connolly, Director of MAVIS

Barbara Knezevic’s work is concerned with how objects function materially, ontologically and economically in the world. The work is primarily sculptural in form, and considers the peculiar human relationship to the things around us that is typified by the art-object.

The artworks aspire to a self-reflexivity, they consider the means by which their materials are selected and fabricated, and how artworks in general are exhibited, photographed, represented, distributed, archived, traded and subsumed into a cultural lexicon. The entire ecology surrounding the artwork is at stake and informs the practice.

Industrial and quotidian materials are assembled and formed into tentative and temporary sculptural arrangements. They are simple in their composition; the barest most economical intervention into the materials is sought. This is in order to preserve the possibility that they might be returned again to their original or unadulterated state - before they ‘became’ artworks. Inevitably though, the works and the constituent materials bear the agency of the artist, and retain a trace of the conscious act of art-making - a careful editing and rearranging of objects, in the hope that this activity can move what was familiar towards the unknown.

‘Ultra' features works from 'Where Exists A Remnant’, an exhibition originally commissioned by The Dock, Leitrim.  The LAB is Dublin City Council's Arts Office, a dynamic hub of activity housing a gallery, rehearsal and incubation space for a range of art forms.  The LAB Gallery supports emerging art practices and focuses on fresh ways to develop engaged audiences for the visual arts. Visit The LAB Gallery to see our current exhibitions or take part in our special events, talks and workshops. In addition to Dublin City Council, the LAB is supported the Arts Council.


Barbara Knezevic was born in Sydney, Australia and lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. She attended the Sydney College of the Arts (Bachelor Visual Arts) and National College of Art and Design, Dublin (Master of Fine Art). Recent exhibitions include Temple Bar Gallery and Studios are Dead, curated by Chris Fite Wassilak, TBG+S, Dublin (2013); Tulca Festival of Visual Art, curated by Valerie Connor (2013); Where exists a remnant, The Dock, Carrick on Shannon (2013); Future Perfect - We are here, Rubicon Projects, Brussels (2013); This must be the place, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2013); Whitewashing the Moon, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2012); Gracelands, Circling the Square (2012); Plastic Art, RUA Red (2012); After the Future, eva International Biennial of Art (2012). Forthcoming exhibitions include On Curating Histories, curated by Kate Strain (2014).


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Of Space and Place

Margo McNulty and Geraldine O'Reilly

Preview 10 April 2014 6pm to 8pm
Exhibition Dates 11 April to 7 June 2014 Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm Saturdays 10am to 5pm First Floor Gallery

Margo McNulty and Geraldine O'Reilly share a common interest in subject matter derived from rural Ireland for this exhibition of prints and video. Exploring their mutual interest in history, memory and narrative, their work is situated in the local.  O'Reilly's work draws on a residency at the Heinrich Boll House on Achill Island, where she was struck, in particular, by the Deserted Village, abandoned since famine times. John F. Deane's poem,'The Abandoned Village', and an excerpt from Eavan Boland's essay, 'Outside History', from the book, 'Object Lessons', appear alongside a series of photo etchings. McNulty's work explores personal history revisiting her grandmother and great grandmother's house as the basis for her large scale lithographs, which become microscopic portals to the past. This work concerns itself with episodes of chance, the intersection of personal and public histories and how these histories and meanings can be embedded in material objects.

The exhibition is accompanied by a specially commissioned essay by Prof Luke Gibbons.

Geraldine O'Reilly is a visual artist based in Westmeath. A graduate of NCAD, she has had many solo exhibitions and shown in group exhibitions throughout Ireland, England, France, Belgium, USA, Sweden and Tasmania, Australia. She is a member of Aosdana, Black Church Print Studio, the Graphic Print Studio and a former Fulbright Scholar. She has also been awarded a number of important residencies most recently at the Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris and The Heinrich Boll House, Achill Island, Co Mayo, Ireland.  Her work is held in collections including The Great Hunger Museum/An Gorta Mor, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT, USA, OPW, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Trinity College, The National Gallery of Ireland, The Chester Beatty Library, Mc Mullen Museum, Boston College, USA, SUNY (State University of New York), University of Tasmania, and NCAD.

Margo McNulty is a graduate of GMIT and NCAD. She has had many solo and group exhibitions in London, Paris, Cologne, Sidney and Dublin. Recent residencies include TRADE in Roscommon and Gorlice in Poland. Her work is included in a number of private and public collections abroad and in Ireland in the National Gallery, the National Museum and the OPW.

This exhibition is presented in association with the Dublin Writers Festival. 

Special events include a drawing workshop with Geraldine O’Reilly on National Drawing Day 17 May.

The LAB Gallery is supported by Dublin City Council and the Arts Council.



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