Ailbhe Ní Bhriain
January 28 – February 27 2010
Opening January 28 at 6pm, the exhibition will run until February 27, 2010. Ní Bhriain received a B.A. in Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art, Cork in 2000 and an M.A. in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, London in 2004. 2008 saw the completion of her PhD by Practice in Fine Art at Kingston University, London. Originally from Galway, Ní Bhriain lives and works in Cork. She has won many prestigious awards and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Although Ailbhe Ní Bhriain has participated in previous group exhibitions at the Galway Arts Centre, this is her first solo exhibition with us.
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain’s practice takes the Irish landscape as its ground, but, through intervention with pictorial space, creates a new ground - one in which the dimensions of time and place are out-of-joint. The current work focuses on composite and constructed digital imagery; an impossible intersection of realities, in which the truth associated with photography and video is revealed as construct and transformed into painterly illusion.
However impossible these constructed realities may be, there is an inherent familiarity to the scenes presented. The seamless assemblage of images creates a plausible, if surreal, setting. A Galway Hooker sailing atop a field of wheat or fish swimming through a deserted house, incite a sense of nostalgia, rather than that of the incredulous.
A suggestion of screens, props and the possibility of an audience points to the image’s origin as mediation. In conjuring a displaced-present, the work looks to question our relationship to place and the recorded image.
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain is represented by domobaal Gallery London