BERLIN Opticians Gallery
David Beattie (IRL), Neil Carroll (IRL), Paul Hallahan (IRL), Emma Hayes (IRL), Barbara Knezevic (AUS/IRL), Alicia Reyes McNamara (USA), Sarah O’Brien (IRL),
Liliane Puthod (FR), Sven Sandberg (USA), Lee Welch (USA/IRL)
5 – 9 June 2019
City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2.
Preview: Wednesday 5 June 6-8pm
Thursday 6 June —Saturday 8 June 10am—6pm
Sunday 9 June 12pm—5pm
BINGO! is the second manifestation of Berlin Opticians Gallery in a physical space. For this
iteration, the Gallery inhabits the stately and historic octagonal Exhibition Room in the City
Assembly House, following the inaugural exhibition in the semi-domestic interiors of Merrion
Square last year.
The City Assembly House was the first purpose-built public exhibition gallery in Ireland and
Britain. In acknowledgement of its historical function, this presentation of contemporary
artworks explores how this period exhibition space, originally modelled on the Paris Salon, can
be negotiated using the conventions of contemporary modes of display.
BINGO! presents some recent and newly commissioned artworks by ten Irish and international
artists whose practice spans all art forms: painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and
video. It looks at the unlikely relationship between contemporary art and Georgian architecture,
acknowledging both the moments of happy and successful co-existence and the possible
Berlin Opticians Gallery presents and promotes the artists’ works with a scheduled programme of exhibitions available through online documentation every six weeks and punctuated with off-site physical exhibitions and projects in various unique spaces around Dublin.
For more information please contact:
Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll, Director: email@example.com
David Beattie lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. Playfully welcoming new connections between foreign ‘things’, Beattie encourages a sense of curiosity and exploration in the act of displacing quotidian objects. Assembled from a variety of everyday materials the work attempts to provide a framework for assessing our daily surroundings. The interactions between object, space and viewer create a dialogue or wider system in which all elements have a role to play. This process of engagement can be seen as a search for a tangible present through the intermediary moments where physics, philosophy, technology and nature collide. Beattie has received a number of Arts Council bursaries, most recently 2015 and was awarded the Harpo Foundation Award in 2010. His work is in a number of public and private collections and most recently was a recipient of the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA collection, 2016. Recent solo exhibitions include CCA Derry-Londonderry (2017), Beattie has been included in numerous group exhibitions including TULCA Art Festival , Galway (2017), As Above, so below, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2017), In the Line of Beauty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013). Upcoming exhibitions: The Company of Others, CCA Derry/Londonderry, August 2019, Circadian Rhythms, The Glucksman, UCC, Cork, August 2019.
Neil Carroll is an artist based in Dublin and a recent recepient of IMMA 1000 residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. His work takes form of ‘spatial constructions’ made from fragments, which can be combined to form larger fragmented elements of a non-determined whole. These formations could remain small or be integrated into larger elements that become big enough to pass through and walk around. These elements, shaped like parts of built temporary structures and environments, often function as immersive, walk-in, ‘built-paintings’ that straddle the spaces of painting, sculpture and installation. Having graduated with distinsction from rom the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, Carroll was selected to take part in the prestigious Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition in the UK in 2017. He was the recipient of a fellowship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, USA (2015) and of numerous awards including the Hennessey-Craig scholarship for painting (RHA 2012), as well as artist's bursaries and travel grants from the Arts Council of Ireland. Neil’s next solo exhibition will take place in February 2020 in the RHA.
Paul Hallahan is a Dublin-based artist working in painting, installation and video. He uses a variety of methods of making work and is interested in themes that explore perception and interaction with environment both on micro- and macro-scale. Varying in size: from very small sculptures to large-scale paintings, Hallahan’s work opens up questions of how we see the basics, colour, form, depth. The primal mind is of interest to him as well as the way in which we read and interact with art both now and in the past. Between 2009-2012 Paul set up and ran Soma Contemporary in Waterford, bringing an array of high profile Irish and international artists and their work to the city. In 2018 he won the prestigious Golden Fleece Award and had solo exhibitions in the Royal Hibernian Academy and The Lab Gallery. He has recently presented his first solo exhibition with Berlin Opticians Gallery titled Tone as is and is currently working on a commission for the new IDA headquarters building. He is also working on a tour of a two-person exhibition titled and the tide was way out with fellow Berlin Opticians Gallery artist Lee Welch. The exhibition was first shown in dlr lexicon and will travel to Cork, Waterford and Belfast later this year. Hallahan has exhibited widely both in Ireland and internationally and his work is in national and private collections.
Emma Hayes graduated from Fine Art, Painting in the National College of Art and Design in 2018. Hayes’s work is informed by her immediate surroundings, internalised experiences and childhood memories. She uses gestural marks, confident, minimal strokes and colours of various opacities and translucencies to convey personal attachments to her environment and anxieties around home life. Hayes was long-listed for the RDS Graduate Award in 2018 and her work was included as part of ‘Objects and Images Student Exhibition 51st & Green Executive Lounge (T2) Airside with Creative Journeys’. Recent exhibitions include: Wish Me a Wonder, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, 2019. Her work has been included in the OPW collection.
Barbara Knezevic lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. Her work is primarily object-based, finding form as complex stagings and formations of objects that are occasionally foregrounded by photographic works and moving images. Her practice concerns itself with the volatile material and interpretive relationships involved in art-making, the language and nature of materials, the codes of display and exhibition, and the ways in which artworks are represented, archived, stored, traded and discussed. Her artworks and formations describe the peculiar human relationship to the things around us that is often typified by our relationship to the art-object; our treatment of matter or ‘things’ as agents, commodities, tools, proxies, artefacts, aloof matter and models for representation. Recent exhibitions include The Irish Museum of Modern Art Hennessy Art Fund, (2018) The Last Thing on Earth, a solo exhibition at the MAC, Belfast (2016), Exquisite tempo sector a solo exhibition at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (2017), City Agents, curated by Jussi Koitela, at EKKM, Estonia (2016), With Leftover Agencies, Gallery Augusta, Helsinki (2016); Duality of Form, Solstice Arts Centre (2016). Forthcoming exhibitions in 2019 include Circadian Rhythms at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery and an exhibition at STATION Gallery, Melbourne.
Sarah O’Brien lives and works in Cork, Ireland. Sarah’s paintings interrogate materiality and the physical attachment we have with real stuff in the everyday. Words, word play and free association inform the literal references in some of the paintings. These driving narratives or sometimes singular and obtuse titles arrive whimsically during the making of the work. Though Sarah works with urgency and tempo, her pieces may have a number of incarnations and layers before they are fully finished. Sarah attempts to genuinely recapture the naive skill of the child as artist and observer, which is very evident in her studio, with much source material being felt tipped marker drawings, crayon and stickers and glitter. Recent selected shows include: Wish Me a Wonder, Garter Lane Arts Centre ,STREAM PROJECT, Limerick 2018, Hotron Art Prize 2017, Carlow Arts and UNFOLD, Uilinn, Skibbereen, Ireland, 2017.
Liliane Puthod, born in France, is currently based in Dublin, Ireland. Subverting the frontiers between multiple and singular objects, Puthod’s work leads to surprising connections between commodities, systems of production and fabricated elements. She actively appropriates merchandise in relation to physical locations and individuals, along with constructed narratives from distinct economies, often resulting in paradoxical situations. Through sculpture, digital media and texts, she explores the way forms can problematise the materials, from which they are made. Puthod graduated from a Master of Fine Arts from Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) and has exhibited extensively in Europe. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: How Long After Best Before (upcoming), Pallas Project and Studios, 2019, Wish Me a Wonder, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, 2019, Everything must go, PS2 Belfast, 2019 The _____ Showroom of Lilian Cashman, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, 2018, Symbol Symbol Symbol, Eight Gallery, Dublin, 2017.
Alicia Reyes McNamara is of Mexican decent, born in Chicago and based in London. Her work deals with issues of displacement, particularly within a double diaspora. She is interested in the changing identity of the Latinx diaspora and how authenticity is being negotiated. She completed her MFA at University of Oxford Ruskin School of Art in 2016. Her work has been included in Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 exhibition at the Bluecoat in Liverpool and later at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art. She was awarded the South London Gallery Graduate Residency 2016-17 and her exhibition ‘Nowhere Else’ was exhibited in the first floor galleries in spring 2017. She was awarded the 2017 Peer Forum opportunity at Camden Arts Centre. She has also been invited to be a part of 2018 Communal Knowledge at The Showroom. She completed a residency at Kiosko Galeria in Bolivia through Gasworks and Triangle Network in 2018. In 2019 Alicia was selected by Tai Shani and Emma Talbot for a residency and exhibition at the Barbican Arts Group Trust. She is looking forward to her next residency at the Bemis Centre For Contemporary Arts in the United States this autumn.
Sven Sandberg makes paintings that come out of the connections and overlaps between art history, films, and literature. He thinks of these collections of source material as a compost out of which the paintings grow, like mushrooms sprouting from the forest floor. The paintings themselves usually take the form of portraits or figures in interiors and landscapes, but Sandberg considers them to be in the tradition of genre portraits, portraying types of people in particular situations rather than specific individuals. Sandberg received his MFA from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 2016. He has participated in group shows in the United States and Ireland, including the 2016 RDS Visual Art Awards exhibition, where he was joint recipient of the R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award. Sandberg received the Art Council’s Next Generation Bursary in 2018. His paintings are in public and private collections in the United States and Ireland. Born in California, Sandberg currently lives in the west of Ireland.
Lee Welch recently began making figurative paintings that aim to explore and negotiate the relationship between artist, subject and viewer. Notions of sensuality and self-disclosure are also parcelled up in this work. These paintings are nonetheless deeply questioning images about ever-shifting human connections and the endless intricacies of looking. Welch received his MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. He was awarded a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. His work has been featured in numerous institutions, including: Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; CCA, Derry; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), León, Spain. His paintings are in public and private collections. Born in Kentucky, Welch currently lives and works between Cork and Dublin.