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    EXHIBITION OPENING/ Ailbhe Ní Bhriain/ NeXus Arts

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    Photographs taken by Jenny Matthews and NeXus Arts

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    UPCOMING EXHIBITION/ Ailbhe Ní Bhriain/ NeXus Arts

    NeXus Arts in partnership with Drogheda Arts Festival is delighted to present this solo exhibition by Ailbhe Ní Bhriain which will see a large site-specific audio and visual installation in the former Methodist Schoolhouse.

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    Ailbhe Ní Bhriain uses composite imagery and sound to create scenes in which the dimensions of time and place are out of joint. Using a combination of filmed and computer  generated imagery, she creates wonderfully immersive works that point to the illusory nature of image/place.

    Ní Bhriain’s works are characterised by a considered pace, within which geographical and pictorial instability is allowed to gradually unfold. They open up dreamlike, hallucinatory spaces between place and placelessness, things real and imagined, surface and depth.

    Site specific curation in the former Methodist Schoolhouse, Drogheda. Partnership with Drogheda Arts Festival and Create Louth

    Images/ Courtesy of Domobaal Gallery, London
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    Winners of Create Louth Tyrone Guthrie Award 2014

    We are delighted to announce that we, Declan Kelly and Els Borghart, have received the 2014 Tyrone Guthrie Award by Create Louth in the capacity of curators/ artists!

    Tyrone Guthrie Center in County Monaghan is a residential workplace for artists where we are offered a 2 week stay to work on a project that will challenge the boundaries between curators and artists!

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    Now & Everything In Between

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    In recent times, the curatorial team of Nexus Arts has facilitated 'The Sleep Concert' by a renowned sonic adventurer, a large scale mural by a media shy Italian, a retrospective exhibition by an anarchist punk and  a bespoke upside down bouncy castle by a young up and coming artist. Yet this exhibition, based on the human figure and seemingly a simple idea, has been the most challenging for us as a team.

    Where does one start with the human figure? Its representation in the history of art is a complex one. Memory, life, death, time, fact and fiction. It is all there and it is all part of the human condition.

    Painting, performance, sculpture and drawing. Where does one start, where does one end? After numerous late nights and many a cul de sac, we came to a single point.

    How much of you is defined by other people?

    For this exhibition we have chosen six artists who we believe encapsulate this idea in varying ways: The vulnerability in David Booth's work, the seemingly simple photographs of Nicki Cheevers, the brooding quality of Fiona Finnegan's paintings, the humorous but astute paintings of Paul MacCormaic, the morphed portraits of Paraic Leahy and the fragile doll portraits of Eleanor Mc Caughey.

    NeXus Arts is very excited by these artists as we believe their work opens up the opportunity to delve into and explore the nooks and crannies of the human condition from a different angle.

    Practical Information

    Now & Everything In Between

    in Droichead Arts Centre from 02-26/07

    in Galway Arts Centre from 01-29/08

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    The Sleep Concert - by Steven Stapleton

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    A bed-and-breakfast concert! 

    An absurd idea? Maybe?

    A unique experience? Definitely!

    Nexus Arts is incredibly excited to host the Irish premiere of the legendary ’NURSE WITH WOUND’ maestro Steven Stapleton's ‘The Sleep Concert’. Stapleton will perform his dark ambient music live throughout the night manipulating and re-animating his own Nurse with Wounds records to colour and shape your dreams in an avant – DJ somniloquy. This will be accompanied by large film projections which will enhance the experience. The audience will be asked to sleep over for the duration of the concert.

    Participants will receive a single air bed, a blanket, a breakfast plus travel to and from the event.

    This collective sleepover will be hosted in a stunning and exclusive secret location in the vicinity of Drogheda. This truly unique experience is of limited capacity. Steven’s only request for his performance is that ‘He'd greatly appreciate it if the audience could snore in tune."

    Practical information

    Date: Friday 2/05/14

    Time: Friday 2/05 pick up by bus at 10pm at Highlanes Gallery - Saturday 03/05 drop off by bus at 9.30am at Highlanes Gallery

    Ticket Price: €35 - only 50 tickets available

    Tickets will go for sale from 31/03 on festival website www.droghedaartsfestival.ie

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    'Landfill of Ghosts' - Review by Jennette Donnelly

    ‘Gapfill: More Beauty, More Happiness’
    Alan Magee

    ‘Landfill of Ghosts’
    Review by Jennette Donnelly

    We now live in a society where Beauty and Happiness are defined by material possessions and photoshopped images whether we want to believe this, or not. Images of celebrities bombard us daily on advertisements, social media sites and even, the news. ‘Beautiful people’ websites, created to show before and after images of reality, the true and the gritty, succeed only to further the conundrum of which image came first and which followed, creating a ‘Chicken and Egg’ enigma.  This pseudo reality has brought on a society filled with permanently confused people. We are continually striving for the unobtainable and punishing ourselves throughout the journey. Alan Magee has confronted the viewer with just that.

    A glowing reminder greeted me upon arriving at ‘Gapfill: More Beauty, More Happiness’ by Alan Magee. Housed in the former Methodist church and school in Drogheda, it's the latest project from Drogheda based artist led team Nexus Arts in conjunction with Highlanes Gallery. A brightly coloured, custom made bouncing castle hung upturned in the centre of the first interior space. Used previously as a shop, this former place of worship has been stripped bare and altered to become the model of a universally recognised industrial unit. This piece stirs up childhood memories. A time of pure happiness and naivety when possibilities are limitless and joy can be found in the mundane. The piece itself is created to specifically fit within the space conforming to its limits and allowing it to exist within these boundaries. I wanted to find a way to bounce, to play, to achieve the elation once felt. None of the promises so proudly housed were offered, my quest remaining insurmountable.

    The bitterness of defeat turned sour when I turned to be confronted by a large scale installation spelling out ‘S-O-R-R-Y’. Longing to return to that momentary relapse into childhood bliss, I was confronted by my own restraints. Like the castle, a fairytale home made famous by a corporation, I was stuck, unmoving and unfulfilled. My mind became clouded with my personal blocks of guilt and regret rendering me unable to move on, to find peace, to find happiness. The bare wood of this installation did not attempt to sell me any glossy stories or trick me to believe it had a secret yet untold. Steeling Myself, I allowed my eye to be enamoured by what peeked through the gaps between the lettering and steadied my course, strategically side-stepping the iceberg in my path.

    What awaited me was decay. A fleeting life-span created by expanding foam and found objects bound together in knowing defeat sinking and flaking beneath their own force. The knowledge of decay seeping from every strand of each construction with oozing, splurging, bulges as they attempted to retain what they once were. No polish, glamour or retouching, just reality. A resting place for everyday objects. Objects holding memories in their very construct, banished for the newest model to keep in with the Jones’s. Laid to rest in this landfill of ghosts.

    Alan Magee has taken a space lacking in hope but full of potential, and breathed life into it. While some exhibitions can leave the viewer empty, devoid of any connection; here, we are encouraged to remember the sweet innocence of childhood, engage with the future, to question society and face our own person. Magee has inspired a genuine response in his audience and, in doing so, has created a very successful exhibition indeed.

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