Stefana McClure; Reconfigured Books

Distillation of time, obliteration and reconstruction of information, characterize my drawings and sculptures. The work has a self-structuring methodology: visual form being determined by the process by which the work is made. 

For the past decade or so I have been deconstructing books (often lengthy ones such as Herman Melville’s Moby Dick or the same ‘80’s edition of Rand McNally’s Reader’s Digest Atlas of the World) reconfiguring them as continuous balls of string. For this body of work, I have always been drawn to material so compelling that it constitutes a complete world unto itself. Reviewing Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage in The Washington Post, Marie Arana describes the novel as being “as tightly wound as a Dashiell Hammett mystery,” rendering it irresistible. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass and Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle were also natural candidates. To make these sculptures, I take the book apart, page by page, and cut it into even strips, the width of which is determined by the scale of the text. It is a laborious, time-consuming process and I often find myself re-reading the text, if only to keep track of my progress. I will usually have decided in advance the information I would like to appear on the outside of the ball —typically identifying characteristics such as ISBN, title, author’s name, copyright, date of publication, publisher’s information, and maybe a prototypical passage or significant illustration — and I will put these pages aside before slicing up everything else, sticking it all back together again as a continuous length of string, and beginning to wind. To keep the paper cuts at a minimum, I wear gloves for this part, and wrap the paper tightly. Once the ball is almost complete, I cut up the pages I have reserved for the outside and add them, finishing by hammering in a couple of pins to keep the paper ribbons in place. 

unnamed (2) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, two books by Lewis Carroll, 2012, cut paper, 34.5 and 35.5 cm circumference

Style: "Neutral" Map of the World (Central Europe), 2006, cut paper, 56 cm circumference

unnamed (5) Map of The Universe, 2009, cut paper, 65 cm circumference

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Biography

Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, in 1959, Stefana McClure received her BA from Hornsey College of Art in London and continued her studies at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Bartha Contemporary, London (2009, 2013, 2017); Sleeper, Edinburgh (2017); Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2015), Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York (2006, 2008, 2011, 2015); Dublin Contemporary, Dublin, Ireland (2011) and Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, Neuenhaus, Germany (2006). McClure has also been included in numerous museum exhibitions, most recently Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA (2017), Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH (2017), Kunst Palais Liechtenstein, Feldkirch, Austria (2017), Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA (2016), Art=Text=Art: Private Languages/Public Systems, UB Anderson Gallery, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (2014), Simply Drawn: Gifts to the Columbus Museum from the Collection of Wynn Kramarsky, Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia, Contemporary Monochromes, Contemporary Galleries, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), Drawn/Taped/Burned: Abstraction on Paper at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY (2011); Wünsche und Erwerbungen, Zeitgenössische Zeichnung, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2010); ALL OVER THE MAP, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (2009); BLOWN AWAY, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL (2008); and Uncoordinated: Mapping Cartography in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH (2008). Her work is included in many public collections including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; and Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA.

Ruth Hogger; Ascension

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Ruth Hogger is an artist who works intuitively with free association through collage. Triggered by symbolic imagery, metaphors surface from the unconscious, and merge into scenes resembling dreamscapes. Her process draws from Freud’s free association, Jung’s work on active imagination, and her current MA studies in Art Therapy. 

Eoin Kinsella; Reach Out

Reach Out by Eoin Kinsella

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Biography

Eoin Kinsella is an Irish artist. He started drawing portraits of his family when he was a child, and has continued to develop his art ever since. Eoin merges portraits with surreal elements to create his unique style. Working mostly with ink pens he creates flowing lines with dotted detail. It is important to him that his art conveys meaning. Eoin believes that people find in images what they are looking for, whether they know it or not!

You can follow Eoin’s art on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kinseart/ and Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/kinseart/

Charlotte O’Connor; Goblin King

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Biography

Charlie is an artist based in Dublin who studied art and design GMIT.  She takes inspiration from the natural world, folk tales, animals and people in my work. Lately she has been focusing on detailed illustration in her work; using mostly black pens sometimes adding colour using watercolours and markers.

 

Brian Kielt

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Patriarchal Picnic

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Biography

Kielt’s work explores methods of depicting trauma and the phenomenological; senses or moments from experiences and memories. Life is unstable and the mind is unstable. They are in a constant state of change which may merge fact and fabrication. Drawing is essential because it is at this stage where information is filtered and deemed relevant to the final outcome. This editing process creates voids which allow the viewer to plant their own affects and experiences of trauma. Paint and other media are brushed, rubbed, and scraped across the surface. What is left is an unusual relationship between this moment’s truth and its preceding and succeeding implications. Drawings and paintings merge and overlap found and original imagery from eclectic sources which hint at sinister motifs of the viewer’s own making. These fictive narratives are continually shifting. To record the constant flux of multiple imagery, orientations and perspectives is to widen the scope for understanding the many facets of trauma. This moment’s perception of experience will be altered by time; elaborating and eroding.

Mariana Panchuk

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Alone

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Maybe You Are

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Dreamer

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Biography

Mariana Panchuk is an artist from Kyiv, Ukraine. She loved drawing since early childhood and especially enjoyed fictional stories and images. In school years she was studying at the art school, and later studied design at the institute. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree, she has been working as a pattern and graphic designer at the printing complex. Eventually Mariana decided to expand her possibilities for implementing her creative potential and become an independent artist. She prioritizes continuous development and is always open to cooperation with others in the interesting projects.

Mariana’s artworks are always meaningful. This is a distinctive feature of her art. Naturally, each of the drawings has its own significance for the author. Nevertheless, the viewer is given a possibility of finding their own association and freedom to realize their own perception. Very often in the same figure a separate person finds his/her own outlines of the images that are totally opposite to the vision of another individual. Thus, her works reveal what lies in the subconscious mind of the beholder, as a reflection of the inner world, not only the artist’s but also the viewer’s.

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Mariana Sawan

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Romance

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Biography

Mariana Sawan is an artist coming from Brazil.
She has been drawing since the age of 10, when she gave her first drawing lesson to some friends! Her artwork nowadays is very unique, telling stories about how she perceives the world. Thick lines, sparkly eyes, geometry, curves and curls combined make it authentic and pleasant to see. Freedom, love, ego, passion, fun, dreams, human’s struggles and happiness are her themes, and one of her biggest joys is to trigger a smile in those who observe it!
Find her on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/marillustrator/

Cara McCaughey: Which one wins/The one you feed

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Biography

Cara McCaughey graduated from Belfast School of Art in 2014 having studied Textile Art, Design and Fashion with particular emphasis on embroidery. She is inspired by stories and the flora and fauna of Northern Ireland. Her work consists of screen printed, heavily hand embroidered repeat patterns which are inspired by her self-written narratives. She strives to blur the boundaries between art, craft and design with her highly illustrative style of drawing fused with her historically inspired hand embroidery.