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Artists: Kathy O'Leary 

Title of Exhibition: Altered Enviroments

Date: Sunday 26th March to Thursday 13th April

Artist Statement: 'Altered Environments', is an artist-in-residence exhibition that has been created through a montage of pre-recorded footage taken at music and arts festivals produced in Ireland and Spain during the past 12 years. The artist’s interest lies in how humans alter environments at such ‘living outdoor spaces’ and in turn challenge fixed concepts of urban-rural ‘design’, and the dichotomies of nature and culture through collaborative action and critical pathways for autonomy and freedom.

Inspired by the writings of Architectural theorist Lucas “Rem” Koolhas the project reiterates the extent to which architectural space is no longer thinkable in terms of objectives, program and design and must be understood as an object capable of its own unplanned generative thinking and creativity. These sentiments are taken up by the artist’s own montage methodology in taking a situation and re-translating it into overlapping and multiple readings of conditions past and present. The concept is further extended to the gallery experience where the artist explores the idea that anyone entering the gallery space can interact with the imagery and concepts on many levels and senses through touch, sound, sensory and visual methods.

O'Leary's award winning experimental film 'Moveable Dimensions', which is on show in the gallery, was made possible by two residencies in association with the Leitrim Sculpture Centre and Digital Arts Studios Belfast, Northern Ireland. The project also received support from the Arts and Disability Forum, Ireland.



Biography: O'Leary (b.1977) is an artist based in the North West of Ireland and a graduate of Art in the Contemporary World, MA, NCAD, Dublin 2013. As a visual artist O'Leary's artworks are multidisciplinary in nature and include drawing, film, photography, interactive media, sculpture and video installation.

O’Leary premiered 'Moveable Dimensions' during 'A Sudden and Wonderful Brightening', an exhibition by Digital Arts Studio Residents at the Duncairn Arts Centre and for Late Night Art with PS2 in Belfast 2017. The film will go on a European tour for the World Culture Festival in Mallorca, Spain, May 2017.

O’Leary directed a short 'Second Sight | Site' screened at Corona Fastnet Short International Film Festival in Schull, West Cork and 'Saloon' at Catalyst Arts Members show, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2015.

In 2013 she curated 'Mercurial', a series of Irish and International films during The Five Glens Arts Festival in the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim and was selected for LOCIS, a major EU Artist-in-Residence programme and symposia involving artists from Ireland, Sweden and Poland including the launch of an accompanying publication.

In 2012 she was selected for the artists residency with the Well-Beings Project, Leitrim. She took part in the symposium 'Pathways to Practice', at the Glucksman Gallery, UCC, with the Fire-Station Artist Studios, Dublin and ADI 2013. Her short 'Seeds, Seeds, Seeds III, was screened for Culture Night with MART's 'We Wear Short Shorts' at Riverside Studios, London, UK, 2012.

O’Leary has exhibited at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, IRE; The Dock, Leitrim, IRE; Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast, N.I; PS2, Belfast, N.I.; Catalyst Arts, Belfast, N.I; Pallas Projects Studios/Gallery, Dublin, IRE; Droichead Arts Centre, IRE; Uilinn, The West Cork Arts Centre, IRE; Working Artists Studio/Gallery, West Cork, IRE; The Whole 9 Gallery, CAL. USA; Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh N.I.; Tower Museum Derry, N.I.; ADF Gallery, Belfast, NI; Newcastle Artists Society's, UK; Frieze Art Fair, London, UK and The Model, Sligo, IRE.

Her artworks have been shown nationally and internationally and are held in private/public collections. O’Leary’s artworks have been reviewed by Marianne O'Kane Boal, Art and Architecture Critic 2013; Susan Hobbs Edwards, Artist and Writer, 2013; and by Carol Gilbert, Artist and Writer, 2012.