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OPENING: Friday 22nd July 2022, 5-8 pm

Closes 20th August 2022

The Landscape, Ecology & Environment Research Residencies is a biannual project initiated at Leitrim Sculpture Centre during 2020. Now in its second rendition the programme provides artists with a wide range of supports for the development of new engagements with landscape, ecology and/or environmental contexts and themes and to develop from this work, new directions, approaches and methodologies within their own practice. Alongside the presentation of art works in various mediums artists have also included research portfolio’s that afford a unique perspective on to the different research processes and orientations of their practice.

Artists and Projects participating in the LEER 2022 research exhibition include:

Chloe Brenan, Of Biosphere and Microbiome

Working through decentred, spatialized sound, voice and experimental language, Chloe Brenan's work for LEER explores how the body is never just one, but always part of a multitude of open systems, and how this interconnectedness is not something which is easily accommodated in the fixed language we have for bodies. She draws on Donna Haraway’s speculative fabulation as a potent method for thinking through entanglements between bodies, taxonomic / linguistic systems and wider environments and employs the lichen as a speculative figure for imagining how the human, in this moment climate and biodiversity crisis, might be perceived from a non-human perspective. Through a fictional pluralogue, the protagonist grapples with communicating through the tight constraints of grammatical syntax, muses upon the entangled etymological roots that belie the clean abstraction of language and attempts to describe as they perceive it, the warping contours of human body - something simultaneously intracellular and global.

Martina O'Brien, in fracture zones

With increasing frequency, technologies and scientific methods for visualization, sonification, calculation, mapping, prediction and simulation serve as a conduit for our interactions with Earth. Geological resources, formally mapped through surveys and field observation, are now studied through advanced remote sensing technologies. As a result, through and in media we understand the planet as an object to form cognitive, practical and emotional relationships with. For example, nations define oceans through a process that begins on land. Based on a mass of observations and data points, the precise boundary between saltwater and solid ground is determined, as well as what populates an ocean and how.

For her exhibition at LSC called in fracture zones, Martina O’Brien combines moving-image, the re-use of decommissioned agricultural glass and sculptural installation. This new body of work - a research outcome of the Landscape, Ecology and Environment Research artist residency - explores similar x, y coordinated data assemblages to consider how extractive industry transforms territories into readable maps of prospective resources.

Joey O'Gorman, Consequent Transformations

Joey O’Gorman’s research explores ideas of ecological possibility through a combination of representational and non-representational methods. He considers how microbial communities relate to technological practice and how energy production, through the anaerobic digestion of agricultural waste, is contextualised within contemporary rural economies. Procedures of speculative mapping are used to draw together a broad range of data, informing the development of abstracted relational forms, which recursively inform an ongoing enquiry into industrialised agricultural practice and the tendencies that curtail more sustainable food and energy production. A range of drawing methodologies, using a variety of media, are deployed as affective engagements with the production of ecological forms; looking to appreciate how these emerge and evolve when viewed from different perspectives. By contemplating how human experience is enmeshed within a range of ecologies that translate across scales and dimensions, he approaches new modes of understanding our place within a rapidly changing world, questioning the normative worldviews and goings-on which threaten environmental viability and human security.

Rosie O'Reilly, In the Mesh Staying with the Trouble

Drawing on the idea of the thick present and of the mesh via cultural theorist Donna Harraway this research for LEER speculates about what it means to stay in the trouble. For LEER I am proposing cross disciplinary encounters that shuttle between material and theoretical research using an oceanic lens to challenge terrestrial thinking. The work prompts a speculative approach to draw out story telling; a story telling that is in motion and unfolding in an interdependent entanglement of care and becoming; a mesh. A nonlinear 360 video work will be used to explore this speculative storytelling, building a sensorium and exploring new materiality. Methodologies of practice are brought into focus through the book 'Pollution is Colonialism' by Max Liboiron prompting me to ask how we can apply anticolonial methodologies to my practice, namely good land /sea relations and accountability “Every aspect of research and communication and gathering has land relations – even if you ignore them”, Liboiron tells us.

Chloe Brenan is an Irish artist from rural County Carlow who divides her time between Carlow and Dublin. Her practice has been supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust, Culture Ireland, The NCAD Research Committee, Carlow County Council and ArtLinks. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow; The Douglas Hyde Gallery (online screening series), Dublin; Periphery Space, Wexford; Galway Arts Centre; The Library Project, Dublin; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; The Estonian Museum of Applied Arts and Design, Tallinn; as well as in print at Dublin Art Book Fair 2019; Tokyo Art Book Fair, Japan; and I Never Read Art Book Fair, Basel. She has had work published by REPLIKA Publishers, Berlin; and The Outside Press, Dublin. Her work is included in the collections of 100Archive, Ireland; Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan; New Zealand Audio Foundation, Zine and Art Book Collection, Auckland, New Zealand; and MoMA Library Artist Publication Collection, New York. She is a 2022 recipient of The Art Council of Ireland's Markievicz Award for film.

Martina O’Brien is a Visual Artist based in Co. Kildare. She is a recent UCD Parity Studios Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences Artist in Residence (2020/22). Upcoming solo exhibitions include Highlanes Gallery (2023) and Galway Arts Centre (2024). Upcoming Artist Residencies include Artist Laboratory, Denvenish Lands of Dowth curated by Belinda Quirke, Solstice Arts Centre (2022) and UCC’S Geosciences Research Group’s Marine Expedition, North East Atlantic Ocean abroad the RV Celtic Explorer (2022). Recent solo exhibitions include Quotidian, Illuminations, NUI Maynooth (2019/20) and At Some Distance in the Direction Indicated, Butler Gallery (2018). Recent group exhibitions include SHUL, STAC (2021); New Era, Solstice Arts Centre (2020); Datami Festival, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels and Joint Research Centre, Milan, (2019/20) and Tactical Magic, TULCA (2019). Recent residencies include Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (2019/20); Science Gallery Dublin Rapid Residency (2020); European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, UK (2019); UCC’S Geosciences Research Group’s Marine Expedition, North East Atlantic Ocean abroad the RV Celtic Explorer (2019) and EUCIDA Digital Artist in Residence, Espace Multimédia Gantner, France (2018). Recent awards include Arts Council Visual Arts Project Awards (2022/17); Arts Council Visual Arts Bursaries (2021/19); Creative Ireland Bursary Awards (2022/21/18); Kildare Co.Co. Arts Awards (2022/20/19/17/16) and Arts Council Travel and Training Awards (2019/17)

Joey O’Gorman was a molecular biology postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University before moving to London in 2012 to focus on his art practice. There, as a Research Associate of Central Saint Martins’ MA Art and Science programme, he explored the history and philosophy of science through collaborations with museum collections. In 2015, he moved to Belfast and undertook a MFA in Fine Art at the Belfast School of Art, where he developed his art practice as a means of enquiry into subjects that escape coherent articulation. Gorman was a Co-Director at Catalyst Arts gallery from 2015-2017, where he helped to support local artists and bring international artists to Northern Ireland. In 2019, he won DfE funding for an art practice-based PhD at the Belfast School of Art, under the supervision of Dan Shipsides and Aisling O’Beirn, researching ecology from a spatial perspective. During his first year he undertook a studio residency at Platform Arts in Belfast, which enabled him to develop his studio practice in the context of his PhD studies and exhibit a new installation work. His PhD studies continue, on a part-time basis, after a pause during COVID19 due to childcare responsibilities.

Rosie O’Reilly is visual artist working across installation, written work and drawing based in Dublin. She is currently an artist in residence on the Leitrim Sculpture Centres ‘Land, Ecology and Environment’ program. Solo shows include ONONO Rotterdam (2019), performance lecture, CIIMAR Porto (2018), Fringe Dublin (2014); group shows include, Model Sligo (2021) Platform Belfast (2019), Sirius Cork, 2019, Tulca Galway 2018, Guest Appearance, The Museum Building TCD, April 2018, Tombolo (2017), Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto Gijon, Spain (2014). Recent written work has been published in the Winter Pages (2018) and commissioned essay for the ‘The Sea Around Us’, The Model Sligo (2020). She has been awarded a number of national and international residencies including, UCD Parity Studios 2020/2021, Basic Space residency (2019), Callen Workhouse Union residency (2018), Lay of the Land (2017) and Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto Gijon, Spain (2014). Collaborative projects include ROSC: Fiction of the Contemporary, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) 2017; PIIGS: An Alternative Geography to Curating, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Turin, Italy (2016). Her collaborative music project Headfoot continues to contribute to sound and audio festivals, All together now (2019) releasing EP Headfoot in 2019. She holds a BA in Philosophy and sociology from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in Art & Research collaboration at IADT.