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LAUNCH 08

Peter Cábocky, Sabina MacMahon & Ian Slattery,
Curated by Jasper Sharp ,

18th December 2008–31st January 2009
Preview: 17th December 2008, 6pm
Notes: closed: 25 and 26 December 2008, 1 January 2009

The LAB and FOUR are pleased to present LAUNCH, an exhibition supporting recent graduates. LAUNCH is committed to providing exposure to innovative and exciting artists, and to offer an important platform from which these artists can develop their creative and prof essional practice. It is intended to promote opportunities and public discussion of new developments in emerging contemporary Irish art.

LAUNCH 08 is curated by Jasper Sharp, a writer and curator based in Vienna. He worked from 1999-2005 as Exhibitions Organiser and Collections Coordinator at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, where he was responsible for all temporary exhibitions, collection installations and contemporary projects including the United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2006-7 he worked as Curator at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, and has since been engaged in a series of independent curatorial, lecture and writing projects. He is currently editing a monograph for JRP Ringier of artist Arcangelo Sassolino, and preparing an exhibition of Abstract Expressionism to be presented at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, in Spring 2009.

IAN SLATTERY was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1985. He studied Graphic Design and Printmaking at Ballyfermot College of Further Education, and Fine Art at the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Slattery uses film, projection and existing media to examine concepts of stereotypes and association within society. With the representation of familiar images through personal installations, he allows for a reinterpretation of the imagery and simultaneously of one’s preconceptions. The questioning of social constructs and the power relationship between such are key interests of his work. The assimilation of a social stereotype by that of another, and the contesting images and perceptions produced, are dealt in his piece ‘Council Trash’ with the interplay of social class differences, the erotic, threatening, and the prohibited.

His work has been exhibited in a number of group shows including the DIT Graduate Exhibition, D.I.T., Dublin (2008), Thrive Art, Radio City, Dublin (2007), Cotillion, Crow Gallery, Dublin (2006). Ian Slattery lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

PETER CÁBOCKY was born in Kosice, Slovakia in 1976. He studied at the Visual Arts Practices in Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technologies (2008), Drawing and Visual Investigation in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2002) and Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic School, Kosice, Slovakia (1997).

Cábocky’s practice revolves around examining the relationship between abstract and representational imagery that addresses issues of creation, transformation and disruption. His works include paintings and wall-based installations. The focus is on the relationship to the other painting, installation or the surrounding space, evoking ‘random meanings’. The sources of inspiration are the familiar yet somewhat unrecognisable images and symbols that are known to us from our every day lives including the journeys taken between Ireland and Slovakia over the past years. His practice is informed by Henri Lefebvre’s 'Production of Space' where he talks about how the lived, perceived and abstract space has overlapped throughout the ages and created layers that are simultaneously present in our day-to-day lives.

His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, most recently Winter Salon, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin (2008); Timbuktu, Pallas Contemporary, Dublin (2008); All About the Hang curated by Mark St. John Ellis, Cross Gallery, Dublin (2008); Speaking The Image, Pavillion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire (2007); Believe Me I Believe Me, The Back Loft, Dublin (2007) & a solo exhibition Unrecognisable Landscapes, Signal Arts Centre, Bray (2007). He recently curated an exhibition entitled Keep in Monster Truck Gallery and Studios, Dublin (2008).

Cábocky was awarded the Aileen Mac Keown award in November 2008 and is currently occupying a project studio in Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. He lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

SABINA MAC MAHON was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1985. She studied History of Art and Fine Art Painting at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

MacMahon’s work explores the fine line that exists between the apparently antonymous worlds of fact and fiction and the grey area in which they overlap. It aims to exploit the impulse that leads people to believe that photographs, like traditional representations, communicate pictorial and factual truths.

“We know it isn’t really a severed head, and we know it isn’t John the Baptist. The latter is unproblematic because the image immediately joins other visual representations of John the Baptist’s decapitation. But the former point, that it is not really a decapitated head, is not of the same kind. This visual dilemma is not as easily reconciled, specifically because the photographic process allows for the fact that a real decapitation could be depicted, although of course, it most likely is not.”

- Linsday Smith on Oscar Gustav Rejlander’s composite photographic study, The Head of St. John the Baptist on a Charger, (1857)

Sabina Mac Mahon was nominated for the NCAD Staff Prize 2007. She lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including Home Is Where the Art Is, 21 Carysfort Woods, Dublin (2008); Split 8 Ways, Gallery 53, Dublin (2008); ARTISIT?, No. 2 Henry Street, Galway (2008); Recent Graduates, Sarah Walker Gallery, Cork (2008); Dulyn 08 Dublin 08 Baile Átha Cliath 08, Oriel Daffyd Hardy, Caernarfon, Wales (2008); Fine Art Degree Show, National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2008). She will be showing in Mountweazel, Monster Truck Gallery and Studios, Dublin (2009), curated by Davey Moor.

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Closed: 25 and 26 December 2008, 1 January 2009 and Sundays

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