Plastic Art at RUA RED Gallery, Dublin

Plastic Art at RUA RED Gallery, Dublin

Magnhild Opdøl, Séamus McCormack, & Barbara Knezevic August 18–October 13, 2012 Preview: August 17 6–8pm RUA RED Gallery South Dublin Arts Centre Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland http://www.ruared.ie Plastic Art sees the commissioning of new work by artists Barbara Knezevic, Magnhild Opdøl and Séamus McCormack. Curated by Dr. Hilary Murray, the exhibition explores the notion of the biological network in art through the manipulation of form, seriality and the interplay of physical change with recognition. The synapse forms the primary interface for the most complex of systems—the brain. Loaded with membrane proteins that form dynamic channels, this interface is in constant motion: the primary function being the transfer of information. The plastic neuronal network has opened up endless possibilities for perception, learning and memory: a system that has been mimicked in the mechanical age in the shape of the computer. Along with the advancement in biological systems, parallel functions are being mooted in a host of differing applications, most recently in the arts. The biological cell and its endless capabilities continue to be referenced in contemporary art today, particularly post-minimalist sculpture. Plasticity proposes the changing of the singular into complexity; it also represents the consolidation of what we take from the world around us and how we temper the complex arrays of information into cogent thought. A work of art is no longer considered a static singularity; it holds within it a complexity akin to the personae of both artist and viewer alike. The artists featured in Plastic Art have used the way in which plasticity can change an object from a non-emotive idiom into a focus module for memory and emotion. ARBOR September 21st–October 13th At a certain juncture during Plastic Art certain work will be re-addressed in light of the current display and how it is received. This delicate adaptation of the work will be referred to as an ‘arbor’ or branching. By adapting the work in this manner the artist is allowing the work to respond to the environment and those that come in contact with it. Plastic Art is curated by Dr. Hilary Murray and features the work of Magnhild Opdøl, Séamus McCormack and Barbara Knezevic.

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