How people live and what drives individuals and societies lie at the heart of Elaine Byrne’s art. Working with video, photography and sculpture, Byrne examines the unstable relationship between fact and fiction, probing the depth of secrecy with which narratives are imbued, providing the forms through which imagination can be revealed and alternative scenarios envisaged. Recent video works Pure Codology (2015) and Rakoczy’s March (2015) examine the untranslatable, alluding to the mysterious and layered meanings in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Byrne’s excavations expose the fact that populations are excluded and misunderstood; they propose different renderings and potential meanings which demonstrate the complexity of inter-cultural discussion.
Dublin visual artist, Elaine Byrne exhibits at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery. Working in New York for the last two years she completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York (September 2014-May 2015). She won the TINA prize (2015) to produce a solo show in Rome in 2016. She also won 8th Arte Laguna sculpture prize for her sculpture RAUM which was exhibited in Venice Arsanale (2014). Solo shows include Limerick City Gallery, September 2014 (which was ArtForum critic’s pick); UAM, Mexico, November 2014; Oonagh Young Gallery (Dublin 2011). Group shows include EFA (New York June 2015), Douglas Hyde Gallery (Dublin), Budapest & Colorado. Awards include emerging photography prize (RHA 2012), Arts Council Project Award (2014), Culture Ireland funding award. Residencies include ISCP, New York (2014), Aeskeaton (2012), and SOMA, Mexico (2010).
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Jude Griebel’s work presents sculptures of hybrid bodies, whose anatomy is merged with their surroundings. These figures are compromised by situations of consumption, excess and disregard, played out on their dioramic surfaces. In these works, he is not so much interested in how waste is generated, but rather how we re-digest popular images of accumulation and environmental degradation, weaving them into the fabric of our subconscious. The sculptures embody these internalized and conflicted narratives of want and ruin, reifying them in monstrous and mythological proportions. Though informed by broader cultural desires and anxieties, the works resonate at a more personal level through the use of playful humor and autobiographical reference.
Jude Griebel received an MFA in sculpture and ceramics from Concordia University in 2014 and has worked in residence in institutions including Halle 14 Center for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, and MASS MoCA, North Adams. He has recently exhibited at the Spinnerei Archiv Massiv, Leipzig; Esker Foundation; Calgary; dc3 Art Projects, Edmonton; Galerie Sturm, Nuremberg; The Redpath Museum, Montreal; and presented a major sculptural installation in Future Station: The 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta. In April 2017, his public sculpture Plastic Ghost was mounted in the city center of Jyväskylä, Finland. Griebel has recently been awarded grants by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and he is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant for international emerging artists.judegriebel.com
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Simone Couto is a United States-based interdisciplinary artist. Couto’s private and collective practices explore communication and the relationship between place and identity both in nature and urban settings. She is interested in the biographical shifts and speculation of new sites where the body veers and twists, co-habiting. Her performative and community engagement is contingent and situational rather than site-specific. Inperformance as well as in the making of video, drawings, sculptures, and other objects for her final installations, the artist re-orders her social-political and environmental explorations tying them to history, time, philosophy, science, and language, exhausting the multiple possibilities of every single element.
Simone Couto (born in Brazil, 1975) received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts Art Practice Program, New York, a BA in Creative Arts from the University of San Francisco, and studied Theater Arts at The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her work has been shown in the United States and internationally, including Gwacheon National Science Museum, South Korea; and Pioneer Works; Invisible Dog Art Center; Electronic Arts Intermix; El Museo de Los Sures; and Momenta Art, all New York.simonecouto.com