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Architecture/Sculpture: Work by Graduates of Cork Centre for Architectural Education

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Preview: January 31, 18:00, Boole Library, UCC.
To be opened by Dr Sabine Kriebel, History of Art, UCC and Jason O’Shaughnessy, Cork Centre for Architectural Education.

PLUCK PROJECTS are pleased to announce their forthcoming show Architecture/Sculpture at the Boole Library, UCC. Working with Jason O’Shaughnessy and Dr Eve Olney along with their Master of Architecture (MArch) Graduates from Cork Centre for Architectural Education (UCC/CIT), Pluck will showcase a selection of models and constructions, originally made as part of larger designs for proposed buildings.  By removing them from their context, this show instead asks the viewer to consider the affinities between model and sculptural object.  Abstract forms manifest graduates’ inventive designs, implying the atmosphere and impression of a concept, rather than the more conventional tendency of directly illustrating plans.

The work from which these models are taken was conceived in response to the brief Athens_Endless [C]ity in 2015/2016, undertaken as part of the M.Arch program. This innovative course asks students to interrogate ideas about the built environment, creating responses that consider buildings as social spaces that are lived, impacting communities and introducing new concepts into society. From this theoretical framing, exciting prospects are envisaged that address social and political questions, challenging the ways in which we are directed to live by conventional spaces, and proposing alternatives that positively impact those who inhabit them. The graduates of this programme are given the tools needed to contribute to some of Ireland’s most celebrated architectural firms, with alumni working for some of the most renowned architectural practices in Ireland and abroad. Graduates from the Programme are multiple award winners, and have recently won the inaugural “RIAI Scott Tallon Walker Student Excellence Award” in Architecture, the “RIAI Thesis Writing Prize”, the IDI “Sustainable Design Award” for Architecture”, and the European Association for Architectural Education Prize (EAAE) Prize for Innovation in Architecture”.

In Architecture/Sculpture, Pluck celebrate the conceptual drive of the M.Arch programme, foregrounding the creativity of graduates, their ability to mediate between critical discourse and their attention to form and structure. With these intriguing objects; some that explicitly reference building and some that explore more abstract concepts of texture or shape;  an often neglected aspect of how our built environment is conceived comes to the fore. Architecture/Sculpture presents viewers with objects that act as architectural sketches, putting the ideas behind buildings on show.

With work by Gillian O’Keeffe, Chloe Kerins, Habban Ali, Claire Quinn, Stephen Hannon  and Danielle O’Sullivan, and Catriona Courtney.

With thanks to Crónán Ó Doibhlin, Head of Research Collections and Communications, Boole Library, University College Cork.

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Gaolbreak: Angela Fulcher

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January 28 – February 25, Mon-Fri 09:00 – 17:00.

Preview: January 27, 18.00. Catalogue launch and drinks reception.

In November 1923, prisoners held at Cork City Women’s Gaol launched an escape attempt. Tying together bed sheets to construct a rope ladder, the prisoners descended from the walls of the prison and made their bid for freedom. In Gaolbreak, Cork-based artist Angela Fulcher draws on this history to create a large scale fabric installation in the atrium of Cork City Hall. Knotted lengths of bedding fall from the building’s balconies, obliquely referencing this story of revolt in recognition of Ireland’s Decade of Commemorations. Fulcher brings to bear her fascination with the world of consumer-driven textile design, using contemporary items from low-cost suppliers like Michael Guineys and Penneys. Using sometimes kitsch, heavily patterned material, Fulcher looks beyond the garish to consider prospective connections between everyday devalued materials and their extraordinary potentials.

This project builds on Fulcher’s substantial body of work which has led to growing recognition of her practice. Paying close attention to the details and qualities of materials and surfaces, Fulcher explores the contexts and philosophies associated found materials. Her intelligent and subtle subversions touch on the histories and politics of manufacturing, fashion and obsolescence, the vagaries of taste and the realm of traditional feminine making. Fulcher takes a unique approach to sculpture. Her recent practice has involved creating large-scale, temporary textile sculptures that engage their environment: Sun Stopping at VISUAL, Carlow (2016) reflected on its site, creating striking interventions outside the gallery; Vermiculated Render Quoins to Ground Floor (2016) at the Engage Festival Bandon echoed the patterns on the Allin centre’s walls, translating them into textile sculptures of heavily patterned upholstery fabric and red pleather. Creating surprising, intelligent and witty works of art, Fulcher scrutinizes our everyday environment, picking out derided artefacts in order to consider their implications.

Curated by Pluck Projects

Catalogue with essay by Prof. Jessica Hemmings, Professor of Crafts & Vice-Prefekt of Research at the Academy of Design & Crafts (HDK), University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Funded by Cork City Council. Angela  Fulcher is a recipient of the Next Generation Bursary Award 2016, a special initiative of the Arts Council and the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, in recognition of the role of artists in the events of 1916.

New Work from Glasgow

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Pluck Projects is pleased to present this exhibition of work from Glasgow School of Art students and alumni. Discomfiting shapes, lurid colours, twisting light and stuttering, disjunctive video interact in installation, film and sculpture. This is eclectic work characterized by an unsettling, visceral approach to materiality. Set in UCC’s old Anatomy Theatre, this exhibition platforms the best of the vibrant and exciting visual art currently being produced by one of the UK’s leading art schools.

Drawing on the connection between Scotland’s second city and Ireland’s, this project brings future stars from this world-leading school to Cork. Comprised of work selected by Pluck, New Work from Glasgow presents the work of six exceptional artists at the start of their careers.

Featured artists: Paul Deslandes, Christabel Geary, Will Kendrick, Heather Lander, James McCann, Sara Moustafa.

Kindly supported by Cork City Council and University College Cork

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Pluck @ The Land of Zero

Cliodhna O'Riordan, Detail of Plaster & Custard Reaction II, 2014
Cliodhna O’Riordan, Detail of Plaster & Custard Reaction II, 2014

Pluck projects are delighted to announce their participation in The Land of Zero at the Crawford Art Gallery launching on Thursday 27th November at 18.00. At the invitation of Maud Cotter, Pluck’s contribution to this multi-layered project involves commissioning new work by invited artist Angela Fulcher and curating a selection of work from the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design MA:AP students. After the success of Pluck project’s debut presentation from the artist Stephanie Hough, this opportunity to work with some of the most respected figures in the Irish art world marks an exciting progression for these emergent curators.

Intervening in Cotter’s installation for her strand of The Land of Zero, Pluck has selected work that will develop its consideration of space, potential, and material. Angela Fulcher’s Traverse Frieze (Supple Lilac & Midnight Blue), is an installation that responds to the interior architectural space of the gallery. Traditionally a long stretch of sculpted ornamentation, this frieze highlights the aspects of the selected materials chosen for their particular sculptural qualities. The work from the MA:AP students expands on this. With her background in architecture, Cliodhna O’Riordan has an interest in thephysical properties of materials. In this new body of work, a hybrid solid is created by combining two seemingly incompatible ingredients: plaster and custard. Curious tensions are illustrated in subsequent testing, documentation and display. Brian Mac Domhnaill’s practice is informed by his background in archaeology, his photographs and videos suggest history but are ambiguous and evocative, resisting conclusions and leaving their narratives open. Eleanor Phillips works with the traditional practice of drawing the figure from life, meaning that the work reflects onthe physicality and presence of a human being, complicated through erasure and fragmentation. Vena Naskręcka works with the concept of prosthesis and orthoses. Examining how the body interacts with objects through a series of process-based interactions with material, this resultsin strange and stilted video works. Sarah Jayne Booth uses objects, images and video to explore her interest in femininity and the domestic. Working with a split-screen video, Booth doubles and layers close-up footageof hand and machine sewing to create an uncanny and creaturely visual world.

The Land of Zero is initiated by artist Maud Cotter to form a moment of assessment within Visual Art culture and in recognition of a new stream of emergent practices. The Land of Zero seminar will open discussion on artistic practice in the context of the dual forces of recession and the changing landscape of artistic production. It is a radical school within a school, a hybrid of research within showing, a two-day seminar set within a composite installation in process. It is a place of questioning and examination on a threshold between national and international practitioners, MA:AP graduates of CIT Cork College of Art and Design and the public realm.

Seminar: 21 – 22 Nov, Crawford Art Gallery

Exhibition: 24 Nov – 6 Dec, Crawford Art Gallery

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Stephanie Hough: In Pursuit of Leisure

Stephanie Hough: In Pursuit of Leisure

Pluck are delighted to announce our first project. Launching on the 24th October in CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery will be Stephanie Hough’s debut solo exhibition In Pursuit of Leisure.  Hough’s work focuses on how society is warped in the prism of pop culture scrutinizing versions of recreation presented by the media . With typical wit and intelligence, Hough produces works that wryly dissect the culture of commodified leisure, creating an exhibition that is smart, funny and provocative.

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Opening: 24th October 2014 @6pm
To be launched by Dr Ed Krčma

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication including a specially commissioned text by Dr Kerstin Fest and writings by curators Sarah Kelleher and Rachel Warriner and a statement by the artist.

Open: 24/10/14 – 15/11/14
Wednesday-Saturday 10-6