Why don't we take off alone
Take a trip somewhere far, far away
We'll be together all alone again
Like we used to in the early days
(John Lennon, (Just Like) Starting Over, 1980)
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios are pleased to present Starting Over, an exhibition curated by Mark O’Kelly featuring the work of artists Alan Brooks, Gerard Byrne, Tacita Dean and Scott Myles. Invited by TBG+S to curate an exhibition for its 30th anniversary celebrations, Mark O’Kelly took the sentiments expressed in the seemingly prophetic lyrics of John Lennon’s song (Just like) Starting Over, as his starting point.
The melodic repetition and poignant lyrics of the song reflect on the preciousness and brevity of life. The fact that time passes so quickly in life propels this proposition of transcendence; to try to overcome the realities of the immediate present through communion with our younger selves and others. This idealistic fantasy of Lennon; to face the future, with a renewed sense of optimism, becomes a darker reflection on life when listened to in the full context of his intuition and our hindsight.
Mark O’Kelly’s selection of work for the exhibition reflects upon his own relationships and correspondence with artists who hold great significance for him. In this way this exhibition represents a very subjective, personal journey on one hand whilst also taking an historical view of artists practices retrospectively. The selection of works of significance in the evolution of these artists' practices over the last two decades meditates on the meaning of intuition and hindsight. In taking a historical approach to these contemporary artists work, the transience of the present moment and the semiological implications of returning and revisiting the past are revealed. The exercise of ‘starting over’ is expressed in works, which in turn, remake, erase and reverse performative graphological gestures.
2013 is the 30th anniversary of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, and a year for celebration, reflection and renewal for the organisation. The discourse of Starting Over helps to illuminate the sense of eternal return, which is inherent in artistic practice.
Alan Brooks (b.1965) is a London based artist. His work is a model for the historiographical transformation of the crude relics etched/scribbled into/onto the more latent corners of the contemporary urban fabric into quasi-gestural, conceptual palimpsests of peculiar and intimate fragility. Using the traditional methods of a master craftsman, oil on copper and watercolour on paper, Brooks transforms these hastily scribbled moments of deranged passion into objects of desire, each taking months of labour. Solo shows include MOT International Gallery, London, Mobile Home Gallery, London; Percy Miller Gallery, London; Galerie Albrecht, Munich, Germany and Marlene Eleini Gallery, London. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions and prizes including; John Moores 20, 21 & 24, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Paul Morris Gallery, New York, USA; Museum Abteilberg, Monchengladbach, Germany, EAST International, Norwich; Oriel Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales; and the Jerwood Painting Prize, Jerwood Gallery, London. Saatchi Gallery, London. Alan Brooks is represented by MOT International, London,
Gerard Byrne (b. 1969) is a visual artist working with photographic, video, and live art. In 2007 he represented Ireland in the Venice Biennale. Other major presentations of his work at international biennials include Documenta 13, The Venice Biennale 2011, the biennales of Gwangju and Sydney in 2008, Lyon in 2007, the Tate Triennial in 2006, and the Istanbul Biennale in 2003. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Whitechapel in 2013, The Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal in 2012, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL, USA (all in 2011), Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland, 2010, the ICA Boston and the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (both 2008), Dusseldorf Kunstverein, the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver (2007), the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2003) and at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2002). In 2006 he was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn award. He is represented in London by Lisson Gallery, in Dublin by Green on Red Gallery, and in Stockholm by Galerie Nordenhake.
Tacita Dean (b. 1965, Canterbury, England.) The films, drawings and other works by Tacita Dean are extremely original. Her recent film portraits express something that neither painting nor photography can capture. They are purely film. And while Dean can appreciate the past, her art avoids any kind of academic approach. Dean‘s art is carried by a sense of history, time and place, light quality and the essence of the film itself. The focus of her subtle but ambitious work is the truth of the moment, the film as a medium and the sensibilities of the individual. Recent exhibitions include JG a solo exhibition at Arcadia University Art Gallery, Philadelphia, 2013, Documenta13, 2012, Five Americans, a solo exhibition at New Museum, New York, 2012, Tacita Dean, a solo exhibition at Norton Museum of Art, Florida, 2012, Film, The Unilever Series, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, 2011/12, Line of Fate, solo exhibition at MUMOK, Vienna, 2011, Craneway Event, a solo exhibition at Frith Street Gallery, 2010. Analogue Schaulager, Basel, 2006. She was the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize, and had a solo exhibition at Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2007. Tacita Dean is represented in London by Frith St Gallery and in New York By Marian Goodman Gallery.
Scott Myles (b.1975) is a Scottish artist currently living and working in Glasgow. His practice is idea-based, continually evolving, exploring notions of subjectivity, truth, the psychological underpinnings of agency and the interpretation of art. Appropriative processes underpin his work, in particular the degrees of change through the process of repetition of original gesture, attitude and form. He incorporates sculpture, screenprinting, painted objects and performance into spatial installations that refer to structures of existing ideas, objects and other artworks that he will often appropriate either formally or in content. Yet, in the moment of citation or imitation within another context and via repetition, the appropriation deviates, in a way that not only reflects the original idea but also an authentic presentation of something new, something personal.Recent exhibitions include: 2013, Excess Energy, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, 2012, This Production, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; YOU, Meyer Riegger, Berlin, 2011, LIRA HOTEL presents Scott Myles, Sonia Rosso, Turin, Tales of the City: Art Fund International and the GoMA Collection, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture, Conversation Pieces, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool. Scott Myles’ artworks are held in collections including Tate, London, MoMA, New York, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow. Scott Myles is represented by The Breeder in Athens, David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles, Meyer Riegger in Berlin and The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow.
Mark O’Kelly (b. 1968) lives and works in Dublin and Limerick. He is a lecturer in Fine Art at Limerick School of Art and Design. He is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art (1992) and of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (1990). Exhibiting paintings, vitrines and installations, his work is the outcome of a practice of image research that explores the space between the photographic document and the cosmetic image. The studio based painting practice at the core of this work has provided the foundation for a series of specifically conceived installations addressing theories of representation, reproduction and quotation. Recent exhibitions include Periodical Review 2, Pallas Projects, Dublin, 2012/13. After the future, EVA International Biennale, Limerick, 2012. Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 2012. Transitive Relationships, Limerick City Gallery of Art 2012. Figure of 8, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery Dublin 2011, Leaders and Followers, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin 2010.