Niamh O’Malley’s work is concerned with issues of visibility; the slippage between a moment and an image. Her practice investigates the construction and arrangement of time and document as revealed through both the moving image and painted still. Works often consist of highly seductive surfaces which collapse on close viewing into simple constructions; a slide or a video, projected onto a painting. They combine moments of sync and resolution with unsettling agitations in the recorded form. She is particularly interested in failures of method, …the failure of projected light to deliver darkness, the failure of a painted image to show its underside. She often focuses on image as surface, the point of materialization where the subject has been transposed to another mode, and its ability within this to provoke present-ness. The works present a calm and extended ‘attention’ but the primacy of the apparatus of production, the materiality, the viewer & the maker, are always evident. She has recently pursued new sculptural developments in her work, experimenting with the use of solid screens which function as temporary containers of shifting, transient, projections and works on glass and mirror whose double-sided reflective surfaces deny and periodically reveal their imagery.
Recent exhibitions include 2012: All Humans Do, White Box, New York, 2011: Model at Green on Red Gallery, Dublin Contemporary 2011, 2010: Centre Culturel Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, 2009: Void, Derry, Northern Ireland, Galleri Flach-Thulin, Stockholm, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, 2008 Arge Kunst, Bozen Italy, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Kenworthy-Ball, Zurich, Galerie Baumet Sultana, Paris, Previous: Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, PS1, MoMa, New York. Her work is included in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Hugh Lane, Dublin City Gallery and the Arts Council of Ireland.
- Niamh O'Malley
- Yellow (2011)
- Pencil & gouache on paper with coloured glass, 378 x 439mm, Photography by Fionn McCann
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