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TRASATLANTACHA
Maeve D'Arcy and Lisa O'Donnell

Artist Talk & Reception
February 3 | 6:30 pm

Admission: FREE

 



TRASATLANTACHA
Maeve D'Arcy and Lisa O'Donnell

February 2015 – April 2015

Artist Talk Moderated by Jonathan Goodman
(Professor at Pratt Institute & Arts Writer)

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Trasatlantacha brings together two artists from both sides of the Atlantic. Exploring their combined interests and experiences of Irish immigration and diaspora, Galway-born Lisa O'Donnell and native New Yorker Maeve D'Arcy’s work approaches the subject from two different artistic perspectives and geographical locations. Associated histories, memories and experiences connect their separate visual art practices into a beautiful, figurative and abstract collaboration of paintings, drawings and maps.

Lisa O'Donnell was born in Galway, Ireland. She received her BA Fine Art at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and her MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London. In December 2014 she completed a three-month residency at New York Artist and Residency Foundation. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and two solo exhibitions in Ireland, the UK and the USA. In 2014 she was long-listed for the John Moores painting prize and completed a residency at the Tyrone Gutherie Centre. O'Donnell's paintings in Trasatlantacha explore the construction of personal and collective memories and histories, contemplating the Irish diaspora in New York during the eighties and early nighties.

Maeve D'Arcy's artistic practice explores repetition through mark-making. Her work creates spaces that translate the micro and macro perspectives within urban and rural environments, and introduces new possibilities for the viewer of abstract navigation through real and imagined terrains. D'Arcy is also interested in what it means to belong to two different places, in this case, Ireland and New York. The work becomes a personal map of time and space, and manipulation or exaggeration of time. The drawings resemble micro and macro perspectives, like a close-up of human skin cells under a microscope, or an aerial view of the sea. The artist is also building on an interest in memory, and archiving abstract patterns within different places and moments in history and how they can be translated through different forms of mark-making. D'Arcy's work in Trasatlantacha explores dualities; chaos and order, movement and stillness, and real and imagined spaces, places, and time.



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Lisa O'Donnell
Breezy Point, oil on board, 2014, 48 x 36

 

Maeve D'Arcy
Beta, ink, acrylic, and graphite on paper, 38 x 50, 2014

 

Jonathan Goodman is a professor at Pratt Institute (for sixteen years), as well as a freelance arts writer, with reviews and articles in ARTnews, Art in America, Sculpture, Art Asia Pacific, The Brooklyn Rail, and artcritical. At Pratt, Goodman teaches contemporary art criticism and writing the thesis statement for graduate students, and a junior/senior undergraduate seminar on new art and life after art school. He takes a strong interest in other cultures and their artists--especially when they practice in New York, with an emphasis on artists who arrive from Europe as well as Asia.


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