Aleana Egan

Aleana Egan 
Lutah’s scale 
2016
card, tape, filler, paint, varnish, copper wire, steel wire, plaster of paris 
181 x 137 x 45.5 cm / 71.3 x 53.9 x 17.9 in total
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We have to be as subtle as our memories. That's all.
2015
powder coated steel, card, plaster of paris, dyed muslin, anti-slip mat, resin, sand, plaster
42 x 150 x 105 cm / 16.5 x 59.1 x 41.3 in
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soft prints (red)
2015
lacquered steel, powder coated steel, castors, wire
200 x 80 cm / 78.7 x 31.5 in   
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little surface pictures
2014
Powder coated steel, steel, lacquer, cotton & linen garments, resin, Anti-fatique matting
251 x 286 x 366 cm / 98.8 x 112.6 x 144.1 in
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little picture
2014
Doulton & Co 1903/04 glazed porcelain sink
44.5 x 63.5 x 46 cm / 17.5 x 25 x 18.1 in
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Understudy
2014
galvanised and powder coated steel
910 x 330 x 65 cm / 358.3 x 129.9 x 25.6 in
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lie flat in the sentence
2014
steel, coated linen and split pins
124 x 173 x 30 cm
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Myrtle chair
2014
steel
85.5 x 46 x 37.5 cm / 33.7 x 18.1 x 14.8 each chair 
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Paris blue (dream t-shirt blue)
2014
card, tape, filler, paint, varnish, cassette tape, plaster, bonding, steel
172 x 48 x 8 cm / 67.7 x 18.9 x 3.1 wall element
39 x 31 x 37 cm / 15.4 x 12.2 x 14.6 floor element
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looks down at her glass
2014
steel, aluminium, lacquer
204.5 x 132 x 41.5 cm / 80.5 x 52 x 16.3 in 
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Meanwhile
2013
steel, fabric
300 x 350 x 150 cm / 118.1 x 137.8 x 59.1 in
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the garden walls
2013
card, tape, filler, paint, varnish, steel
103 x 119 x 69 cm
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daily air
2013
stainless steel, plaster of Paris, wire
36 x 95 x 135 cm / 14.17 x 37.40 x 53.14 in
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unproductive accessories
2013
steel
260 x 85 x 25 cm / 102.4 x 33.5 x 9.8 in 
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the sky looks down on almost as many things as the ceiling
2013
card, tape, filler, varnish, steel
204 x 152 x 25 cm / 80.3 x 59.8 x 9.8 in 
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Waikiki
2012
card, tape, filler, paint, varnish
98 x 46 x 11 cm / 38.6 x 18.1 x 4.3 in 
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Instead of a letter
2012
card, tape, filler, paint, varnish
73 x 117 x 9 cm / 28.7 x 46.1 x 3.5 in 
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It is noon and one of them wanders off
2012
Cardbaord, tape, filler, paint, varnish, roofing felt, cement, tile adhesive, bonding, plaster
20 x 190 x 270 cms / 7 7/8 x 74 3/4 x 106 1/4 ins
Aleana Egan
rise and fall
2012
Cardboard, tape, filler, paint, varnish
119 x 70 x 8 cms / 46 7/8 x 27 1/2 x 3 1/8 ins
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Mount Iris
2012
Steel
230 x 60 x 80 cms / 90 1/2 x 23 5/8 x 31 1/2 ins
installation view at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 2012
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particular and what differentiates
2010
Steel, steel mesh, concrete repair mortar, pigment
100 x 140 x 2 cms / 39 3/8 x 55 1/8 x 3/4 ins
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Binet’s addition
2010
Steel, split pins, rope
380 x 56 x 56 cms / 149 5/8 x 22 x 22 ins diameter
Aleana Egan
Opinion (detail)
2010
Cardboard, tape, filler, paint, varnish
183 x 123 x 11 cms / 72 x 48 3/8 x 4 3/8 ins approx each; 3 parts
Aleana Egan
shapes from life
Douglas Hyde Gallery - Gallery 2
July 31 - September 30, 2015
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The Sensitive Plant
Kerlin Gallery
19th April - 1st June 2013
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Drawing: Sculpture
Drawing Room
14 February – 6 April 2013
Drawing Room, London
image courtesy photographer Dan Weill
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day wears
Douglas Hyde Gallery
June 1 - July 18, 2012
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At intervals, while turning
Drawing Room
3 February – 13 March 2011
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When things cast no shadow 
5th berlin biennial
5th April–15th June 2008
 
Copyright berlin biennial for contemporary art, Uwe Walter, 2008
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We sat down where we had sat before 
Kunsthalle Basel
20 April – 08 June 2008
b. 1979, Dublin, Ireland
 
Aleana Egan's art is predominantly intuitive and subjective; she uses simple materials, assembled or barely transformed, to create enigmatic works that have a restrained tone and structure. She groups these pieces into installations that are oddly ambivalent; on the one hand she draws our attention to the way things look, how they settle, sag, curve, or hang; on the other, her forms and shapes act as traces or memories, and as a tentative articulation of shifting responses to remembered places or everyday moments. Gaps and absences are at the heart of what Egan does, and this is what makes her work a little puzzling. Similarly, her frequent literary and historical allusions, which are never explained, are reticent and elliptic.
 
Her works evolve through a series of stages, with each successive layer gaining a density until the final form emerges, coherent and cogent, yet insistently resisting the stamp of the finite.  Her practice is dominated by a meandering, sensuous line which carries through into the fluid way in which her films are made and suggests a condition of flux. When the line is filled to form a plane and to become a receptacle, it is still kept open, to collect snow or rain water, as in, for example, In Their Order of Appearance, 2010, made for the Sculpture Center in New York.
 
Egan often works with very crude materials such as cardboard, plaster and concrete, and her sculptures are painted with carefully mixed, very matt colours. The rawness and openness of the sentiment or idea that triggered the work is embodied by these carefully manipulated materials.  Egan does not wish to tell stories or make grand gestures but to find appropriate forms to engender psychological states and memories.
 
CURRENT & FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS
 
2017
A House and Its Head, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 31 March – 13 May (solo)
Intelligent Touch, Project Space Tilburg, The Netherlands, 12 March – 16 April (group)
Illuminations Gallery, NUI Maynooth, Ireland, 30 January – 17 February (solo)
Curve of a hill like the curve of a green shoulder, Mary Mary, Glasgow, UK, 28 January – 11 March (group exhibition with Mary Heilmann, Judith Hopf, Amanda Ross-Ho and Erika Vogt)
 
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
 
2015
Shapes from life, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Gallery 2, Dublin, Ireland
 
2012
day wears, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
 
2011
(At intervals, while turning), The Drawing Room, London
 
2010
Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy
 
2009
Sunday Night, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
 
2008
We sat down where we had sat before, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 
2016
two birds / one stone, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
 
2015
Out there, thataway, CCA, Derry, UK
Contemporary Drawings, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK
 
2014
Vestibule, three-person exhibition with Eva Rothschild and Daniel Gustav Cramer, Merrion Square, Dublin & Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin, Ireland
 
2013
In the Line of Beauty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Aleana Egan, Lucia Nogueira, Bojan Sarcevic, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, UK
DRAWING : SCULPTURE, The Drawing Room, London, UK
 
2012
DRAWING : SCULPTURE, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
 
2010
The Alchemy of Material, Landesmuseum Münster, Germany 
Arrivals & Departures Europe, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy
Leopards in the Temple, Sculpture Center, New York, NY, USA
 
2008
Heavy Metal, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Gracelands Festival, Ireland
5th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany
 

For further information on this artist, please contact gallery@kerlin.ie.

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Out There, Thataway

CCA Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland

8 August – 29 September 2015

Group exhibition

Aleana Egan and Merlin James will both participate in Out There, Thataway at CCA Derry, alongside Stephen Brandes, Kevin Gaffney, Rana Hamadeh, Fergus Feehily and Nathan Coley.

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Aleana Egan, shapes from life

Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

31 July – 30 September 2015

Solo exhibition

In the Douglas Hyde Gallery's Gallery 2 space, Aleana Egan will present "an intimate encounter with a single new sculpture".

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ART BASEL 2015

Hall 2.1 Booth M11

Kerlin Gallery is looking forward to participating at ART BASEL 2015, 18–21 June 2015. Please join us at Booth M11, where we will be presenting work by Gerard ByrneAleana EganMerlin JamesSam KeoghSamuel Laurence CunnaneEoin Mc HughIsabel Nolan and Sean Scully.

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Aleana Egan

Vestibule

16 May - 20 September 2014

Merrion Square Park, Dublin

Aleana Egan presents a major outdoor sculpture as part of Vestibule, a project curated by Aoife Tunney, alongside Daniel Gustav Cramer and Eva Rothschild, activating Merrion Square and its surrounding institutions.

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Aleana Egan

DRAWING : SCULPTURE

14 February 2013 - 06 April 2013

The Drawing Room, London

 

 

The exhibition explores whether the languages of drawing and sculpture are intertwined or simply parallel.

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'The Magic and Fantasy of Aleana Egan'

By Fridey Mickel

14 April 2015

Taz.de

"In this maddening art world, with constant convincing and never-ending quest to grasp for something only very few of us can reach, it’s wonderful to find these moments of poetic clarity, which allow you to catch your breathe and remember what we are all fighting for. Enter Irish artist Aleana Egan’s current show at Konrad Fischer Gallery in the Lindenstrasse. Offering a great bounty of what can best be described as ‘minimalist architecture’, the artist has somehow managed to strip back the implementation of objects to bring the viewer into an emotional voyage of pure aesthetic. She transforms very everyday pieces (like ladders and fabric) into sort of groupings of poetic thought; her cognitive trancing, culled from early 20th-century novels cuddle your heart. You leave with your senses cleared and re-opened, with a very wide smile on your face. Finding it quite difficult to describe what I had seen there, I was able to discuss a bit with Egan about her process and fruits of artistic grace." Read more.

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The Drawing Room

Aleana Egan

01 May 2011

Frieze

There  is  an  intrinsic  link  between  Aleana  Egan’s  sculptural pieces  and  the  literary  texts  that  inspire  their  creation.  In Character  (2010),  for  example,  the  young  Irish  artist  sought to  embody  the  bleak  resignation  of  Jen  Rhys’s  1939  novel Good  Morning,  Midnight.  More  recently,  Egan’s  exhibition  at The  Drawing  Room  was  informed  by  her  experience  of reading  Émile  Zola’s  Au  Bonheur  des  Dames  (The  Ladies’ Delight,  1883),  which  led  to  the  creation  of  two  works:  Clarity afforded  (2010)  and  Binet’s  addition  (2010).  

- Morgan  Quaintance

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The Portrait of an Artist

Aleana Egan

June 2009

Mousse Magazine

BC - The first question requires a little story. When I saw your exhibition at the Kunsthalle Basel last year, I was really caught by the strength of the big, bulky cement and plaster sculpture you built at the core of the space. It’s called Stage of Concern, an expression coined by the English psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott to describe the point of emotional development when the infant becomes aware of an “inner” und “outer” world. And the book I was reading at the time was by... Winnicott. So let’s start from here. Was Stage of Concern a self-portrait?

AE - I didn’t consciously think of it as a self-portrait, but on some levels it inevitably is. Just now, talking about this with my mother [a former English teacher, now psychotherapist] she mentioned Winnicott’s idea of a “transitional object”, and it is interesting to consider sculpture in relation to this idea too. Stage of Concern was developed physically from very quick drawings and initial reactions I had to the Oberlichtsaal space in the Kunsthalle. I’m not sure where the form “came from”, but looking back on other works or sketches I can see its variations. It also takes on a system of its own through the measurements and the technicalities. I always wanted it to be so big that it had to be made there and destroyed there to get it out.

- Barbara Casavecchia

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