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
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
Shapes from life, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Gallery 2, Dublin, Ireland
day wears, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
(At intervals, while turning), The Drawing Room, London
Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy
Sunday Night, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
We sat down where we had sat before, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
two birds / one stone, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Out there, thataway, CCA, Derry, UK
Contemporary Drawings, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK
Vestibule, three-person exhibition with Eva Rothschild and Daniel Gustav Cramer, Merrion Square, Dublin & Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin, Ireland
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
DRAWING : SCULPTURE, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
The Alchemy of Material, Landesmuseum Münster, Germany
Arrivals & Departures Europe, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy
Leopards in the Temple, Sculpture Center, New York, NY, USA
Heavy Metal, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Gracelands Festival, Ireland
5th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany
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