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We are pleased to announce Aleana Egan’s first exhibition at Kerlin Gallery.

Aleana Egan’s art defines unique, subjective spaces between fictional worlds and physical realities. Her spare, linear sculptures and studied arrangements of low-key objects are composed of recognizably ordinary and notably practical materials. Slender steel structures are coupled with folded fabrics. Rolls of roofing felt support small, thickly painted cardboard trays. Plastic tape, polyester filler, metal hinges and industrial rivets hold the disparate unadorned components of her sculptures together.  Hard and soft, heavy and light are judiciously contrasted; there is at all times an uncommon, careful attention to the varying textural and spatial presence of common things, idiosyncratically configured.  But while Egan’s sculptures urge us to register the distinct actuality of utilitarian materials, their specific, enigmatic forms have in each case more immaterial sources. Crucially, the ‘real things’ of Egan’s art most often evolve as responses to the ‘unreal things’ of literary narrative.  Reading is fundamental to Egan’s artistic process, but literary allusion is never obviously present in a realized work. Rather, encounters with literature are moments of initiation. Her work thrives on occasions when scenes, objects, characters or even atmospheres from stories become isolated in memory and slowly transformed by thought and sensation. Through her concentrated, intuitive efforts to translate such fictional residues into something immediate, permanent and present in our world, newly remarkable shapes and spaces, new situations of seeing and sensing, become possible.

Aleana Egan was born in Dublin in 1979 and lives between Dublin and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2012); The Drawing Room, London (2011), Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona (2010), Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin and Art Basel Statements (2009) and Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2008). Recent group exhibitions include The Drawing Room, London (2013), LWL Landesmuseum Münster, Germany and Sculpture Center, New York (2010), 5th Berlin Biennale, Berlin and Kunsthalle zu Kiel (2008).
 

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
daily air

Aleana Egan
Daily air, 2013
stainless steel, plaster of Paris, wire
36 x 95 x 135 cm / 14.2 x 26 x 31.5 in

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Meanwhile

​Aleana Egan
Meanwhile, 2013
steel, fabric
300 x 350 x 150 cm / 118.1 x 137.8 x 59.1 in 

 

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the mossy roofs

Aleana Egan
The mossy roofs, 2013
card, tape, paint, filler, varnish
163 x 65 x 8.5 cm / 64.2 x 25.6 x 3.3 in 

 

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the garden walls

Aleana Egan
The garden walls, 2013
card, tape, filler, paint, varnish, steel
dimensions variable

 

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Suzy tells - knuckle duster

Aleana Egan
Suzy tells - knuckle duster, 2013
steel, pigment
25 x 34 x 2.5 cm / 9.8 x 13.4 x 1 in

 

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The harbour is good company

Aleana Egan
The harbour is good company, 2013
steel, linen, rope, polyester wadding
174 x 100 x 40 cm / 68.5 x 39.4 x 15.7 in

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untitled

Aleana Egan
Untitled, 2013
found photograph
6 x 8.5 cm / 2.4 x 3.3 in 

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13/1 Sunnypark, Ballygunge, Calcutta, India. Circa 1957

Aleana Egan
3/1 Sunnypark, Ballygunge, Calcutta, India. Circa 1957, 2013
found photograph
6 x 5.7 cm / 2.4 x 2.2 in

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clothes real sad here now world

Aleana Egan
Clothes real sad here now world, 2013
archival pigment print on paper, diptych
32.5 x 41.5 cm / 12.8 x 16.3 in each

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The sky looks down

Aleana Egan
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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pips t-shirt 4

Aleana Egan
Pips t-shirt 4, 2013
archival pigment print on paper
24 x 33 cm / 9.4 x 13 in

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pips t-shirt 2

Aleana Egan
Pips t-shirt 2, 2013
archival pigment print on paper
24 x 33 cm / 9.4 x 13 in 

 

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Life group a

Aleana Egan
Life group a, 2013
steel, paint, matting, powder pigment in box, plaster, wire mesh, fabric, string
60 x 70 x 200 cm / 23.6 x 27.6 x 78.7 in 

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daily air

Aleana Egan
Daily air, 2013
stainless steel, plaster of Paris, wire
36 x 95 x 135 cm / 14.2 x 26 x 31.5 in

Meanwhile

​Aleana Egan
Meanwhile, 2013
steel, fabric
300 x 350 x 150 cm / 118.1 x 137.8 x 59.1 in 

 

the mossy roofs

Aleana Egan
The mossy roofs, 2013
card, tape, paint, filler, varnish
163 x 65 x 8.5 cm / 64.2 x 25.6 x 3.3 in 

 

the garden walls

Aleana Egan
The garden walls, 2013
card, tape, filler, paint, varnish, steel
dimensions variable

 

Suzy tells - knuckle duster

Aleana Egan
Suzy tells - knuckle duster, 2013
steel, pigment
25 x 34 x 2.5 cm / 9.8 x 13.4 x 1 in

 

The harbour is good company

Aleana Egan
The harbour is good company, 2013
steel, linen, rope, polyester wadding
174 x 100 x 40 cm / 68.5 x 39.4 x 15.7 in

untitled

Aleana Egan
Untitled, 2013
found photograph
6 x 8.5 cm / 2.4 x 3.3 in 

13/1 Sunnypark, Ballygunge, Calcutta, India. Circa 1957

Aleana Egan
3/1 Sunnypark, Ballygunge, Calcutta, India. Circa 1957, 2013
found photograph
6 x 5.7 cm / 2.4 x 2.2 in

clothes real sad here now world

Aleana Egan
Clothes real sad here now world, 2013
archival pigment print on paper, diptych
32.5 x 41.5 cm / 12.8 x 16.3 in each

The sky looks down

Aleana Egan
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

pips t-shirt 4

Aleana Egan
Pips t-shirt 4, 2013
archival pigment print on paper
24 x 33 cm / 9.4 x 13 in

pips t-shirt 2

Aleana Egan
Pips t-shirt 2, 2013
archival pigment print on paper
24 x 33 cm / 9.4 x 13 in 

 

Life group a

Aleana Egan
Life group a, 2013
steel, paint, matting, powder pigment in box, plaster, wire mesh, fabric, string
60 x 70 x 200 cm / 23.6 x 27.6 x 78.7 in 

Installation Views

Installation Views Thumbnails
The Sensitive Plant

Aleana Egan, The Sensitive Plant, Kerlin Gallery, 19th April - 1st June 2013

The Sensitive Plant III

Aleana Egan, The Sensitive Plant, Kerlin Gallery, 19th April - 1st June 2013

The Sensitive Plant V

Aleana Egan, The Sensitive Plant, Kerlin Gallery, 19th April - 1st June 2013

The Sensitive Plant VI

Aleana Egan, The Sensitive Plant, Kerlin Gallery, 19th April - 1st June 2013

The Sensitive Plant VII

Aleana Egan, The Sensitive Plant, Kerlin Gallery, 19th April - 1st June 2013

The Sensitive Plant VIII

Aleana Egan, The Sensitive Plant, Kerlin Gallery, 19th April - 1st June 2013

The Sensitive Plant

Aleana Egan, The Sensitive Plant, Kerlin Gallery, 19th April - 1st June 2013

The Sensitive Plant III

Aleana Egan, The Sensitive Plant, Kerlin Gallery, 19th April - 1st June 2013

The Sensitive Plant V

Aleana Egan, The Sensitive Plant, Kerlin Gallery, 19th April - 1st June 2013

The Sensitive Plant VI

Aleana Egan, The Sensitive Plant, Kerlin Gallery, 19th April - 1st June 2013

The Sensitive Plant VII

Aleana Egan, The Sensitive Plant, Kerlin Gallery, 19th April - 1st June 2013

The Sensitive Plant VIII

Aleana Egan, The Sensitive Plant, Kerlin Gallery, 19th April - 1st June 2013