Gail Mahon

Controchasm: Circling the Vernacular

A liminal space for interaction and readings in stillness, slow and suspended movements, finds Controchasm: Circling the Vernacular as an adaption to the environment as grounds to reset, reform and recalibrate the spaces in between cultural construction, primal restlessness and an intensification of the digital lens. A confinement in architectural space, unearths rootedness and opens beginnings with which to build though a process of disciplined focus and retention of space to settle conditions of plural identity and make new speculations to mediate balance underfoot. The works shown include spatial drawings, clay works and interaction films as the artists’ time spent in 3 week residency at St. Augustine’s Old Schoolhouse and as the beginnings to new direction within her practice.

Gail Mahon is an artist and researcher based between Northern Ireland and London travelling to develop projects across installation, ceramic sculptures, performance actions and interdisciplinary collaborations. Mahon often draws focus by viewing the body as material culture; bio-architecture affected at both macro and micro levels with transformative foundations that are permeable and non-fixed. Through a practice of unmaking and remaking, transformative connections in reductive functionality, physical effort and social conditions, lead speculations upon the integrity of humanness; its cultural consumption, expanding dimensionalities and the residual afterimages left behind.

Having previously shown work in Ireland, Italy, U.K and China, she has recently completed her Masters at the Royal College of Art in London. She also works collaboratively across various projects as lead artist in CAAKE, collaborative group with other visual artists, makers and performers and develops site specific exhibitions and residencies in Northern Ireland as collective member in MAK9. Recent shows include In Search of the Vernacular, Oriel Myrddn Gallery, Carmarthen; Residue, Galway Arts Centre; Two Hundred Acres, Pumphouse Gallery, London and the Lucanio Benetton ‘Imago Mundi’ Collection, Italy.

Year2018LocationSt Augustine's Old Schoolhouse, Derry/Londonderry, UK DescriptionThree-week artist residencyPartnersSt Augustine'sFundersArts Council of Northern IrelandDerry City & Strabane District Council