23rd November – 12th December 2012
Ciarán Walsh was born in Carlow, Ireland (1980) and received an MA in ‘Art in the Contemporary World’ from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2007) and an earlier BA in ‘Fine Art’ from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire (2003). Since 2003 he has exhibited at various galleries and art-spaces in Ireland and elsewhere. Additionally he has developed a number of curatorial public art commissions and self-initiated projects.
He currently lives and works in Berlin.
Walsh’s work intermixes sculpture, video, drawings, texts and digital prints in both singular works and in conversational installations. Drawing upon on a range of reference material including ethnographical and museumological sources, the culture of science-fiction and an array of marginal knowledge systems, the artist considers the potential agencies generated during staged encounters with surfaces, subjective positions, fakery and performance. Throughout the work, there is a strong centrality of the bodily and of the hand-rendered, alongside a conscious reliance on economical materials, minimally framed scenarios, and casual methods of fabrication and production. Underpinning these work methods is an ongoing investigation in possiblities of communication, the workings of memory, and the scenarios generated through failures in the processing of both.