Like a bookshelf full of ideas, stories and memoires the works in this exhibition will come and go during the run of the show, new pieces will replace others, adding to or removing to make space and new connections. Readings is an ongoing project in which I explore the world through the lens of literature and poetry. We live in an age where we have access to everything at our fingertips 24/7 and yet with all this knowledge, truth & fiction are starting to blur together. Information has become increasingly important and everything now is generating or collecting it. I’m very interested in how narrative in our Web 2.0 world has become incredibly important to our everyday lives. I’m interested in how technology changes us, and how we in turn change it. The writer Georges Perec once asked, ‘what’s happening, when nothing is happening?’ but nothing is never not happening now. Technology was meant to free us, but it seems we have less and less time. In some ways, I want to escape this reality by offering a more poetic one in its place.:
Jonathan Mayhew (b. 1981) is an Irish artist based in Dublin. Using poetry, literature, technology and theory, he manipulates physical and invisible materials creating works in a variety of media. He is interested in how narrative in our Web 2.0 world has become incredibly important to our everyday lives, fiction is blured into reality. He is also interested in how technology changes us, and how we in turn change it. Recent Exhibitions include: Agnès and I at Black Church Print Studios, Dublin; Dearly Beloved… at Visual Carlow; HIAP Spring Open 2019, HIAP, Helsinki; digital_self, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2018; Zurich Portrait Prize 2018, National Galley of Ireland; The stars turn and a time presents itself, Risør Kunstpark, Norway, 2018; Sørlandsutstillingen, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Norway, 2017; I Wanted to Write a Poem, Wexford Arts Centre, 2017, where he was the 2015 EVA award winner. TBG+S and HIAP International Residency Exchange recipient 2019. Upcoming exhibitions Scafold a three person show at the Bomb Factory in London curated by Séamus McCormack 22rd Oct 2019.
The artist would like to thank HIAP, TBG&S and The Arts Council of Ireland for their generous support in developing and making work for this exhibition.
Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects/Studios is an open-submission, annual gallery programme of 10 x 3-week exhibitions taking place between March and November 2019, in the context of a gallery space with a dedicated tradition towards the professional development of artists in a peer-led, supportive environment. This unique programme of funded, artist-initiated projects selected via open call is highly accessible to artists, with a focus on early career, emerging artists and recent graduates. Projects are supplemented with artists' talks, texts, workshops or performances, and gallery visits by colleges and local schools.