Pallas Projects/Studios are pleased to present Marc Guinan Paint MF the eighth exhibition of our Artist-Initiated Projects programme.
Marc Guinan’s work is deeply entrenched in the observation of the material ‘paint’. Since college, his practice has continued to enlighten viewers with detailed images of paint mixing, coagulating, re-acting and setting all captured in all most obsessive and scientific fashion. This method of causing ‘material uncomfortableness’ is a continual interest within his research as Guinan looks to capture or freeze frame some of the magical effects he has asked the paint to perform. Continual interchange and experimentation of display techniques are always of interest as Guinan tries to strip down the basic idea of how paint may be viewed and what is a painting?
Paint MF, is a show which brings together multiple ideas of presentation and recyclability. The works, which are partially made from recycled paint are produced from an ongoing developmental process which Guinan has nurtured for a number of years. Coupled with the introduction of new raw material, metal stud framing(MF), Guinan has again posed a question concerning display. The framing is an almost instinctive progression for Guinan as he strives to display the works in the rawest fashion possible. The light gauge metal introduced, is used widely across the world in commercial building projects. It was introduced in the USA as a ‘green’ replacement to basic timber frame housing and with Guinan’s construction background this introduction was inevitable. The works aim to unite both recycling ideas through paint and frame with a collection that always try to demonstrate the beauty of paint without the trappings of traditional display methods.
Having just completed eight years of college, Marc Guinan has attained both BFA Fine Art, DIT and MA Art, Research and Collaboration, IADT. His practice is firmly rooted in the medium of painting and he has just recently completed a series of public engagement talks: Painters Talking Paint 1+2, which took place in The LAB and RHA respectively. Through live debate forums, the talks brought together painters from across the Irish spectrum to discuss their relationship with the material known as paint. He has also had a solo show at Dràiocht and group shows in Broadcast, Foundation 15, MART, and RHA. His work was recently shown in Warsaw, Poland.
Artist-Initiated Projects aims to act as an incubator for early careers, and support artists' practices at crucial stages, providing a platform for artists to produce and exhibit challenging work across all art forms. The model of short-run exhibitions with a relatively short turnaround time of 3–6 months is an alternative to the normal institutional model, where the process of studio visit to exhibition can take several years. Shorter lead-in times allow the programme to be quick and responsive, reflect what artists are currently making, and encourage experimentation and risk-taking.
Pallas Projects/Studios Artist-Initiated Projects is supported by The Arts Council.