A&E Session Four

19 August 2011

Artists: Alison Pilkington, Seán O Sullivan & David Lunney

Moderator: Gemma Tipton

A&E is a critical seminar programme that seeks to open dialogues across a broad range of practices and professional positions. The fourth seminar in this series took place at Monster Truck Gallery, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin from 7:00-8:30pm on Friday 19 August 2011. This seminar was scheduled in parallel with the exhibition Transference, and featured discussion on ‘encountering art' from three exhibitors: Alison Pilkington, Seán O Sullivan and David Lunney. The discussion was moderated by Gemma Tipton.

Gemma Tipton is an independent writer and critic of contemporary art and architecture. She contributes regularly to art and architectural publications, panel discussions, lectures, radio and television programmes in Ireland and internationally. Her writing has been published in The Irish Times Magazine, Art and Architecture Journal, Artists Newsletter, Circa, Fuse, Gloss, Irish Architect, Irish Museums Journal, Selvedge, Apollo and the Visual Artists' News Sheet.
Alison Pilkington's practice based enquiry is centred around how imagery in painting can be presented in such a way that the viewer must reconstruct it themselves in order for it to make sense. The suspended moment before this process takes place she identifies as ‘the uncanny moment' that exists in certain artworks. Leading on from this she examines the various forms of artifice that an artist may employ in order to bring about a genuine emotional response. She is currently undertaking a practice based PhD at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Seán O Sullivan is a curator who specialises in discussions, editorial projects and printed materials. His research uses critical writing and art practice to assess production methodologies and processes of articulation in both contemporary and historical counterpublics. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Black Church Print Studio Dublin, and is currently studying on the MA in Visual Arts Practice (Curation) at IADT, Dún Laoghaire.

David Lunney studied Fine Art Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence United States, and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. His work explores issues relating to digital art processes, global positioning software, printmaking, formalism, online self- promotion and the duality of material and digital forms. He works from Graphic Studio Dublin, and was a winner of the 2010 Black Church Print Studio Graduate Award.

This was the fourth session of A&E. Over the past year, the project has included contributions from Tim Stott, James Merrigan, Niamh Dunphy, Kevin Atherton, Sam Keogh, Sofie Loscher, Clodagh Emoe, Colin Martin, Seán O Sullivan, and Brian Duggan. Transference was curated by Clíodhna Shaffrey and Cliona Harmey, on show at Monster Truck Gallery and Broadstone Studios from 5 - 20 August.

A&E is a Black Church Print Studio initiative, supported by Monster Truck Gallery & Studios.