Curators Notes, Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director:
For its 2016 Exhibition programme the RHA commissioned the artist Aideen Barry to conceive a major work for the large Gallagher Gallery space. By that time, Barry had forged quite a reputation for herself with performance and film based work. Her territory was the feminine and domestic coupled with her interest in obsessive compulsive behaviour and her keen sense of the absurd and how to deploy that sense to surrealistic and revealing affect.
Barry’s conception for the space was powerful and other-worldly. Nine tall black shards experience a survey of Barry’s enigmatic moving images – visual fictions laced with uncanny, slapstick and macabre humour. The works presented were a phrase of the artist’s then more recent performative films that cast a lens on her interest in obsessional behaviour, neuroses and a feeling of unbelonging.
Her work has gone on to be exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the recently the USA. She was elected to the RHA earlier this year. For a real treat as to what an artist can achieve within the confines of a website visit www.aideenbarry.com and explore her remarkable talent.
Marking the first major solo survey of the work of multi-disciplinary artist Aideen Barry, the RHA is pleased to commission a new immersive and monumental installation by the artist, entitled Brittlefield. Barry is known predominately for her performative works and enigmatic moving image visual fictions laced with uncanny, slapstick and macabre humour. The works presented are a phrase of the artist’s more recent performative films that cast a lens on her interest in obsessional behaviour, neuroses and a feeling of monachopsis. Interrogating the space where media and viewer meet, Barry has created an architectural intervention into the gallery landscape. Shards, protruding from a large floor structure fuse the viewer to the viewed, Barry has concocted an ominous installation, channeling ideas of architectural anxiety and dysfunction.