The Embassy of Ireland presents small field exhibition tour with artist Aleana Egan and curator Melissa Canbaz as part of the Cultúr Salon series – a space to find insight and share ideas around Irish culture. The small field exhibition is taking place in Künstlerhaus Bremen from the 8th of May until the 20th of June 2021.
In small field Aleana Egan creates a setting of abstract sculptures that are assembled in multilayered constellations. Materials such as metal, wood, pigment, and fabric refer to their own properties, while also remaining indeterminate: In this ambiguity, the objects evoke immaterial moments—ideas, thoughts, feelings, moods, energies, and relationships both towards each other as well as interpersonal. Manifested in form, the internal is turned outwards. Translated into sculptural gestures, latent allusions are made visible, and the processual shifts into focus.
The exhibition situation is a field once opened, remains in motion. Throughout its entire duration small field is accompanied by contributions in the form of posters, thus initiating an additional field of dialogue. The Affiche series addresses the sculptures‘ tentativeness and expands the physical exhibition space by extending it into public space. Affiche features poster contributions by Mihaela Chiriac, Sofia Duchovny, Hella Gerlach, Manuela Leinhoß, Vera Palme, Kirsten Pieroth, and Nora Schultz. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication.
About the speakers:
Aleana Egan (*1979, Dublin, Ireland) uses a variety of materials to create sculptural gestures and installations which can take the form of slender, fluid works and a more densely concentrated constellation of forms. Often, the sculptures are expressive whilst using a language of materials and artistic technique that is sparing. These materials such as various metals, cardboard, concrete, wood, pigment and fabric are incorporated into a practice which comes from an intuitive as well as an intellectual place and which plays with the materials’ qualities; how they curve, hang or sag. More recently works are made up of constituent parts, each forming a social relationship with the other. Recent solo exhibitions include New People, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Duesseldorf (2020) Spitze, Farbvision, Berlin (2019); A House and Its Head, Kerlin Gallery (2017); Recent group exhibitions include from narrow provinces, Cample Line, Dumfrieshire, Scotland (2019); staring forms, TBG&S(2019); Aleana Egan/Pearl Blauvelt, Mary Mary, Glasgow (2018).
Melissa Canbaz is a writer and curator based in Berlin. Currently she is the interim curator of Künstlerhaus Bremen. She is also the co-founder of the project space STATIONS in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Previously she has worked for Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and has initiated exhibitions in Glasgow, Buenos Aires and Berlin.