"There is no way of knowing if this is meaningful, let alone the beginning of something"
Reception: Thursday 5th March, 6-8 PM
Exhibition continues until Saturday 28th March, 2015
Cross Gallery is proud to present “There is no way of knowing if this is meaningful, let alone the beginning of something”, a solo exhibition by Irish artist Alan Magee.
Magee’s practice crosses many disciplines from sculpture, installation and drawing, to a variety of lens based media, where he takes a playful, often absurd approach to the struggle for power in daily life. Much of Magee’s work flits between knowingly cynical and painfully earnest as he employs an existentialism of labour in his explorations of the 21stcentury individual.
Questioning the nature of signs and reality, Magee creates a world in which he fuses; body and object, labor and action, art and daily life, use and value, acts of protest and acts of desperation, in an ever increasing mise en abyme.
Magee sees the private sphere as the last area of control in an increasingly regulated and organised world; and this is where he takes a playful revenge domestic objects in an attempt to combat the potential powerlessness of his human condition.
Alan Magee studied fine art at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Central Saint Martins, and is a former resident of The Florence Trust, London. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Alan Magee’ at DOLPH Projects, London (2015); ‘Gapfill: more beauty, more happiness’ with Nexus Arts & Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2013); ‘Agents of change’ at Studio 1.1, London (2013). Group shows include White Cube, London; Maria Stenfors, London; Berloni Gallery, London and Ormston House, Limerick.
Alan Magee is currently living in London, and is a lecturer in Central Saint Martin’s college of Art and Design.