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24/7

24/7 is one of the National Sculpture Factory’s new digital online artists’ platforms.

24/7 Ciara Rodgers

This video is a little window into how Ciara applies her own fictions to less appreciated landscapes, reimagining what’s already there. The artist also presents her methods of gathering research and manipulating materials as she creates a body of work within a restricted space.

Ciara Rodgers is a visual artist based in Cork City, Ireland. She finished her MFA at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design in 2018 and was awarded the 2019 graduate residency award for one year at MA:AP postgraduate studios.

24/7 is so entitled because it alludes to the fact that artistic pursuits have no definitive timelines, there are no parameters, artists’ productive time is 24 hours 7 days a week.

24/7 is a short a short visual essay presentation where each artist introduces 24 slides in 7 mins with accompanied narration. It is designed for artists to explore their artistic research or areas of interest that feed into their artmaking or art thinking. Designed to be easily assembled during these times of Covid restrictions.

24/7 allow us into the world of interests that drives artists’ imagination; the areas of researches that artists engage in in the formation of their artistic practice and the stuff that catalyses their creativity.

24/7 can be simple, exploratory, experimentary and playful.

24/7 is not a platform for the presentation of an artist’s back catalogue or to showcase their past exhibition history but rather allow us access the extraordinary material that influences an artist’s practice or body of work.

All videos: NATIONAL SCULPTURE FACTORY 24/7

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MEMORIES OF A NERVOUS SYSTEM, MA: ART AND PROCESS DEGREE SHOW, CIT CCAD, 29/11/18-14/12/18

Catalogue Statement for Memories of a Nervous System:

My practice investigates uncanny vistas and defunct, disappearing buildings and technologies. I research theories surrounding the modern ruin, such as the contradiction between the utopic ideals of Modernity and its current tendency to evoke ideas of alienation, crime and dystopia. Forme, the solid aesthetics and materials of Modernist and Brutalist architecture challenge an increasingly less physical and less truthful relationship with the world.

My multi-disciplinary approach includes taking polaroid photographs of anomalies such as brutalist water towers on the edges of urban areas and cast solid forms from broken or defunct and disposable items are a proposal to transform them into peculiar artifacts. I intend to indicate the off-beat quality of architectural or obsolete elements from recent pasts through large-scale charcoal drawing spaces.

Instant photography assists me to physically represent a singular moment (as a silent witness) and using timeless materials like charcoal and plaster, where the process begins and ends with dust aims to reflect the fluctuating horizon line of the landscape.

Ciara Rodgers, 2018

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The Ghosts of Tower Blocks MA: Art and Process

I see buildings falling in Glasgow. I see rubble. I ask myself where that rubble goes. I discover that it’s crushed and then used to build new pedestrian streets- so people are walking on the ghosts of tower blocks[1](Cyprien Galliard)

My most recent art practice revolves around the mysterious vista, ambiguous built structures and the alienating effects of precast brutalist structures. I am interested in how Modernist architecture felt too unhomely and inhuman for many of its occupants.

Polaroid format is my preferred form of documentation for recent field research. The ability to produce an instant small, physical, framed memento during the on-site experience of an uncanny urban moment feels almost magical in this increasingly digital age of screens. The unabashed truth and representation of dreams of concrete utopia are what attracts me to the image of this fading form of architecture. It strikes a contrast to what can feel like an increasingly less physical and less truthful experience with the world.

Through the manipulation of 2D imagery and drawing in charcoal from built concrete spaces where I have encountered a sensation of the uncanny, I am attempting to create a heterotopic alternative dimension that is familiar yet unfamiliar. The summer studio period also involved experimentation with plaster casting and the layering of print and drawing to recreate an alienating effect.

[1] GALLIARD, Cyprien., New Romantic: In Conversation with Johnathan Griffin, 2010, frieze.com, accessed 22/08/18

 

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Research Processes MA: Art and Process

Research for the creation of new work or development of existing works can be a tricky but exciting part of my artistic practice. The images on the wall are selected from photographs I take daily. I also find it valuable to collect literature and poetry and make plaster molds of interesting structures that I encounter.