Andrew Kearney Phase 2
Andrew Kearney, Phase 2.

Artist talk with Andrew Kearney

July 12, 2012 – 7pm to 8:30pm

Plug In ICA is pleased to present an artist talk by Summer Institute faculty member Andrew Kearney on Thursday, July 12th at 7 pm. The talk is free. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Andrew Kearney is an Irish mixed media installation artist. He studied fine art at Limerick College of Art and Design, and completed an MA in sculpture at Chelsea College of Art and Design. He won the Barclays Young Artist award at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1992. The same year, he was awarded a fellowship at the PS1 studios of contemporary art in New York, then returned to London in 1993, and developed an installation for the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. The following year he developed installations for the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Camden Arts Centre, London and the Ottawa Art Gallery, Ontario. Site-specific work led to collaborative architecture and public art projects, including a commission for Heathrow Terminal One with architect, Nicholas Grimshaw, and the Public Art Development Trust. In 2001 Kearney worked with Glen Howell architects on their Millennium Project for Westminster Council and on the Courtyard Interface for South Thames College, London and the Public Arts Commission Agency. In 2001/2002 he completed two large installations in Ireland, With Intent, Limerick and Illumination at the Boiler House in Ballymun, Dublin. In 2004 he was commissioned to develop an artwork entitled, Art Wall, in the new chambers of Limerick County Council. In 2004 Kearney completed his second residency on the Informal Architecture program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Last year he completed a research program funded by the AHRC at Middlesex College of Art, London, which looked at how we inhabit a purpose built environment of an art campus. Two books were published: Phase 2, 2007 and the Spaces Buildings Make, 2008, culminating in an installation on the South Bank for the London Architecture Biennale. His recent projects include interactive lighting for the Wexford Opera House in Ireland, entitled, Liquid Mountain, 2009, Hull, England, and Art in Empty Spaces, 2010, Tate Britain, 2011.

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art Summer Institute is supported by RBC Emerging Artist Program and The Winnipeg Foundation.