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Culture Night 2020 at the LAB - New Work by Gemma Browne and Aoife Dunne

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We did not expect to mark our 15th Birthday in such strange circumstances but we are delighted to welcome you back to visit our two fantastic new exhibitions in person! Exhibitions by Aoife Dunne and Gemma Browne are immersive, joyous experiences and we look forward to sharing this with our visitors.

The LAB Gallery is committed to the safety of its staff and visitors. For your viewing comfort and safety we have a booking system in operation. The LAB asks visitors to kindly follow the Covid 19 guidelines we have put in place in the gallery for the benefit of both visitors and staff. Please do not visit the gallery if you have COVID symptoms. We advise that you practice social distancing, good hand hygiene and coughing etiquette whilst at the gallery. Visitors are also asked to wear a face covering/mask.


'The Invisible Sorceress' by Gemma Browne

August 10 - October 24 2020

The LAB Gallery is pleased to present The Invisible Sorceress, an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Gemma Browne made over the past two years. The work suggests the magical powers of females whose efforts are sometimes overlooked, unrewarded, but essential and depended upon. Displayed here as a wall of women, her female figures and sorceresses gather a power and hyper visibility, even from the street outside. Her ornate and energetic work is made with acrylic and coloured pencils on paper and acrylic on canvas with a varied and exuberant palette. A burst of glorious colour, to be read together or as individual stories, their titles, delicately added to the wall in pencil, draw you in further. Though it is impossible not to bring the new lens of our recent lockdown experience when viewing these works, the story of the Invisible Sorceress is not a new one, but it is told with a fresh visibility and vibrancy that ensures it cannot be ignored.

Gemma Browne is an Irish artist born in London in the UK, but based in Dublin. She has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally and has received many awards including from the Arts Council of Ireland. Recent shows include Kevin Kavanagh Gallery Dublin, Paper Cuts group show at Saatchi Gallery London, SuprEYES at the Lexicon Gallery, Dun Laoghaire, Faces, Places and Spaces at New Art Projects, London, When Supplies Last in Seattle and Got It For Cheap at Agnes B HQ in Paris and at The Hole Gallery, New York City. She has taken part in ARCO Madrid, Athina Athens, Manchester Contemporary and Atlanta Contemporary art fairs.

THE CUBE: LAB Gallery Commission

'7thSENSE' by Aoife Dunne

The LAB Gallery presents 7thSENSE, an immersive, multihued installation by artist Aoife Dunne. This designer of experiences is best known for her inimitable aesthetic and site-specific colourfully chaotic work.

The pre-existing architecture that accommodates Dunne’s work is personally tailored in such a way to provide an extreme sensory experience by manipulating and transforming the physical properties of sound and vision. Aoife’s imaginative compositions are a product of accumulating, arranging, reusing and reworking layers of visual material.

7thSENSE explores the acoustic creation of space. The artist uses new and old electronics, found and distorted audio to create the illusion of spatial movement by designing the sensation of sounds that “move” around the visitor as they engage within the work. With language rooted in post-pop and post-internet, Aoife’s work submerges audiences into phantasmagorical, detail-driven virtual and physical worlds.

Aoife Dunne (b.1995) is an Irish based multi-disciplinary artist and art director, fusing sculpture, video, sound, performance and technology. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art Media from The National College of Art & Design, Dublin (2016). Since embarking on her idiosyncratic career, Dunne’s artistic, individualistic influence has crossed continents with colourful ease; her all-encompassing installations and touring exhibitions include the U.K, France, Italy, Canada and the U.S.A. This award-winning artist is currently working on several upcoming solo shows in Ireland, Puerto Rico & New York.

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