February 2, 2011 - Drawing Room - Aleana Egan
February 2, 2011

Aleana Egan

Aleana Egan, “Prospect and Terrace,” 2008.
Cardboard, acrylic, varnish, tape, deco-fill, 320 x 156 x 9 cms each, 2 part work.
Courtesy Mary Mary, Glasgow.

Aleana Egan
‘At intervals, while turning’

3 February – 13 March 2011

Private View 2 February 18:30 – 20:30

In conversation with Dr Sarah Lowndes 17 February 19:00
Admission free, but booking essential: mail [​at​] drawingroom.org.ukDrawing Room
Tannery Arts
Brunswick Wharf
55 Laburnum St
London, E2 8BD
00 44 207 729 5333
mail [​at​] drawingroom.org.uk
www.drawingroom.org.uk

Drawing plays a significant role in Egan’s work, with a sketchbook providing a repository for the noting down of ideas and experimentation with forms that undergo many changes as they are transformed into collages, sculptures or films. Ideas are triggered through observation of her surroundings, be it the Irish landscape or the space in which she makes or exhibits work, and through memories of childhood experiences and works of literature.

Her works evolve through a series of stages, with each successive layer gaining a density until the final form emerges, coherent and cogent, yet insistently resisting the stamp of the finite. The meandering, sensuous line that dominates her sculptures, films and drawings suggests a condition of flux.

Egan often works with very crude materials such as cardboard, plaster and concrete, and her sculptures are painted with carefully mixed, matt and muted colours of greys and blues. There is a fine tension and taut balance in all her work regardless of material or position in space. Her hanging hand-made sculptures made of cardboard and filler appear utterly opposite to the hard line and tension of the steel sculptures.

Her new 4 metre high steel sculpture titled Binet’s addition, is based on Emile Zola’s novel Au Bonheur des Dames an observation of one of the most famous department stores ‘La Bon Marche’ of the French architect René Binet, who created the iron-framed elevator for Parisian shops.

In a new work Outfit, Egan literally photographs her models, mostly friends and family, from the neck down wearing a variety of outfits. Standing with their back or front to the camera, these are objective recordings: each figure stands motionless in the same light and same conditions. It is the shape of the form, the colour and visual composition that interests Egan. She does not wish to tell stories or make grand gestures but to find appropriate forms to render psychological states and experiences.

An artists’ book will be published by the Drawing Room to coincide with the exhibition.

Aleana Egan was born in Dublin in 1979 and lives between Berlin and Dublin.
For more information please contact Mary Doyle or Kate Macfarlane at the Drawing Room.
mail@drawingroom.org.uk
00 44 207 729 5333

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