Mac Athlaoich’s work uses various media to deal with ideas of materiality, process and perception. His works sits between figuration and abstraction, exploring the space between.
Mac Athlaoich looks at the notion of creating space between himself and his work, in a motorised way he achieves this by creating a series of obstacles and interventions within the creative process. These may involve the various stages of priming, layer building, erasing, subversion, method appropriation. This process is both a tool for abstraction and a sort of editing practice that deals with the physicality of the medium, revealing its materiality. During this editing process, previous decisions reveal themselves, showing the thought and directional changes in gesture and motif and the over lapping of figuration. The act of removal mimics the art of restoration, except in this forced way the result and purpose is not to arrive back to its original state but to tear up the many compositional layers and arrive at a diffused altered point.
Colm Mac Athlaoich (b. 1980, Dublin, Ireland) lives and works between Dublin and Madrid. Recent exhibitions include Elsewhere to be found, Farmleigh Estate, Dublin. IRE (2018) Traveling Without Moving, Pallas Projects, Dublin. IRE (2017). Una Terrible Belleza, Rizoma Galeria, Madrid, ES (2017). Production, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin. IRE (2012). He has participated in group exhibitions including Out of Print, The Library Project, Dublin, IRE (2016). Conversations (OPW) The Casino in Marino, IRE (2016). Pallas Periodical Review / Pallas Projects PP/S (2011).
He has been a member of both the Graphic Studio Printmakers and The Black Church Print Studio. He is co-founder and director of Monster Truck Gallery and studios, Dublin. He exhibits extensively and has works in a number of Collections.
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