Noelle Gallagher’s practice is concerned with inhabiting the physical world. Choosing a visual language that combines new media with traditional oil paint techniques, she works with the tension between these two forms: the fixity of torn digital prints, and the fluidity of thinned oil paint.
A residency in Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin (in association with Describing Architecture) prompted her to develop a collection of works in response to the history and fabric of the building. Her approach to investigating place and space involves spending time in the building, drawing and filming, as well listening to those who inhabit the place. These intense periods of research are balanced with quieter periods in the studio where she watches the footage, and chooses digital images to anchor her paintings. Using layers of oil paint, she then heightens or eradicates the digital images in her re-imagining of the place, its past, and its future.
The former UCD medical school at Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, provides the source material for a new body of work investigating architectural spaces. Her recent visits to the building (which now houses the National Concert Hall and the Irish Architecture Foundation) were triggered by a curiosity as to how the spaces had reinvented themselves since UCD’s move to Belfield. The high ceilings of the former dissection room at Earlsfort which were designed to limit exposure to formaldehyde and the smells of the mortuary, now provide interesting acoustics for musicians of the National Concert Hall who rehearse in the space.
A recent development in her practice is her movement away from exclusively wall-based work, as she experiments with destabilizing the aura of her paintings by showing them in a wooden box. Instead of being fed images from the wall, the viewers are empowered to discover the paintings for themselves. Although conceived from a stance of anti-preciousness, the paintings are shown in a well-crafted box that is not dissimilar to one which houses the good cutlery that is reserved for special events. This viewing process lends the experience a sense of occasion and immerses the viewer in the physicality of the work.
An honours graduate in Fine Art from Galway, Noelle has exhibited in many group shows in Ireland including Tulca, Éigse, and The Claremorris Open. She was a finalist in the 2015 international biennial neo:artprize exhibition in Bolton, UK and was selected for The Open West exhibition in Cheltenham, UK. Solo shows include 'Recollect' which took place in June 2016 in association with the Galway University Arts Trust. She has received an Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award from the Burren College of Art and 126 Gallery, and an Individual Artist Bursary from Galway County Council in 2014 and 2016.
Noelle gratefully acknowledges the receipt of an Individual Artists Bursary from Galway County Council to support her work in 2016
Please find an invitation below to "Sift"
17 October - 31 November
The Institute, Church Street, Enniscorthy
Open View 16 October @ 7pm
About the Project:
Visual Artists: John Busher, Trudi Van Der Elsen, Noelle Gallagher, Will O’Kane, Kate Murphy, Joan Sugrue - Written & Performative Response: Caroline Busher & Peter Murphy - Choral Response: Donagh Wylde (Enniscorthy Choral Society)
Sift is a co-curated project initiated by John Busher and Trudi Van Der Elsen. Without addressing a specific theme, the works examine emerging developments in contemporary painting practice. Sift is a reference to the physical act of filtering through source material, unearthing ideas, and the unexpected which can result from this. A common thread is formed, where image making, photographic referencing, place and memory rise to the surface. Largely grounded in the premise of figurative painting, the individual art practices explore a territory where this concern borders on abstraction.
Judging panel :
Ian Davenport Artist,
Amira Gad Exhibitions Curator, The Serpentine Galleries London,
Margot Heller Director, South London Gallery,
Helen Phelby, Senior Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park read more >>
The following artists were selected for this year’s exhibition – Ursula Burke, Noelle Gallagher, Brian Hegarty, Noel Hensey, Helen Hughes, Joanna Kidney, Paul McKinley, Ann Quinn, Laura Smith, Paul Tarpey, Lee Welch, Ian Wieczorek, Orla Whelan read more >>
The four selected artists are Amanda Rice, Joanna Hopkins, Noelle Gallagher, & Yvette Monahan. It involves a joint residency for the four selected artists at BCA in February 2015, with a group show to be concurrently in G126 and BCA Gallery from Sep 11th to Sep 26th. read more >>