Alex Pentek. Unfolding Space # 1 . 2018. No. 3 X 8 X 1.5 m folded cartridge paper. Earth Wind & Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary. Crawford Gallery, Cork, Ireland. (Image Michael MacSweeney)
I was invited to create new work for this exhibition by Curator Anne Boddaert. Unfolding Space is a development of ideas that takes inspiration from rigid origami unfolding surfaces that are currently being used to research areas as diverse as micro medical devices, robotics and spiral galaxy formation.
Unfolding Space # 2 is the 2nd addition to this durational work that explores the theme of Unfolding Space with new works being added to the space over the course of the exhibition. I am excited to continue this theme in the gallery which has been made possible with the encouragement and support of Curator Anne Boddaert and Director Mary McCarthy.
Unfolding Space # 2
Unfolding Space # 2 (detail).
The idea behind this exhibition can be read below:
EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Made in Cork Contemporary
23 November 2018–
17 February 2019
From ancient processes to new (machine) technologies, the exhibition Earth, Wind and Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary will showcase the work of Nuala O’Donovan, Eoin Turner, Alex Pentek, Mary Palmer / Anne Kiely and Joseph Walsh. 6 Cork-based contemporary artists whose artistic practice exemplifies excellence in craftsmanship. Curated by Anne Boddaert, the curatorial focus of the exhibition is to illuminate the synergetic relationship between artistic excellence and technical skill. The exhibition will take place in both the Upper and Lower Galleries, thereby offering space for the distinctly individual artistic voices of those who have been invited to exhibit.
In 2016, the exhibition Made in Cork: the Arts and Crafts Movement from the 1880s to the 1920s examined the Arts and Craft movement and its influence in Ireland. Building on that knowledge, Earth, Wind, and Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary picks up on the theme, at the same time, the exhibition will demonstrate the nature and extent of the stimulating, exhilarating, and exciting work that is being made by Cork based artists in the twenty first century. A Learn and Explore Programme and a wide reaching marketing programme will be designed to attract a broad range of audiences to engage with the exhibition.
With support from Arup
© 2018 www.crawfordartgallery.ie
Curator Victoria Evans invited me to create and exhibit a new paper installation for the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Ely Place, Dublin, Ireland which opened on 19th January 2018. This ran until April 2018, alongside gallery exhibitions by Grayson Perry, Elizabeth Magill, Niall de Buitléar and a selection of Irish/American landscapes.
Irish film maker Paddy Cahill created the following short film of the work which can be seen on the following link; Folded Space RHA 2018
I look forward to hopefully collaborating with Paddy later this year…
Alex Pentek. Folded Space. 2018.Folded paper 9 x 1.5 m. RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin, Ireland. (Image Victoria Evans).
Alex Pentek. Folded Space. (Detail). 2018.Folded paper 9 x 1.5 m. RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin, Ireland. (Image Victoria Evans).
Invited to create and exhibit a series of new paper installations for the Crawford Gallery, Emmett Place, Cork, Ireland, opening November 2018. This series of works will feature as part of a group exhibition titled Earth Wind & Fire – Contemporary Made In Cork, and will also feature works by Joseph Walsh, Eoin Turner & Nuala O’Donovan.
The following is a selection of works exhibited in Ireland and Australia.
The Intimacy of Distance. (Detail).