Superstitious Aura – Gráinne Tynan
Opening: Thursday 14th August 6 pm
Running: 11th-17th August
In this exhibition, Gráinne Tynan explores the human desire to master the forces of nature, conceptualising the struggle for survival and connection as the source of all ritual.
Tynan’s work draws on and questions Sir James Frazer’s seminal text on comparative anthropology, The Golden Bough, in which science is classed as the legitimate means of explaining phenomena, and magic as its primitive “bastard sister”. Through probing the function and resonance of shared myths, the exhibition investigates boundaries between superstitious and scientific thought. The work reflects a particular interest in the branding of Ireland as a site of magical rites, and a fascination with the recurrence and renewal of ritual practices at places such as stone circles. To explore this invention of meaning, Tynan creates a new visual code which references scientific diagrams and primitive mark marking, yet remains purposefully irresolute.
Gráinne Tynan is a Visual Artist working in Dublin. Her practice centres on drawing, but also includes painting and sculpture. She received a B.Sc. from TCD in 2006. Tynan’s strong interest in science translates from her academic training into her artwork.
Recent exhibitions include: Acquainted with the Night (solo) in Jennings Gallery in UCC, Cork; Superstitious Aura (solo) in The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely; Day of the Dead in Pallas Projects; Circulation in Monster Truck Gallery; Eigse in Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow; NLA II in Irish Museum of Contemporary Art; Link Culture Fest in Block T.
Tynan has been awarded an Exhibition Support Bursary from Fingal Arts Office (2013), a Travel & Training Bursary by The Arts Council of Ireland (2012), NCAD’s Continuing Education in Art and Design Drawing Prize (2012). She has participated in residencies in The Good Hatchery and The Guesthouse. She is co-founder of IMPRINT zine and is an active member of The Market Studios.