Jan 10, 2019

RGKS Cribs – A season-by-season plunge into artist studios/homes.

This project, supported by The Digital Hub, invites audiences to see inside selected artists’ studios, homes or other sites of production. The first RGKS Cribs artist is Christopher Mahon. 

RGKS Cribs is a commissioning platform by RGKSKSRG that explores the significance of the artist studio. The idea behind the project is to open a range of different kinds of ‘studios’ up to a broad audience through online engagement, in an environment that supports artists and the making of new work, and encourages the participation of the wider artistic community. The project seeks to highlight the significance of the artist studio, at a time when there is a crisis in the availability and provision of studio spaces in Dublin.

 

Christopher Mahon is the first artist of the series. Together with RGKSKSRG he has produced a video clip that circulates online before the staging of a live event in March 2019. The video is shot across two locations – the artist’s workshop at Primrose Hill House and the bay at White Rock, Dublin. Both sites are central to Mahon’s practice, where organic materials from marble to milk can be sourced, sculpted and staged. Mahon’s theatrical works swing from sweet, silent sentiments to wild, dramatic revelations.

 

RGKS Cribs #1: Christopher Mahon research photograph, showing 8:30 a.m. May (2017) from the series Into the Sea by Gerry Blake (TLP Editions, PhotoIreland, 2018)
RGKS Cribs #1: Christopher Mahon research photograph, showing 8:30 a.m. May (2017) from the series Into the Sea by Gerry Blake (TLP Editions, PhotoIreland, 2018)

Each participating artist of the RGKS Cribs series is commissioned to produce a video clip online, followed by a one-off event staged with an audience in their studio, home, or site of production. Artists featuring in 2019 are Christopher Mahon (January–March), Vivienne Dick (April–June), Eithne Jordan (July–September), and Bea McMahon (October–December).

Christopher Mahon (b. 1988, Dublin) is currently showing at Arko Arts Centre, Seoul, and Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, and is a resident artist at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam.

You can view the video clip on the website for this project at www.rgksksrg.com

 

 

 

About RGKSKSRG

RGKSKSRG is the paired curatorial practice of Rachael Gilbourne and Kate Strain. Based between Dublin and Graz, RGKSKSRG commission, present and contextualise contemporary art. Through linking with existing organisational structures, RGKSKSRG work to create new contexts for engaged encounters between artists and audiences. These contexts can involve artworks, exhibitions, events, writings, residencies, interviews, and live works, within various locations, both online or in real life.

For more information on RGKSKSRG visit their website at www.rgksksrg.com