Illuminations Gallery, Maynooth University
1–14 February 2017
Illuminations is delighted to host a retrospective of the work of Aleana Egan.
Aleana Egan’s art is predominantly intuitive and subjective; she uses simple materials, assembled or barely transformed, to create enigmatic works that have a restrained tone and structure. She groups these pieces into installations that are oddly ambivalent; on the one hand she draws our attention to the way things look, how they settle, sag, curve, or hang; on the other, her forms and shapes act as traces or memories, and as a tentative articulation of shifting responses to remembered places or everyday moments. Gaps and absences are at the heart of what Egan does, and this is what makes her work a little puzzling. Similarly, her frequent literary and historical allusions, which are never explained, are reticent and elliptic.
Aleana Egan lives and works in Dublin. Recent solo exhibitions include Douglas Hyde Gallery, Gallery 2, Dublin, (2015); Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin (2015); Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow (2014); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2013); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2012); The Drawing Room, London (2011); Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona (2010); Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (2009); and Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2008).