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MASER Exhibition – Mirror Door
August 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - September 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 29, 2019
Gallery Open Wednesday – Sunday 1-6pm
Curated by Matthew Nevin.
“MASER is one of Ireland’s leading Contemporary Artists and we are delighted to showcase a new site specific installation of his work, that has been instrumental in promoting positive change and inclusivity over the past few years. While always pushing modern boundaries, he captures brilliantly the new creative age that Ireland is experiencing right now.” ~ Matthew Nevin, Executive Director at CIACLA and MART Gallery & Studios.
For this large scale exhibition at CIACLA, Irish muralist and visual artist MASER transforms the main exhibition space into a fully immersive hand-crafted installation. Taking inspiration from one of the great natural beauties of Ireland – Glendalough Valley in County Wicklow – the installation reinvents the valley’s expansive landscape for visitors to the gallery.
On a daily basis in Ireland, hundreds of locals and tourists travel to Glendalough to marvel at its rugged landscape and to trek its journey. It is a place of rural beauty and a place that deeply resonates with the artist. Through Maser’s signature use of vibrant colours, flowing patterns and playful shapes, the installation at CIACLA pays homage to the valley’s breathtaking views, and plays on the idea of differing perspectives and organised view-points. The artist has created a site specific, immersive installation that is bursting with colour and encourages visitors to become fully captivated by the valley’s abstracted landscape.
Having lived in Arkansas for many years, Maser has a close relationship with the United States – while also holding his Irish roots close to his heart. He travelled extensively around the globe, yet the Irish landscape is a place that distinctly evokes a sense of home for the artist and is strongly rooted in his identity. With the installation at CIACLA, Maser strives to create an inclusive and authentic experience for visitors to engage with his representation of contemporary Ireland.
About the Artist
Maser truly embodies the centric spirit of contemporary visual art in Ireland today. Having created artwork since 1995, over the last 24 years, Maser has earned much respect professionally and has generated a large and dedicated following in Ireland and abroad – through his seamlessly imaginative and unique graphic style. Maser is ambitious and is unafraid to experiment with any artistic format.
Since the outset, Maser has continuously progressed his artistic style and practice, which is now firmly rooted in the gallery space, and moreover, in the realm of contemporary Irish Art. Having credited his origins in street art for the initial evolution of his personal style, his artistic practice today comprises of his unique typographic style combined with photorealistic elements, which usually convey an uplifting and socially conscious message to the viewer. The content of his work is inspirational and offers the viewer an opportunity to become fully immersed in an almost hypnotic state, through his use of contrasting colours and the use of repetitive patterns. With the underlying ideals that ‘We are all in this together’ woven throughout his work, Maser’s art unifies him with the viewer by conveying the love he has for his environment and the people that live in there.
Boasting an impressive list of exhibitions at high-end art galleries, Maser has created original artwork for many prestigious arts organisations including, Lazarides (UK), the National Gallery of Ireland (IRL), the National Library of Ireland (IRL), Tandem Press (USA) and more. He has collaborated on projects with the Irish band U2, TED prize winner JR, globally recognised muralists Fintan Magee and Connor Harrington, and he has even collaborated with the president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins on a limited edition print series.
To date, Maser has created work extensively throughout Ireland for a variety of well-received exhibitions and art events, as well as creating commissioned artworks throughout London, Paris, New York, Chicago, Florida, California, Australia, Uganda, Liberia, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Prague, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. In 2018, Maser established Atelier Maser an art studio and gallery space located in the heart of Dublin that is dedicated to emerging visual artists. The Gallery boasts an exciting programme of artist residencies and exhibitions developed to nurture talent and provide guidance for young artists to showcase their skills.