Approved: 06.02.2012

Thomas Ireland

Approved: 06.02.2012

My more recent practice explores the relationship(s) between modernist art and design practices and the western space programme of the mid/late 20th century as proponents of interrelated aesthetic and ideological values. My practice is becoming increasingly reductive with the bare minimum of intervention in source materials and with greater emphasis placed on slight gestures designed to unlock new

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  • Location: Blackpool, North West
 

Biography

My more recent practice explores the relationship(s) between modernist art and design practices and the western space programme of the mid/late 20th century as proponents of interrelated aesthetic and ideological values. My practice is becoming increasingly reductive with the bare minimum of intervention in source materials and with greater emphasis placed on slight gestures designed to unlock new meaning and possibilities within the given objects and/or images. A constant theme within my recent practice is an unpicking of specific histories and legacies. I am interested in objects and images - what they are, the space they fill and their weight - physically, culturally, intellectually and visually, their position within the world and their potential. I am interested in the processes' that happen when elements meet in a given space or time and the transformative powers acting upon them to reveal new possibilities. By weaving together a combination of sourced objects and appropriated images and/or text(s), my work uses ideas of waste, memory and wealth to investigate the relationship between information and the audience(s) which receive(s) it. My more recent practice explores the relationship(s) between modernist art and design practices and the western space programme of the mid/late 20th century as proponents of interrelated aesthetic and ideological values. My practice is becoming increasingly reductive with the bare minimum of intervention in source materials and with greater emphasis placed on slight gestures designed to unlock new meaning and possibilities within the given objects and/or images.

CV & Education

Born 1984 / lives and works in Blackpool, England 
www.tomirelandhq.org.uk

Exhibitions / Events 

2014 

They Used to Call it the Moon / Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (GROUP)
The Manchester Contemporary 2014 / with Untitled Gallery, Manchester, UK (ART FAIR)
TomTom / Model, Liverpool, UK (curated by Kevin Hunt)
They Used to Call it the Moon / Baltic 39 (B39), Newcastle, UK (GROUP)
An Ocean of Storms / Untitled Gallery, Manchester, UK (GROUP)

2013

But it could be a Levi’s advert / Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK (as part of Flatfile w/Mathew Parkin)
The Manchester Contemporary 2013 / with Untitled Gallery, Manchester, UK (ART FAIR)
The Golden Coast / Untitled Gallery, Manchester, UK (SOLO) 
easy does it / David Dale Gallery, Glasgow; Aid & Abet, Cambridge; Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects, Blackpool; all UK (GROUP / touring exhibition curated by Kevin Hunt).

2012 

That Ever Increasing Distance / Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects, Blackpool, UK (GROUP)* 
Notes on Westward Expansion / Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK (SOLO) 
No Now! / Space Station 65, London, UK (GROUP)

2011 

I’ll Be Your Mirror / Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects, Blackpool, UK (GROUP / curated by Fiona Shaw) 
Offers / as part of Blackpool Culture Shops programme, Blackpool, UK (SOLO) 
Recent Findings / (as part of) The Burlington Fine Arts Club (w/ Noel Clueit) / Manchester, UK (GROUP) 
Everyday we are apart, I miss you more than ever / South Square Gallery, Thornton, Bradford, UK (SOLO) 
Painting Show / Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects, Blackpool, UK (GROUP)* 
BAMBAMBAM / Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool, UK (GROUP)

2010

Legacy 1 / L.I.U. Gallery, London, UK (GROUP / curated by Perce Jerrom and Sophie Rees) 
Assembly / Rogue Artist Studios and Project Space, Manchester, UK (GROUP / curated by Lee Machell) 
From this filthy sewer pure gold flows / Rogue Artist Studios and Project Space, Manchester, UK (GROUP)* 

2009 

The Sum Total of Endeavours to Date (the dreams we had as children fade away) / Badger Badger Gallery, Carlisle, UK (SOLO) 
Supercollider Embassy / Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK (GROUP)* 
From this filthy sewer pure gold flows / Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects, Blackpool, UK (GROUP)* 
Holding on; forever / Vault Gallery, Lancaster, UK (w/ Fiona Shaw) 

2008 

Town and Country / Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (GROUP) 
Collide Now! Young Supercollider / Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects, Blackpool, UK (GROUP)* 
The Sum Total of Endeavours to Date / Bank Gallery, Carlisle, UK (SOLO)

2007 
Studio Project #9 / Market Gallery, Glasgow, UK (RESIDENCY / SOLO) 
I Wanna Know What Love Is / Kiln House Gallery, Blackpool, UK (SOLO) 
The Triumph of the Squares / Bank Gallery, Carlisle, UK (SOLO) 

Since 2008 Director and Curator of Supercollider | Contemporary Art Projects, based in Blackpool, UK. Info: www.supercolliderhq.org.uk

* - denotes curatorial role also.