Approved: 27.08.2008

Miranda Blennerhassett

Artist

Archived
Approved: 27.08.2008

Miranda Blennerhassett's work focuses on architecture and the perception of urban spaces. Through gaining an understanding of constructed space, and also of utopian attempts to create an idealised urban context in order to produce an idealised urban society, she makes work that references a purity of vision. As a counterpoint to this the works also acknowledge the flaws and failures in these plans

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Artist Statement

Miranda Blennerhassett's work focuses on architecture and the perception of urban spaces. Through gaining an understanding of constructed space, and also of utopian attempts to create an idealised urban context in order to produce an idealised urban society, she makes work that references a purity of vision. As a counterpoint to this the works also acknowledge the flaws and failures in these plans deriving from the individual's need for freedom and non-conformity. The installations use the physical structure of the gallery as a supporting ground to painted elements in an inclusive approach that brings the institution, and architecture in a wider sense, directly into the work. This practice presents works that align themselves with the architectural details of their environment, imparting a significance to these details that points to a more comprehensive appreciation and understanding of one's surroundings. Current works are influenced by the uncanny nature of the interstitial urban spaces prevalent in our towns and cities, and a society-wide reaction to the development of town planning since Modernism established its aspirations of comprehensiveness, uniformity and order. From the ambitions of Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier etc. to the wide-ranging implementations of the Scottish new towns, it is the point of contact between these idealistic plans and the practical impact on the urban environment by the population that Miranda Blennerhassett explores in her present studio practice.

CV & Education

Education

 

2009 – 2011 Master of Fine Art

National College of Art and Design, Dublin

2000 – 2004 BA Hons Fine Art – First Class

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2015

Dublin Book Fair, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

Facebook Commission, Facebook EMEA Headquarters, Dublin

What is and What Might Be, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda

Evident Care, solo show, The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen

 

2014

Creative Laboratories, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop screenprint commission

It is not on any map; true places never are, Youghal, Cork

Questions to ask yourself before building your first house, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh

Pattern Language, Black Mariah, Cork

Two Shapes Three Colours, MAP Magazine commission

The End of the Line, Mabos, Dublin

 

2013

Drawn Away Together, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

Beaker, Mill Street Gallery, Dublin

 

2012

Temple of Psychic Youth, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

Art & Style, Brown Thomas, Dublin

 

2011

Spectrum of Activity, The Black Mariah, Cork

Basic Space, Dublin

Unit 35, Gorey, Wexford

 

2010

Checkpoint, Smithfield, Dublin

 

2009

Desire Lines, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

Designs On, University of Dundee, Dundee

Paint Can, Travelling Gallery, Edinburgh

20 Years, Leith School of Art, Edinburgh

 

2008

Future 50, Project Space Leeds, Leeds

Wasps, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

 

2007

Miranda Blennerhassett Kevin McPhee, Limousine Bull, Aberdeen

Nostalgic Erotiques, Out of the Blue, Edinburgh

In Residence, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

 

2006

2nd International Biennial of Young Artists, Bucharest, Romania

Platforma, Cooper Gallery, Dundee

Roter Salon, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Greater Than Ever, Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

Magazine, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh

Ganghut Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

 

2005

They Had Four Years, Generator, Dundee

Work in Progress 2005, Changing Room, Stirling

Miranda Blennerhassett Mairi Lafferty, Meffan Gallery, Forfar

This Year’s Models, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

A Nation Turns its Lonely Eyes to You, Market Gallery, Glasgow

Group show, Wasps Artists Studios, Dundee

Extension, Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow

 

2004

Braveart 2004, Atrium Gallery, London

Royal Scottish Academy Student Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh

 

Awards/Residencies etc

 

2015

Facebook Artist in Residence, Facebook EMEA Headquarters, Dublin

Temple Bar Gallery & Studios – three year Member’s Studio, Dublin

 

2014

Temple Bar Gallery & Studios – one year Project Studio, Dublin

 

2009

Education Award, Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee

Argyll Education Trust Award, Argyll & Bute Council

 

2008

Dundee Visual Artists Award

Six week residency, Oberpfelzer KunstlerHaus, Schwandorf, Germany

Scottish Arts Council Funding for Individuals Award

 

2007

Dundee Visual Artists Award

 

2006

Three month residency, Royal Scottish Academy – Hospitalfield House, Arbroath

Scottish Arts Council Funding for Individuals Award

NAN Go and See Bursary

 

2005

Dundee Visual Artists Award

Arts Trust of Scotland Award

Hope Scott Trust Research Grant

HI-Arts Visual Artists Award

 

2004

One month residency, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, Aberdeenshire

James Guthrie Orchar Memorial Prize, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee

 

2002

Two week residency, Prince’s Foundation, Prince of Wales Drawing Studio, Bangor, Ireland