Ashery is a London based artist. Her interdisciplinary practice includes
live art, video, image manipulation, sound and text. The work is distributed
internationally through galleries, site-specific locations, art centres,
cinemas, domestic settings, the streets, live art and film festivals, Internet,
the mass media and word of mouth.
She is interested in the slippage between art and life, the notion of the event with audiences as participants. cultural anxiety and loss are explored particularly in relation to popular culture. Most recently Oreet was commissioned by e-2 to create an Internet based project relating to the one-to-one live interaction 'Say Cheese' which was performed by Ashery's alter ego Marcus Fisher in various locations including Liverpool Biennial, Arnolfini Bristol, Foxy Productions NYC, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana and the OK Centre of Contemporary Art, Linz. www.7actsoflove.org is an ongoing site where visitors can engage in a sound based therapy session about love and loss. The site also acts as an active archive for the overall work of Marcus Fisher.
was born Edinburgh, Scotland 1968 and lives and works in London. She has
recently completed a BA in Interior and Spatial Design, Chelsea School
of Art, London, 2003 and also holds a MFA Combined Media, Hunter College
of the City University of New York, 1993 and a MA Fine Art, Edinburgh
University and Edinburgh College of Art, 1991. She has had solo exhibitions
at Arrangement, Atrium Gallery, PricewaterhouseCoopers, London, 2004;
Karen Henderson & Eiji Watanabe/ Dave Beech, 'Tag Team Experiment',
Edinburgh, 2003; Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York 2001, and 'Scotch', The
Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993. Group exhibitions include 'Picture
This' Meadow Gallery at Burford House, Shropshire, 2002; 'From the Hip',
Eighth Floor Gallery, 473 Broadway, NY, 1996; 'Modern Art', Transmission
Gallery, Glasgow, 1994.
Ronan McCrea is an artist who lives and works in Dublin. Recent exhibitions include Galway Arts Centre, 2004; Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2003; Glassbox, Paris, 2002; Golden Pudel Klub, Hamburg, 2000 and a collaboration with Paul O'Neill at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin 2000. Group exhibitions include 'Tonight' at Studio Voltaire, London, 2004; 'Permaculture', Project, Dublin, 2003; 'Greyscale/CMYK', CCA, Glasgow, 2002; 'A Timely Place...', London Print Studio Gallery, 2001 and 'Utopias' at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 1999. For much of the nineties McCrea worked outside galleries in spaces that have ranged from a shopping centre - Irish Life Mall, 1992; a historical museum - The Pearse Museum, 1994; an airport - P4A, Heathrow Airport, 1998-99; the street - Project off site programme, 1999 and a World Fair - Expo 2000, Hanover, Germany. McCrea was Assistant Curator of the Collection at Irish Museum of Modern Art 1996-98; co-founder of 'Multiples' in 1998 and co-curator of 'Multiples x1' in the same year. In 2003 he curated a series of exhibitions at The Return, Goethe-Institut, Dublin and currently teaches photography at Limerick School of Art & Design.
Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan work collaboratively. Their practice is defined by its political and social engagement its site-specificity/ responsiveness, and the fact that it is frequently process-based and its manifestations temporary. Working within particular institutions, structures and contexts, arriving at works through research, discussion and problematising situations and conventions. Hewitt + Jordan have contributed to national conferences and forums around issues of 'engaged practice'. In 2003 they were core participants of the 'INTERRUPT - Artists in Socially Engaged Practice Symposium' instigated by the ACE, England. Invited to contribute to Dave Beech's 'Summer Sweatshop' at Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and 'in conversation' (with Jane & Louise Wilson) as part of the Critical Conversation programme at the BALTIC, Gateshead. Recent projects include 'The Economic Function', 'Public Art Forum', 'The Americans are Coming Arts Transpennine' 2003, 'STRIKE', curated by Gavin Wade, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 'SHOWFLAT' @ArtSheffield, 2003; 'I Won an Artist in a Raffle', Public Art Forum Conference, 'WINNER' a commission for The Independent, Liverpool Biennial; 'WHISTLER', a public soundwork in West Bromwich High Street. Forthcoming projects include: 'Futurology; The Black Country 2024', New Art Gallery Walsall. Floating I-P, solo exhibition, Manchester, UK. www.jordan-hewitt.demon.co.uk
was born in Mexico and now lives and works in London. She was educated
at Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork and Limerick School of Art
& Design, Limerick and Chelsea College of Art in London.
Alan Phelan was born in Dublin where he lives and works. He graduated from DCU, Dublin, 1989 and RIT, New York, 1994. Solo exhibitions include a Tulca Visual Arts Festival, Galway Arts Centre, 2003-04; 'Three Stories', SDCC, 'In Context' public art project 2001; Limerick City Gallery and Triskel, Cork, 2000; Arthouse, Dublin, with Jim Dingilian, 1998. Recent group shows and projects include 'Country', Equrna Gallery, Ljubjana, Slovenia and 'EV+A Imagine Limerick', Limerick City Gallery, 2004; 'Appendiks 1', Thiemers magasin, Copenhagen; 'Affinity Archive', The Metropolitan Complex, Dublin, and 'Permaculture', Project, Dublin, 2003; 'Crawford Open 3', Cork, 'Perspective 2002', OBG, Belfast; 'Fabulations of Form', Arthouse, Dublin. He co-curated/organised with Tom Keogh 'Stand Fast Dick and Jane', OutArt 2001 at Project, Dublin and 'Things We Do', OutArt 2000, at Arthouse, Dublin. He has also writes regularly for SSI publications and Circa magazine. Forthcoming projects include a solo exhibition for the Kilkenny Arts Festival, 2004 and a Broadband commission for the Department of Communications, Marine, and Natural Resources. www.alanphelan.com
Cherry Smyth is an Irish critic, curator and poet living in London. She is author of 'Queer Notions', Scarlet Press, 1992 and 'Damn Fine Art by New Lesbian Artists', Cassell, 1996. Her debut poetry collection, 'When the Lights Go Up' was published by Lagan Press, 2001. Her short fiction is included 'The Anchor Book of New Irish Writing', 2000. Catalogue essays include 'Normapaths: the work of Jane and Louise Wilson', Chisenhale Gallery, 1995; 'Flown and Sealed: the Work of Orla Barry', Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, 2002; and 'Intimate Handling: the work of Dirk Braeckman', A Prior Journal, Brussels, 2002. She writes regularly for Art Monthly, Circa, Dazed and Confused and Source magazines. She was a visiting critic at Braziers International Art Workshop, 1999 and at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Castello, Spain, 2000. She also curated 'Misbegotten' at the Florence Trust, May 2002 and the Summer Show in 2002 and 2003. A collaborative text with Orla Barry appeared in Janus magazine in 2004.
Jane Speller is a Dublin based artist and curator. She studied Art History at Leeds University, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies at Leicester University. She worked extensively as a curator in the North of England from the mid eighties into the late nineties, and subsequently as Visual Arts Officer, Photography for North West Arts, Manchester. She has recently completed a BA in Photography at Dublin Institute of Technology. Recent exhibitions include 'Love 2 Love' at Catalyst Arts, Belfast. Current curatorial projects include 'The Closet', a touring exhibition featuring the work of queer women.