Eight is pleased to present So You’re Going To Die,
a solo exhibition by Noel Hensey
Hensey’s work is concerned with ‘openness’, which could be defined as the ground where you can no longer distinguish between self and other. The main theme within his work is the perceptive dynamics of encountering found objects and situations whereby the viewer’s habitual semantic/judgmental processes are slowed.
The exhibition entitled ‘So You’re Going To Die’ at Eight Gallery is a mixed-media installation consisting of an intersection between; photography, print, sculpture, video and the Eight Gallery architecture.
It is concerned with various aspects of death; homages to artworks on the subject of death, and memento mori (keeping an object as a reminder of the inevitability of death). It also considers the unknown time of one’s death, and view-points on death, such as that at death it is you who judges your own life.
The collection contains a number of pieces that interact in groups; multiples of a single work and multiple elements within a work. These are connected with repetitive religious actions, recitation, bodily gestures and the meditation technique of continually returning ones attention to the object of concentration when distracted. The exhibition utilises everyday objects and situations to explore the realisation that both death and some of our most potent living experiences are equally involved in the everyday.
Interpretation of the exhibition varies according to the route ones navigates through it.
Noel Hensey (b. Dublin, 1977) lives and works in Co. Kildare. Between 2008 and 2010 he completed a P.G. Dip and a MA in Fine Art both at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
His selected group exhibitions include: Q-Art London’s ‘Presents II’, APT Gallery, London, 2010; ‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries’, Site Gallery and S1 Artspace, Sheffield and the I.C.A., London, 2011; ‘7th Berlin Biennale For Contemporary Art’, Berlin, 2012; ‘Pop Living’, Schwartz Gallery, London, 'ArtVenice Biennale 3', Venice, Italy, ‘Claremorris Open Exhibition’, Co. Mayo 2015; 'Raw’, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 2016; ‘Cairde Visual’, The Model, Sligo, and ‘Fields of Wheat’, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, 2017.
His solo exhibitions include: ‘Rollage’, The Ivy House, Dublin, 2004; ‘Sick’, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin, 2008 and ‘Miles From Home’, Riverbank Arts Centre, Co. Kildare, Ireland, 2012.
In 2009 he received a ‘Special Projects Award’ from Chelsea Arts Club Trust. In 2011 he was shortlisted by Chelsea College for the ‘Red Mansion Art Prize’, was selected for ‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries’ and won the Co. Kildare ‘Emerging Visual Artist Award’. Last year he was long listed for the ‘Solo Award’ by WW Contemporary Art, London and shortlisted for the 2016 edition of the EVA International Biennial.
Opening Reception: Friday 10th of November @ 6pm,
Monday – Saturday
10.00 – 17.30
Show concludes November 22nd
For more information please contact Eoin O'Dowd at firstname.lastname@example.org or
www.eight-gallery.com and Noel Hensey at email@example.com or www.noelhensey.com.