coalesce:
a project by Paul O'Neill

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coalesce is an on-going exhibitionary project, a mutating environment of overlapping painting, video, and text work in migration, and held at key locations. Works 'coalesce' and co-habit with one other, overlapping and interweaving in the gallery space to create one coalescent whole, yet always as a re-appearance, out of view of the embedded history of its serial mutations.

forthcoming shows:
| coalesce : the remix (redux, london) (May 2005)

archive:
| coalesce : with all due intent (sligo, ireland) (Dec 2004)
| coalesce :2 (barcelona) (May 2004)
| coalesce: Mingle Mangle (London) (May 2005)

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coalesce: the remix
redux (London) 13th May - 15th June 2005

Week 1: Launch Night May 13th.
Including Artists: The production of the “Coalesce” environment within which a programme of related artist' videos and performances will be presented, with artists: Kathrin Bôhm, Oriana Fox, Jaime Gili, Clare Goodwin, Lothar Gôtz, Anthony Gross, Tod Hanson, Stefan Nikolaev, Harold Offeh, Mark Orange, Eduardo Padilha, Marko Raat, Craig Richards.

coalesce is part of an on-going exhibitionary project, a mutating environment of overlapping painting, video, and text work in migration, and held at key locations. Works 'coalesce' and co-habit with one other, overlapping and interweaving in the gallery space to create one coalescent whole, yet always as a re-appearance, out of view of the embedded history of its serial mutations.

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Taking the conceptual-form of a pictorial plane, the exhibition will be divided into spatio-temporal zones: Background, Middleground and Foreground sections, each offering a grounding, or platform for one another. Forming the Background will be Tod Hanson's and Lothar Gôtz exhibition-specific wall paintings. Produced on site, it will be then overlaid with posters by Kathrin Böhm and Jaime Gili from their respective ongoing print projects. These works will be overlapping each other and migrating across the whole space at ®edux.

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The Middleground will comprise of Eduardo Padilha’s floor-works provide mattresses and sleeping bags for a restful moment. In Padhila’s case, these are discomforting places of rest. These have been made from unwanted, discarded beds that have been washed, dismantled and made anew. Clare Goodwin will provide sculptures which can be used as tables, plinths etc. by visitors.

In the Foreground, a selection of video works including Oriana Fox, Anthony Gross, Harold Offeh, Mark Orange, Marko Raat and Stefan Nikolaev will be projected as part of a film screening about notions of coalescence, co-habitation and the remixing cultural forms, to be followed by a ‘Coalesce Disco’ on the launch night. The screenings will continue over the weekend. For the subsequent three weeks the space will then be super-imposed upon by other shows responding to the initial exhibition and installation. O'Neill has asked 3 artists/ curators: 1/ Sarah Pierce, 2/ Dave Beech and Mark Hutchinson, and 3/temporarycontemporary to respond to the environment and use it according to their curatorial idea. These shows will operate as the new ‘foregrounds’ to the show and be placed upon, installed on top of the initial work and operate within the initial "Coalesce" exhibition.

Week 2: Curated by Sarah Pierce. PV May 20th.
Sarah Pierce is based in Dublin, and organises The Metropolitan Complex, a practice embedded in various formal and informal exchanges between people. Pierce will live as resident-guest in Paul O'Neill's apartment in London, while he simultaneously works in Dublin. Throughout the week, various background materials from the curator's home will appear in Coalesce, selected by Pierce. In addition, Pierce will explore the possibilities of Coalesce as a meeting place for a series of one-to-one conversations about surroundings, production and collectivity. This will entail non-public exchanges with invited guests, which will be made public at the end of the week in the form of a CD archive.

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Week 3: Curated by Dave Beech/Mark Hutchinson. PV May 27th.
Beech and Hutchinson will produce a special issue of the occasional journal, The First Condition. For this exhibition it will be a photocopied, A5 booklet available free at the gallery. How it is installed in the exhibition will be worked out in relation to what is already there at the time. The journal will consist entirely of written texts, which is to say no photographs, illustrations or so on. The texts will also be posted on the website: www.thefirstcondition.com. They will invite all the participants who might be involved in the Coalesce project to contribute to the journal. However, we expect all contributions to deal directly with concerns, ideas, problems, etc., arising from the Coalesce project.

Week 4: Curated by temporarycontemporary. PV June 3rd.
During the week leading up to the 3rd June, Jen Wu and Anthony Gross of TEMPORARYCONTEMPORARY will curate three events, each taking the form of a private poker game. In this metaphorical situation, with the curators as dealers and exhibitors as gamblers, the card playing becomes a stand-in for the to and fro of socialised culture production. The 'game' forces a strategy through the mechanism of its performance [each game will be played for four hours over three days] for potential exhibitions, and through its discursive conversations provides networks that suture the exhaustive adrenalin and power-play of winning and losing [in the art-world] back to the primary 'logic' of competitive play.

The gallery itself is transferred into a gambling lounge with 'drinks tables' by Goodwin and 'rest areas' by Padilha, reading material by Sarah Pierce, Dave Beech and Mark Hutchinson, accumulated leftovers from the first, second and third weeks. The sessions will be recorded with techniques familiar from televised poker, with a specially constructed table allowing for under and overhead footage and recordings. This material will be edited, projected and combined to be screened on the night of June 3rd, against Leesa and Nicole Abahuni's performative experiments in synesthesia and collaboration with electronic sound musician Scott Hewitt. By re-ordering their perceptual arrays through mirroring devices and their refractive obstructions to any clear view, an audience may enter into a 'game' of chance where the superfluity of elements leads to a subtraction of the real from within the body of the exhibition. The 'gestalt' of these environmental adjusters is 'soft' rather than 'hard', within the terms of a history of the interactive whose origins are formed in early modernism, amid kinaesthetic works from Duchamp to Takis through the sensorial imaginaries of concrete and electronic music.

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Each layer within Coalesce offers alternative levels to experience and interact with the works presented. The gallery walls, panels, ceilings and floors covered with works that both physically and conceptually overlap - produce a fluctuation between what is expected universally by an exhibition as 'comfortable' and what cannot be anticipated in terms of an unprecedented domesticity.

®edux is a project organised by Peter Lewis and Makiko Nagaya
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coalesce: with all due intent
model arts and niland gallery sligo (IR) - 15 December 2004 – 22 January 2005

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Ursula Biemann/ Kathrin Böhm/ Esra Ersen/ Jakup Ferri/ Jaime Gili/ Clare Goodwin/ Tod Hanson/ Adla Isanovic/ Sejla Kameric/ Helmut and Johanna Kandl/ Willie Mc Keown/ Aleksandra Mir/ Isabel Nolan/ Eduardo Padilha/ Tadej Pogacar & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E Museum of Contemporary Art/ Marko Raat/ Lawrence Weiner/ Jack B. Yeats -______ With Coalesce Cinema selected by B+B

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coalesce : 2
Galeria Palma XII Vilafranca (Barcelona) 19th June to 19 July 2004

Kathrin Böhm / Jaime Gili / Clare Goodwin / Marta Marcé / Paul O'Neill / Eduardo Padilha / Manuel Saiz

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One of the main objectives of all exhibitions has been to have all artists deeply exploring each other's work, weaving along the installation period a new work, with preciously existent parts. That is why the final result depends on this interaction, and many dialoguing spaces are created between the work, the space of the gallery and the audience. The conceptual base to the show is then this very interaction between the artists and the space, and the way this develops while researching on the usual modes of occupation of both domestic and exhibition spaces.

In Barcelona, this exhibition was supported by The British Council

 

coalesce: mingle mangle
Londonprintstudio, London. 14th April – 29th May 2004

Kathrin Böhm, Jaime Gili, Eduardo Padilha

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from the press release: "‘Coalesce: Mingle Mangle' physically ‘becomes' the gallery space, with each work accessing all of the available space and melting with other works. Jaime Gili, with his explosive silk-screens, developed after a residency in Caracas and following his series of paintings ‘ alma ', will cover part of the wall space, developing his research on repetition and the installation of painting, as shown last year in the Jerwood Space in London . Intertwined with this will be Kathrin Böhm's work 'millions and millions', an ongoing project of printed posters, initiated in 2001 for the Showroom ( London ) as a strategy of penetration and mutation of the space. This ensemble of works, like an expanded, complex wallpaper, will, adapt and occupy the walls and ceiling of the gallery, while the work of Eduardo Padilha, in the shape of sleeping bags made with beautifully printed or embroided fabrics found on discarded mattresses around London, will be open for the viewers to sit, lie, relax and enjoy the created environment of the exhibition as a whole."

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