Brendan Earley 'In the Midnight City'
Artist: Brendan Earley
Opening: Saturday, March 2, 2013; 4 - 7pm
Exhibition: March 2, 2013 - April 29, 2013.
Galerie Urs Meile Beijing
Address: No. 104, Caochangdi Cun, Chaoyang District, 100015 Beijing, China
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 11:00 - 18:30
Telephone: +86 10 6433 3393
Fax: +86 10 6433 0203
Galerie Urs Meile is pleased to announce that we will host 'In the Midnight City', a first-in-China exhibition of
works by artist Brendan Earley. Earley participated in Galerie Urs Meile's 'Artist in Residence' program at our
Beijing branch in the period from August to November, 2012. The exhibition will present sculptures and
drawings he created during this residency.
In the course of his artistic practice, Brendan Earley uses industrial materials he collects in Beijing, finished
products such as fluorescent lights, steel, and plastic ties via which, per the premise of preserving their own
functions and texture and through this composite sculptural creation, he explores the uncertainty of sculpture.
Just as Earley himself remarks: 'These new drawings and sculptures continue to develop my interest in the
materiality of the object and images combined with a more conceptualized concern with the legacies of past
eras of cultural history and the contextualization of artifacts within the pragmatic approach to design through
In Beijing, Earley accepts with an open mind the information he derives from the urban landscape. In his view,
the shape of the urban landscape, in addition to its physical architecture, is also full of a variety of 'negative
space'. For instance, the space covered by unfinished constructions, as well as the space resulting from the
distance between different buildings and uncompleted dead zones. He brings different elements from outside
into the studio trying to fill the 'negative space' in city landscape. The work Shine a Light (2012, fluorescent
lights, plastic ties, stainless steel and yellow filter paper, 110 x 44 x 22 cm) reproduces this 'negative space' to
represent his commentary on the urban landscape.
It is noteworthy that Brendan Earley believes that, in the course of urbanization, humans do not adapt
themselves to nature anymore, but rather adapt nature to people in order to satisfy the needs of development. In
creating art, materials selection and processing, meanwhile become a positive response to such a negative
status quo. Earley is adept at collecting a variety of ambient life materials for use, such as in his works exhibited
in Day for Night (2012, fluorescent lights, plastic ties, acrylic board and blue filter paper, 138 cm high, ∅120 cm
base) and The Midnight Man (2012, polystyrene, fluorescent lights, plastic ties and blue filter paper, 140 x 33 x
30 cm), which are also materials readily available to any artist in both Dublin and Beijing.
Furthermore, by changing the physical properties of objects in his works, Earley challenges people's visual
habits and normal understanding of things. He casts polystyrene filler in metal and porcelain, and thus forces
viewers to doubt that 'seeing is believing.'
Brendan Earley was born in 1971 in Dublin, Ireland, where he lives and works. The exhibition in Beijing is a
further exploration of his creative concept in the wake of 'A Place Between', held at the Royal Hibernian
Academy, Dublin, Ireland in 2012.
A leaflet will be published in conjunction with this exhibition.