‘Power Structure’, Nov 2011 – current
Power Structure’ brings together the first collaborative project between Dublin-based artists Meadhbh O’Connor and Dave Madigan. The project is an ongoing exploration of power in its many manifestations. The artists are conducting this through gallery exhibitions, research, an ongoing photographic series, installation, artistic interventions, and more.
The first installment of ‘Power Structure’ was presented at The Joinery Gallery, Dublin, Ireland in January 2012. The show included large-scale, collaborative installations by Meadhbh and Dave including an installation of 4 tonnes of ash from a peat-burning power station with various transmission gears suspended from the gallery ceiling; an installation of salt crystals grown over suspended money bags and copper coins; a projected photograph from their ongoing photographic series of a large-scale, modular sierpinski pyramid set up in and photographed with different symbols/loci of power (in this instance with a decommissioned thermal power station); and a commissioned ‘wordpiece’ by Dublin artist Helen Horgan presented as a singe channel video loop. More details of each piece in the show can be found here.
Through this multifaceted, ongoing project, it is the intention of Dave Madigan and Meadhbh O’Connor to question and explore the nature, distribution and formation of power in modern pluralist Ireland and beyond. Neither artist are members of any political party or of any pressure grouping or sectional interest.