powers + √roots, 2013

Two-person show by Méadhbh O’Connor and Dave Madigan

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Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, installation art, environmental art

'Burnt Earth'. Scorched tree root system, coal. Within 4 x 4m.
Meadhbh O'Connor 2013.

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, installation art, environmental art

'Burnt Earth'. Scorched tree root system, coal. Within 4 x 4m. Detail.
Meadhbh O'Connor 2013.

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, installation art, environmental art

'Evergreen (Radio Mast)'. Photograph presented as mass-produced poster. 100 x 30 cm. Installation shot.
Meadhbh O'Connor. 2013.

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, installation art, environmental art

'Evergreen (Radio Mast)'. Photograph presented as mass-produced poster. 100 x 30 cm.
Meadhbh O'Connor. 2013.

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, installation art, environmental art

'Evergreen (Radio Mast)'. Photograph presented as mass-produced poster. 100 x 30 cm. Preparatory shot.
Meadhbh O'Connor. 2013.

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, installation art, environmental art

'Competitive Interactions'. Speed bumps made in the gallery yard with living, propagated weeds growing through the compacted asphalt.
Meadhbh O'Connor. 2013.

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, installation art, environmental art

'Competitive Interactions'. Speed bumps made in the gallery yard with living, propagated weeds growing through the compacted asphalt.
Detail of first sign of growth.
Meadhbh O'Connor. 2013.

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, installation art, environmental art

'Competitive Interactions'. Speed bumps made in the gallery yard with living, propagated weeds growing through the compacted asphalt.
Day 3 after propagation.
Meadhbh O'Connor. 2013.

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, installation art, environmental art

'Competitive Interactions'. Living, propagated weeds growing through tarmac.
Day 4 after propagation.
Meadhbh O'Connor. 2013.

Dave Madigan

'I sell here, sir, what all the world desires to have: POWER!'
Dave Madigan's contribution to the two-person show 'powers + roots', 2013.

powerS +  √ roots was the second exhibition informed by the two-year collaboration between Méadhbh O’Connor and Dave Madigan. The two artists explored their interests in networks and energy systems, both natural and man-made.

Three works by Méadhbh:

  1. Competitive Interactions, 2013. Stone, soil and propagated weeds used to form speed bumps in the gallery yard, and asphalted over. The weeds rapidly grow through the compacted asphalt. Within 5 x 2 x 0.5 metres (L x W x H).
  2. Burnt Earth, 2013. Scorched tree root system laid on a bed of coal. Within 4 x 4m.
  3. Evergreen (Radio Mast), 2013. Photograph of a radio mast fabricated to resemble a tree. Presented as a mass-produced poster print. 100 x 30 cm.

One work by Dave Madigan:

  1. ‘I sell here, sir, what all the world desires to have: POWER!’, 2013. Copper, brass, aluminium, wood, glass and rubber insulators, electrical cord, etc.  (A handmade, ‘marvellous machine’ that was a crossover between a still, steam boiler, water wheel and wind turbine.) Installation occupied approx. 5 x 6 x 4.5 metres (W x L x H).