Steven Maybury

    Steven Maybury is an Irish artist based in Dublin. Since leaving art college in 2012, he has been awarded a number of artist bursaries, awards and residencies, and in 2013 took part in a European touring exhibition, ‘40-40-40’, which showcased new talent in Ireland’s state art collection. Solo and two-person shows include: 'Destroy These Walls', Mart Gallery, Dublin (2017, solo); 'Anicca', The Library Project (solo, 2016); ‘Jigsaws, Combs and Rulers’, Eight Gallery, Dublin (solo, 2014); ‘Groove Chronicles’, Market Studios, Dublin (solo, 2014); ‘Radical Line’, Pallas Projects, Dublin (solo, 2014); and with Claire McCluskey: ‘Synthesis I’, Eight Gallery, Dublin (2013), and ‘Synthesis II’, Tactic Gallery, Cork (2013). In 2014 he was invited to present his drawings on The Drawing Suite, a blog for contemporary European drawing. Recent group exhibitions include: The RHA Annual, Dublin (2017, invited); '12x16', Ormond Studios, Dublin (2016); Glitch art fair, Rua Red (2015); ‘Re-ignite’, Customs House, Westport (2015); and ‘On Beauty’, Roscommon Arts Centre (2015).
    He is currently working towards exhibitions in Dublin and Los Angeles, and is involved in several creative projects, including The Mundi Project commissioned by Luciano Benetton.

    Drawing represents a mechanism not just for seeing and recording, but for intense exploration of our material surroundings. Taking everyday objects, such as a jigsaw, comb, skateboard or ruler, I use effects of repetitive ruling to recreate the objects’ surface qualities and to highlight the imperfections and unexpected beauty hidden in debris. In this way I aim to draw attention to our preoccupation with archiving, preservation and precision, as well as to the routines and rituals underlying our daily lives. In certain drawings, selected areas of the image are also exposed to light for varying lengths of time, which in many cases is an open-ended process without a fixed timescale. This introduces a further dimension, creating additional disruptions, as well as new geometries, and enhancing the works’ impermanence.


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