Irene Loughlin uses multiple mediums including performance art, video art, sound art, writing, drawing and brush painting to comment on and imagine a place of presence and future hope within a normative, extinction-driven culture via neuroatypical interventions.
She has studied at the Ontario College of Art and Simon Fraser University, and has attended the NSCAD studio program in Tribeca, New York. In 2005 she was awarded the Lynch Staunton Award for mid-career work in the interdisciplinary category. Her work has been presented in various national and international contexts including: Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Klaus Steinmetz Gallery (San Jose, Costa Rica); The Western Front, Grunt Gallery, Xeno Gallery, Gallery Gachet, The Society for Disability Art and Culture (Vancouver); Centre for Art Tapes (Halifax), Projet/Projo – Studio 303 (Montréal); and FADO Performance Art Centre and 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art (Toronto). She is based in Hamilton, Ontario.
Performance Home: to embrace the sky by Irene Loughlin
Loughlin’s body of research includes a series of experimental video performances using her body to reach and sustain contact with the “outside,” extending her arms through windows to establish a personal choreography with the sky and clouds.
From Grotesques’ exhibition statement, curated by Lissette Olivares:
“In this collective exhibition, the grotesque is invoked as a realm of mutative, transitional, and transgressive potentiality.”
Co-Presented by A Space Gallery and FADO Performance Art Centre.