International Visiting Artists: Hugh O’Donnell & Sinead O’Donnell

Performance
February 26, 2010Toronto Free Gallery, 1277 Bloor Street West, Toronto7:30 pm

FADO Performance Art Centre urges you not to miss this evening of new performance works from two of N. Ireland’s rising generation of performance artists, Sinead O’Donnell and Hugh O’Donnell in an evening called Spotlight on Belfast. The artists, who are siblings, have often created performances together. In these premiere Toronto works, each artist inhabits a different physical space in the gallery. The work of both artists is exemplified by their deeply personal image-making response to site, and a provocative use of and relationship to their chosen materials – salt, milk, liver, a stack of white dinner plates, a gallery lined in patterned fabric.

Sinead O’Donnell has been creating performance, installation, site and time-based art since 1998. Encountering a place’s territoriality, and frequently referencing Ireland, Sinead chooses actions or situations that demonstrate complexity, setting up confrontations between matter and memory, timing and spontaneity, site and space, and intuition and methodology. Sinead O’Donnell is based in Belfast, N. Ireland and her performance work has been presented in Ireland, South America, Middle East and Eastern Europe. She is highly active in the local Belfast performance art scene, working with Bbeyond and other local organizations to foster performance art activity and mentor emerging artists in her community. This will be Sinead’s first performance in Toronto. 


Hugh O’Donnell’s has been creating installation, video and performance works since receiving his MFA in Fine Art from the University of Ulster. His performance practice is informed by drawing, found and made objects. Often of an auto-personal nature, O’Donnell’s work is material-based and conceptual, and is concerned with notions of gender and sexuality.  Hugh O’Donnell is based in Belfast, N. Ireland and his performance work has been exhibited in Ireland and internationally in Switzerland, Serbia, Romania and Quebec City. Currently he works with Bbeyond, a Belfast based performance organization established to preserve and promote performance art exchanges within Ireland/N. Ireland and abroad. This will be Hugh’s first performance in Toronto.


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Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer