David O’Kane

2014 - 2017

'Der Spieler', 2012, high definition animated video, 5 minutes 55 seconds, collection of the Sparkasse Kunsthalle, Leipzig, Germany and other private collections. Photo: David O'Kane.

‘Der Spieler’, 2012, high definition animated video, 5 minutes 55 seconds, collection of the Sparkasse Kunsthalle, Leipzig, Germany and other private collections. Photo: David O’Kane.

David O’Kane’s artwork explores pre-accepted narratives, images and histories through the prism of play. Elements are dissected and disassembled in order that they may be questioned at the most fundamental level and then redeployed as elements of artwork.  Philosophical, scientific and literary texts inform the conceptual foundation of O'Kane’s artworks. Found spaces, especially ‘romantic ruins’, are utilized as contexts for the artwork, which react to and interrogate specific spaces. Repetition and the uncanny (as a concept and psychological aesthetic) perform an important structural function in his work. Through seriality, the notion of a unique art object is interrogated and often confounded. Imagery and concepts are investigated in a manner similar to scientific thought experiments, often exposing a failure of perception/interpretation and hinting at the borders of representation and thought. It is precisely this grey area at the border of understanding that fascinates O'Kane and provides the impetus for his artwork.

O’Kane has won numerous awards, scholarships and residencies.  In 2014 he won the Golden Fleece Award in Dublin. He was resident artist at the Stiftung Starke in Berlin from 2010 until 2013. He was awarded the Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship and Residency at the British school at Rome in 2009. Tom Morton awarded him joint first prize at the Claremorris Open Exhibition.  In 2008 his short film ‘Babble’ was produced by eva and it won an eva open award from Hou Hanru in Limerick.  Regina Guimarães commissioned his proposal for the artistic projects tender at the Serralves em Festa 2008 in Oporto, Portugal.  In 2006 he won the R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award at the Royal Dublin Society.
  
In 2014 O’Kane held two thematically connected solo exhibitions funded by the Golden Fleece Award.  ‘The Zoetrope – Repetition & Difference’ took place in June 2014 at Gallery Baton in Seoul, South Korea and ‘Continuum – Repetition & Difference’ continues until the 25th of October 2014 at the Josef Filipp Gallery in Leipzig, Germany.  The artist and the Salvage Press are also producing an artist’s book to accompany this project and provide an overview of other works created in recent years.  Gallery Baton and the Golden Fleece award have funded this book.

O’Kane studied from 2007 until 2012 in Leipzig under professor Neo Rauch at the Hochschule für Grafik Buchkunst (Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig). He received a Diplom Degree (with distinction) in 2009 and a Meisterschüler Degree in 2012.  He was awarded an extended DAAD Scholarship for his studies in Germany.  He also holds a 1st Class Joint-Honours Degree in Fine Art from NCAD in Dublin (2006).

His work is represented in collections such as the Sparkasse Kuntshalle collection in Leipzig, the Zabludowicz collection in London, the CAP Foundation collection in Dublin, the Trapaga-Fonalledas collection in Puerto Rico, the Starke Foundation collection in Berlin and many international private collections.

'Continuum', 2013, triptych, each 200 x 160 cm, oil on linen, collection of St. Elisabeth's Hospital, Leipzig, Germany. Photo: David O'Kane.

‘Continuum’, 2013, triptych, each 200 x 160 cm, oil on linen, collection of St. Elisabeth’s Hospital, Leipzig, Germany. Photo: David O’Kane.