Bea McMahon
born Dublin (IE), 1972
nationality IE

beamcmahon@gmail.com
'Plot Thickness', 2013
Stone, feathers, rope, dimensions variable
'Plot Thickness', 2013 Stone, feathers, rope, dimensions variable
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The Fixed Point
A play written for the props - call them sculptures. The play is a love triangle.

Props
A SHRINE
A PIPELINE or a CHORUS
A MOUNTAIN or a BED or a DIAGRAM
 
Voices Cast
SHELL (f) - Royal Dutch Shell. The 7th largest oil and gas company in the world
RAY (m) - Ray Burke, Irish minister for energy 1987-1988
CORRIB (f) - A methane and ethane gasfield in the Slyne Trough basin west of the Mullet peninsula. Extremely pure.

Set
A gallery space.

Extract of Script/Contract
CORRIB  A pipeline?
RAY        To be connected. Undeniable chemistry needs to have a voice.
CORRIB  To voice. Inarticulable. Buh-buh-buh-burke
RAY        Yes. [pause] A ruinous gift, my love.

CURRICULUM VITAE
 
Education
2007
Dun Laoghaire College of Art, Design and Technology, IE, MA in Visual Arts Practise
1997
University College, Dublin, IE, MSc Mathematical Physics
1994
Trinity College, Dublin, IE, BA Mod. Mathematics

Residencies
2012
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/ Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, NL
2010
Flat Time House, London, GB
Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh (PA), US

Fellowships/stipends
2012
Arts Council of Ireland, IE
2011
Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Visual Arts Bursary
2008
Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Multi-annual Bursary
2006
Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Visual Arts Bursary
2005
Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Visual Arts Bursary

Awards
2007
Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Curated Visual Artist Award
2005
Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Travel and mobility award

Solo exhibitions
2011
Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, GB, 'Warp and Woof', with Anna Barham
Flat Time House, Peckham, London, GB, 'trinity'
2010
Mermaid Arts Centre and Charlesland, Greystones, IE, 'Field, Unbuilding'
Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, IE, 'Twofold'
2008
Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, IE, 'Present'
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, IE, 'The Curated Visual Art Award, Part II', with Brendan Earley
Void, Derry, IE, 'True complex', with Brendan Earley
2006
Dublin City Municipal Gallery, The Lab, Dublin 1, IE, 'ORDER'
Lemon Street Gallery in collaboration with The Dublin Docklands Authority, Dublin, IE, 'Lace'
Roscommon Arts Centre, IE, 'A Perfect Account of Important Matters'

Group exhibitions
2012
White Box, New York (NY), US, 'All Humans do', part of 'Imagine Ireland'
Limerick City Gallery of Art, IE, 'Transitive Relationships'
2011
Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, IE, 'Crosscurrents'
Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln, DE, 'Screening Room: Dublin'
Pallas Projects, Dublin, IE, 'Pallas Periodical Review'
The Lab, Dublin, IE, 'Quantified Self'
Ludwigsburg Kunstverein, Ludwigsburg, DE, 'The Dissolution of Time and Space'
The Drawing Room, London, GB, 'DRAWING 2011 – Biennial Fundraiser'
Gracelands, Art festival, Leitrim, IE, 'Substance Abuse'
2010
Sinopale 3, Biennale, TR, 'Hidden Memories, Lost Traces'
The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh (PA), US, 'Nothing is Impossible'
British Film Institute, London, GB, 'The Yvonne Rainer Project', (screening)
Gracelands, Art festival, Leitrim, IE, 'I’m Spartacus'
2009
The Lab, Dublin, IE, 'Force Majeure'
Gracelands, Arts Festival, Leitrim, IE, 'Folly'
Ard Bia, Galway, IE, 'Apply within, Experience Required'
Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, IE, 'Flicks'
Dublin City Municipal Gallery, The Lab, Dublin, IE, 'A silent year'
Limerick City Gallery, Limerick, IE, 'Into Irish Drawing'
Tallaght, IE, 'House Warming'
2008
Galway, IE, 'Tulca'
Newman House, Dublin, IE, 'Chronoscope', part of the 6th World Congress on Archaeology
Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, IE, 'Exploration'
2007
Project Arts Centre, Dublin, IE, 'Blackboxing'
The Basement Gallery, Dundalk, IE, 'Rigor Mort'
Carlow, IE, 'Eigse'
2006
Wexford Arts Centre, IE, 'seconds :: the imperfect artwork'
Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin 2, IE, 'The square root of drawing'
2005
Limerick, IE, 'ev+a'

Commissions
2010
'This will take more than one night', a film project with curator Vaari Claffey and director Neasa Hardiman
2009
Ringsend and Irishtown Primary Care Centre, a percent for art scheme public art work

Collections
Irish Museum of Modern Art, IE
The Office of Public Art, IE
The Arts Council of Ireland, IE

Seminars
2011
'Fictions in Power: is the world legitimised by imaginary beings?', Isabel Nolan and Bea McMahon; MA Art in the Contemporary World, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, IE

Bibliography
2012
Art Monthly; Feature; Chris Fite Wassilak, (February)
2011
Pick of the week; The Guardian Guide, Robert Clarke, (15 October)
Art Review: Warp and Woof, CCA Glasgow – Art, Scotland on Sunday, Moira Jeffrey, (18 October)
The Place of Aritsts’ Cinema; Space, Site and Screen; Maeve Connolly; pp 116, 191, 198-203, 218; ISBN 978-1-84150-246-5
Curated Visual Arts Award; pp 36-044 ISBN 978-1904291-42-8
Into Irish Drawing; pp 60-63, ISBN: 978-94-90001-01-8
Bea McMahon: Present; Michael John Gorman; Irish Arts Review VOl. 25, No 4, pp68-69; issn 1649-217X
Alan Jude Moore / Bea McMahon; Marks; pp30-34; ISBN 978-1-906539-05-4
Inner Space: Science Fiction and Irish Art; Chris Fite-Wassilak; Circa 124, pp36-41
True Complex; Declan Sheehan; Circa 123, pp 110-112
Messing with the Modernist Flat-pack, The Irish Times, Aidan Dunne, 26-03-08
Hospital Gowns; Rigor Mort, edited by Sally Timmons, pp48-55
Bridging the divide of art and science, The Irish Times, Arminta Wallace, 03-10-06
Contributor to Feint Zine, Edited by Vaari Claffey, Issue 4, February 2006
Irish Times, Aidan Dunne, 22-03-05
Open ev+a 2005; p21, pp132-135; ISBN 0948037 202