George Bolster

“We need to plan the infinity of our Culture”

The central core of my practice is an examination of belief systems. My skepticism about these systems, political, socialist, or capitalist, is contrasted by his fascination with and exploration of conviction. In my work I research the power of visual culture, continually and discreetly employed throughout recorded history by a variety of power structures.

Since beginning the SETI Institute residency researching at NASA Ames I have become obsessed with the question of who will save Culture, and systems for making it possible? According to Stephen Hawkins, the damage we have inflicted on the planet means we have approximately 100 years left. I am researching the work of scientists like Mae Jamison who are trying to develop intergalactic travel in the next hundred years in order to save our species, and Jill Tarter whose life was immortalized by Carl Sagan in his novel Contact. I became conscious that the art objects he makes may not survive, which changes our sense of art being conservable, and somehow immortal.

I am interested in pointing or theorizing new systems and moving away from conditioning and our attachment to ritual and tradition.

Solo Exhibitions

2020      We Are Tearing At The Fabric Of Your Reality, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland (Forthcoming)

2019      The Moon McMoons, and The Moon Museum, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland (September – November)

2018      Towards a Universal Sublime, Galeria HIT, Bratislava, Slovakia

2016      Archive for an Unmade Narrative, CPI/21st St. Projects, NYC, US

2015      Amazement Insulates Us All/Memento Vivere, (Duo) The Lab Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2014      Un/natural History, La Nuit Blanche, Commissioned Installation, Toronto, CA

2013      Future Imperfect (part 3), Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2010      Sociodesic, Galway Arts Centre, Galway City, Ireland

2009      High on Christ, Chung King Project, Los Angeles, California, USA

2008      Chiesa Dei Miracoli, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City, Ireland

United In Suffering, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, Ireland

2006      Overcome by Heavenly Music, Ballina Arts Centre, Mayo, Ireland

2005      Eye of the Needle, Pallas Heights Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

 

Group Exhibitions

2019      Music +Maker, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland

2018      Elsewhere, Ulterior, NYC, USA

In The Future, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London, UK

Seven Senses, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, USA

2017      We Need To Talk…, Petzel, NYC, USA

CF, The Research Pavillion, Venice, Italy

2016      Making Contact, NUMU, New Museum, Los Gatos, CA, USA

Et si on s’était trompé?, FE McWilliam Gallery, Down, Northern Ireland

Traveling to: Leitrim Sculpture Center, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim; Wexford Art Center, Co, Wexford; West Cork Arts Center, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Kenosis in the Supervoid, Station Independent, NYC, USA

2015      SEACHANGE Tulca, Festival of Visual Arts, Galway City, Ireland

Et si on s’était trompé? Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France

Red/Orange Fruit, Traveling Film program: Oklahoma Contemporary, MARFA Contemporary

2014      /Seconds, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Out To Sea, South St. Seaport, Festival, NYC, USA

Irish Art Does Not Exist, Station Independent, NYC, USA

Anomie: Fractured Art Norms, Dowd Gallery, Cortland, SUNY, NY, USA

2012      Other Drawings, Ormston House, Limerick Ireland

2011      Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK

2010      These Days: Elegies for Modern Times, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts, USA

Bizarre Bazaar, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin, Ireland

2009      Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London, UK

These Days: Elegies for Modern Times, Mass MoCA, Massachusetts, USA

Malibu Contemporary Art Fair, Los Angeles, California, USA

2008      Darkness Visible, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland

(travelled) Limerick City Gallery and Belltable Gallery, Limerick, Ireland

2007      Urban Gothic, Café Gallery Projects at Dilston Grove, London, UK

LA in New York Art fair, Chung King Projects, New York, USA

Drawing 07, The Drawing Room, London, UK

Cead Invited, 411 Gallery, Shanghai, China

2006      Flip, Chung King Projects, Los Angeles, USA (curated by The Drawing Room, UK)

Urban Gothic, Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands

I.D. Check, Robert Smith Lab Gallery, Manhattan, USA (curated by Matt Garrison)

Everything Must Go, VTO Gallery, London, UK (curated by Jari Lager)

Multiplicity, Market House Gallery, Monaghan, Ireland

2005      Passing Through, Glucksman Gallery, Cork (curated by Patrick T Murphy)

Claremorris Open 2005, Mayo Ireland (selected by Andrea Schlieker)

E+VA, Limerick City Gallery, Ireland (curated by Dan Cameron, Prospect 1)

Past and Present, Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, Waterford, Ireland

Drawing 200, The Drawing Room, London, UK

Damaged Collateral, Context Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland

Multiplicity (travelling), Context Gallery, Derry, Roscommon Arts Centre, Ireland

Bling Bling Ka-ching, Pickled Art Centre, Beijing, China

2004      Multiplicity, Fota House Museum, Cork City, Ireland

Abra Cadaver, Here Arts Centre, New York, USA

2003      Brewster Project, Brewster, New York, USA

Certain Conditions, The Waterfront Gallery, Belfast

2002      No Sleep Til Hammersmith, Central Space, London, UK

2001      Record Collection, VTO Gallery, London, UK (traveling)

The International 3 Gallery, Manchester;

Forde Espace D‚art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

2000      Exit, Chisenhale Gallery, London

1998      Motherlode, City Racing, London

 

Awards

2017/18                SHIFT Residency at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC, US

Alumni Residency Award from Rauschenberg Foundation, NY, US

2015                        Artist in Residence, SETI Institute, researching at NASA Ames, California, US, 2016-2018

2013/14                Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva Island, Florida, United States

2011                        International Artist Residency, Firestation Studios, Dublin, Ireland

2010                        Bursary Award from The Arts Council of Ireland

2009                        Commission from Mass MoCA, Massachusetts, United States

 

Selected Bibliography

2018 Towards A Universal Sublime, (book with essay by curator Sara Reisman and interview with curator/writer Denise Markonish)

2016 An Image of Ireland, Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection (book)

2011 Creative Ireland: The Visual Arts (book)

2010 Sociodesic, Catalogue, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland (Cat)

2008 i-podism: Cultural Promiscuity in the Age of Consumption, Tulca 2008 (Cat)

2008 Chiesa Dei Miracoli, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland (Cat)

2007 Charles Darwent, Urban Gothic, CGP, London, UK (Cat)

2007 Pallas Heights 2003–2007, essay by Elyse Gonzales, ICA Philadelphia

2006 /Seconds, Online Publication, University of Leicester (online publication)

Press

2019 Arte Fuse, Review of Elsewhere at Ulterior Gallery, NYC by Jonathan Goodman

2016 Enclave Review, Memento Vivere: Amazement Insulates Us All, by Rebecca O’Dwyer

2016 The Irish Times, Review by Aidan Dunne: Memento Vivere: Amazement Insulates Us All works by Damian Doyle and George Bolster.

2012 Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, Other Drawings

2010 Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, Sociodesic, Galway Arts Centre

Visual Arts Ireland Newsheet, (interview) On Artists Experience at Mass MoCA

2009 Sebastian Smee, Mournful Reflections, Boston Globe

2008 Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times

2006 David Shariatmadari, Contemporary Magazine, Drawing Issue no.83

Melissa Lo, LA Weekly 24/07/06

Regina Gleeson, Circa Magazine 116, Summer 2006

Slavka Sverakova, Circa Magazine 115, Spring 2006

2005 Aiden Dunne, Irish Times, 09/11/2005

Patrick T. Murphy, Passing Through, Glucksman Gallery

2003 Linda Dennis – NYARTS Magazine International Edition, Vol

8 no.6-8,

Art.ie Magazine, Northern Ireland Arts Council,

(Artist of the month cover) March

2002 Helen Sumpter – Hot Tickets Magazine, Evening Standard,

Michael Bateman – Space Cooks – Sunday Review, Independent on

2001 Mike Dawson – Fauxlife – Flux Magazine, June-July

Cloe Kensing – Fauxlife – Going Out Section, Evening Standard

27th June

Nina Caplan – Metro 28th June.