April 13-May 25, 2007
Jeanette Doyle’s practice is primarily concerned with picture making. She is particularly interested in painting and its relationship to lens-based technologies. Her work is driven by conceptual concerns but is deeply engaged with the processes and mechanics of making, especially the production of images. Her works express a desire to crystalise complexity for a moment in an image which, on closer inspection, allows the fiction of coherence to dissolve. Disjunction between the image and text is a hint of this. This disjunction between word and image is a feature of the ‘StarLine Tours’ exhibition at Location One.
The video element was shot on a commercial celebrity-home tour through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Rodeo Drive. The visual footage represents what is visible through the left-hand window of the tour-bus, often simply bushes, pavements, other vehicles and pedestrians but occasionally also the homes referenced in the soundtrack.
The soundtrack is provided by the bus-driver’s commentary as he describes the palatial homes, the ‘stars’ who live in them and other matters relating to property values and the career trajectories of the inhabitants. However the image of what is described although tantalizingly close is, in the main, denied to the viewer.
The accompanying digital prints are screens grabs from the video, some have had water applied to render them as watercolors, others project the gloss of the cinematic image. These prints are exhibited in a space where the same soundtrack as the video work is audible, further raising questions about the nature of representation, the relationship between different media and the choices made by an artist in the selection of particular images.
The artist manipulates the various media she employs in order to generate very particular effects, questioning the notion of representation and creating a metaphor of what we think we are seeing versus what we actually see or what is given to be seen.
Jeanette Doyle earned critical acclaim with her first post-graduate exhibition, winning the Overall Prize at ev+a ‘95, curated by Maria de Corral. Since then, her practice has concerned itself, often playfully, with the interrogation of a number of different disciplines and stances. Her work has been exhibited widely both in Ireland and abroad; including Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Croatia; Brisbane Institute of Modern Art; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; the ICA and Studio Voltaire, London; Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane and the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork. Doyle has also held solo exhibitions at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Limerick City Gallery of Art; City Arts Centre, Dublin; Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast and Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin. In 2003 and 2005 she showed at Eurojet Futures at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.
In 2006, Jeanette received a First Class MA in Visual Arts Practices at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT). The work produced during this period was shown at an exhibition entitled ‘and then I place my face against the glass’ at Broadstone Gallery, Dublin; with a concurrent show ‘Portrayals’, at AXIS, Ballymun, a Breaking Ground 2 commission. In the past years she has been concentrating her practice on the painted image and its relationship to a variety of both lens based and digital technologies.
Upcoming shows include “SURGE”, 798 Art Festival, Beijing – which will then travel to Duolong Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai and Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen (Hong Kong), curated by The Artist’s Network, New York. Doyle will also exhibit at ‘EDGE’ Kochi Museum, Japan later this year.
Jeanette Doyle is the recipient of 2006/2007 Irish Fellowship at Location One.
Further information about Jeanette Doyle’s practice is available at: www.jeanettedoyle.com