Dara Finneran is a self-taught artist based in Galway City. His artistic practice draws knowledge and inspiration from his studies in Biomedical Engineering from the National University of Galway.
“Everywhere it is machines… real ones, not figurative ones: machines driving other machines, machines being driven by other machines, with all the necessary couplings and connections.”
In the iconoclastic text Anti-oedipus (1972), French authors Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, scrutinise contemporary culture putting particular emphasis on capitalism and new media. Building from Freudo-Marxism ideology, the authors replace the patriarchal “subject” with that of the “machine”, concluding that in order for the object to thrive, it needs to be enhanced by mechanical or electronic means – “Desire is a machine, and the object of desire is another machine connected to it”.
Dara Finneran, a self-taught artist and biomedical engineer, brings Deleuze and Guittari’s theories (regularly referred to as “Rhizome”) to life. In his first solo exhibition Emergence – A Dialogue between Machine and Artist, Finneran explores the role of machinery in art by extending beyond his limitations as an artist, by developing a drawing machine that creates geometric, linear sketches. Each piece is mathematically interwoven with such mechanical precision that a human would be unlikely to recreate.
“The work began by building a ‘Pintograph’, or drawing machine, to make Guilloche line drawings. I am interested in how complex patterns can emerge from recurring simple lines. By adjusting the machine while in motion, I explore subtle changes that can alter the entire piece. Sometimes an initial mistake can be what gives a piece life.”
The exhibition is a collaborative effort between Dara and the pintograph, showcasing a variety of mediums; including line drawing, paint and sculpture. Emergence opened in the Town Hall Theatre from 9-28 March 2018. It is curated by local artist Margaret Nolan.