Born Donegal, 1988, lives and works in Dublin
Áine McBride utilises the ‘aesthetic’ prompts and signifiers of the familiar yet sterile habitats of office receptions, waiting rooms, airport terminals, and bank lobbies to construct her complex sculptural language. Employing a range of typically mundane construction materials (plywood, corkboard, concrete, tiling, steel), forms to which we have become desensitised in the ‘real world’ are appropriated to reflect a new understanding of the values of everyday existence. McBride’s works indicatively hold a resemblance to furniture: chairs, tables, shelving or common architectural features, but without obvious functionality; their reductively processed forms create a minimalism that is acutely ambiguous. Her sculptures resolve this concept of prosaic ‘practicality’ by the refusal to sensationalise her subjects, metaphorically transcending their designated purpose and intended limitations, and taking reassurance in objects and materials existing for their own inherent value, rather than a perceived use. Incorporating elements of flat-pack and modular furniture that has become essential to our transitory lifestyles, McBride’s constructions and temporary or site-specific interventions, further reflect the constantly changing urban landscape of our cities, megalopolises and the way we navigate their infrastructures.
Áine McBride graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 2016 and, since then, her work has been included in several projects: Habitat HQ, a site responsive installation solo project organised by the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, in which the artist created an immersive sculptural environment within the brutalist concourse of Trinity College’s Arts Building. Other recent exhibitions include: Periodical Review 2017, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2017); NEU-GEN 2017: Towards Both the Parts, NCAD Gallery, Dublin (2017). Áine McBride’s first solo exhibition, work suite, took place at mother’s tankstation, Dublin in February 2018.