Martin Healy’s film, photographic and sculptural installations explore obscure theoretical and scientific motifs from early 20th century literature to create works that are a synthesis of fact, fiction and mythology. The works frequently examine the relationship between scientific theory and belief systems to make connections between cosmic time, perception and the time of lived experience.
Recent works have looked specifically at how the speculative futures described in early science fiction have anticipated the current environmental crisis. In this way the works ruminate on the many consequences of our human desire to harness the physical world.
Drawing on these ideas, his film works use cinematic convention in form and structure to explore the estrangement of the individual in specific environments or locations. These works habitually use real protagonists working in real environments to blur the boundary between the real and the fictional, creating an underlying narrative ambiguity.
Martin Healy lives and works in Dublin. He works predominantly through the mediums of photography and video and his works have been shown widely both nationally and internationally. He was a recent recipient of a residency at Cove Park, Scotland, 2014. Other residencies include Temple Bar Gallery & Studios / HIAP-International Residency Exchange, Helsinki, 2010; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 2008; Artists’ Residency Programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2007; the International Studio Programme Residency at PS1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York, 2000/01. Solo exhibitions include: A moment twice lived, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, 2016; Terrain, Galway Arts Centre, 2015 (as part of the Galway International Arts Festival); Aether, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, 2014; The Future Perfect, Rubicon Projects, Brussels, 2013; Last Man, Crawford Art Gallery (screening room), Cork, 2012; The Inhabitant, Temple Bar Gallery and studios, Dublin, 2011; Facsimile, Lismore Castle Arts, St Carthage Hall, 2011. Group exhibitions/screenings include: Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK, 2016; Crash Visors, Rua Red, Dublin, 2016; Tulca festival of visual arts, Galway, 2015; Dead Eye, Rua Red, Dublin, 2015; Direction Of Travel, Sunday Screenings, London, 2015; Cosmic Dust, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, 2015; Transit and Transport (screening), Fact, Liverpool, 2014; Island: New Art from Ireland, Galleria Civica Di Modena, 2013; Still Light, Gallery Augusta, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, 2013; Beasts of England, Beasts of Ireland, Visual, Carlow, 2013; Fata Morgana, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 2012; Cutting a Door, Eastlinks Gallery, Shanghai, 2012; Here’s the Tender Coming, Pallas Projects, Dublin, 2011; Its all true, Morono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, 2011; Terminal Convention, Cork Airport / Static Gallery, Liverpool, 2011.