Jonathan Mayhew

Jonathan Mayhew, (b.1981) is an Irish artist based in Dublin. Using poetry, literature, technology and theory, he manipulates physical and invisible materials creating works in a variety of media. He is interested in how we think about data, how we use it and how it uses us; and how fiction is blurring into Reality.

Recent Exhibitions include: ‘digital_self’, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2018; ‘Zurich Portrait Prize 2018’ National Gallery of Ireland; ‘Sørlandsutstillingen,’ Kristiansand Kunsthall, Norway, 2017; ‘I Wanted to Write a Poem’ Wexford Arts Centre, 2017.

Upcoming: Carlow Arts Festival; Black Church Annual; Pallas Projects; The Bomb Factory 2019.

‘Readings’ is a project exploring the world through the lens of literature and poetry. We now have access to everything at our fingertips 24/7 but with all this information, truth and fiction seem to blur together. I’m interested in how the narrative has become incredibly important to our daily lives. Joan Didion starts the White Album essay with ‘we tell ourselves stories in order to live…’ nothing is more true now, we build stories from our clicks and likes, along with things we share and consume. I’m interested in how technology changes us, and how in turn we change it.

The residency is realized in collaboration with Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.