Alex Pentek – Artist Statement / Biography
I have been practicing as a full time artist both nationally and internationally since I graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, Ireland in 1996, where I was awarded Cork Arts Society student of the year. Focused on creating large scale site specific work between my own studio and the National Sculpture Factory, also making gallery based work allows me to explore temporary mediums such as folded paper and sound performance which I have exhibited in Ireland and Australia.
With over 20 large scale permanent works completed in Ireland and Canada, Long time interests in origami paper folding and music have begun to inform my large scale work which is a theme I aim to continue developing in future projects…
2014 – Working on a new folded paper work for an upcoming group exhibition at MART Gallery, Dublin in May.
2014 – Awarded the commission by open competition for a permanent artwork commemorating the Choctaw First Nation American Indians, who in 1847 collected and sent $710 aid to Ireland during the Great Irish Famine. A short animation of this idea can be seen at https://vimeo.com/82176519
2013 – Awarded the commission for a permanent outdoor large scale work for the newly developed Ashton School in Cork, Ireland. Work on this project is near completion at the National Sculpture Factory in Cork and can be viewed at http://www.notthatreal.eu/AlexPentek and also https://vimeo.com/73732474
2012 – Awarded two large scale public sculpture commissions in counties Longford and Galway, completed at the National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland. The same year I also completed ‘Rabbit’, which is a landmark public work for Ashbourne, Co. Meath, Ireland. These can be seen at http://www.notthatreal.eu/AlexPentek and also http://papercopia.com/PentekRabbit.html
2011 – Created a series of large-scale permanent works for Burlington city, Ontario, Canada, which can be viewed at http://www.notthatreal.eu/AlexPentek and also a temporary paper installation for Gravity, a group show curated by Peter Murray at the Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork. http://www.crawfordartgallery.ie/gravitypublication.html
2010 – Shortlisted to one of two finalists in an international competition for a landmark public sculpture overlooking Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Australia. While not selected, this idea gained an under ground following with its own anonymous web site: www.roozilla.com