Alex Pentek


Completing an MFA at NCAD in 2022, my temporary gallery work has been exhibited in Ireland, UK, Germany, US & Australia, where I explore the fold as a site of transformation. Solo exhibitions include the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin, & Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, 2019. I also explore the public realm as a site of discourse with over 30 public realm works in Ireland, UK, US, Canada & Australia. Funding awards include a collaborative sculpture/sound/skate performance titled Discord, Dublin, Ireland, and a permanent work titled Unity, awarded through international open competition in Washington DC 2021.


Artist statement

I create openly challenging and engaging work by using material-led artistic research to explore the fold as a site of transformation and interconnectedness. Intuitively introducing complex origami surfaces and ideas of ‘non-knowledge’ that must be experienced directly allows me to think and communicate in this way. This trans-disciplinary approach offers endless collaborative possibilities in a growing range of fields that so far includes sculpture, architecture, robotics, dance, skateboard performance, and sound composition. Co-authoring a number of papers around this subject, folded origami surfaces continue to inspire me on a range of visual, scientific, and philosophical levels.

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