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Maurice Doherty

Apr 2018 to Sep 2018
1972 Born in Ireland, lives and works in Berlin

Maurice Doherty (°1972, IRL) uses a conceptual approach in his art practice that encompasses performance, video, installation, photography and text pieces. He creates interventions and actions in the studio in front of a camera, as well as in the public space. Through the use of recognizable media such as neon signs, adverts in newspapers and party balloons, Doherty sends out subtle messages into the world - utilizing humor as a communication tool to spread an often dubious and ironic message as broad as possible.         

In one of Doherty’s best known early video works, ‘Waiting To Fall’ (2001), the artist is filmed standing upright in front of the camera for as long as possible. Through exhaustion he eventually collapses, crashing to the ground with a ferocious bang.

In a recent group show exploring the relationship between art and comedy in contemporary art, ‘The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life’ at Arquipélago, Centro de Artes Contemporâneas in São Miguel, the Azores, Doherty exhibited a red neon declaring, “I Slept With The Curator To Get This Show” (2016). Doherty’s neon functions like a joke in the company of other art: a disruptive, rebellious intervention, a comic “whistle-blower” casting doubt on the ethical integrity of the system in which it operates.

Maurice Doherty graduated from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Ireland, in 1997 and completed a Masters in Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, in 2001. Previous solo exhibitions include at FAQ, Bremen, Germany (2017), Manière Noire, Berlin, Germany (2015), Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium, (2010) Schalter Gallery, Berlin, Germany, (2009) Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art, Glasgow Science Centre, Scotland, (2008) Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Floating Series, Berlin, Germany, (2008) Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland, (2008) Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2002) and The Slug and Lettuce, Glasgow, Scotland (2001). Recent group exhibitions include, The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life, (2017-18) at Jose Campos Contemporary Arts Center, Azores, WANTED DUCHAMPS, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany, Public View, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, (2017) Double Act: Art & Comedy, MAC-Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, (2016) and Faraway Longings, Irish Embassy, Berlin, Germany, (2016).