Conversations in Light and Dark, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki

November 8 – November 9, 2017

Conversations in Light and Dark is a two-day event at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, in the dark winter. It revolves around a discussion of painting, and how artists who use painting think about the world. It is concerned with time, collecting – the artist as collector, the studio as archive and the things painters are interested in, what painters are thinking about and what forms an artist, early experiences, enthusiasms, connections to other artists, sometimes from another age or geographical location and of course painting and light. It aims to create an environment where artists and other practitioners talk like they do amongst each other, so there will be coffee and some open-ended discussion, which will form around presentations by our speakers.

Terry Winters, Declan Long, Alex Olson, Yuki Okumura, AGF aka Antye Greie-Ripatti, Kukka Paavilainen, Päivi Takala, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Daniel Werkmäster, Aino Lintunen

Curated by Fergus Feehily

Constellations, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki

October 25, -  November 12, 2017

Constellations arose in many ways out of a course at the Academy of Fine Arts, called Far from the Tree. The course had several iterations and directions, but common was an immersive week involving a great deal of discussion, reading, looking, listening, screenings, conversation and tea drinking. These discussions covered ideas around getting lost, putting things together, and collecting things like records, books or paper planes as Harry Smith did, with the intention to create a space to inhabit and to allow thought and feeling to move outwards in new directions, both during the course and beyond it. The exhibition seeks in a modest way to do the same.

The show features a number of archives, collections or ideas about painting assembled by individual artists. Students at the academy have also curated an exhibition within the exhibition, called Night Table, which is a response to the course and the building of this project. We are deeply indebted to all the artists, contributors and collectors who have responded to the project so generously.

Anonymous, Andreas Behn-Eschenburg, Ann-Sofie Claesson, Matt Connors/Pre-Echo Press, Annie May Demozay, Koen Delaere and Bas van den Hurk, Erno Enkenberg, Far from the Tree, Lasse Juuti, Hannele Kumpulainen, Emelie Luostarinen, Mauno Markkula, Inga Meldere, Brendan Moran, Petri Ala-Maunus, Night Table, nynnyt, Peter Ojstersek, Yuki Okumura, Alex Olson, Nils Titus Östbrant and Ignat Burdo, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Sebastian Reis, Astrid Strömberg, Päivi Takala, Inari Sami garment, Harry Smith’s Folk Anthology, Tuukka Tammisaari

Curated by Fergus Feehily

Night Table is an exhibition within and exhibition, selected by students on the Far from the Tree course: Iina Torikka, Celeen Mahe, Brendan Moran, Astrid Strömberg, Andreas Behn-Eschenburg, Sebastian Reis, Annie May Demozay, Aino Lintunen. They have chosen to show: Emma Ainala, Andrew Vickery, Liisa Karintaus, Kathy Tynan, Jon Verney, Laura Wesamaa, Christina Read, Lewis Miller

Virtú, The Hunt Museum, Limerick

April 8 – May 21, 2017

Gill Addison, Robert Baker, Robert Ballagh, Diana Copperwhite, Gerry Davis, Jack Donovan, Fergus Feehily, Tom Fitzgerlad, Alberto Giacometti, David Godbold, Patrick Graham, Patrick Hall, Charles Harper, Tjibbe Hooghiemstra, Ramon Kassam, Alan Keane, Sean Keating, Maggie Madden, Elizabeth Magill, Brian Maguire, Katrina Maguire, Conor Masterson, Dougal McKenzie, William McKeown, Michael Minnis, Henry Moore, Áine Nic Giolla Coda, Mark O’Kelly, Paul O Reilly, Garett Phelan, Kathy Prendergast, Anne Ryan, Sean Scully, Richard Slade

30th Anniversary Show - Attics of my Life, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York

January 8 – February 5, 2017

D.L. Alvarez, Alain Biltereyst, Nayland Blake, Sarah Braman, Anne Collier, Keith Coventry, Fergus Feehily, Harrell Fletcher, Georg Herold, Matthew Higgs, Elizabeth Jaeger, Meredith James, Xylor Jane, Ajay Kurian, Jim Lambie, Charles LeDray, Margaret Lee, Zoe Leonard, Thomas Locher, Alicia McCarthy, Keegan McHargue, Mathieu Mercier, Jonathan Monk, Dugan Nash, Bill Owens, Djordje Ozbolt, Raymond Pettibon, Jack Pierson, Scott Reeder, Tyson Reeder, Michael Sailstorfer, Hayley Tompkins, Tilman Wendland, Erwin Wurm, B. Wurtz

Periodical Review 20/16, Pallas Projects, Dublin

Selected by Brian Duggan, Sarah Glennie, Jenny Haughton & Declan Long

November 25, 2016 - January 21, 2017

Aquinas, Callan Workhouse, Nina Canell & Robin Watkins, Dorothy Cross, Willie Doherty, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Fergus Feehily, Four Gallery, Anthony Haughey, Hotel Ballymun, Patrick Jolley & Reynold Reynolds, Aileen Lambert, Clare Langan, Metropolitan Complex, Michael McLoughlin, Isabel Nolan, Emer O'Boyle, Margaret O' Brien, Deirdre O'Mahony

The Modern, Fort Worth, artist talk

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 7pm

Feehily has a very good eye, and knows how to make modesty feel major. And that, evidently, is plenty.                                          
Martin Herbert, review of Fergus Feehily at Stuart Shave/Modern Art, Frieze (October 2011).

Fergus Feehily is a Berlin- and Helsinki-based artist known for works that present as unassuming in scale, content, and fabrication, but with time and close examination reveal a quiet yet enormous power. While clearly aware of his Post-Minimalist heritage, Feehily is too in touch with the moment of making to be consciously beholden to his predecessors. Feehily’s own push and pull between permanence and impermanence, the deliberate and the accidental, finished and unfinished creates an unidentifiable but exhilarating anxiety that the artist uses to engage the viewer. As described by Martin Herbert in a review for Frieze magazine, “There’s an appealing sense of these works as waiting, each inlaid with their handful of concealed quirks. . . . What strikes you is the operation of a consistent if slightly unpredictable sensibility: these are paintings that feel to have been rigorously tuned, arrested when they’re no longer austere and not yet busy.”

For Tuesday Evenings at the Modern, Fergus Feehily shares the ideas that have determined his career as an intriguing and significant contemporary artist.

Out There, Thataway

8 August - 26 September 2015
CCA, Derry

CCA is pleased to present Out There, Thataway, a group exhibition curated through dialogue between Francis Halsall, Declan Long, and CCA that includes work by Stephen Brandes, Nathan Coley, Aleana Egan, Fergus Feehily, Kevin Gaffney, Rana Hamadeh, and Merlin James. Out There, Thataway has two conceptual starting points: first, a concern with imagining or navigating territories that are ‘beyond knowledge’; and second, an interest in ways that metaphors of geography shape thinking and behaviour. The exhibition takes its title from the last words spoken at the end of ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’: they are Kirk’s vague but determined directions as the Enterprise begins to venture further out than ever before beyond known frontiers.

Out There, Thataway opens Saturday, August 8th at 7pm and runs until 26th September 2015. The exhibition will be accompanied by commissioned playlists and a public programme of events. More information will follow soon.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

What Is and What Might Be

27 April - 17 June 2015
Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda

Miranda Blennerhassett, Neil Carroll, Susan Connolly, Kevin Cosgrove, Fergus Feehily, Mairead O’hEocha, Mark O’ Kelly, Kevin Mooney, Kathy Tynan, Andrew Vickery

Co-curated by Colin Martin, painter, Lecturer and Principal at the RHA School; Cliodhna Shaffrey, Director of Temple Bar Galleries & Studios; and Aoife Ruane, Director, Highlanes Gallery.