Carmel O’Brien (b.1965, Aldergrove, UK) lives and works in Glasgow, UK. O’Brien operates in the liminal area between fashion, art, and sculpture with a particular focus on theatre and performance. She is particularly drawn to formal ambiguity the material uncanny and fetish style, embodied by a dissonance as to the fabrication techniques employed in making her garments.
Besides her own exhibitions and design work, she has collaborated with artists Ruth Barker, Sukaina Kubba and Craig Mulholland.
Exhibitions and work include: As You Were , An Opera Autonoma Production, Co-directed with Sukaina Kubba, Glasgow International 2016, UK (2016); AS Queen’s Park Music Club Vol.2, QPRC, Glasgow, UK (2015); Mortem Simulans, 2 person exhibition with Sukaina Kubba, commissioned by Merchant City Festival, Glasgow, UK (2015); Gwenan Interkubba, curated by Gwenan Davies and Sukaina Kubba, Glasgow, UK (2014);
Gymnasia, Fleming House, with Opera Autonoma, funded and commissioned by Outset Scotland for Glasgow International 2014, UK (2014); Gymnasia, Film Premiere, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (2014);
MADamE B, Iota, Glasgow, UK (Solo Show) (2013); Costume design for Ruth Barker’s performance A Love Song For Gilgamesh, for The Oral Tradition programme at Camden Arts Centre, UK (2013); Costume design for Ruth Barker’s performance A Love Song For Gilgamesh, commissioned by Sils Projects, Rotterdam, to coincide with the Rotterdam International Poetry Festival, Holland (2013); Costume design for Ruth Barker’s performance Mouth Open In An Open O, as part of Ruth Barker’s solo exhibition at The Agency Gallery, London, UK (2013); Collaboration & Fabrication of a Jacket/Sculpture design Refrain (From Interference) with Craig Mulholland. Exhibited at Kendall Koppe Gallery, Glasgow, UK (2013); Costume design for Ruth Barker’s performance Mouth Open in An Open O, at Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK (2013); Workers Lament at Meter Room, Coventry, UK with Claudia Nova (2012); Life As We Know It, Mono, Glasgow , UK (2012); Strange Loops, Generator Projects, Dundee, UK (2011); Group Show, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK (2011); Cardonald College Fashion Show, Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, UK (2006).
For more information visit operaautonoma.org.
Craig Mulholland, Carmel O'Brien and MVB
N-E-U P-N-E-U-M-A-T-I-C-S !
N – E – U P – N – E – U – M – A – T – I – C – S ! is the inaugural project of the collaborative group hommages, and takes the form of a site specific installation with a series of live performances, a magazine publication and online digital content.
Hommages was founded in 2017 by Craig Mulholland and Carmel O’Brien, and includes MVB (Madeleine Virginia Brown). Central to the group’s objectives, this project will seek to reflect the changing critical status of fetishism and desire in relation to how we consume – and trace a path between humans and the increasingly autonomous objects they create.
Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Sun, 11am-5.30pm
Performances by MVB:
Fri 27 April, 6pm
Fri 4 May, 6pm
Sat 28 April, 4pm
Sat 5 May, 4pm
Sun 6 May, 6pm