10 May - 26 May


POROUS TONGUES HARVESTING FRICTION is a group exhibition featuring work by Niamh McGuinness, Fiachna Quinn, Cathy Bacon, and Bríanna Ní Léanacháin.


Open 12-6pm Wednesday-Sunday from May 10th – 26th 2024.


Exhibition Statement:

From deep in the well of us, the swamped roots rot. They were once digging into the night. The sun is going down; it will be dark again soon. The copper spoon serves and is being served. Possession lapses and is left in dripping flesh. Trees bend under their own weight, and perforate the membrane. Ambitious echoes ooze breath as the smoke ropes ladder to the sky. Our tongues stall, learning that of the heart. Truth less. Shedding afterbearth. Energy so heavy, unsure of where it should be picked up. Collective ruins in a gradual instant. In here somewhere we need a villain, or worse, a hero. And we must anticipate what is known being pulled from beneath our feet.


POROUS TONGUES HARVESTING FRICTION brings living installation, sculpture, poetry, painting, and video together at 126 Gallery.




Bríanna Ní Léanacháin

Bríanna Ní Léanacháin is a visual artist based between Cork and Berlin. Her practice is multidisciplinary, spanning the mediums of video, photography, installation, sound, art-writing, and performance. She graduated from Crawford College of Art and Design in 2021, where she received several awards and residencies for her graduate work, Ina Ghrian, Ina Tír, Ina Chliabhán. Since then, her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Ireland, as well as her first solo show in Backwater Artist’s Studio 12 in 2023.


Cathy Bacon



Fiachna Quinn



Niamh McGuinness

Niamh McGuinness is a visual artist originally from the Burren, Co. Clare. She is currently living and working in Cork city. Her education includes a BA Honours in Sculpture and Combined Media from Limerick School of Art and Design and a Master of Letters in Fine Art Drawing from Glasgow School of Art and Design. She was recently awarded the Agility Award by the Irish Arts Council and won the Screaming Pope Prize at KFest Arts Festival in June of 2022. Her work is concerned with place, heritage, tactility and materiality. She works across several mediums with a focus on textiles and sculptural installation.




Curated by Kate McSharry


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