Ballroom Marfa Art Fund


Irene Agnes O’Leary at the Lumberyard this Saturday

17 Dec 2014


Ballroom Marfa intern Irene Agnes O’Leary will have work on view this weekend here in Marfa! Irene Agnes O’Leary Drawings: Social Spaces opens this Saturday, December 20 at 7pm at The Lumberyard, 213 S Dean St (across from the Get Go).

From the artist’s statement:

By using the traditional medium of drawing and photographic sources, these portraits address the nature of human encounters and the realm of perceived social space between spectator and subject. Characterized by layers of transparency, these drawings illustrate expressive gestures as bodily, pictorial forms of consciousness, and hierarchical relationships between line and form is further used to expose a dialectic between depth and flatness within a 2-dimensional space. Pulling from historical notions of beauty in the context of art and life, I frame my portraits around the human condition with an undercurrent of desire and empathy.

Irene Agnes O’Leary is a visual artist based in Texas. In 2010, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso where she focused on painting and drawing. Irene then pursued and earned her MFA in Multidisciplinary Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013, where her paintings and drawings shifted to incorporate the realm of photography. Irene’s work focuses on portraiture as a medium to reflect on social constructions of gender, class, and self-identity formed by ideologies of visual culture. Find more on her website,