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Joseph Ó Riagáin

Germany Born in: 1985
Translation in progress

Joseph Ó Riagáin is a Berlin based Irish artist and scientist. With training in visual arts and sciences from Technological University Dublin (Ireland), Ghent University (Belgium) and The University of London (UK), and interests at the intersection of art and science, Ó Riagáin uses advanced digital imaging and contemporary photography techniques to explore our perceptions of life and the the world around us. 

These themes are the subject of Ó Riagáin's ongoing solo exhibition, "µAnatomia - Cosmos in Miniature", which premiered at Artist Homes Gallery in Berlin last year. 

While discussing these themes in a in a recent interview Ó Riagáin said, "Art and science are inextricably linked, although they are often portrayed as two separate spheres. The aim of the arts is to express the human condition. The purpose of science is to pursue the truth of the universe.

"Both artist and scientist are motivated by the pursuit of an idea, which, for the artist, may tackle the heart of human nature, and for the scientist, the nature of a single human heart. In either case, the idea exists only in the mind and represents the result of imagination and creativity. While a scientist narrows their focus through a microscope in order to reveal the truth of human existence, an artist may focus on a single element of human existence in order to reveal the truths of humanity.

"The goal of an artist is to create an original work that represents a subjective truth. In contrast, creativity in science generates novel ideas that aspire to produce a verifiable representation of an objective truth, of which artistic works are often a byproduct.

"Today’s scientists can use advanced imaging technologies such as confocal laser scanning and super-resolution microscopy to gaze upon and study the very molecules that make us and, in a diseased body, break us.

"The biologist and author Stephen Jay Gould once wrote that “we reveal ourselves in the metaphors we choose for depicting the cosmos in miniature.” The images on display in my exhibition are such metaphors. Each a miniature cosmos created in a lab so that a scientist like me may focus their gaze through a microscope to pursue an idea, in the hope that they may reveal a truth of human existence. These images allow us to look within ourselves and expose a surprising and often fragile beauty that reveals, just as art and science are two sides of the same coin, so too are life and its most terrible malady."

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Joseph Ó Riagáin, Jovian, Print

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Jovian, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

$ 3,070

Joseph Ó Riagáin, Blue Flash 2.0, Photography

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Blue Flash 2.0, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,474

Joseph Ó Riagáin, Water Lily, Photography

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Water Lily, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 2,702

Joseph Ó Riagáin, Silver Heart, Photography

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Silver Heart, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,474

Joseph Ó Riagáin, Cats Eye 2.0, Print

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Cats Eye 2.0, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 430

Joseph Ó Riagáin, Lego 2.0, Print

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Lego 2.0, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 1,535

Joseph Ó Riagáin, Amazonia Now, Print

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Amazonia Now, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

$ 3,070

Joseph Ó Riagáin, Homunculus, Print

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Homunculus, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

$ 3,070

Joseph Ó Riagáin, Blue Flash 2.0, Photography

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Blue Flash 2.0, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,474

Joseph Ó Riagáin, Blue Flash 2.0, Photography

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Blue Flash 2.0, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,474

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