Emer O’ Brien was born in Dublin and raised in Toronto. Since 1998 she has lived and worked in London. An installation artist with a background in photography, she is best known for works that mediate on the redundancy of human artifacts when deserted by man. Recent large-scale installations chart the intersection of technology and science with the natural and supernatural while on going photographic work documents the passing of time through absence, memory and loss. She is currently represented in the UK by Christian Ferreira at the Wapping Project.
2006 - 07 The London Consortium, Birkbeck University, Master of Research
2004 - 05 City & Guilds 7407, Hackney Community College, Teacher Training
2002 - 03 Goldsmiths College, University of London, Master of Art
1999 - 01 School of Arts, Oxford Brookes University, BA (Hons) Photography
2012 Return to Normal: Part II, Annabelle von Girsewald @ Infernoesque, Berlin
2012 Return to Normal: Part I, Christian Ferreira @ the Wapping Project, London
2010 Run Run Run, Christian Ferreira @ the Wapping Project, London
2009 Immiscibilty, School of the Arts Commission, City University London
2008 Journeys into a Bright World, Ferreira Projects, London
2007 The Listed Screen, Pitfield Street installation, Photomonth
AWARDS, GRANTS & COMMISSIONS
2013 Dulwich Festival Commision
2011 Project Dandelion, City of Wolverhampton
2010 Laura Ashely Residency, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Short List
2009 School of the Arts Commission, City University London
2007 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Short List
2006 Jerwood Drawing Prize, Short List
2003 Cultural Affairs Grant, Canadian High Commission, London
2003 The Art of the Stitch, Embroiders Guild, Student Award
2001 Fujifilm Professional, Student Gold Award
2000 TS2K Photography Award
BEINNALES & ART FAIRS
2012 Art Platform LA, Co/Lab Presentations
2012 Berlin Biennale, ArtWikki Presentation
2005 International Biennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery Prague
2003 Biennial International Contemporary Embroidery, The Dutch Textile Museum
2003 Tangible Art Fair, 33 Portland Place, London
2013 Four Season, ArtEco, London.
2012 T.R.I.A.L. Is This a Warning?, CosmicMegaBrain, Shoreditch Studios, London.
2012 Scale and Place, ASLIN, Tower Hamlets Spring Open, Mile End Art Pavilion, London.
2012 The Soup Salon, De Walvich Culture Ship, London.
2012 Sculpture Show, Construction Gallery, London.
2012 Secret Screening, Construction Gallery, London.
2011 The Soup Salon, De Walvich Culture Ship, London.
2011 Peeping Tom, Kunsthal KaDe, Amersfoot, Netherlands.
2010 24 Haper Rd, Foodface & Raw Canvas, Tate Modern, London.
2010 Wall of Light, Standpoint Gallery, London.
2010 Peeping Tom, Keith Coventry @ Vegas Gallery, London.
2008 Turning the Season, Jules Wright @ the Wapping Project, London.
2008 Photomonth, SE1 Gallery, London.
2008 Summer Exhibition, Humphrey Ocean's selection @ the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
2008 Sample 2, The Print Space, London.
2008 Pure_photography, Ferriera Projects, London.
2006 Stop Moving, Photodebut collective and light boxes on the back of a 40-ton truck, Hoxton Square, Elephant and Castle & Brick Lane, London.
2006 Breeding Ground, ATP Gallery, London.
2006 Sun in Uranus, Offspace Projects, London.
2006 Petit Morts, Cynthia Corbett Project Space, London.
2005 On the Verge, 4 Corners, London.
2005 Prague Biennalle 2, Director's Selection, National Gallery, Prague.
2004 East End Academy, Whitechapel Gallery, London.
2004 It Went Dark and I Saw, The Well Galley, London College of Communication, London.
2004 Out and About, Sis Boom Bah, Toronto, Canada.
2004 Art of the Stitch, Hall Place, London.
2003 Out and About, Century Gallery, ACAVA Studios, London.
2003 Response/Ability, The Barge House, The Oxo Tower, London.
2003 Art of the Stitch, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, UK.
2003 Goldsmith's Interim Show, 291 Gallery, London.
2002 Network AD, Candid Gallery, London.
2002 Biscuits, Bricks & Beer, Candid Gallery, London.
2001 VTO Gallery, London.
2001 FutureMap, Chelsea College of Art, London.
2001 Lomography Society, Box Fresh: We are You, Public Life, London.
2000 TS2K Photography, Metro Cinema, London.
Return to Normal, Art Monthly, May 2012
Lauren Laverne, A Thing of Beauty, Gazia, April 25 2011
Sandra Smets, Peeping Tom Review, NRC Handelsblad, 17 March 2011
Miranda Gavin, International Women’s Day Centenary, Hotshoe International, 04/11
Charlotte Jansen, Run Run Run Review, ArtSlant, January 3 2011
Emer O'Brien: Run Run Run, Time Out, October 2010
Julija Svetlova, Emer O'Brien: Run Run Run, What's in Wapping, October 2010
David Barrett, Peeping Tom Review, Art Monthly April 2010
Hugo, Art Attack - Peeping Tom Review, Grafik magazine, March 2010
J.J. Charlesworth, Peeping Tom Review, Art Review issue 40, March 2010
Art World, Peeping Tom Review, Feb 2010
Alex Field, Peeping Tom Review, ArtSlant, Feb 2010
Laura K Jones on Peeping Tom at Artnet, Feb 2010
Lucy Boyd, Peeping Tom Review, Fallyrag website, Feb 2010
Amica Lane, Peeping Tom Review, Ameliaʼs Magazine, Feb 2010
Zoe Troughton, Peeping Tom, Murmurart, Feb 2010
Alternative Homes, Time Out, Artist Feature, September 17-23, 2009
The Robert Elms Show, BBC London 94.9 FM, November 18, 2008
The 240th annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, BBC Culture Show, BBC2, 2008
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2008,Telegraph Picture Gallery, July 10, 2008
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2008, Time Out, Around Town, July 10, 2008
Stop Moving – Photodebut, About Life, November 21 2006
On the Verge, Time Out, September 20 – 27, 2005
On the Verge, An artist newsletter, November 2005
Forward Prague, Hot Shoe, issue 137, April/ May 2005
East End Academy, Time Out, July 28 – August 4, 2004
East End Artists, AN artist newsletter, August 4, 2004
Go East, Young Man, The Observer, June 20, 2004
Not the Old East End Knees Up, Evening Standard, June 15, 2004
East End Beats West End Every Time, The Independent on Sunday, June 13, 2004
Ten Things You Need to Know about…East End Academy, Time Out, June 9 – 16, 2004
E is for Art, The Guardian Weekend, June 5, 2004
The Fridge Films, Home Magazine, Issue 4, 2004
The Fridge Films, Dazed and Confused, September 2004
The Fridge Films, Creative Review, The Annual, 2004
Emerging Photodebut, Hot Shoe, issue 132, October/ November 2004
Photodebut, Vogue (Portugal), October 2004
Resonance 104.4 FM, Dec 12, 2003
Show Time: Artist Feature, BIPP, May 2003
Don’t Think Just Shoot, Grafix Magazine, September 2002
A night for the ladies: Fujifilm student awards, Professional Photographer, August 2001
Girl Power rules in Fuji Student Awards, British Journal of Photography, May 2001
One Photograph Series, Various Small Fires, Theirry Bal. 2011
Royal Academy Illustrated 2008, Exhibition Catalogue, Royal Academy of Arts, London 2008
Journeys into a Bright World, Exhibition Catalogue, Ferreira Projects London 2008
Impossible City, The Drawbridge, Issue Two/ Summer 2006
International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2005, Exbt Catalogue, Narondni Galerie V Praze
East Academy, Exhibition Catalogue, The Whitechapel Gallery, London 2004
Biennial International Contemporary Embroidery, The Art of the Stitch Exhibition Catalogue,
Embroiders’ Guild Enterprises Ltd., Hampton Court Palace, Surrey 2003
Out and About, Forward by Ian Jeffery, Canadian High Commission, London 2003
Don’t Think Just Shoot, Booth-Clibborn, London 2002
Future Map, Exhibition Catalogue, The London Institute, London 2001