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Diana Copperwhite

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Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, New York

Opens May 11th

Diana Copperwhite will take place in a group exhibition with Mary Heilmann, Jill Levine, Chris Ofili, Danny Rolf, Rebecca Smith and Elio Rodriguez.

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Alice Maher

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Zephyr, Works on Paper

Claremorris Gallery, Mayo

1 – 6pm, Wednesday to Saturday until May 27th, and then until June 1st by appointment (087) 791 2337.

Maher’s reference points include art history, mythic narrative and, more recently, medical textbooks. Her shape shifting figures call down and mischievously intervene with the oft times problematic representation of the feminine throughout all of these fields. Zephuros was the god of the west wind in Greek mythology, and appears on many archaic world maps, blowing ships off course and keeping civilisation confined to the ‘known world’. In Maher’s watercolour, Zephyr, a giant female figure with covered eyes exhales a storm from her open mouth, like a modern dragon in her yellow swimsuit, while in her hand she holds a mysterious amoeba-like object. This mix of mythic, contemporary and scientific imagery hints at a world of continuous flux, where overlapping elements and intermediate states hold sway.

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Rectangle, a written thing

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Sonia Shiel

Rectangle, a written thing

May 4th – May 27th, 2017

Rectangle, a written thing, 2017, is presented in four ensembles. These painted works conjure theatrical tropes without motion, containing performative moments within the stasis and composition of painting. Such poles of action and inaction, recurring throughout the installation, are echoed in an accompanying script. This written thing provides a space to situate the work in a critical context by exploring its own real and imagined materiality – and it tells the story of an artist who, in being mistaken for a tree, learns what it is to be expressive.

Sonia Shiel’s work examines her protagonists’ attempts to survive the odds of nature and the illusory world around them, through laws of their own making. Many of her works engage with each other symbiotically or con/sequentially within mixed-media installations, creating surreal narrative sequences. Often taking the form of scripted video, audio and live performances, Shiel’s works synthesise object, image and sound in self-reflexive stories of construction, exploring how real things in the world can simultaneously declare themselves fabrications and yet compel a shared make-believe.

Sonia Shiel is currently the Arts and Humanities’ Artist-in-Residence at UCD for 2017 and a recipient of the DLRCoCo and the Arts Council Visual Artist Awards for 2017. In 2014/2015, she completed the Art & Law Fellowship Program at Fordham Law School, the International Studio & Curatorial Program, in New York, and an artist’s residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, with Arts Council Project Award support. Recent readings and performances include Temple Bar Gallery and Studios and ArtBox. She has had recent exhibitions at Rua Red, The Crawford Gallery, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Lewis Glucksman Gallery and the ISCP, New York, among others. Shiel has been the recipient of the Tony O’Malley and Hennessy Craig Awards, having had solo exhibitions at the Butler Gallery and the RHA Gallery I and II, which included a major publication and a collection of essays. Her work features in many international public and private collections, including the Arts Council, The City of Frankfurt, and the OPW.

Mick O’Dea

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A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917)

Solstice Arts Centre, Level 3 Gallery

28th April – 16th June, 2017, Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm

Mick O’Dea will take part in a group exhibition marking the centenary of the death of Francis Ledwidge. The exhibition, titled A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917), will also feature work by Sven Anderson, Patricia Burns, David Farrell, Clare Langan, Niamh O’Malley and Sasha Sykes, Curated by Sabina Mac Mahon (Curator in Residence at Solstice Arts Centre).

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Stephan Loughman

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DIG?

Connolly House – Marino College of Further Education.

30th March to 6th April

Stephan Loughman is currently exhibiting a series of paintings at Connolly House, Dublin.

Further information available here.