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In this brief time: Geraldine O’Neill

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Saturday, 24th November 2018
Emmet Theatre (room 2037), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
Registration: 11.00               Conference 11.30 – 17.00

contributors/artists
Vivienne Dick : Clare Langan : Siobhan McDonald  
Deirdre O’Mahony : Geraldine O’Neill : Garrett Phelan
and a viewing of:
Vera Klute: The Grand Scheme (2013)

A number of distinguished contemporary artists will each give a presentation about how their work expresses dimensions of human relationships with the physical environment in the current epoch, which has been described as the Anthropocene, in recognition of how evidence of human activity is apparent in the planet’s geological layers, and of the threat to the ecosystem on which the species depends. The talks, illustrated with relevant examples of each artist’s work, will be followed by opportunities for questions and discussion

Convened by: Dr Yvonne Scott, Associate Professor, Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Director, Triarc (Trinity Irish Art Research Centre), Trinity College Dublin

Register for tickets here.

For more information visit here.

Alice Maher – Vox Materia

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Crawford Art Gallery Library, Cork

Vicky Langan will present 3 performances(Thursday 15 November at 5:30pm, 6:15pm & 7pm) in response to Alice Maher’s Vox Materia, in the library of the Crawford Art Gallery. Interacting physically with Vox Materia’s bronze elements and drawing on the ideas raised by the show, Langan will layer physical gesture with scraps of sound to create an intensely personal response to Maher’s work.

Attendance is free but tickets should still be booked through eventbrite.com

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Lost Highway Guy | Mark Swords | 2.11.2018 – 24.11.2018

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There is a song on “repeat play” in the studio. It is late. I am wallowing in my thoughts, my focus drifting between the music and my own ideas, surrounded by paintings.

 

“…all alone and lost…”

I am there, very much alone and must somehow use this time, make it count.

“O the day we met I went astray …”

I should be somewhere else, helping someone else. Nothing here could be as important as that.

“…and now I’m lost, too late to pray…”

I have made five paintings. I made them with my thoughts, my obsessions and my anxieties. I let myself make this work. Lost in thoughts. What I have lost.

“Take my advice or you’ll curse the day, you started rolling down that Lost Highway.”

I tried to allow anything into the paintings – from the big questions to the incidental, the accidental. I made this work with revisions and editing, with experience and knowledge because I had to, I cannot “unlearn” who I have become. I am older now.

“Take my advice or you’ll curse the day you started rollin’ down that Lost Highway.”

I made these paintings while thinking about the future. I am a father now. I made them while thinking about my past. I am a son, still. Probably everyone is on that Highway or, at least feels it occasionally. Maybe he was lonely but he sure wasn’t alone. His was no VIP club. It is late and time to go home.

“… just another guy on the Lost Highway.”

Alice Maher – 6SKIN

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 13/11/2018
13:45

The Gate Cinema

‘Be Warned! This is Not Your Kind of Film.’
Experimental and artistic, boundary-pushing films

6SKIN an experimental film directed by Alice Maher and Aideen Barry has been selected to premiere at the Cork Film Festival opening Tuesday the 13th of November.

6SKIN is a sound and image fantasia constructed as a series of veils, skins and fields of imagery. Polymorphic twin performers joyfully express the senses through dance in live action and animation sequences which overlap and embrace each other within a transformative soundscape.

For more information visit the website here.

 

 

Elaine Byrne – ART FOR ARCTIC’S SAKE

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Fordham University, Ildiko Butler Gallery, 113 W 60th Street, New York.

Nov 7, 2018 – Jan 15th, 2019

Opening reception Nov 7th, 6-8pm

If you are in New York over the coming months be sure to catch Elaine Byrnes work in the Ildiko Butler Gallery. Art for Arctic’s Sake is an exhibition that calls attention to the profound impact climate change is having upon the sensitive ecosystem of the Arctic and the communities that rely upon the region’s natural resources. This exhibition brings the Arctic and the disconcerting changes taking place there to our immediate attention, revealing the epic scale of global interconnectedness. At the same time, Art for Arctic’s Sake is a testament to the power of art to effect change, at present a growing number of artists have adopted socially engaged artistic practices and many have taken on the role of stewardship of the environment. In some instances, their work has directly contributed to environmental reform and social change.

In the Ildiko Butler Gallery are works by Janet Biggs, Rúrí, Subhankar Banerjee, Jessica Segall, Carleen Sheehan, Elaine Byrne, James Balog, and Adam D. J. Laity. This exhibition was organized by Jo Anna Isaak, Katherina Fostano, Carleen Sheehan, and students of Fordham University. The exhibition runs from November 7, 2018 – January 15, 2019 at the Ildiko Butler Gallery in Fordham University Lincoln Center campus. The opening reception will be on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6-8pm, featuring a musical composition by Nathan Lincoln-Decusatis performed by the Corvus Ensemble.

For more information visit the website here.

‘It’s Happening Now’ – Oliver Comerford

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If you’re in London this weekend be sure to catch ‘It’s Happening Now’ opening Friday the 2nd at Safe House 1, 139 Copeland Rd, Peckham SE15 3SN. An artist talk will be held Saturday the 3rd at 3pm and Oliver Comerford will be speaking.

The Art Society is the project name for a series of three international art exhibitions that taking place in London in April and October 2018 and also in May 2019. Twenty-nine artists from seven different countries are participating in the project.  All three exhibitions highlight the multiple manifestations of time in art. In order to underline this particular focus the exhibition titles are “To Make Art Happen”, “It’s Happening Now” and “What Happened Then?”

 There will be public talks through the exhibitions with workshops and performances, crossing borders with the public, artists and academics from other countries, to bring people together and forge connections between artists in Europe and beyond.

The exhibition is funded by the Icelandic Art Fund. The exhibitions involve a number of prominent artists such as Robert Holyhead, Kristinn Mar Palmason, Natasha Kidd, Oliver Comerford, Johanna Kristbjorg Sigurdardottir, Kevin Atherton,  Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Asdis Sif Gunnarsdottir, Hatty Lee, and Elizabeth Russell.

The Art Society takes place at Safehouse 1, Copeland Road London in association with Maverick Projcets.  Maverick Projects offers unique locations for art exhibitions, theatre, events, filming and photography shoots and provide production and event management services, is supported by the National Lottery though the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund.

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh – ‘Peripheries’ at the dlr Lexicon Gallery.

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Peripheries‘ curated by by John Daly opens Friday the the 23rd of November at 6pm.

Municipal Gallery dlr Lexicon

Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire

 

Peripheries: Patrick Graham, Eddie Kennedy, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh
24 November 2018 – 20 January 2019, Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon

Peripheries presents three of Ireland’s finest contemporary painters from three
different generations – Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh (b. 1977), Eddie Kennedy (b. 1960) and
Patrick Graham (b. 1943). The exhibition is curated by John Daly, Hillsboro Fine Art,
Dublin, and presents new and recent work by the artists. It celebrates both the
common ground shared by them in their artistic practice as well as the versatility of
contemporary painting.

Peripheries features new paintings by Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, recent large
and small-scale seascapes by Eddie Kennedy and new paintings by Patrick Graham.
A selection of drawings and sketches (from sketchbooks) by Patrick Graham are
also included in the exhibition.
The exhibition is accompanied by a Learning Programme co-ordinated by Claire
Halpin and comprises painting workshops for young children and adults, Dementia
friendly gallery tours and an Artists in Conversation ‘Straight From the Tube –
Painters Talking Paint’ with the three exhibiting artists chaired by John Daly on
Saturday 1 December, 2-3.30pm. The renowned historian Diarmaid Ferriter,
Professor of Modern History at UCD will present a talk about his new book ‘On the
Edge – Ireland’s Off Shore Islands, a Modern History ’on Wednesday 16 January
2019 at 7pm at the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon.
Peripheries opens to the public on 24 November 2018 and runs until 20 January
2019 at the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire. For further information or
images please contact Ciara King or Maire Davey c.king@dlrcoco.ie/
m.davey@dlrcoco.ie or phone dlr Arts Office (01) 236 2759.

Island Life – Westport

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Island Life – Westport 

25TH October – 25th November 2018
Custom House Studios & Gallery
The Quay, Westport
Co.Mayo
A conversation with some of the artists will be held on Thursday the 25th October at 5.30pm.

Sonia Shiel, Nevan Lahart, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Kathy Tynan, Aileen Murphy, Marcel Vidal, Stephanie Deady, Stephen Loughman, Lesley-Ann O’Connell, Cecilia Danell, William O’Neill, Pat Byrne, Salvatore of Lucan, Robert Armstrong, Mark Swords, Dermot Seymour, Julia Dubsky and Joe Scullion.

Island Life will have it’s second outing later this month in Custom House Studios Gallery, Westport. The exhibition will include some new works by previously exhibited artists as well as the addition of Nevan Lahart, Aileen Murphy, Dermot Seymour, and Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh.

Painting exists in an increasingly sophisticated visual world that sometimes seems to have a diminishing interest in the possibilities of paint. Island Life is concerned with the idea that, within the medium of paint there are opportunities for the individual to question the situation we live in and the resources we share. The paintings in this exhibition address the human condition and each of the artists suggests the capacity of the medium of paint to encompass both personal and universal concerns.

As It Goes | Joe Scullion | 04.10-27.10.2018

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Joe Scullion

 

In As it Goes, interiors and exteriors merge, voids and forms are interchangeable and within the pictorial plane, perceptual slippages occur. Spatial boundaries assert and digress continually, creating an assemblage of fragmentary gestures that affirm a cohesive whole. These paintings celebrate dream logic and the capacity of images to describe the subconscious, intangible and metaphysical experience.

Within his practice, Scullion endeavors to make a painting without deciding what the completion of that painting might entail or how the final image will announce itself. Instead he allows the paintings to settle for periods of time after working on them, acknowledging specific chance elements that have come to exist within the paintings, independent of his own intentionality. His deferential attitude toward the use of paint as a medium allows each work to develop its own character, with flourishes, nuances and details that are particular to each composition, affording them a certain capriciousness. They are believable and convincing whilst being simultaneously nonsensical, in this way they retain their humour and lightness. Scullion is interested in the idea of nonsense, how we order truth and illusion, and the visual criteria for both. He is interested in the creation of images with such verisimilitude as to produce a trompe l’oeil. Scullion’s paintings are willfully disorientating and incorporate fictional architecture and landscape. There are aspects of the image that we trust, but simultaneously know to be illogical.

 

 

Sonia Shiel

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Sea Change, IADT 21 years: 

Dlr Lexicon Gallery

Haigh Terrace, Dún Laoghaire

14 September – 4 November

This anniversary exhibition includes contributions from alumni in the specialist fields of art, film and animation. The exhibition is curated by Oonagh Young and highlights the diversity of artistic practices that have been developed over twenty one years by graduates.

IADT and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office have commissioned Sonia Shiel to make a new art work for the exhibition. Shiel will exhibit a split diptych painting. These two paintings will be exhibited together at Sea Change, and then separated afterwards to go to the IADT Collection and the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Collection. The exhibition is a collaboration between IADT and dlr Lexicon to celebrate IADT’s 21st Anniversary.

The exhibition features art works and films by David BeattieJenny BradyAlan-James BurnsNina CanellAnita DelaneyDamien FloodMark GarryAdam GibneyJesse JonesVera KluteMateusz LubeckiBea Mac MahonMaser, Fiona Marron, Ciaran Murphy, Gavin Murphy, Isobel Nolan, Meadhbh O’Connor and Sonia Shiel, and books by Sarah Baume, Fiona Gannon, James Merrigan, Chris Fite Wassilack, Sue Rainsford and Ciaran Walsh.

For further information please visit dlr Lexicon Galleries website

See more of Sonia Shiel’s work here

Alice Maher

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Vox Materia

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Emmett Place, Centre, Cork

7 September – 24 November 2018

Vox Materia comprises a multi-part installation of sculpture and works on paper. Stemming from Maher’s consideration of a 12th Century mermaid carving at nearby Kilcooley Abbey, this show meditates on voice and silence. The mermaid is a hybrid creature that transgresses boundaries between human and animal, and is often associated with traumatic loss of voice. Maher deploys the mermaid not as a motif, but as an ambiguous and powerful conceptual tool to explore ideas of language, embodiment, agency, and autonomy.

For further information please visit Crawford Art Galleries website.

Vanessa Donoso López

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The Forest of Cedar, a new work by Vanessa Donoso López will be exhibited in Untitled [Landscape]: Organised by the OPW and the Department of Finance.

Untitled [Landscape] The exhibition focuses on the theme of landscape, and the thirty artworks chosen reflect the variety of this genre in each collection. The show will tour four venues and began in September in the Bridewell Centre Magherafelt. It will then travel to Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin in November. The third venue in February is the Luan Gallery, Athlone, and the final venue is Roe Valley Arts & Cultural centre Limavady, in April to May 2019.

More information available here

borderline | Elaine Byrne | 06.09-29.09.2018

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Elaine Byrne

borderline

6th -29th September, 2018

Why do nation-states desire walls? What do walls promise to secure, protect, contain or keep at bay? These are questions Elaine Byrne interrogates in her new work, borderline.

As nations are building fortified boundaries at an accelerating rate, Byrne uses photography and sculpture to examine the anxieties of sovereign impotence such “walling” betrays. Her work layers impossible perspectives and excavates the motivations for constructing these barriers. Traversing boundaries from Tijuana, Mexico to Melilla in Spain, Byrne reflects that, on the surface, these walls vary in what they aim to deter –workers or asylum seekers; drugs, weapons, terror; ethnic or religious mixing—yet there are common dimensions to their proliferation at this moment in world history.

Often, the true purpose for constructing fortified barriers is not one of national security but economics. Each of the new boundary can be seen to issue from certain pressures on states exerted by globalisation, where a globalised world harbors fundamental tensions between opening and enclosing. These tensions materialise a contradiction between increasingly liberalised borders on the one hand, and the devotion of unprecedented funds and energies to border fortification on the other.

Apart from what they purport to ‘do,’ border walls respond to the effect of declining sovereignty and in part to fantasies and anxieties by generating a national imaginary. Plumbing the visual and psychic dimensions of these forms, borderline examines how the spectacle of a wall gratifies a wish for sovereignty to be restored to the people and the state.

Byrne’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has presented work at Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia; Slought Foundation, Philadelphia; Elizabeth Foundation, New York; ISCP, New York; Montoro12 gallery, Rome; Limerick City Gallery, UAM, Mexico amongst others. She was awarded the RHA Curtin O’Donoghue Emerging Artist Photography prize and was winner of 8th Arte Laguna Venice sculpture prize (2014) and the TINA prize (2015). She was awarded a studio at ISCP in NY as part of their ground floor program. Her work is in permanent collections including: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; the Rosenbach Museum and Library, Pennsylvania; Office of Public Works and The Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland. She has an MA in Visual Arts Practices from IADT, Dublin and was a 2014-2015 Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program.

Diana Copperwhite

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Diana Copperwhite’s painting, Original of the Species Features as part of More than Bricks and Mortar: Works from the IMMA Collection

Selected by the pupils from Room 13 Inquiry, in association with Draíocht
Ground Floor Gallery
and Carrier of Memories by Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske
Draíocht’s inaugural INCUBATE commission, curated by Sharon Murphy
First Floor Gallery

HOME consists of two distinct yet related exhibitions focusing on the theme of home.

More than Bricks and Mortar: Works from the IMMA Collection is a collaboration between Draíocht and the children from Room 13 Inquiry, providing a unique and exciting opportunity to reflect on meanings of home for children in contemporary Dublin 15, which has a very young, diverse and multi-ethnic population. It has, in fact, the fastest growing young people’s population under 30 in Ireland, with 26% of the population under 15 years of age. Nearly 25% of the population are described as the ‘new’ Irish which is double the national average. Through sharing experiences of home and exchanging skills and knowledge of contemporary art, collections and curating, this collaboration will result in an exhibition that expands perceived notions of home at personal, social and cultural levels and give voice to a new generation of Irish children. The Irish Museum of Modern Art Programme is designed to promote the widest possible involvement with the Museum’s Collection and programmes, through supporting access opportunities to the visual arts in a variety of situations and locations in Ireland. Room 13 Inquiry is an initiative of Fingal County Council’s Arts Office under the direction of Julie Clarke and led by resident artists Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden. Room 13 studios based in Scoil Bhríde Cailíní NS Blanchardstown and Tyrrelstown Educate Together NS are the first such school-based studios to open in the Republic of Ireland.

Stephen Loughman

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Stephen Loughman at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin

Conversation: Stephen Loughman and Valerie Connor

Wednesday 12 September 2018 | 6.30pm

This informal discussion will take in Stephen Loughman’s current exhibition Proven Answers and his wider practice. Proven answers continues until 15 September 2018

Valerie Connor is a curator​ and educator. She works on artists’ commissions and projects ​in the visual arts and lectures in photography at the School of Media, DIT. As the commissioner at the 26th Bienal de São Paulo, she invited Stephen Loughman to be part of Ireland’s participation, leading to the exhibition of his paintings in the Ciccillo Matarazzo pavilion. She maintains voluntary advisory roles with the ​National Irish Visual Arts Library and PhotoIreland, and is the recipient of a Residential Language Bursary awarded by the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 2018.

Further information available on the TBG+S Website.

 

Aileen Murphy

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Aileen Murphy will take part in a group show titled, THE SAME AS EVER, BUT MORE SO at Braunsfelder, Cologne.

Curated by Miriam Bettin

September 8th 2018 – October 28th 2018

Opening September 7th From 2pm

More information available here.

Alice Maher

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Vox Materia 

Crawford Art Gallery Emmet Place Cork

7 September – 24 November 2018 
Modern Galleries & Screening Room

Vox Materia comprises a multi-part installation of sculpture and works on paper. Stemming from Maher’s consideration of a 12th Century mermaid carving, this show meditates on voice and silence. The mermaid is a hybrid creature that transgresses boundaries between human and animal, and is often associated with traumatic loss of voice. This new work is presented alongside Cassandra’s Necklace (2012), Maher’s first live-action film, in which the mythical protagonist wanders an arid, glittering landscape in search of her voice, literally a necklace of unspeaking tongues.

Both bodies of work demonstrate Maher’s ongoing exploration of the burdens of silence and silencing in her recent practice.

Vox Materia was commissioned by The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, with support from Creative Ireland and Tipperary County Council.

More information available here.

Neven Lahart

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WIELS Art Book Fair 2018

WIELS
Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354
1190 Brussels (BE)

8-9.9.2018

Vic Sims of the Hollow Gram by Nevan Lahart will feature in WIELS Art Book Fair 2018*, alongside new and recent works by Pauline Curnier Jardin, Stefaan Dheedene, Ben Van den Berghe & Alexey Shlyk, Andrew Norman Wilson – and some Fremdkörpern.

Saturday 8** & Sunday 9.9.2018, 11:00-18:00
Free entrance
www.wiels.org

* WIELS organizes for the 4th time the WIELS Art Book Fair presenting artists, publishers & collectors who offer art books, artists’ books, catalogues, periodicals & other printed matter to the public.
** WIELS won the AICA-Belgium’s Best Exhibition Award 2017 for ‘The Absent Museum’. The prize will be awarded on the first day of the WIELS Art Book Fair at 11:30, accompanied by a speech and reception.

Elaine Byrne

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Elaine Byrne will take part in a group exhibition opening tonight at the ISCP, New York

Artists in the exhibition: Elaine Byrne, Danilo Correale, Simone Couto, Alexis Dahan, Furen Dai, Jude Griebel, Joshua Liebowitz, Martha Skou, and Raul Valverde.

Never Take a Vacation with an Artist Who Collects the Same Stuff You Do is a group exhibition featuring the work of the nine artists in residence in ISCP’s Ground Floor Program. The presentation focuses on vacation and leisure time, a premise that the artists developed in collaboration. Works include Martha Skou’s audio-visual interpretation of a recent summer road trip, where she entered a community as a foreigner and left as a member; Simone Couto’s cross-stitch of a surveillance sign which reminds the viewer that privacy is a rare and precious commodity even while on vacation; and Danilo Correale’s 1001 Ways to Live Without Working (after Tuli Kupferberg), a performance activated by a screensaver, which liberates the ISCP front desk staff from working for a period of time. Set to open during the leisurely days of summer, this exhibition aims to lull the viewer into a state of relaxation.

More information available here.

Bounty | Diana Copperwhite and Aileen Murphy | 09.08-01.09.2018

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Diana Copperwhite and Aileen Murphy

Bounty

August 9th – September 1st, 2018
Opening reception Thursday August 9th

Bounty comprises recent work by Diana Copperwhite and Aileen Murphy. The impetus to show the work side by side has arisen from the mutual admiration and affinities that exist between the two artists in their subject matter and their handling of the medium of paint.

Both Copperwhite and Murphy create works that incorporate aspects of abstraction and figuration and both painters are fully taken up with the act of painting and the materiality of paint. There are also similarities in their approach and while the paintings often appear intuitive and whimsical, they evolve through layers of assertion and contradiction. Their scale and the movement within these works demonstrate a spontaneous and frenetic pace of activity that is further heightened by their relation to each other in the space.

Island Life | Summer Group Exhibition 18 | 05.07-28.07.2018

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Island Life

Summer Group Exhibition 2018
5th – 28th July
Opening Reception Thursday 5th July at 6pm

Sonia Shiel, Kathy Tynan, Marcel Vidal, Mark Swords, Salvatore of Lucan, Joe Scullion, Robert Armstrong, Julia Dubsky, Lesley-Ann O’Connell, Pat Byrne, Stephen Loughman, Cecilia Danell, William O’Neill and Stephanie Deady

Island Life comprises work by artists who are making and showing paintings at the moment. It is intended as a celebration of where painting is at now in Ireland, with a mixture of emerging and more established artists.

Painting exists in an increasingly sophisticated visual world that sometimes seems to have a diminishing interest in the possibilities of paint. Island Life is concerned with the idea that, within the medium of paint there are opportunities for the individual to question the situation we live in and the resources we share. The paintings in this exhibition address the human condition and each of the artists suggests the capacity of the medium of paint to encompass both personal and universal concerns.

Stephen Loughman

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Proven Answers

Exhibition Launch:
Thursday 19 July 2018 | 6pm
Exhibition Continues: Friday 20 July – Saturday 15 September 2018
Admission: free

Stephen Loughman will present a solo exhibition incorporating painting, sculpture and video at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios with an opening reception on the 19th of July. Proven Answers takes its title from the opening lines to the 1969 film version of Ray Bradbury’s short story The Illustrated Man and uses narrative strands from this film as its basis.

Full press release available on the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios website.

Ulrich Vogl

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Ulrich Vogl will take part in the group show BLANK BLANK in Alte Sparkasse, Berlin, opening June 22 at 7pm and running until July 1.

Other artists include A/A, Halil Altindere, Carsten Becker, Ekaterina Burlyga, Catch a Falling Knife Collective, Yvon Chabrowski, Mark Clare, Merve Çanakci, Ali M. Demirel, Maurice Doherty, Mona El Gammal, Ingo Gerken, Ivana Franke, Caroline Kryzecki, Pierre-Etiene Morelle, Özgür Erkök Moroder & Steffi Weismann, Barbara Müller, Sladjan Nedeljkovic, Jakob Roepke, Nicolás Rupcich, The Swan Collective, Pilvi Takala, Philip Topolovac & Markus Proschek, Chompunuch Vanichayanguranon & Theerawat Klangjareonchai, and Maria Viftrup. The exhibition is curated by Ece Pazarbasi and Stephan Klee.

 

BANK,
BLANK
– about new authenticity –
There is an empty bank at Karl Marx Straße, it still stands as the relict of the financial vision of the past centuries. Now the employers have left the building, the vaults are open and the cash machines are dismantled. This institution of faith in cash, trust in money and illusion of prosperity for the many not for the few has moved out. Within this empty shell, one cannot help asking, what else is substantial nowadays, what else is echt?
In a world interspersed with spectacle, illusions, hollow visions and unfulfilled dreams, it does not get only harder to authenticate a thing, but also echt changes its meaning dynamically. Using the bank as a collective laboratory of visions and statements regarding the meaning of realness today in our society, the exhibition brings together 32 works from 25 artists and groups around the sub themes of matter, body and authenticity.
Further information can be found here

 

 

Mick O’Dea

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Portraits by Mick O’Dea feature as part of Seamus Nolan’s Traveller Collection at the Hugh Lane

DUBLIN CITY GALLERY THE HUGH LANE

21 June 2018 – 23 September 2018

In 2017, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, came together for the first time to commission a significant socially engaged artist’s project in Dublin. Following submissions by artists from all of the CAPP partners, Irish artist Seamus Nolan’s proposal was successful. Seamus Nolan’s exhibition will comprise of archival material that forms the Irish Travelling People: a Resource Collection and which is borrowed from the Special Collections of Ulster University as well as paintings by Mick O’Dea from the Martin Folan collection at Pavee Point.

In the early 1990s, community activist Martin Folan approached artist Mick O’Dea about working with Travellers. O’Dea painted a series of nine close-up portraits of Traveller men and women, without any props or background identifying them as members of the Traveller community. He painted them, in his own words ‘without any emphasis on their status in life.’ Photo: Left to Right Artist Mick O’Dea with Martin Collins, Director Pavee Point.

More information available on the Hugh Lane website and on the Pavee Point website.

Kilkenny Festival Portraits 2015-17 | Mick O’Dea | 07.06-30.06.2018

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Kilkenny Festival Portraits 2015-17

Mick O’Dea

7th –  30th June, 2018

From 2015 -17 Mick O’Dea was visual artist-in-residence at Kilkenny Arts Festival.  For this unique three-year project he painted daily oil portraits of leading Irish and international artists, performers, actors, musicians and writers taking part in the Festival, while also documenting performances with action sketches. An audience joined Mick in the studio each day to observe and participate, discussing the work in progress with the artist and his sitters. 
-Eugene Downes, Director of Kilkenny Arts Festival

This series of portraits began as part of a project with the Kilkenny Arts Festival and continued to grow as a series of collaborative events between the artist, the subject and the audience. Over the course of the festival Mick O’Dea painted the portraits of numerous public figures associated with the festival including poets Paula Meehan and Paul Muldoon, musicians Denis Cahill and Martin Hayes, seán nós dancer Colin Dunne and actors Simon Callow and Marie Mullen. The psychiatrist Ivor Browne also sat for O’Dea and can be seen in the above image taking a break from the intense sittings, which often lasted up to seven hours. Artist, Richard Gorman who attended as an audience member noted comically, that contradictory to the adage, it was most interesting to watch paint dry! Thus highlighting a curiosity about O’Dea’s painting process as well as the dynamic between the artist, the sitter and those who have come to watch.

In the creation of a portrait painting, a durational dialogue that incorporates both conversation and body language arises between the artist and the sitter. The audience bears witness to the subtleties and nuances that occur in the process of capturing the details that make a convincing portrait – an intensity of eyes, the clasping of hands and the crossing of ankles. Each sitter’s pose differing in myriad ways. O’Dea has long described the process of portrait painting as a reciprocal one that requires a mutual understanding and a certain level of trust where each sees eye to eye – very much in a literal sense, but this dynamic is broadened by the presence of an audience, many of whom are aware of the character of those being painted through their creative output. The process evolves organically as gestures and flourishes appear on the canvas and the audience glimpse aspects of the artist’s methods.

During the first two years the sittings took place in the James Stephens Military Barracks and in the final year of the residency they took place in the only remaining Home Rule Club in the country. Throughout Kilkenny Festival Portraits, O’Dea makes reference to the history of portrait painting and its role as a social signifier to display wealth and prestige. Ireland is a country, which significantly does not have a history of patronage in the same way that other European countries do. O’Dea subtly alludes to this by celebrating the countries literary figures and poets, in a gesture that suggests that the traditions of literature, music and art in this country have a unique history and legacy that is upheld by those depicted in these vibrant portraits.

Alice Maher

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And still, like dust, I’ll rise

Curated by Vivienne Dick

June 1st – July 6th 2018

Galway Arts Centre

47 Dominick Street, Galway City

Alice Maher will take part in a group exhibition titled And still, like dust, I’ll rise. The show curated by Vivienne Dick at Galway Arts Centre opens on Friday 1st of June. Taking its title from Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise, the exhibition presents new and existing work in various media from a range of Irish and international artists: Alexis Adler, Dara Birnbaum, Vivienne Dick, Olivia Eberstadt, Dragana Jurisic, Breda Lynch, Eileen MacDonagh, Margaret Maiorana, Selma Makela, Isabel Nolan, Kathy Prendergast and Suzanne Walsh.

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