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MICHAEL COLEMANS STILL LIFE |Michael Coleman | 14/3/19 – 6/4/19

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Kevin Kavanagh is pleased to present MICHAEL COLEMANS STILL LIFE, an exhibition of paintings which opens Thursday 14th of March. We are delighted to be working with Michael again for the first time since his solo exhibition in 1997 at the Jo Rain Gallery in Temple Bar. Born in 1951, Michael had his first one man show at the Oliver Dowling Gallery in 1977. In the same year he was awarded the Carroll’s Open prize at The Irish Exhibition of Living Art. 1979 saw him win the first prize for painting at EV+A and in 1980 was awarded the same prize for a second time. Following these successes he moved to Vienna where he lived for some years, returning to Ireland in 1989. In 1991 he Featured in ‘Irish Art of the Eighties’ a survey exhibition at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. Two major solo shows in the 90’s include his Hoeys Court Paintings at the RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin in 1994 and his ‘Temple Bar Painting’ Installation at the Hunt Museum, Limerick, 1998. He has presented solo exhibitions at the Green on Red gallery 1998 and 2000 and the Cross Gallery, 2004, 2006 and 2012. His work is represented in public and private collections in Ireland and abroad. He lives and works in Dublin. 

“There is an attractive openness about Michael Coleman’s paintings that involve building up in layers: painting out: painting over: experimenting, faltering, adjusting, recovering, redefining, triumphing. Always toying with failure, always nudging ideas towards the outer imaginative reaches. He bears witness to the nature of experience and memory, while simultaneously transmuting them into art” – Dennis Driscoll

Geraldine O’Neill – MAKing ART: The PAINTing EXHIBITION

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MAKing Art: The PAINTing EXHIBITION , Draíocht Arts Centre

Address: The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin, D15 RYX6

Date: 14th of March – 18th of May, 2019

MAKing Art: PAINTing is the second in a series of exhibitions (2018-2022) particularly aimed at children and young people which explores a specific visual art discipline, its materials, processes and varied manifestations. Painting is the focus of this second exhibition (the first was drawing). It celebrates different approaches to the use of paint, to the act of painting and to the painting as finished artwork. 

Curated by Sharon Murphy

For more information on this exhibition or on other Draíocht gallery events see here.

Oliver Comerford – Dorsky Gallery, Distance

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Dorsky Gallery : 45th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA

February 17th – April 7th, 2019

Opening reception Sunday the 17th of February 2-5pm

Oliver Comerford will be exhibiting in a group show in New York titled Distance. Curated by Steve Locke and Betsy Alwin, Distance looks to the physical, chronological, intellectual, emotional, and geographic dimensions that the concept of distance entails. This exhibition brings together the work of alumni from the Skowhegan school of painting. The curators were further inspired by Solmaz Sharif’s poem, Look, which explores consequences that result from perceptions of difference and distance. This exhibition includes works by artists of varying ages, from various cultural backgrounds, who work in various locations around the country and around the world. Although the works in Distance all can be called “works on paper,” the diversity of shapes, sizes, materials and techniques reflects the variety of contemporary art practices encompassed under that single rubric.

The Print Studio Posters – Robert Armstrong and Joe Hanly

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TBG&S Atrium

15 February – 13 April 2019

The Print Studio Posters is currently on show in the Temple Bar Galleries and Studios Atrium space. This exhibition showcases the variety of screen printed posters made by Robert Armstrong and Joe Hanly throughout the 80’s from their time running The Print Studio. In addition to their artistic practices Armstrong and Hanly produced posters for all manor of events throughout Ireland, these hand printed works were a necessity in a time when photoshop and other design programs weren’t so readily available, the resulting images bringing together high levels of both skill and artistry.

On the 20th of February you can catch Robert and Joe in conversation with John Graham in Studio 6, where they will discuss the exhibited works. Admission is free but booking is required.

To book tickets for this talk, see here.

For more information on this exhibition, see here.

To see images from Robert’s recent solo show, see here.

Alice Maher – Music + Maker

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Solstice Arts Centre

Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath

Opens Saturday the 9th of March at 2.30pm (closes Thursday 2nd of May)

Alice Maher will be exhibiting work in The Solstice Arts Centre’s upcoming show Music + Maker. This project draws together artists, musicians and composers, and produces works built of this interdisciplinary collaboration. The exhibition will be opened by Simon O’Connor, composer and Director of The Museum of Literature, Ireland.

To mark the opening of the exhibition, join Director of Solstice Belinda Quirke for an In Conversation with exhibiting artists /composers and improvised performances by Irene Buckley & Elaine Cowley (from Crevice) and Colm O Hara (trombone).

For more information on this exhibition see here. 

To see images from Alice’s recent solo show see here.

Squeegee Paintings | Robert Armstrong | 07/02/19 – 09/03/19

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“If I am forced to associate, I think of my pictures as explosive landscapes, worlds, and distances held on a flat surface”. 
– Helen Frankenthaler

In his new paintings Robert Armstrong delights in the dripping, slipping, scraping, melding, oozing, brushing, and drying of oil paint on a heavily gessoed linen ground. The squeegee ravages the surface, clearing, and altering the physical ground as well as shaping the image itself. The results present ‘paintscape’ images of their own making and they connect to natural and man-made processes in landscape. The world depicted seems poised in a state of flux, suggesting the natural cycle of change, yet witness also to the interference of humanity.

Bio
Born in Gorey, County Wexford, Ireland, in 1953, Robert Armstrong lives and works in Dublin, and is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, also in Dublin.  He is a Founder Member of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin and was Head of Painting at the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) from 2002 until his retirement in 2018, having taught at the college since 1991.  He has exhibited regularly in Ireland and abroad for more than forty years.  His work is included in many private and public collections and has been the subject of essays by writers including Aidan Dunne, Declan Long and Colm Tóibín. 

Nevan Lahart – P is for Portrait

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Nevan Lahart will be exhibiting works in two shows in the UK. The first being, ‘P is for Portrait’ which will present the selected works of 18 artists, the second exhibition is titled, ‘Your face is Functional’. Both shows will take place at the new Art House in Worcester and are being curated by Nathaniel Pitt in association with Division of Labour.

For more information on Division of Labour see here.

Mick O’Dea – ‘Armed Men’

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Armed Men by Mick O’Dea opens in the Excel Gallery, Tipperary. The show will open Thursday the 31st of January at 7.30pm. In advance of the opening Mick will be in conversation with Historian, Dr.Noreen Higgins McHugh from 6.45pm- 7.30pm at the excel gallery, all welcome. The exhibition will be opened by special guest Dr.Martin Mansergh.

For more information on the Excel Gallery and its programme see here. 

 

Stephen Loughman – Visual Carlow

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Stephen Loughman will be exhibiting work in VISUAL Carlow as part of an exhibition of works celebrating the life and career of Stephen McKenna. This exhibition will be a retrospective of McKenna’s career, however, the artist’s legacies will also be acknowledged through a group show of works by six artists who found influence in McKenna’s techniques, processes and friendship. Isabel Nolan, Stephen Loughman, Mairead O’hEocha, Eithne Jordan, Adam Bohanna and William McKeown (1968–2011).

For more on this exhibition and other shows in VISUAL, see here. 

To see more of Stephen’s work, see here. 

 

Kathy Tynan – Sirius Arts Centre Residency

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‘And Still You Shine For Me’ oil on canvas, 2017

 

This coming February Kathy Tynan will be undertaking a residency in The Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh. Sirius is an arts centre that serves as an intermediary between art and the public that endeavours to raise public awareness of art. It offers developing opportunities for both emerging and more established artists from both Ireland and abroad. The programme is dedicated to the facilitation and development of artistic expression, with additional community programming that encourages exploration through direct participation in the arts. The residency programme is designed to offer artists the opportunity to research and develop their practices and to engage in dialogue with Sirius, other organisations in Cork and the surrounding community. While on residence Kathy will carry out research for an upcoming show in the centre later in the year.

For more information on Sirius and its residency programmes click here.  

To see more of Kathy’s work visit her website here.

Paul McKinley – The Arts Council

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Congratulations to Paul McKinley on the acquisition of his work ‘Lido’ by The Arts Council of Ireland. The Arts Council have a proud history of purchasing excellent and ambitious works reflecting the practise of artists working in Ireland today.

This work will be included in a collection with some of the countries leading artists, including Amanda Coogan, Diana Copperwhite, Willie Doherty, Damien Flood, Siobhán Hapaska, Barbara Knezevic, Clare Langan, Mairead O’hEocha, Tony O’Malley and more.

Cecilia Danell

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Cecilia Danell (b.1985) is a Swedish-born, Galway-based artist.  Her current body of work is based on winter walks in the area surrounding her family farm in Sweden, where the experience of being in the landscape influences the paintings beyond the photographic source material. She walks and traces an environment that she knows intimately, happening upon decaying remnants of human activity, further upending the romantic notion of nature as untended wilderness. Foregoing the picturesque for the partial and askew, there is an appearance of melting of the landscape, suggesting an existential undoing, as well as an ongoing exploration into the possibilities of the medium of paint.

Recent exhibitions include: ‘Winter Wanderer’ Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, ‘Futures Series 3 Episode 2’ RHA, Dublin (2018), ‘Island Life’, Kevin Kavanagh (2018), BEEP Painting Biennial, Swansea, UK (2018),
‘The Last Wilderness’ (solo) at Galway Arts Centre (2017) and The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon (2017). She was a 2017 recipient of the Arts Council Next Generation Award and has previously received Arts Council Bursary and Project Awards, the 2011 Wexford Arts Centre Emerging Artist Award and a 2016 residency award at the Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale, Norway funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.

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Links to previous exhibitions;

Winter Wanderer (solo show) – Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

Futures, Series 3 Episode 2 – RHA Gallery, Dublin.

The Last Wilderness – The Docks Art Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Adventure Time – Tactic, Cork

I am a Forest, and a Night of Dark Trees (solo show) – Eight Gallery, Dublin.

 

Joe Scullion

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Joe Scullion (b.1989) graduated from Fine Art painting in NCAD in 2013. He lives and works in Dublin. Recent solo exhibitions include: Settle, Rua Red, Dublin (2014) and Waiting to Materialise, Talbot Gallery, Dublin (2014). Recent group exhibitions include, Island Life, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2018), Ozymandias with Tadhg McSweeney and Ulrich Vogl, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2016), Centre with Sinéad Onóra Kennedy, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2015) and ELEfANTS, The Joinery, Dublin (2014). Residencies include two residencies at Listhus, Iceland, 2014-15 and 2016. Awards include: the Arts Council Bursary (2018), the Arts Council Travel and Training Award (2014) and the RDS Taylor Award (2013). Scullion’s work is held in numerous public and private collections including the OPW and Lismore Castle Arts collections.

Within his practice, Scullion endeavours 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.

Above is extracted from a text by Ingrid Lyons

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Links to previous exhibitions;

Group show – Island Life

Centre – Pallas Projects

Settle – Rua Red

 

 

Winter Wanderer | Cecilia Danell | 10.01.19 – 02.02.19

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Cecilia Danell (b.1985) is a Swedish-born, Galway-based artist.  Her current body of work is based on winter walks in the area surrounding her family farm in Sweden, where the experience of being in the landscape influences the paintings beyond the photographic source material. She walks and traces an environment that she knows intimately, happening upon decaying remnants of human activity, further upending the romantic notion of nature as untended wilderness. Foregoing the picturesque for the partial and askew, there is an appearance of melting of the landscape, suggesting an existential undoing, as well as an ongoing exploration into the possibilities of the medium of paint.

Recent exhibitions include: ‘Futures Series 3 Episode 2’ RHA, Dublin (2018), ‘Island Life’, Kevin Kavanagh (2018), BEEP Painting Biennial, Swansea, UK (2018),
‘The Last Wilderness’ (solo) at Galway Arts Centre (2017) and The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon (2017). She was a 2017 recipient of the Arts Council Next Generation Award and has previously received Arts Council Bursary and Project Awards, the 2011 Wexford Arts Centre Emerging Artist Award and a 2016 residency award at the Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale, Norway funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.

Stephanie Deady – Goethe Institut

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Make Haste, Slowly
Return Gallery Goethe-Institut Irland, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

A collectively curated, scripted, performed, and presented exercise in radical pedagogies by the MA Art in the Contemporary World: Jack Cole, Dominique Crowley, Padraig Cunningham, Stephanie Deady, María del Buey, Tamara Derksen, Nicole Di Sandro, Brendan Fox, Kate Friedeberg, Valerie Joyce, Seánan Kerr, Heidee Martin, Grainne Murphy, Orlaith Phelan, Natalie Pullen, Éimear Regan, and Laura Skublics.

With artworks and collaborations featuring Basil Al Rawi, Jane’s Bees, Jasmin Marker, Repeater Collective, Noel Sheridan, John Smith, and David and Sally Shaw-Smith. Presented in the context of Liam Gillick’s Denominator Platform 2018, specially commissioned by Art in the Contemporary World for the Return Gallery.
The exhibition runs until the 12th of January 2019.

 

Vanessa Donoso López – BCN residency

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Vanessa Donoso Lopez is the currently situated in the Barcelona international residence for artists and researchers (Jiwar). This is a residency that hosts and supports all professionals whose work is based on or inspired by urban space. Located in a heritage house with a 700 sqm backyard garden in the heart of Gracia district, Jiwar Residency is unique for its space and environment, it is a place where to create and share.

The concept of the project is inspired from the Mediterranean tradition of Jiwar, an arab word which literally means neighbourhood. Jiwar refers to the art of establishing a creative and sustainable relation between neighbours in a district. Beyond this meaning, Jiwar evokes a philosophy of life that consists of neighbouring values and bridging experiences. Jiwar Residency promotes inter-cultural and interdisciplinary exchange in the district as well as the city of Barcelona.

For more information on the residency see here.

Stephen Loughman – Periodical Review #8

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Preview: 6–8pm Friday 7th December 2018
Exhibition runs: Saturday 8th December 2018 – Saturday 19th January 2019
(Closed from 23rd December – reopens 3rd January)
Gallery open: 12–6pm Thursday–Saturday

Event:

1pm, Friday 14th December 2018 at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
BASIC TALKS ~ Sue Rainsford, presented in conjunction with Periodical Review #8

Pallas Projects/Studios are pleased to present Periodical Review #8 selected by James Merrigan, Aisling Prior, Mark Cullen & Gavin Murphy, and featuring: Bassam Al-Sabah, Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, Basic Talks, Megan Burns, Susan Buttner, Sophie Daly, Robert Dunne, Marie Farrington, Austin Hearne, Sam Keogh, Stephen Loughman, Brian Maguire, Dennis McNulty, Celina Muldoon, Ciara O’Neill, Fiona Reilly, Sean O’Rourke, Seoidín O’Sullivan, Cliodhna Timoney, and Lee Welch.

For more information on this exhibition see here. 

Mick O’Dea – The Battlefield

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Congratulations to Mick O’Dea and Paul Duane on the sold-out premiere of The Battlefield, the film saw Duane follow Mick’s process as he prepared for his 2016 exhibition The Foggy Due which took place in the RHA to commemorate that one hundred year anniversary of the 1916 rising.

For those that missed it, the documentary will be available to view in The Glór Ennis as part of ‘Mick O’Dea Selects’ on Saturday the 15th of December.

For more information on this exhibition see here. 

Alice Maher – Rua Red 2020

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Rua Red has announced a groundbreaking commission for their 2020 programme with the launch of an extensive series of new commissions with some of Ireland’s foremost female arts practitioners. Taking place in 2020, the programme explores and responds to the figure of Mary Magdalene through the creation of new work by visual artists Amanda Coogan, Rachel Fallon, Jesse Jones and Alice Maher, writer and Director Grace Dyas and dancer/choreographer Oona Doherty. Maolíosa Boyle, Director of Rua Red, is the programme curator. Mary Magdalene is a subject of fascination and curiosity, a conflicted and mysterious figure encompassing many opposing qualities. She is defined as both noble yet humble, strong yet morally weak, beautiful yet haggard, passionate yet penitent, erotic yet reclusive, one who loved many and was yet seen as superficial, a sinner who sought redemption, someone of extreme vanity yet lived in a cave covering herself and hiding from humanity. Rua Red’s new commissions programme will explore how we have constructed Magdalene’s character through her many manifestations and how has she has influenced female history and current views and treatment of women.

 

For more information on this project see here.

Vox Materia | Alice Maher | 29.11.18 – 22.12.18

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Alice Maher is one of Ireland’s most established and influential artists and yet despite the long familiarity of her work she hasn’t lost the ability to surprise and unsettle. Her art is always mutating, fresh and dynamic. This new installation, Vox Materia, continues her sustained interrogation into the aesthetic potential of hybrid forms. Maher claims that her work is “not declamatory” but instead driven by a desire to “extend figuration into other realms” and offer a haptic as well as visual poetics of form. It includes a series of hand-made sculptural forms and largescale prints on paper. In common with a lot of her well-known work Maher began with a figure drawn from mythology and folklore. In this case it was a 12th century carving of a Mermaid from the neighbouring Kilcooly Abbey.

Maher describes the mermaid as a “hybrid creature that transgresses boundaries between human and animal” making it an exemplary figure for embodying many of the themes and motifs that frequently appear throughout her rich and exquisite oeuvre. As a site for projecting both human desire and fear the mermaid offers the promise that the body can become reconsidered and reconstituted through relationships with unfamiliar forms. It also serves as a powerful political and ethical metaphor for the general ways in which identities can be subsumed. In particular it refers to the contemporary conditions of female identity and the possibilities offered the female voice.  It also reminds us that erotics and aesthetics are often inseparable.

Above is an excerpt from a text by Francis Halsall for Irish Arts Review

See the full text here.

Diana Copperwhite – Prism

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If your in Cork on Friday the 30th of November be sure to attend the opening of PRISM at the Glucksman.

Opening at 5pm on Friday 30th November 2018
The Glucksman is open: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm Sunday 2 – 5pm Closed Monday

The Glucksman invites you to attend the official opening of Prism – the art and science of light.

PRISM features work by Polly Apfelbaum, David Batchelor, Alan Butler, James Clar, Diana Copperwhite, Jenny Holzer, Mark Joyce, Brigitte Kowanz, Dennis McNulty, Emer O’Boyle, and Grace Weir.

The exhibition is curated by Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney in association with IPIC, the Irish Photonic Integration Centre at the Tyndall Institute, UCC.

The Glucksman’s exhibition programme is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation. An extensive programme of curated events, talks, art courses and workshops takes place during the exhibition run. Please consult our events guide at www.glucksman.org

RSVP at rsvp@glucksman.org

For more information see here.

In this brief time: art, environment and ecology | Symposium at Trinity College Dublin

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Saturday 24th November 11am- 5pm

Trinity College Dublin
Robert Emmet Theatre (Room 2037)
Arts Building
Dublin 2

If you’re in Dublin this weekend be sure to catch Geraldine O’Neill speaking at the art, environment and ecology symposium taking place in Trinity College. 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.

Keynote: John Gerrard
Artist contributors:
Vivienne Dick : Clare Langan : Siobhan McDonald : Deirdre O’Mahony : Geraldine O’Neill : Garrett Phelan
and a viewing of Vera Klute: The Grand Scheme
introduction and conclusion: Yvonne Scott

If you’re interested in attending this event be sure to book tickets here.

For more information on the symposium see here. 

 

Elaine Byrne – Eco Shifters

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23rd March – 26th May 2019

Cima Norma SA, Imp. Centr. Dist. Dangio, 6717 Dangio-Torre, Switzerland

Elaine Byrne will be exhibiting work in the exhibition Eco Shifters, Curated by Debora Hirsch and Franco Marinotti.
Eco Shifter refers to the ability to interact, adapt, transform and create new relationships with the environment.

The exhibition will take place in the Fondazione La Fabbrica del Cioccolato, Switzerland.

For more information on this project and others held in this space, visit here.

Many Worlds – Geraldine O’Neill

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Many Worlds : Portrait and Still Life Painting

The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

November 18th : 3pm – 4pm

If you’re in Dublin this weekend be sure to visit the National Gallery on Sunday where artist Geraldine O’Neill will be giving a free talk about portraiture and still life. In this talk Geraldine will be showing a slideshow of different works and will be touching upon her National gallery commissioned portrait of fashion designer John Rocha. The talk will take place downstairs in the National Galleries lecture theatre and is free to the public with no prior booking required.

View some of Geraldine’s work 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

View here for more information. 

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.”