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Sean Lynch

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The Devil in the Detail 

24 NOVEMBER 17 — 20 JANUARY 18

Ronchini Gallery, 22 Dering Street, London.

Ronchini Gallery, London presents a solo exhibition titled The Devil in the Detail by Sean Lynch.

For more information please visit the Ronchini Gallery website.

Elaine Byrne

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DUBLIN CITY GALLERY – THE HUGH LANE

Wednesday 29 November – 11am

Artist Elaine Byrne will discuss her work on view in The Ocean After Nature.

During these discussions participants are invited to join Gallery curators and guest speakers in an exploration of the Gallery’s permanent collection, exhibitions and conservation projects, followed by tea or coffee with the speaker to allow for further discussion.

Fee for talk €5 and refreshments included. No booking required, although places are limited.

More information available here.

To read a recent review of Byrne’s piece by Gemma Tipton please visit The Irish Times website.

Sean Lynch

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Sean Lynch at Ronchini Gallery, London

Sean Lynch will present a new exhibition Devil in The Detail at Ronchini Gallery, London, opening 23rd November 2017 and running until 20th January 2018.

 

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Sonia Shiel

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Periodical Review at Pallas Projects & Rectangle Squared at NCAD Gallery

24.11.17

As part of Dublin Gallery Weekend Sonia Shiel will present the installation of the audio work Rectangle Squared at NCAD Gallery on the 24th November, 2017, 5-9pm. Copies of the new publication Rectangle Squared will be available from the gallery. Shiel will also take part in this year’s Periodical Review at Pallas Projects. Periodical Review is an annual survey of recent Irish art. The exhibition opens 24th November 2017, 6-8pm and runs till 20th January 2018.

 

the nature of drifting | Ulrich Vogl | 23.11-23.12.2017

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Ulrich Vogl

the nature of drifting

November 23rd – December 23rd, 2017

 

The Map

Land lies in water; it is shadowed green.
Shadows, or are they shallows, at its edges
showing the line of long sea-weeded ledges
where weeds hang to the simple blue from green.
Or does the land lean down to lift the sea from under,
drawing it unperturbed around itself?
Along the fine tan sandy shelf
is the land tugging at the sea from under?

-Elizabeth Bishop (1935)

Ulrich Vogl presents a series of new works across a variety of media. He takes 3D maps as his starting point, playing and working with them he changes their context. In day and night / night and day, the ragged edge of a landmass contrasts with the rigid boundary between one day and the next represented by the international date line. Vogl explores the aesthetic of these mapping techniques to consider the passage of time and various discrepancies that occur in its representation.

For the piece Alpen – half restored, Ulrich Vogl commissioned the conservator for contemporary art in Hamburg and Berlin, Claartje van Haften, to restore a map of the Alps by removing streets, cities and other symbols of civilisation using the same restoration techniques often used to repair damaged paintings. In doing this, he suggests a landmass free from human colonisation. The ‘ready-made’ map gets almost completely over-painted and thus becomes a painting. ‘Back to nature’ in this case actually means leaving many human traces behind. In the process of overlaying the map, manipulating it and altering it gradually through the medium of paint, familiar topographies are subverted.

The fifteen maps in the exhibition will be presented alongside a previous installation by Vogl that has also centered on the issue of land and territory as well as a film by Vogl titled, House West. 

House West / Dokumentation, installation, 2 Min, 2004. Available to watch here.

Nevan Lahart

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Nevan Lahart: Vic Sims of the Hollow Gram [Book Launch]

30.11.2017 (7 pm)

KRIEG
Elfde-Liniestraat 25
3500 Hasselt (BE)
KRIEG.pxl-mad.be

KRIEG, Belgium presents a new publication titled, Vic Sims of the Hollow Gram. This is the first monographic publication on the work of Irish artist Nevan Lahart and it features an autonomous text by Sebastián Gonzalez de Gortari.

Lahart’s artistic practice spans a career of more than twenty years, including numerous monumental projects, full of word plays, (art) historical references, and life as he finds it. In his more recent work, he beckons us to pay attention to alternative theories and their potential to tell us truths that have been obscured in the past for reasons both benign and malevolent.

Meanwhile, you can still visit Nevan Lahart’s solo exhibition ‘Liberty Party Shop’, which runs until 30.11.2017.

Hours are 9am–6pm, Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Late openings: November 20 & 30 (until 8pm).

More information available at the KRIEG website.

VUE | Dublin | 2017

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Kevin Kavanagh was pleased to present new work by Stephanie Deady, Aileen Murphy, Richard Proffitt, Joe Scullion and Kathy Tynan at VUE 2017 at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, November 2-5.

Hidden dips, Blind summits -The road to Brexitaria | Dermot Seymour | 19.10-18.11.2017

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‘These paintings take the viewer across the dystopian notion of a Brexit on the border’.

-Dermot Seymour

Dermot Seymour, born in Belfast (1956), lives and works in Mayo. Recent solo exhibitions include Fliskmahaigo, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2014), Fish, Flesh & Fowl, Golden Thread, Gallery, Belfast (2011) and at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris (2012). Seymour has also exhibited with Solstice Art Centre, Navan (2012), Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Co. Armagh (2004) and at Westport Arts Festival, The Custom House gallery, Westport (2003). Recent group exhibition include Instant Crush, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2014), The Horse Show,  Kinsale Arts Week, curated by Gemma Tipton and Patrick T.Murphy (2011), In the Mind’s Eye, State Art Collection Touring Exhibition (2009), The Happiest Country in the World, An t-Oireachtais Exhibition, Curated by Cliodhna Shaffrey and Ruairi O’Cuiv (2005) and Art for Amnesty, In the Time of Shaking, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2004). Dermot Seymour is an elected member of Aosdana and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Marten Toonder Award (1996) and the Cultural Relations Committee / An Roinn Gnothai Eachtracha award (1994). Seymour’s work is held in numerous public and private collection including the European Central Bank, AXA Insurance, the Office of Public Works, the University of Ulster, the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Kathy Tynan

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Night Table, an exhibition within Constellations

Curated by Fergus Feehily

3rd – 11th November, 2017 / Project Room, the Exhibition Laboratory Project Room, Lönnrotinkatu 35 Helsinki.

Night Table is an exhibition with work by Emma Ainala, Andrew Vickery, Liisa Karintaus, Kathy Tynan, Jon Verney, Laura Wesamaa, Christina Read and Lewis Miller.

Conversations In Light And Dark, a two day symposium will run 8th and 9th November, 2017 / Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36 C, inner yard, 00150 Helsinki.

There will be presentations and panel discussions from Terry Winters, Declan Long, Alex Olson, Yuki Okumura, AGF aka Antye Greie-Ripatti, Kukka Paavilainen, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Daniel Werkmäster and Aino Lintunen.

 

Richard Proffitt

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Richard Proffitt will show new works as part of the 15th TULCA Festival of Arts, curated by Matt Packer.

November 3rd-19th, 2017

The exhibition, titled They Call Us The Screamers, features the work of Fabienne Audeoud, Sam Basu and Liz Murray, Kian Benson Bailes, David Beattie, Oisin Byrne, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, Liz Magic Laser, McGibbon O’Lynn, Yvette Monahan, Yoko Ono, Plastique Fantastique, Bob Quinn, Florian Roithmayr (with Meredith Monk), Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen and Marie-Louise Vittrup, and Lucy Stein, including 13 new commissions and projects. The exhibition is presented across six venues in Galway: Galway Arts Centre, 126 Artist- Run Gallery, Nun’s Island Theatre, Connacht Tribune Print Works, Barnacles Hostel, and University Hospital Galway. The official launch will take place at the Connacht Tribune Print Works at 19:00 on Friday 3rd November, preceded by a performance by Plastique Fantastique at Nun’s Island Theatre at 18:00.

For further information please visit the TULCA Festival website.

Stephanie Deady, Kathy Tynan, Richard Proffitt, Aileen Murphy and Joe Scullion.

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Please join us at Vue Art Fair 2017 to view recent work by Stephanie Deady, Kathy Tynan, Richard Proffitt, Aileen Murphy and Joe Scullion.

Royal Hibernian Academy
15 Ely Place
Dublin 2

November 2nd -5th, 2017

Thursday 6-8pm (Preview)
Friday 11am-8pm
Saturday 11am-7pm
Sunday 12-6pm

For more information please visit the Vue Art Fair website.

Tadhg McSweeney & Seán Lynch

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Solstice Arts Centre presents The Otherworld Hall

Curated by Sabina Mac Mahon

27th October – 22nd December, 2017

Tadhg McSweeney and Seán Lynch will show work as part of a group exhibition titled, The Otherworld Hall alongside Aoibheann Greenan, Seán Hillen, Lucy McKenna, Doireann Ní Ghrioghair and Nano Reid.

This diverse exhibition brings together painting, sculpture, installation, photographic collage and video work by artists investigating the ancient myths associated with the Boyne monuments and Brúg na Boinne, the Otherworld mansion or “hall” on the Boyne.

Opening Talk Other Worlds: A Travel Diary

Join writer and documentary-maker Manchán Magan during the opening of The Otherworld Hall for a captivating journey through some of the elusive other worlds – mythological, physical, historical, cultural and archaeological – that he’s encountered on his travels, both in Ireland and abroad. Thursday 26 October 2017, 7:30pm Please note corrected date in this updated email Admission free but pre-booking is required

For further information please visit the Solstice Arts Centre website.

Aileen Murphy

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FRIEZE LONDON 2017

W/DEBORAH SCHAMONI,
München

JUDITH HOPF   AILEEN MURPHY

Focus, Booth H16

05.10. – 08.10.2017

Aileen Murphy has shown her 2016 painting Mildred Rasher Bean alongside work by Judith Hopf at Frieze, London ahead of her upcoming solo exhibition with Deborah Schamoni, Munich in January, 2018.

 

For further information please visit Deborah Schamoni website.

Stephen Loughman

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Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Supporters Club Talk #12 | Alison Pilkington and Stephen Loughman

Tuesday 17 October 2017 | 6.30pm

To attend join Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Supporters Club here and book your place by emailing muriel@templebargallery.com

The donation fee for non-Supporters Club members is €5

Alison Pilkington and Stephen Loughman will converse around themes of contemporary painting and their own painting practices. In this two-way conversation, these two distinct and vital contemporary Irish painters explore ideas from the uncanny to the subject of imagery and the various influences on their art, from commercial film to art history. In her quasi figurative paintings, Alison Pilkington seeks to explore the interaction between the ‘intrinsic qualities’ of paint as a material, and how they can be manipulated by the artist; utilising subject matter that has the ability to be both familiar and disorientating. Stephen Loughman utilises imagery usually sourced from commercial films or post cards purchased online. The act of freezing these images in painted form allows him to distil and re-edit them to form (as Hugo Hamilton has written) “a cross reference fictionalised somewhere in the past by culture and commerce”.

For further information please visit Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Website.

Sonia Shiel

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Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Thursday 19th October at 1pm

Sonia Shiel will take part in a conversation with Dawn Williams at Crawford Arts Gallery, Cork. The conversation will centre on the Artist’s practice, particularly in relation to her exhibition Rectangle, Squared. 

 

Rectangle, Squared continues until 28th October, 2017.

 

For more info please visit the Crawford Art Gallery website.

Margaret Corcoran

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Emergence

Claremorris Gallery, Co. Mayo

30th September – 14th October 2017

A solo show, Emergenceby Margaret Corcoran will open Saturday September 30th at 7.30pm. The show will run until October 14th during gallery hours, 1 – 6pm, Weds – Sat, after which the show can be viewed by appointment until October 14th.

“We see the past in terms of representational strategies used to describe it. This idea has been integral to the rationale of Margaret Corcoran’s work. Her paintings have revisited historical eras with the aim of illuminating the world views implicit in the images and the ways they were constructed, generally with particular regard to the role of women, of looking, of seeing and making. Her engagement has been broadly critical and analytical”

– Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 2009

For more information visit the Claremorris Gallery website.

Image: Margaret Corcoran, The Disruption, 2017

Obscura | Paul Nugent | 14.09 – 14.10 2017

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‘The works in Obscura consider the role of the camera in diagnosing and treating patients at the Salpêtrière. By referencing techniques in the development of photography, and in his depiction of various angles of the asylum chapel, Nugent considers the relationship between photography and painting to imply a presence or semblance of place associated with historical and institutional environments’

 

Extracted from, Asylum Chapel, a contextual essay by Ingrid Lyons. Full text available here.

 

Paul Nugent lives and works in Dublin. Recent solo exhibitions include NIGHTSHADE, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2015), a solo presentation at VOLTANY, New York (2011), Remembrance Part I & II, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin and Remembrance, Kerava Art Museum, Finland (2009). Selected group exhibitions include Many Worlds, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (upcoming Sept, 2017), Golden Record, Galway International Arts Festival, Galway Arts Centre (2017), Trove, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, curated by Dorothy Cross (2015), In Darkness Let Me Dwell, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan (2015), Prelude Speaker, Group show, Castletown House, OPW in partnership with Crawford Art Gallery (2013), Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College Dublin (2011) The Painter, the Draughtsman, the Dealer and their Lovers, Voges Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany (2011) and What Happens Next is a Secret, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, curated by Marguerite O’ Molloy (2010). Nugent was awarded a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in 2005 and he has been the recipient of the Visual Arts Bursary, multi-annual award, The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon in 2004-2006 and 2008. His work is held in numerous public and private collections both in Ireland and internationally including the Office of Public Works, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and DCU (Dublin City University).

Michael Boran and Stephan Loughman

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Dunamaise Arts Centre,

Co. Laois

12th October – 11th November, 2017

Dunamaise Arts Centre, Co. Laois and Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin present an exhibition of recent work by Stephan Loughman and Michael Boran.

Michael Boran and Stephan Loughman are two artists of the same generation with family ties to Co. Laois. Within each of their practices they investigate the changing dynamic between our perception of the natural landscape and the ever expanding built environment.

In viewing Boran’s photographs and Loughman’s paintings side by side we are presented with divergent forms of media that approach similar subject matter. Loughman’s paintings feature tunnels, bridges and arches amidst verdant foliage, referencing architectural intervention in the landscape. Boran’s photographs span the undergrowth of the garden to the heights of telegraph poles. As the works relate to one another, we can observe a multitude of connections and affinities. Throughout (Exhibition Title), both artists consider the softening boundaries between rural and urban.

More information available on the Dunamaise Arts Centre website.

Nevan Lahart

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K R I E G
Elfde-Liniestraat 25
3500 Hasselt
BELGIUM

28.9 – 30.11.2017

Opening: Thursday 28.9 (6 pm)

The title of Nevan Lahart’s first solo exhibition in Belgium, Liberty Party Shop, was found on the side of a van a few doors down from his studio in The Liberties, Dublin.

Naivety is the new newspeak for courage. But what to expect, if not bunting, helium filled balloons and personalised flags? The following word salad is an appetizer of what’s on the menu.

Green Screams on Tarpaulin Travesties rendered in Payne’s Gray. History is a low rendered CGI poly mesh search engine, to add colour and form to the unconvincing backdrop of our lives. Unfashionably fathomable. Cured in el-blow grease. Distilled in despair. Gastronomically speaking it’s flavoured with some wholesome stables of Flemish liquid colour, dressed in a stodgy drizzle of Gaelic Island belligerence.

For more information please visit the KRIEG gallery website.

Sonia Shiel

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Sonia Shiel at The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

9th September – 28th October, 2017

Sonia Shiel’s exhibition Rectangle, squared. invites the viewer into a series of performative spaces, where-in the action is painted, built, written, presented, intimated or provoked in chapters titled by shape and interspersed with props, some still, some moving. The exhibition tells the story of a fictional artist’s surreal encounters with the illusory world she finds herself in, and the tremendous challenges it throws her. Shiel’s work contemplates the mundane drama of living, in a series of large scale works that appear to be peripatetic but are connected through their surreal narrative imagery. Bold, yet enigmatic, Shiel’s works conjures theatrical connotations both through their life-size scale, and in their staged scenarios which allow us to interrogate, dream and hold empathy with the characters portrayed by the artist.

More information available here.
Image: Sonia Shiel, Still Life with Bouquet, 2017

Elaine Byrne

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Elaine Byrne at The Hugh Lane Gallery
The Ocean After Nature
7th September, 2017 – 7th January, 2018

Elaine Byrne will take part in a group exhibition titled The Ocean After Nature curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI). The Ocean after Nature considers the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalised world through the work of twenty artists and collectives. In September 2017 The Ocean After Nature continues its international tour at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. At every hosting site, a new work by a locally based artist is added to the exhibition in order to further contextualise the exhibition for diverse global audiences. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane has invited artists Elaine Byrne and Philip Napier to contribute to the project, Byrne will be showing new sculpture works and a new video, commissioned by the Hugh Lane.

Elaine Byrne at Rosenbach Museum and Library 

Elaine Byrne will give a public lecture at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia (September) to discuss her work in relation to the museums purchase of work ‘Everything Edited’ (2017).

More information available here and on the ICI Website
Image: Elaine Byrne, Still from Cold Rush (2017)

Ulrich Vogl

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Villa Köppe

Knausstraße 19, 14193 Berlin, Germany

Exhibition: 08.09.-13.10.2017

Opening: 07.09.2017 | 19-22 hr

Ulrich Vogl will take part in an exhibition in Berlin-Grunewald with Yotta Kippe in the Belle Etage with works by students of the UdK Berlin.  Among other works Vogl will show new work titled Hammershoi-Studies from 2017.

Further information available here.

Alice Maher

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HYBRID

8 – 25 September 2017

Exhibition Opening Thursday 7 September 6 – 8pm

Purdy Hicks Gallery, London is pleased to present Hybrid, a group exhibition including work by Nilbar Gures, Marcia Kure, Alice Maher and Sally Smart. The works exhibited demonstrate visual explorations of hybridization, both through the subject matter and artistic medium.

Further information available here.

Written in Water, Shone in Stone, Lost in Light | Richard Proffitt | 10.08 – 09.09 2017

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Written in Water, Shone in Stone, Lost in Light is comprised of work in various media – installation, painting, digital collage and audio, forming a constellation of thoughts and ideas that relate to perception and awareness. Richard Proffitt is interested in the transition between personally significant events and those that express aspects of a collective consciousness. In the written pieces that form part of Proffitt’s practice, he traces a process whereby thoughts and observations become recurring memories, replete with symbols and metaphorical meaning. Within his drawings, the natural world is transformed into a realm of psychedelic journey in which knots in the bark of a tree can take on a peculiar anthropomorphic appearance and mountains from afar can appear as towering deities.

There are numerous references to gateways, portals and paths, inferring a journey – a personal journey perhaps – or one towards expanding consciousness. In his installation particular materials are imbued with a certain power to act as potential talismans, esoteric objects that help to guide the way and to ward off evil. Proffitt’s work seeks out universally relatable symbols, ideas and attitudes which act as unifying forces within society. The audio aspect of the work forms an important part of the exhibition, encompassing elements of psychedelia, folk, drone and ambient music.

Proffitt considers symbols and allegories that cleave to the collective consciousness, he does this by referencing both myth and folk legends as well as their contemporary counterparts such as alien visitation and abduction narratives. This alludes to a phenomenon whereby popular culture is often assimilated and recounted as personal experience and vice-versa. Within Written in Water, Shone in Stone, Lost in Light, Proffitt works across a number of media, drawing on a wide variety of source material to create a body of work that considers the role of esoteric symbols in both personal and universal experience.

Written in Water, Shone in Stone, Lost in Light will be accompanied by a vinyl LP of 7 songsThe vinyl, titled Ending Time, will be available for purchase at the gallery; the limited edition features 180g vinyl, digital download code, poster, 12 page booklet featuring extra artwork alongside texts by Mary O’Halloran and Michael Hill and is limited to 50 copies. The regular edition features 180g vinyl and digital download code.

Richard Proffitt (Born 1985, Liverpool, UK) Lives and works in Dublin. Recent solo exhibitions include Hold The Candle To Your Eye/Light the Criss-Cross On Your Chest, Sirius Arts Centre, Cork (2016), Wild Cries of Ha-Ha, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2015), Eternal Spirit Canyon, The Joinery, Dublin (2013) and Saguaro, part of BAM BAM BAM, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool, UK (2011). Selected group exhibitions include Golden Record, Galway Arts Centre, Galway (2017), Ritual Play, Verkstad Konsthall, Norrkoping, Sweden (2016), Between Seeing and Blindness, Tactic, Cork (2015) and A Modern Panarion, The Hugh Lane, Dublin (2014). Proffitt has also taken part in art fairs and residencies including CAVE Art Fair, Liverpool, UK (2012) and Mobile Research Station, Skulpturen Park, Berlin, Germany (2009). Proffitt’s work has also been featured in numerous publications including To Seek Where Shadows Are, Edited by Padraic E. Moore and designed by Peter Maybury to coincide with A Modern Panarion, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin.

Robert Armstrong, Kathy Tynan, Diana Copperwhite and Mark Swords

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PERIPHERIES 2017 | SOUL-BEATING

Gorey School of Art | 28 JULY — 5 AUGUST 2017

Robert Armstrong, Kathy Tynan, Diana Copperwhite and Mark Swords will show recent work in a group exhibition titled PERIPHERIES 2017 | SOUL-BEATING alongside work by Susan Connolly, Colin Crotty, Brian O’Doherty, Damien Flood, Paul Hallahan, Mark Joyce, Mark O’Kelly, Ciarán Murphy, Sheila Rennick and Emma Roche. Curated by James Merrigan.

Christina Kennedy, Senior Curator: Head of Collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) will officially open the exhibition at 7.30pm on Friday 28th July at Gorey School of Art, Mary Ward Lane, Gorey, Co. Wexford.

 

Image: Robert Armstrong, Valley Obscured, oil on canvas, 40x50cm (2016)

Mick O’Dea

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Ireland and the Sea

6th – 10th July,2017

Mick O’Dea will exhibit a series of landscape paintings at the annual Friends of Paxos exhibition titled Ireland and the Sea on the Island of Paxos, Greece.

Irish Wings is a multi-dimensional festival of Irish music, poetry, art and cooking organised on the island of Paxos. The festival explores ways in which artists go beyond disciplinary but also national Geographical constraints, presenting the dialogue of Irish culture with Greece. Irish Ambassador to Greece, Ms Orla O’Hanrahan, will be present at Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny’s bouzouki concert to be held at the Irish Art Exhibition Center, the Old School of Loggos, on Saturday, July 8th.

With thanks to the support of Culture Ireland

 

More information available here.

Atonal Supersound | Kathy Tynan | 06.07 – 05.08 2017

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Kathy Tynan’s eye for idiosyncrasies and her ability to distil an essence from daily encounters lends her paintings a profundity that is interspersed with self-reflexive humour. Each painting captures a moment in which a feeling or mood prevails. In the making of these paintings, Tynan proffers a world in which chance encounters and oddities are elevated through their representation. In recent work, Tynan has referenced her painting practice as part of a routine and within Laughter in the Blood, the artists own studio becomes the focus of analysis. In this painting the artist’s supplies – turpentine, brushes and ink are laid out on a frugal looking table. A bundle of brushes with split hairs peak tentatively over a laptop. On the monitor a talking head, subtitled in French, speaks of introspection in a spell of melancholy shoegazing. To the right of the table, near the skirting board, a scrunched leaf of paper torn from a ring-bound notebook politely beseeches the studio occupants, ‘please don’t unplug’.

In Clarice Lispector’s mystical novel, The passion according to G.H, the protagonist becomes preoccupied with the interior of her own apartment and remains there for the duration of the story. In her rigorous questioning of every aspect of her immediate reality she begins to dissolve its solid materiality into an array of psychical absurdities. While much of Tynan’s paintings follow a similar tact of dissecting the seemingly mundane, she also references the Brazilian writer directly in her painting, Thick and Black Roots of the Stars, in which Lispector’s words appear scrawled across a wall. In the painting, grey skies loom over a church and its grounds but the focal point is the richly embellished wall. Across its cement surface, alongside Lispector’s lines, there are messages to missing family members, initials in bubble font, proclamations of eternal love and witty quips. On this graffitied wall, marks made by many different hands are presented together in the composition.

Such a device harks toward the latent impulse within people to make a mark, to give visual expression to a thought. This concept crops up time and again in Tynan’s paintings, posing questions on the nature of institutionalised art production and on the divide between various forms of artistic expression. In her paintings, which revel in the colour, texture and surface possibilities of paint, Tynan reflects on inconsistency and imbalance. Her paintings are often witty and playful but also inquisitive – imbued with their own revelatory purpose. Together the paintings in Atonal Supersound converse with and often contradict one another. They exist as counter points reaffirming the idea that meaning is both deduced and created. It is somewhere between these two activities that Tynan’s work gathers its momentum.

Kathy Tynan (b.1984) lives and works in Dublin. She graduated from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) with a BA in Painting in 2008 and an MA also from NCAD (2010). Recent group exhibitions include Hands Laid On with Aileen Murphy, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2016), There Are Little Kingdoms (2016), Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, What Is And What Might Be, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2015) and The Sky Is All Changed, Hendrons Collider, Dublin (2014). Tynan’s work is held in public collections including the Office of Public Works as well as private collections in Ireland and abroad.