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Who Fears to Speak of the Republic? | Robert Ballagh | 10.03-02.04 2016

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Kevin Kavanagh is pleased to present an exhibition by Robert Ballagh in response to the year-long commemorative celebration of 1916. Who Fears to Speak of the Republic? comprises an exhibition of prints as well as a mural,  painted on site at the gallery.

The longevity of Robert Ballagh’s career and the depth and breadth of his influence correspond to his consistent yet versatile creative output. This year of commemorations creates a unique opportunity to consider Ballagh’s career as an artist and activist as well as his contributions to visual language associated with Irish design. Ballagh began working as an artist in the late 1960s and has worked in the visual arts since then. He was greatly influenced by and worked within the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 70s and this influence has remained a prominent element of his oeuvre.

Murals are synonymous with political activism and they reach a large number of people due to their accessibility both literally and figuratively. Bill Rolston has extensively researched the subject of public murals in the North of Ireland. In his writings he notes that loyalists and republicans have been painting murals in public places since 1908 and 1981 respectively, evidencing a long-standing tradition of such visual expression in Ireland. Who Fears to Speak of the Republic?references the socially empowering value of the mural. Ballagh comments on the medium’s historical relevance by appropriating it as an outlet of popular expression, reminding us of the effectiveness of such visual language in its ability to exact change both socially and politically.

Robert Ballagh’s aesthetic is recognised by people both within the art community and outside of it and he often uses this position as a respected and well-known artist to pose political questions and to examine the role of the artist within the state apparatus. Who Fears to Speak of the Republic? both celebrates the actions of those who led the Easter Rising and generates a discourse on the iconography that surrounds their legacy.

Amanda Coogan, Sonia Shiel and Nevan Lahart

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CarnageVisors

 

Amanda Coogan, Sonia Shiel and Nevan Lahart will show work as part of a group exhibition at Rua Red. Carnage Visors – a metaphor for rose-tinted glasses – explores the idea of making work today and the autonomy of an artwork versus being socially or politically aware. The exhibition will open on the 7th of March and will continue until the 9th of April in Galleries 1&2. There will be a preview at 3.30 pm on the 5th of March.

More information available here.

Ardán | Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh | 03.02-27.02 2016

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Kevin Kavanagh is pleased to present Ardán, an exhibition of recent paintings by Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh.

‘Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s paintings capture texture, surface and form within the realm of abstract painting. Her paintings are exquisitely rich and highly charged; having developed her own distinctive language with each body of work she responds and reflects on the language of painting, disregarding traditional notions of representation for a more ethereal form. Her painting process is rigorous and laborious; the paintings are built up over time and then pared back allowing for chance and improvisation, on close viewing of the paintings the layering and texture of the work is revealed on the surface. The repetition of forms from different angles in each painting allows for a deeper understanding and with each new body of work she reflects on a previous body of work as she systematically resolves the issues she encounters as she moves forward. The architectural form that is present in each work varies in scale, colour and design, one surface visibly laid upon another. As a painter she tends to proceed intuitively, an ‘impulse of the psyche’ where there is no definitive or absolute. This series of paintings are intimate in scale and have a muted palette, Ní Mhaonaigh often paints a frame within her paintings; the device intonates a ‘fictionality or at least artificiality’ through which we view the world. It represents the observer of the work or the artist once removed from the canvas.’

Extracted from an essay by Mary Cremin.

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh (b1977) graduated with a BA in Fine Art Painting from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2001. Ní Mhaonaigh has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad. Recent solo exhibitions include Imlíne, Triskel Gallery, Cork, 2014, Contours, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin, 2014, Paintings, Linehall Arts Centre, Mayo, 2012 and Eatramh, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin 2011. Ní Mhaonaigh has also taken part in many group exhibitions including Hold to the Now, SLAG Gallery, New York, 2015, Last, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 2012, UNBUILDING, Mermaid Arts Center, Wicklow 2010 and Futures, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2009. Ní Mhaonaigh was awarded the Hennessy Craig Scholarship, and the Wicklow County Council Art Bursary in 2010. Her work is held in many important public collections including the Office of Public Works and Highlanes Art Gallery in Drogheda as well as private collections in Ireland, across Europe and the USA.

Mary Cremin is a curator based in Dublin. She holds a degree in Art History and Geography from University College Cork and graduated with a Masters in Visual Art Practices from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin. Recent curatorial projects include TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Seachange, (2015) which included over 30 national and international artists.

VUE | Dublin | 2015

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VUE-RHA

 

Kevin Kavanagh is pleased to present recent work by a number of artists at VUE contemporary art fair at the Royal Hibernian Academy from November 05, 2015 – November 08, 2015. The presentation will feature work by Paul McKinley, Nevan Lahart, Paul Nugent, Diana Copperwhite, Oliver Comerford, Mick O’Dea, Sinéad Ní Mhaonigh, Margaret Corcoran, Sonia Shiel and Robert Armstrong.

Tadhg McSweeney

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Tadhg McSweeney will show new work as part of a two person exhibition with Barbara Knezevic at ArtBox. The exhibition will run from February 5th – March 5th with a preview on Thursday, February 4th.

Object Wars explores the rich history of object making, collecting and the place of the object in fine art today. Museum collections and the objects therein, are often seen as the vehicle of historic human narrative. Depicting scenes from World events, these objects often reduce the complexity of human suffering into a simplified mark or decoration. Through the contemporary art object, artists challenge the framing of history through cultural institutions, whilst acknowledging the delicate balance between the preciousness of the object and the precariousness of life.

More information available here.

Kathy Tynan

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‘Through the activities of walking and looking Tynan identifies alternative landmarks in the city, places to rest the eyes that give rise to contemplation. She observes and informally records visual quirks in her surroundings and such vagaries are later bestowed with temporal emphasis through the medium of paint. In the cracks of a pebble dashed wall and across a layer of uneven plaster, real world surfaces and textures appear elevated through keen observation. She focuses on time-ravaged parts of the city that maintain a patina of the past through neglect. Slogans and symbols scrawled or sprayed across gable ends, crows looking on, trinkets in a stranger’s porch; all distract from the path ahead. She transforms the world into signs and symbols in the search for pattern and meaning. Intricate meshing of woolen yarn forms a pattern that draws the eye downwards into a stare, a puddle in the footpath interrupts the Moroccan motif and in its reflection spring buds sprout from bare branches.

In Italo Calvino’s 1985 novel, Mr Palomar, the eponymous protagonist wanders, giving thought to details in his surroundings. Calvino, via Mr Palomar, suggests that this tendency evolves from a psychological urge to make meaning. Everywhere there is the potential for philosophising and Mr Palomar appropriates the most mundane aspects of his daily routine to pose questions on the nature of being. In his musings on a rooftop terrace he considers the aspect from which birds view the ground, noting how unforeseen fragments and wholes that can be observed from above ‘It is only after you have come to know the surface of things,’ he says out loud, ‘that you venture to seek what is underneath’ then he adds ‘but the surface is inexhaustible’. Similarly Tynan responds to the possibilities of the surface texture of paint, its ability to mimic real-world surfaces. Like Mr Palomar, Tynan looks for clues in unlikely places – the most trivial encounter has the potential to announce the most profound epiphany’.

 

Extracted from Within and Without by Ingrid Lyons

Links to previous exhibitions;

Many Words; Group Show; Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris; 15.9-29.10.2017

Atonal Supersound | Kathy Tynan | 06.07 – 05.08 2017

Hands Laid On | Kathy Tynan & Aileen Murphy | 07.01-30.01 2016

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Kathy Tynan

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Kathy Tynan will show new work as part of a group exhibition, There are Are Also Little Kingdoms, at the Mermaid Arts Center in Bray, Co Wicklow. The exhibition, curated by Emma Dwyer will also feature work by Sabina Mac Mahon, Adrian Duncan and Eamon O’ Kane, it will open on Thursday 11th Feb  and continue until Saturday 19th Mar 2016.

More info available here.

Richard Proffitt

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Richard Proffitt at Centre Gallery, Sirius Arts Centre, Cork. Richard Proffitt presents a new body of work that acts as a point of personal arrival and departure.  Re-evaluating teenage drawings, discarded ideas, childhood memory, detritus and ephemera, Proffitt uses visual, written and aural media to create a ritualistic temple of history that summons, celebrates and annexes a recent past. The exhibition runs from 11 March – 24 April 2016
Opens 10 March 7pm.

More info available here.

Hands Laid On | Kathy Tynan & Aileen Murphy | 07.01-30.01 2016

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In response to the question ‘why paint?’ featured in the January 2014 issue of frieze magazine, artist Ellen Altfest specified, ‘Looking over a long time is like an attempt to merge with something outside of oneself. The dense accumulation of visual information, which is the product of this kind of looking, is different from how the lens and the eye usually see the world.’

Through the activities of walking and looking Kathy Tynan identifies alternative landmarks in the city, places to rest the eyes that give rise to contemplation. Tynan observes and informally records visual quirks in her surroundings and such vagaries are later bestowed with temporal emphasis through the medium of paint. In the cracks of a pebble dashed wall and across a surface of uneven plaster, real word surfaces and textures appear elevated through keen observation. Slogans and symbols scrawled or sprayed across gable ends, crows looking on, trinkets in a stranger’s porch; all distract from the path ahead.

Aileen Murphy’s canvases are lurid and brassy with strong sweeping brush strokes that evoke activity and dance. Energy takes precedence as the painted image is contained but always threatens to breach the border of the canvas, a yellow interior emblazoned by broad swathes of blue paint depicts an athletically contorted woman mid-pirouette or falling. Murphy works from swiftly made drawings creating seamless gestures of movement. They are ‘feeling’ rather than ‘thinking’ paintings that are concerned with human emotion and the human condition in which tales of drama and lust abound.

Both Murphy and Tynan paint in a way that is frank and full of integrity, in which humour alternates with genuine pathos. Hands Laid On comprises paintings that relate to one another in a manner that is both reciprocal and divergent.

A publication will accompany this exhibition with a text by Ingrid Lyons. Full text available here. 

Aileen Murphy

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‘Samual Beckett’s 1972 play Not I is known for its simple yet evocative production. A stage in total darkness save for a mouth illuminated by spotlight appears floating in the void- the vast blackness of the stage intensifies the feeling of frenzy and breathless panic that the mouth conveys through fragmented orations ‘. . . . . out . . . into this world . . . this world . . . tiny little thing . . . before its time . . . in a godfor– . . . what? . . girl? . . yes . . . tiny little girl . . . into this . . . out into this . . . before her time . . . godforsaken hole called . . .’ It is a short dramatic monologue where the words are spit forth in quick succession with no face or body adding context-only hovering orifice of lips, teeth, tongue and gums. Murphy’s paintings often feature singular body parts that hover and dance. The organs and body parts that grope and fumble evoke a nervous angst. Energy takes precedence as the painted image is contained but always threatens to breach the border of the canvas. They are ‘feeling’ rather than ‘thinking’ paintings that are concerned with human emotion and the human condition.

 

Murphy’s painting A Mouth that Pines pictures a face, flushed and blotchy – the eyes appear to be glazed maybe with tears. Two strategically placed blue dots on each eye suggest a glassy twinkle. It might be the moment before a torrent of briny water bursts over lids and spills onto molten cheeks. In Mildred Rasher Bean two fists push upwards defiantly against a bean shaped head – clenched fists meet the receptively soft flesh of the face. Mouth agape and bellowing, the eyelids recede into the depths of the eye sockets encouraged by a small hook. There is a sense of anticipation, tension and a growing mania. Murphy’s large-scale compositions seem to capture the point at which these figures reach a fit of pique then fragment.’

 

-Extracted from Within and Without by Ingrid Lyons

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Links to previous shows

Naked Cheerleaders in my Chest; Deborah Schamoni Gallery; 2.12.17-3.3.17

The Limited Sphere, 321 Gallery, New York, Jan 30-March12 2016

Hands Laid On, Jan 7th- 30th 2016 ‎

Sean Lynch

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Sean Lynch

Ireland at Venice

Adventure:Capital The Irish Tour

21 January – 24 March 2016, Limerick City Gallery of Art.

9 April – 5 June 2016, The Model, Sligo.

30 June – 14 August 2016, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

1 September – 15 October 2016, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.

The Pavilion of Ireland at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – presented work by Irish artist Sean Lynch from May until November of 2015. The exhibition Adventure: Capital traces a journey from myth to minimalism around Ireland and Britain. Combining sculptural, video and archival elements. Lynch forensically investigates anecdotes, hearsay and half-truths, unearthing marginalised stories that have been overlooked or fallen by the wayside. His idiosyncratic, yet meticulous research and fieldwork, absorbs these disparate fragments – social and cultural blind spots – and forms them into alternative arrangements of history, opening up new understandings of our world.

 

 

Mick O’Dea

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Imperial City

 

The Foggy Dew

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
January 15th – February 21st, 2016
Mick O’Dea PRHA will present an installation of sculpture and paintings at the RHA in an exhibition that opens on January 15th. O’Dea is known for his paintings that relate to Irish History as well as his use of images culled from found and researched photographs. The Foggy Dew follows on from O’ Dea’s trilogy of exhibitions that were held at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery; Black and Tan in 2010, Trouble in 2012 and The Split in 2014 covering the periods 1919 to 1923 in Ireland. The Foggy Dew represents an increasingly subjective take on the events surrounding the Rising.The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Trinity College historian Ciaran O’Neill, co-published with Ballina Arts Centre and Mayo County County Council. A version of the exhibition will be shown in Ballinglen Art Foundation, Ballycastle and Ballina Arts Centre in late July and August 2016.

More information available here

Paul Mckinley Artist’s Talk

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Paul McKinley in Conversation with Ingrid Lyons, Saturday 5th of December at 12.30pm.

Kevin Kavanagh is pleased to announce the release of a new publication commissioned by the gallery on the occasion of Hanuman, an exhibition of recent work by Paul McKinley. The launch of the publication will take place on Saturday the 5th of December at 12.30pm. Paul McKinley will discuss the development of ideas that led to the current exhibition Hanuman.

In the months leading up to the exhibition Paul McKinley entered into a correspondence with literary journalist, UN spokesperson and author of The Cage, Gordon Weiss. McKinley’s work has often been influenced by journalistic practices as he researches and utilises second hand source material to inform his own practice. Owing to this dynamic The Cage was a source of inspiration given that Weiss experienced the civil war first hand and has written extensively on the matter. Weiss has produced a text for the publication in which he approaches McKinley’s work through his own thoroughly researched understanding of the final days of the Sri-Lankan civil war.

All are welcome and coffee will be available before and after the talk. Admission to this event is free.

Hanuman | Paul McKinley | 19.11-19.12 2015

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Hanuman, November 2015

In this exhibition of recent works Paul McKinley refers to the history and folklore of Sri Lanka to inform his paintings. Hanuman details a period of Sri Lankan history, focusing on the last days of a civil war that ended in 2009. In the grassy verges and lush thickets, guerilla fighters – men and boys – lay hidden in bunkers enshrouded by dense foliage. They fought in the overgrown forests and ditches of the north Sri Lankan landscape. Hanuman is also the name of a central character of the Hindu epic Ramayana. McKinley observes and comments upon the manner in which an epic poem such as the Ramayana still has the ability to drive political action. In drawing a parallel between the two, McKinley seeks to emphasise dormant narratives that lie in the landscape and thus he presents us with a history of the area-twice told, through the violent conflict of 2009 and through the bitter feuds of the ancient Ramayana.

Through this series of paintings McKinley pursues an investigation into the phenomenon of ‘dark tourism’ in places where major trauma has occurred and the proximity of idyllic tourist trails to scenes of extreme violence. Though McKinley has focused on the idea of ‘dark tourism’ in the past, this is the first time that he has referenced a narrative that has elements of the fantastical, with universal, transcendental themes. Working from source material acquired by people visiting or living in the area he considers the development of images as they are created, passed on and re-purposed. In doing this he approaches the differences between recording and representing, documenting and describing.

Owing to the strong connections between the paintings and their narrative referents a special text has been commissioned by the gallery to accompany the exhibition. Literary journalist, former United Nations official and author of The Cage, Gordon Weiss has liaised with Paul McKinley to write an essay that further contextualises the work and illuminates the dark days of the Sri Lankan civil war.

Paul McKinley (b. 1973) Birmingham, England, graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1996. McKinley has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad at art fairs such as Volta Basel in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include Gacaca, RHA, Dublin 2014, Operation Turquoise, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin, 2013 and Palisade, Third Space Gallery, Belfast, 2011. McKinley has also taken part in many group exhibitions including Periodical Review # 3, Pallas Projects, Dublin, 2013 and Interlude (Aspects of Irish landscape painting), The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 2011. Mckinley was awarded the Credit Union Painting Prize in Claremorris Open 2015, an Arts Council Bursary in 2014 and The Nissan Art Project in 2007. His work is held in many important public collections including the OPW and AIB as well private collections in Ireland and across Europe.

Finders Keepers

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Finders Keepers, an exhibition of artworks from the State Art Collection and featuring work by Stephen Loughman and Paul Nugent, runs at dlr Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, until January 16th, 2016. More info can be found here. 

Ulrich Vogl

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Ulrich Vogl SOX show

Coming soon, a solo exhibition by Ulrich Vogl, is on show at Sox Berlin until December 4th 2015. More info can be found here.

Ulrich Vogl Freitag 13 show

Vogl also has work in Freitag, der 13, a group exhibition at Circle1, Berlin, running until December 19th, (more info here), and in If On A Winter’s Night at Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone, until January 10th, 2016 (more info here).

 

GREY·WHITE·KLEE | Agnes de Vlin | 10.11-14.11 2015

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GREY·WHITE·KLEE

10 – 14 November, 2015.
Opening Tuesday 10 November, 6pm

Irish Design is a yearlong initiative that aims to raise the profile of Irish design by increasing awareness of the value of design in all aspects of life. The Kevin Kavanagh gallery, designed by architect Philip Crowe of MCO Projects, is one of the few purpose built art spaces in Ireland. In celebration of Design Week 2015 Kevin Kavanagh will host a presentation by Agnes de Vlin that will run for one week as part of Irish Design 2015.

De Vlin comes from a multi-disciplinary background with formal training in graphics, sculpture and print. De Vlin’s Patterns and Visual compositions evidence a curiosity for harmony and synchronicity that occurs within synthesized as well as natural patterns. Her designs arise out of a process of observation, drawing, focusing in and beginning again – they are complex though not complicated. She is continually researching the rhythmic devices apparent in repeat patterns and through her designs she articulates transient characteristics that extend beyond symmetry, repetition and scale. Throughout this presentation, De Vlin responds to the visual codes of the art gallery by heightening the interplay between grey, white and the tonal range that exists in between. De Vlin has worked with The Store Yard on a number of refurbishment projects under the name F·O·U·N·D @The Storeyard and a selection of these pieces will be included as functional components of the presentation.

Elaine Byrne

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22_endless-resistance2014-wood-and-single-cell-foam-290x204x108inch-Elaine Byrne has been short listed for the Celeste prize in Milan for ‘Endless
Reistance’ which was shown at the Limerick City gallery of art.

A team of international jurors, led by Koyo Kouoh selected the finalists from thousands of applications from 72 different countries.

The finalist exhibition will be held in Milan at ex-BAZZI from 14 to 22 November 2015 with the prize winners being announced on 14th November.

More information can be found here.

Sean Lynch

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5Sean Lynch has curated an exhibition ‘Reverse! Pugin’ at Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford.

Reverse! Pugin is a group exhibition that will run from the 23rd of October until the 6th of December 2015.

More information can be found here

Paul Nugent

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Paul Nugent 'Solanum Book V'Paul Nugent will show new work at Solstice Arts Centre, Navan as part of an exhibition entitled ‘ In Darkness Let Me Dwell’. The three person exhibition also features work by Patrick Jolley and Gary Coyle.

More information can be found here