Stephanie Deady

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‘Stephanie Deady works from photographs, found images and from memory to create paintings of her surroundings, both experienced and recalled. On wooden panels, the paintings depict part of Deady’s studio, the counter top in the kitchen of a friend’s house and the corner of a living room in Italy, among other alcoves. Within these compositions small and precise brush strokes present austere and pared back scenes. To counter this, other paintings present landscapes and interiors, fragmented by gestural brushstrokes. Deady often focuses on one image and through close observation; she presents various iterations of the same space. In this way, subtle changes in the representation of the space become apparent. Minor adjustments to the perspective and horizon allude to a concern and curiosity with how a place is transformed in its representation.’

Extracted from Primed Vision by Ingrid Lyons

 

Links to previos shows

Primed Vision, Kevin Kavanagh, 2018

 

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Alice Maher

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Alice Maher is one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary artists. Her first major solo show was at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in 1994. That same year she represented Ireland at the Sao Paolo Biennale. Maher continued to exhibit consistently in group and solo exhibitions and in 2012 the Irish Museum of Modern Art presented a retrospective of her work, Becoming, which included many iconic works as well as a newly commissioned film and a monograph. Maher is currently showing at EVA International (2016) with a two-screen film, Cassandra’s Necklace (2). Her work is held in many Irish and international collections including the Neuberger Museum, New York, the Hammond Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MoMA, New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the British Museum, London and the Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris.

Links to previous shows;

The Glorious Maids of the Charnal House

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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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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 ‎

Richard Proffitt

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Richard Proffitt’s atmospheric assemblages and installations are eerily accurate representations of the sanctuaries and relics used by cults, tribes, hippies, and loners in their attempts to communicate with otherworldly energies. We encounter intensely detailed shrines illuminated with sinister red darkroom lamps or flashing disco lights, burnt-out campfires with infinitely looped chants and mantras, ramshackle shelters plastered with anarchist newspapers, medicine wheels sprinkled with sage and incense, and collages of record covers, psychedelic posters and drug paraphernalia.

Throughout all of Proffitt’s work, ordinary objects, scraps of discarded junk, and obsessively collected artifacts are crafted and altered into tools of divination or magic. Wire hubcap rings are reconfigured into elaborate dream-catchers with feathers, bones, cassette-tape, and pin-badges dangling like talismans. Totemic icons and fetishes are fashioned from crude bits of driftwood, bones and charity shop treasures. What appear to be ancient slates with silvery etched primitive drawings are absurdly revealed to be painted foil crisp-packets.

– extracted from a text by Michael Hill.

Richard Proffitt’s recent exhibitions have included A Modern Panarion, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Take Me To The Other Side, Pallas Projects, Dublin; Eternal Spirit Canyon (solo), The Joinery, Dublin; Rendezvous 11/12, Institute of Contemporary Art, Lyon and National Gallery, Cape Town.

 

Links to previous shows;

Written in Water, Shone in Stone, Lost in Light, 8 August – 9 September, 2017

Wild cries of Ha-Ha, 8 January – 6 February 2015

Group Exhibition – ALL DAYER, 12 – 21 September 2013 

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Robert Armstrong

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(b. 1953) in Gorey, Co.Wexford and Lives and works in Dublin.

“Armstrong’s paintings re-order the fragments of a disorientated image culture. They attempt to penetrate through multiple layers of appearence, offering an incidental practice of looking in which, as T.J. Clark proposes in relation to Poussin, the image, “breaks up, recystallizes, fragments again, persists like an after image”. ”

– Declan Long, Robert Armstrong: AfterImage (2007)

Links to previous shows;

Slips and Glimpses | Robert Armstrong & Anna Bjerger | 17.11 – 17.12 2016

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

Assumptions, January 16th – February 15th 2014

Featured at VOLTA10 Basel, 16 June- 22 June 2014

Group Show – Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo, 29 July – 28 August 2010

Selective Perspectives, Group Show, 30 May – 27 June 2013

Building Sights, Robert Armstrong, Tadhg McSweeney, Mark Swords, 4 – 27 November 2010

Group Show – Above The Fold, Group Show, 8 – 23 December 2009

Blimp on the Horizon, 02 April 2009 – 25 April 2009

 

Michael Boran

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(b. 1964) in Portlaoise, lives and work in Dublin.

The photographs of Michael Boran track the fleeting traces of interactions between people and places. Tracing and mapping different movements and directions across the surface, they open up a bird’s eye view of underlying patterns and shifting co-ordinates. Often utilising aerial viewpoints from a height at which the camera seems to be about to float away from the world, Boran’s photographs offer the viewer unfamiliar visions of the familiar. Notions of scale and transference between micro and macro-cosmos are explored in a manner of mapmaking.
Searching, positioning and mapping are recurrent themes both by the artist and the protagonists who seem to wander into the frame. These maps attempt to measure not only the four points of the pictorial compass, but also look inward, into the realm of mystery, synchronicity and underlying principals. Boran’s scientific approach is also evident in the general sense in which he moves beyond questioning our notions of the real, to attempt a deeper analysis of the actual through the creation of ‘photographic’ evidence. His images suggest an experimental laboratory of the everyday, presenting a map of a journey which moves from the specific to the underlying principals that govern.

Link to previous shows;

Through the Undergrowth, April 4th – 3oth 2016

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

Parallel Lines, Michael Boran & Igor Eskinja, 10 March – 2 April 2011

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Elaine Byrne

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Byrnes  research-based practice examines overlooked histories, historical texts and artworks as a platform to mobilize history as it relates to current political and social concerns.For example, she has leveraged Frederick Kiesler’s 1925 architectural manifesto to interrogate the housing crisis in Ireland.

Employing sculpture, video and photography she focuses on opening new questions for the viewer to highlight present day urgencies. Giving prominence to language her methodology often uses the interview as a way to confront difficult legal or civic issues, e.g., using James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922), the ‘Pure Codology’ interviews address the anti-Semitism in Hungary through the local attitude to Bloomsday.

Link to previous shows;

Solo Exhibition – Whenceness 05.05-28.05, 2016

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

RAUM, 10 January – 9 February 2013

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

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Geraldine O’ Neill

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(b.1971), lives and works in Dublin.

“Every painter recapitulates the history of painting in his or her own way,” wrote Gilles Deleuze in his Francis Bacon study. It is a deceptively simple way of wording a complicated insight about being a painter and the labour it takes to make your practice count.

Gearldine O’Neill works through the history of painting rather like a dancer who goes hill-walking on Everest and discovers a panoramic base camp peopled by artists, scientists and philosophers. It is about time. About space too. Above all, it is about painting from the skin, meaning that technique matters and that craft must be conceptualised before it appears as art.

 

Links to previous Shows:

Solo Exhibition – Many-worlds interpretation agus rudaí eile nach iad, February 16th – 18th March, 2017.

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

Reciprocal Space, 13th Sept – 13th Oct 2012

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Horopter, 2 – 23 Dec. 2010

Group Show – Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo, 29 July – 28 August 2010

Group Show – Above the Fold, 8 – 23 December 2009

Group Show – Group Therapy, 28 November – 23 December 2008

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Mark Swords

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(b. 1978) lives and works in Co. Wicklow, Ireland

The hand-made aspect of Swords’ work is clearly evident, and together with the materials, forms and use of colour relay a sense of curiosity and workmanship. The works are finely executed, and this curiosity is apparent in the artist’s  self learning and even re-learning through his engagement with materials, such that a piece of work may result from the solving of a self imposed problem. Utilising materials that are often overlooked, including carpet, tent fabric, and string, and without attempting to hide the processes of making, the strength of Swords’ work resides in its fragility and careful informality.

Featured at VOLTA10 Basel, 16 June- 22 June 2014

The Hinterlands video

Links to Previous Shows;

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

Mosaic – Book Launch, July 31 – Aug 4 2012

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Building Sights, Robert Armstrong | Tadhg McSweeney | Mark Swords, 4 – 27 November 2010

Group Show – Above the Fold, 8 – 23 December 2009

flying crooked, 2 – 24 September 2009

Group Show – Group Therapy, 28 November – 23 December 2008

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Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh

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(b. 1977)

“The seductive attraction of the painting lies in their extrovertly taciturn quality, and by the way in which the gutsy, even aggressive application of colour is countered by the sensitive, even delicately tentative, scoring of the paint in all its precise and potent hues. Rare is it to see paint being worked so sensually and yet often so brutally. The juicy colours push and pull, and the eye is caught in an impossible impasse – are we gazing onto boundless unlimited and infinite space, or are we peering into claustrophobically constraining, sealed and hermetic compartments from which nothing can leak? Can we simultaneously do both?Ní Mhaonaigh’s involved and tactile approach – with its implications of cathartic release and metaphysical intensity – generates images that, packed and agitated as they are, ultimately function as investigations into the sublime, Kant split his concept of the sublime into three categories, the petrifying sublime, sometimes accompanied with a certain dread or melancholy; the noble sublime inspiring quiet wonder; the splendid sublime, pervaded with beauty. One need only gaze at Ní Mhaonaigh’s paintings – packed complex, luxurious, transfixing – to see a simultaneous evocation of not one but all these facets of the sublime, held perpetually in tension and in unison.”

– Pádraic E. Moore, extract from; Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh (2010)

 

Links to previous exhibitions;

Solo Exhibition – Ardán,  February 3 – February 27, 2016 

Featured at VOLTA10 Basel, 16 June- 22 June 2014

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

Selective Perspectives, Group Show, 30 May – 27 June 2013

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, 18 October – 17 November 2012

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Untitled, 3 – 26 February 2011

Group Show, Room Outside, 28 July – 13 August 2011

Regarding Painting 1 – 24 July 2010

Paintngs, 2 – 25 July 2009

Group Show – Above the Fold, 8 – 23 December 2009

Paintings, 02 – 25 July 2009

Group Show – Group Therapy, 28 November – 23 December 2008

Mick O’Dea

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(b. in 1958) in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland

“The art of portraiture in Ireland, as elsewhere, has been in steady decline since the age of Orpen and Lavery, despite the finest efforts of successors such as Leo Whelan and Seán O’Sullivan. It is therefore, to the credit of Mick O’Dea that he has done so much to revive the genre and bring it back into repute. This achievement is all the greater because O’Dea could never be accused of flattering his subjects: stylistically he is more Franz Hals than Rubens in ruthlessly recoding the ruddy cheek, the receding hairline, the sagging jowl, the slumped posture. In settings no less stripped back than his vision, flesh is treated simply as flesh and it comes as no surprise to learn that while at work O’Dea wears a butcher’s apron.
In his ridged adherence to the candid appraisal, his nearest equivalent is the British artist Lucian Freud. O’Dea’s sitters ought not to be vain or excessively sensitive about their appearance else they are liable to receive a cruel shock.”

– Robert O’Byrne. Dictionary of Living Irish Artists (2010)

 

Link to Shows,

Solo Exhibition- The Split, October 16th – November 15th, 2014

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

The Split, 16 October – 15 November 2014

Trouble, 26 April – 26 May 2012

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Group Show, Something tells me it’s all happening at the Zoo, 29 July – 28 August 2010

Black and Tan, 11 March – 03 April 2010

Group Show – Above the Fold, 8 – 23 December 2009

Group Show – Group Therapy, 28 November – 23 December 2008

Ceremony, 15 March to 14 April 2007

 

 

Tadhg McSweeney

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(b. 1978) in Sligo, lives and works in Carlow, Ireland

“True, there are paintings on the wall, and several sculptural pieces distributed throughout the space, but when you look more carefully at any of them you’re likely to become less sure about what you’re looking at. What does becomes clear is that McSweeney loves the flicker between certainty and uncertainty.He likes making things that invite recognition and then cancel the invitation at the last minute. His work is not exactly a rejection of what has gone before, of artistic or aesthetic conventions, but a bid to figure out how one can make something with the remains, the residue of what has gone before.”

– Aidan Dunne. The Irish Times (2010). Extract from the review of Portmanteau (2010).

Links to previous shows;

Group Show- Many Worlds, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 15.9-29.10.2017

Pictures From The Surface, 9 July – 1 August 2015

Group Exhibition, Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

McSweeney and Nisenbaum, 8 – 30 November 2013

Group Show, Room Outside, 28 July – 13 August 2011

Building Sights, Robert Armstrong | Tadhg McSweeney | Mark Swords, 4 – 27 November 2010

Group Show – Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo, 29 July – 28 August 2010

Portmanteau, 15 April 2010 – 08 May 2010

Group Show – Above the Fold, 8 – 23 December 2009

Group Show – Group Therapy, 28 November – 23 December 2008

Stephen Loughman

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(b. 1964), lives and works in Dublin.

There’s usually something unsettling about Stephen Loughman’s paintings. They have a photographic quality, and often feature settings that have the appearance of being dramatic backdrops, but without the dramatis personae. Their emptiness adds to their eeriness, although they are not always empty. Latterly Loughman has derived his subjects from feature films, presenting us with locations that have a half-familiar, half-strange quality.Familiar because we’ve registered them on a subliminal level, and strange because we’re seeing them out of context, rendered in Loughman’s neutral, offhand style.

– Aidan Dunne. The ticket, The Irish Times (2009)

 

Links to previous shows;

Solo Exhibition – W.I, October 12 – November 11, 2016

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, 4 July – 2 August 2014

Group Exhibition – ALL DAYER, 12 – 21 September 2013 

Interiors, 25 April – 25 May 2013

Volta NY 2012, 8-11 March 2012

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Room Outside, Group Show, 28 July – 13 August 2011

Group Show – Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo, 29 July – 28 August 2010

Group Show – Above The Fold, Group Show,8 – 23 December 2009

Our Victory, 29 May – 20 June 2009

Group Show – Group Therapy, 28 November – 23 December 2008

Sean Lynch

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(b.1978) is an Irish artist who lives between Berlin and Limerick.

Sean Lynch’s artworks investigate and reflect upon the methods, understandings and representations involved in dealing with contents of history. In recent years the idea of spotlighting idiosyncratic moments of the past has been his primary concern. This occurs through actions and gestures made around particular subjects that are identified from specific research and fieldwork. The photographs, installations and publications artworks generated in this process are speculative and open-ended in nature, engaging the contingencies of interpreting legacies of historical and cultural knowledge.

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Sean Lynch will represent Ireland at the Venice Art Biennial 2015.

Links to previous shows;

Scrapyard Carnival, 07 July – 30 July, 2016

ADVENTURE CAPITAL, Pavilion of Ireland at the 56th International Art Exhibition: La Biennale di Venezia, 9 May – 22 November 2015

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

Sean Lynch, Modern Art Oxford, 12 April- 8 June 2014

Sean Lynch, 22 March – 21 April 2012

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Group Show, Room Outside, 28 July – 13 August 2011

DeLorean: Progress Report, 7 – 29 January 2010

Group Show – Above the Fold, 8 – 23 December 2009

Sonia Shiel

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(b.1975) lives and works in Dublin.

Whether painting, sculpture, audio or video, Sonia Shiel’s work explores its protagonists’ attempts to survive the odds of nature and the laws of their own creation, in scenarios that reflect back the processes of art- and promise-making as something the same. Within that, it explores its own artifice and the propensity of ‘art’ to be effective in the real world. Her works conjure surreal encounters between fictional characters and the illusory world around them as they struggle with what to say and how to be heard, with what they see and how to describe it, with what they want to make and how to achieve it, and to be better understood. Many of her works engage with each other symbiotically or con/sequentially within mixed-media installations, creating narrative sequences that share the central materiality of paint throughout. Their acmes are often achieved with mechanical, gravitational or trompe-l’œil tricks. While her video-works synthesise object, image and sound with hand-painted animation, performance and model-making. Sculptures pose or whistle; paintings are cast as life-size characters, objects, terrains, and as whole traversable landscapes; and low-tech special-effects cause the work to breathe, fall or climb, as if ‘inhabiting’ the space. Other collusions lead the viewer further into the tale with painted-on footprints scaled to induce distance; altered weights speeding-up and slowing-down time; or instructive and choreographic texts in legal, various or poetic form that consolidate a notional sequence of events.

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Links to previous shows;

Rectangle, a written thing, 04.05 – 27.05 2017

Here, While the Bees are Sleeping, 30 April – 30 May 2015

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

Selective Perspectives, Group Show, 30 May – 27 June 2013

The Human Race – 12 January – 11 February 2012

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Paul Nugent

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Paul Nugent lives and works in Dublin. Paul Nugent’s works are influenced by photographic reproductions of eighteenth century paintings from art history books. Each painting painted blue has the appearence of a print maker’s printing plate or of the early photgraphic process of cyanotypes. The photographic references are inverted through the painting process into negative images creating a kind of visual representation of the subconcious. This recalls Freud’s ananlysis of the photographic process of the negative plate being like the sub-concious. Like images from a storybook, they show figures in conversation or preoccupied in their own thoughts. The backdrops from which the figures emerge are painted in layers of transparent Prussian blue, transforming these woodland environments into graceful interior worlds. That which is opened to us for viewing has the character of a dream or memory evoking what the biologist and theorist Gerald Edelman called the remembered present, “as if participation and conscious flourish only in the hazy light of memory”. Paul Nugent’s work has always explored notions of history.

Links to previous shows; 

Solo exhibition, Obscura, 14.09 – 14.10 2017

 I See A Darkness – 20 February – 14 March 2015

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Volta NY, 3 – 6 March 2011

Group Show, Regarding Painting, 1 – 24 July 2010

Volta 6 Basil, 2010

Remembrance part II, 17 October – 31 October 2009

Paul McKinley

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(b.1973) in Birmingham, England. Lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

“McKinley’s often large-scale views of seemingly idyllic natural settings are skilfully rendered in dazzling, intricate detail – we see, through an apparently impressionistic haze, lakes and forest glades, meadows and streams – yet only the titles and the smallest of scattered visual clues alert us to the actual urban context of these ostensibly bucolic vistas: this is ‘nature’ in its constructed, manicured, overtly cultural form. As such, therefore, McKinley’s ongoing effort to study these places (each seductive painting is the result of several months of technically testing labour, each drawing is a lesson in prolonged, patient attention to particulars) does not seem to be sustained by a Romantically-sourced passion for the ‘truth and beauty’ of the natural world. Despite the apparently resolved and reassuring appearance of these obviously picturesque scenes (crucially, they are almost too conventional), McKinley’s aim has been to develop what he is termed a ‘forensic’ mode of viewing: the work is in part, therefore, a reserved, distanced form of methodical painterly inquiry, an investigation into both the ordering and the observation of space.”

– Declan Long, After Nature, an extract from Paul McKinley, Farewell Chestnut Avenue, (2007)

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Link to previous shows;

Solo Show – Elysian Fields, 15.2-16.3.2018

Group Show – Many Worlds, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 2017

Solo Show, Hanuman, 19.11-19.12. 2015

Featured at VOLTA10 Basel, 16.-22.6. 2014

Group Show – Instant Crush, 7.4 –8.2.2014

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20.12. 2011 – 6.1.2012

Canada, 6 – 29.1. 2011

Group Show, Room Outside, 28.7 – 13.8.2011

Operation Turquoise, 21.3 – 20.4. 2013

Nevan Lahart

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(b.1973) lives and works in Dublin.

Q.Write 5 sentences about your work for PR purposes.

It doesn’t seem like work.

I don’t like work.

Can I make it work for me.

Don’t give up the day job.

One last sentence and I’m done, for this seasons collection; sheer blacks with luminous earthy colours, overall a somber funerary collection with a dash of joie de vie.

 

Links to previous shows;

Disguise the Limit, September 8th – October 8th 2016

Group Show – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

The Most Conservative Game in Town, 14th February – 16th March 2013

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Group Show, Room Outside, 28 July – 13 August 2011

Group Show – Above the Fold, 8 – 23 December 2009

Preview Berlin 2010, 8-10 October 2010

Group Show – Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo, 29 July – 28 August 2010

OFFCENTRE,Nevan Lahart | George Young | Yuko Nasu, 30 July – 29 August 2009

Ugly Lovely, 8  – 31 January 2009

Margaret Corcoran

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(b. in 1963) lives and works in Dublin.

Corcoran’s interest in historical echoes comes not from a train-spotterish desire to trace references but, instead, from a wish to show how our ideas of what history is – and what it means – are informed by the images art has given us. Retell it, and you begin to realize that there are other histories that have been forgotten along the way.

-Gemma Tipton (2017)

Full review available to read on the Frieze website.

 

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Oliver Comerford

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(b.1967) lives and works in Dublin.

“The American cultural historian Richard Sennett put forward the idea that something fundamental has happened to our sense of space, especially of urban space. Because we now move at speed, he argues, we have stopped paying attention to public spaces for their own sake and have made them ‘a means to the end of pure emotion – we now measure urban spaces in terms of how easy it is to drive through them…The driver wants to go through the space, not to be aroused by it.’ Driving becomes more and more like watching television: ‘Thus the new geography re-inforces the mass media. The traveller, like the television viewer, experiences the world in narcotic terms; the body moves passively, desensitized in space, to destinations set in a fragmented and discontinuous urban geography.’This could be a description of many of Oliver Comerford’s paintings. They are images of transition that never form anything so continuous and coherent as a journey. They take us through places that are at once real and insubstantial, that loom in the light and dissolve in the shadows, places where definitions blur and boarders between one thing and another seem always on the point of being washed away.”

Fintan O’Toole, Out of Here, Oliver Comerford, (2010)

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The longest

Dermot Seymour

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b. in Belfast (1956). Lives and works in Mayo, Ireland

“Dermot Seymour’s picture knows what it is doing but does not end up, as so much art of this sort does, merely looking knowing. What strikes you first is not the decodable constituent of the picture but the overall oddity of it, and that the impression of not having got to the bottom of it remains no matter how long you stay with it. The world is viewed here from an enchanted distance. It is made strange and new by the yoking together of heterogeneous things like a Russian helicopter and a wild duck, wildflowers that might have come from Botticelli, and a dead fish that seems to have escaped Hieronymous Bosch; it is also made at one entrancing and inscrutable by the actual quality of the painting itself, where the representation is exactly as it described in the catalogue-namely ‘in a style approaching photorealism… [which] creates a bizarre, almost surreal atmosphere’.”

– Seamus Heaney, Fish, Flesh and Fowl, A Retrospective, (2011)

 

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Link to previous shows;

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

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

Fliskmahaigo, 20 November – 20 December 2014

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Room Outside, 28 July – 13 August 2011

Group Show – Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo, 29 July – 28 August 2010

Hibernium: A Trip Across the Head of Ireland, 4 February – 3 March 2010

Eyed, 14 September – 20 October 2007

 

Diana Copperwhite

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(b.1969) in Limerick, lives and works in Dublin.

“Copperwhite’s work focuses on how the human psyche processes information, and looks at the mechanisms of how we formulate what is real. With her work, she is fully aware that such realities may only hold validity for an instant, and that we are constantly processing and changing what we logically hold as experience and memory. Layering fragmented sources that range from personal memory to science, from media and internet to personal memory, Copperwhite’s canvases become worlds in which the real is unreal and this unreality is in a constant state of reforming.”

-Noel Kelly, Director of Visual Artist Ireland, (2011)

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Links to previous shows; 

Crooked Orbit June 1st – July 1st, 2017

A Million and One Things Under the Sun 2 – 25 April 2015

Inside the Palace, Diana Copperwhite and Danny Rolph, June 6 – July 5 2014

Group show – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

Volta NY 2013, 7-10 March 2013

Group Show, Anna Bjerger,Oliver Comerford and Diana Copperwhite, 22nd November – 22nd December 2012

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

An Island from the Day Before, 6 October – 12 November 2011

Group Show, Regarding Painting, 1 – 24 July 2010

Group Show – Above the Fold, 8 – 23 December 2009

Perfect Near Miss, 30 April – 23 May 2009

Group Show – Group Therapy, 28 November – 23 December 2008

Ulrich Vogl

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(b. 1973) lives and works in Berlin.

“Whereby the term “extension of drawing”, already both the title of a catalog as well as a solo exhibition of Ulrich Vogl‘s, can be viewed as the leitmotif of the artist’s work, in recent years the artist’s focus has nevertheless actually been on “drawing and light”, on working with projections, shadows, movement, and drawing. Many of his precisely thought-out conceptual and experimental works are in constant motion despite exuding an almost contemplative tranquility. The individual works create a space all of their own, with a likewise individual temporality, which “creates room” for the personal experience of the given viewer. The works cast an enchantment, all the while never concealing the simplicity of their genesis. A good example of this is the piece entitled Film, in which light falls through a spinning hamster wheel and thereby casts varying shadowy forms onto the wall. The projections are reminiscent of early movies, despite being void of concrete imagery. Although the creation of the simulacrums is played out before the eyes of the viewing public, one is nevertheless drawn into an imaginary film. The result is the creation of invigorating latitudes, free spaces, within one’s mind for a film of one’s own.”

-extracted from Berlin Artists’ Statements, ed. Christoph Tannert, 2014

Of Clouds and Strings video

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Links to previous shows;

Solo Exhibition – the nature of drifting, November 23rd- December 23rd, 2017

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

of clouds and strings, February 20th – March 22nd 2014

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Dunkle Kammer, 4 September – 1 October 2011

Group Show, Room Outside, 28 July – 13 August 2011

Gipfelstürmer,05-28 March 2009

Group Show – Group Therapy, 28 November – 23 December 2008

Vanessa Donoso López

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(b.1978) in Barcelona, lives and works in Dublin.

Vanessa Donoso López’s work develops within an installation process through a dialogical relationship between a variety of media and mechanisms including electronics, low-tech wearable technology, scientific experimentation, drawing and repetitive object making.

López’s practice is committed to exploring concepts of transitional phenomena relevant to contemporary migrant life.
It seeks to negotiate the tension between cross-cultural identities and narratives, its instability and complexity, its potential for the loss of identity, language, and the hypothetical compatibility with original cultures.

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Vanessa Donoso Lopez featured in Re-Framing the Domestic, 29 April- 29 August 2014

Links to previous shows;

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

A PAINFUL EXCESS OF PLEASURE, 26 September – 26 October 2013

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Grande, feliz e invencible, 30 June – 23 July 2011

Gemma Browne, Margaret Corcoran, Vanessa Donoso Lopez, 14 – 30 October 2010

Group Show – Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo, 29 July – 28 August 2010