Diana Copperwhite

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Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, New York

Opens May 11th

Diana Copperwhite will take place in a group exhibition with Mary Heilmann, Jill Levine, Chris Ofili, Danny Rolf, Rebecca Smith and Elio Rodriguez.

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Alice Maher

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Zephyr, Works on Paper

Claremorris Gallery, Mayo

1 – 6pm, Wednesday to Saturday until May 27th, and then until June 1st by appointment (087) 791 2337.

Maher’s reference points include art history, mythic narrative and, more recently, medical textbooks. Her shape shifting figures call down and mischievously intervene with the oft times problematic representation of the feminine throughout all of these fields. Zephuros was the god of the west wind in Greek mythology, and appears on many archaic world maps, blowing ships off course and keeping civilisation confined to the ‘known world’. In Maher’s watercolour, Zephyr, a giant female figure with covered eyes exhales a storm from her open mouth, like a modern dragon in her yellow swimsuit, while in her hand she holds a mysterious amoeba-like object. This mix of mythic, contemporary and scientific imagery hints at a world of continuous flux, where overlapping elements and intermediate states hold sway.

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Mick O’Dea

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A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917)

Solstice Arts Centre, Level 3 Gallery

28th April – 16th June, 2017, Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm

Mick O’Dea will take part in a group exhibition marking the centenary of the death of Francis Ledwidge. The exhibition, titled A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917), will also feature work by Sven Anderson, Patricia Burns, David Farrell, Clare Langan, Niamh O’Malley and Sasha Sykes, Curated by Sabina Mac Mahon (Curator in Residence at Solstice Arts Centre).

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Stephan Loughman

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DIG?

Connolly House – Marino College of Further Education.

30th March to 6th April

Stephan Loughman is currently exhibiting a series of paintings at Connolly House, Dublin.

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Mark Swords

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The Living and the Dead

15 April – 17 June 2017

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios presents a solo exhibition of recent works by Mark Swords. For Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Mark Swords has created theatrically staged paintings that have come into being through a series of gestures that juxtapose the idea of making and unmaking. The paintings, often overwhelming in chromatic saturation and design denote the artist’s instinctive knowledge of colour. Layers of mark-making create a screen through which the buried undertones and colours emerge. He consistently moves between abstraction and figuration looking for discoveries and accidents in his works, appropriating painting conventions to create a stylistic collage.  The hand-made is a significant element in his practice, printed fabrics are stitched to the canvas creating layers of shapes and forms, while the paint application can be both refined or crudely impasto. Within some of the paintings he has used draped curtains to create a framing device. A painted backdrop pinned to the wall becomes the larger framework for the paintings. These framing devices anchor the work in a celestial sphere creating associations between the paintings while playing with ideas of display and exhibition making, Swords creates a complex mosaic of works that can be viewed as a whole or singularly.

Artist Mark Swords will participate in a public conversation with Programme Curator Mary Cremin, on the occasion of his solo exhibition The living and the dead at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

Saturday 22 April 2017 | 1pm

Free admission, booking essential. Further information available here.