Sonia Shiel

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Sonia Shiel 'Birds Flee'

 

Sonia Shiel has been awarded a studio as part of the 2016 UCD artist in residence programme. The residency will culminate in an exhibition on the cmpus next year when Shiel will present new work.

More information available here.

 

Mick O’ Dea

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Mick O’ Dea will exhibit a painting as part of a group show at Crawford Art Gallery. O’ Dea will also open the exhibition which will take place on Friday the 3rd of June. The exhibition will continue until the 20th of August 2016.

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork is delighted to present the exhibition, Conflicting Visions in a Turbulent Age 1900-1916. Curated by Dr Éimear O’Connor the exhibition will focus on several themes, both social and political, that effected Ireland between 1900 and 1916 including the First World War as seen through the eyes of Irish war artists Sir William Orpen and Sir John Lavery; the Cork International Exhibition (1902); artistic responses to the Easter Rising 1916; the cultural lives of Cork-born Terence McSwiney and Sir Hugh Lane; the consecration of the Honan Chapel (1915), the Cork International Exhibition (1902-03); and the rise of the Irish Agricultural Co-Operative Movement as espoused by Sir Horace Plunkett, Cork-born R.A. Anderson, and artist and cultural commentator, George Russell (AE).

More information available here.

Sean Lynch – Solo Exhibition – Exeter Phoenix and Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

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14 May-2 July 2016

Exeter Phoenix and Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery,

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm

Spacex, in partnership with Exeter Phoenix and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, presents The Weight of the World, a solo exhibition by Irish artist Sean Lynch featuring three new video commissions and the UK premiere of the projected video element of Adventure: Capital, that represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2015. Split across the two adjacent sites of Exeter Phoenix and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), Lynch’s new works are directly informed by artefacts from the Museum’s collection of over one million objects, in particular its recent acquisition of the Seaton Down Hoard, one of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever found in Britain, discovered by a metal detectorist in nearby East Devon.
More information available here.

Portraits of a Nation

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Works by Margaret Corcoran, Mick O’ Dea and Dermot Seymour are included in Portraits of a Nation at the Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin from May 11th – 29th. More info on the exhibition can be found here.

Mick O’Dea

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A selection of recent work by Mick O’Dea is at the Claremorris Gallery from May 7th – 29th, 2016. More information on the show can be found here.

Elaine Byrne, solo exhibiton at Rome

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Elaine Byrne’s Diritta Vita at Montoro12 Gallery in Rome, 31st March- 7th May 2016

Montoro12 is pleased to present Diritta Via, a solo exhibition by Elaine Byrne. In this new body of work, Byrne has created sculptures, photography and video that serve as critiques of power structures, posing specific questions around corruption and the apathy manifested by its victims.

The exhibition title comes from Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy where his journey begins in a dark wood (selva oscura). Unable to find the ‘straight way’ (diritta via) to salvation, Dante is conscious that he is ruining himself. Passing though Purgatory he comes to the 8th circle of hell, and encounters corrupt politicians being punished for the crime for which Dante himself was falsely charged when he was forced into exile.
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It is believed that Dante used medieval accounts from pilgrimages to Saint’s Island on Lough Derg, in Ireland as inspiration for the Inferno. Know as St Patrick’s Purgatory, from the 12th-15th century the island and Ireland were synonymous; it was one of the key reasons any foreigner would travel to Ireland. Saint’s Island was a gateway to the otherworld, pilgrims who spent a night in the Purgatory cave would converse with the dead and battle with demons. If they survived the ordeal their sins were forgiven and they got a free pass to Heaven.
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Travelling to Saints Island in search of the medieval gate to Purgatory, Byrne examines contemporary notions of corruption and punishment through 14th century pilgrims’ text of the ordeals in Purgatory, contemporary corruption charges and appropriated films, highlighting the punishments for corruption as recounted by the pilgrim. Central to the installation is a 14ft steel sculpture, referencing both the bridge of razors encountered by pilgrims in Purgatory, and a range of important philosophical constructs: the bridge as a test and testimony originating in Persian eschatological symbolism, to be crossed only by the worthy.

Sean Lynch in Conversation with Kevin Barry

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Ireland at Venice

Adventure:Capital The Irish Tour

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

Sean Lynch in conversation with Kevin Barry 6pm Opening Reception, 9th April.

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. Alongside Adventure: Capital at The Model, Sean Lynch will present A Blow by Blow Account of Stonecarving in Oxford (2013–14), an installation that traces the work of nineteenth century artisans John and James O’Shea.

For more information please visit The Model, Sligo website.

Amanda Coogan, Sonia Shiel and Nevan Lahart

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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.

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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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.

Vanessa Donoso López

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There is Neither Pine nor Apple in Pineapple by Vanessa Donoso López will run at the Instituto Cervantes, Dublin, from February 10th – March 24th, 2016.

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

 

Artist’s Website

Links to previous shows

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

Hands Laid On, Jan 7th- 30th 2016 ‎

Sean Lynch

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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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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.

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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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).

 

Nevan Lahart

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remote-painter-studio-pose-2Nevan Lahart is participating in the TULCA Festival of Visual Arts from November 14th – 29th, 2015.

More information can be found here.

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

HOLD TO THE NOW

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Stephen Loughman, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Geraldine O’Neill

SLAG Gallery, 81 Grand St, Williamsburg, New York
October 16th – November 15th, 2015.

Opening Friday October 16th, 6 – 8pm

SLAG Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of three Irish artists. Stephen Loughman, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, and Geraldine O’Neill take paint as their medium though with vastly different results, each granting sophisticated articulations that span a broad range of interests. These three highly regarded artists have sought out a unique language of their own through paint, though in three very different ways.
Stephen Loughman paints peculiarly unpeopled scenes that hint towards recent or imminent activity. A pervading sense of vastness and spaciousness infers a manipulation of time and space through the medium of paint. The paintings are often developed from film stills and are latently indicative of an underlying cinematic narrative. There is a tension – a sense of anticipation that exaggerates and prolongs the present, drawing it out into a more expansive temporal plane.

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s exuberant and lively paintings are abstract though there are obvious truths at play. Colour, pattern, form and structure appear convincing yet obfuscated by further application of paint. They are sumptuous and unapologetically painterly objects. Ní Mhaonaigh’s works intuitively allow the texture and tone of paint to inform each gesture. Though they could be considered abstract they are evocative of sensory overload, of a glut of visual information combined with optical distortion. It is as though a number of images converge and recede and Ní Mhaonaigh’s paintings capture this optical and cognitive process as it occurs.

Geraldine O’Neill’s paintings absorb a plethora of genres in response to various art historical interests yet they are simultaneously personal and sensitive in their subject matter. Embedded in these paintings is an acknowledgement of paint in its resilience through the passing of time, both in the history of western painting and in the artist’s personal history. Through layers of varying gestures O’Neill creates a multi-surfaced montage that declares an excitement for and fascination with the possibilities of paint.

Made possible with support from Culture Ireland. More info on the exhibition can be found here.

Michael Boran

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Bamberg installWork by Michael Boran is included in Schrift in der Kunst, at the Kunstverein Bamberg, curated by Notburga Karl.

More information can be found here.

Amanda Coogan

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The FallAmanda Coogan’s I’ll sing you a song from around the town is reviewed by Aidan Dunne in the Irish Times. The review can be read here.