Paul McKinley

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Work by Paul McKinley is included in COE ’16 New Century Retro – A Selection of COE Prizewinners, curated by Helen O’Donoghue. More info can be found here.

Ulrich Vogl

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Das Rheinrad, a gigantic “medieval film machine” by Ulrich Vogl will hang over the Rhine river in Constance, Germany until June 2017. The project is part of the official 600 year anniversary of the Council of Constance.

 

Ulrich Vogl and Elaine Byrne

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PERIPHERIES Centre for Creative Development, Gory School of Art.

The PERIPHERIES 2016 exhibition is a group show including the work of Elaine Byrne and Ulrich Vogl as well as a collaborative work from Oisin Byrne and Patrick Hough.

Opening Reception Friday 29th July 7.30pm. Gallery opening times 11am-6pm. Sat 30th July-Mon 1st of August

More information available in the PERIPHERIES programme.

 

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh

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THE MARMITE PRIZE FOR PAINTING V

OPENING & ARTISTS’ TALKS FRIDAY 8/9 JULY

8 Jul 2016 – 10 Sep 2016

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh will take part in a group exhibition at Highlanes Galley as part of The Marmite Prize for Painting V. Thirty nine works from artists from Ireland, UK, the US and mainland Europe feature in this year’s exhibition, and were selected from over 1,200 entries from painters at all stages in their practice.

The Marmite V exhibition features works by Albane Lamoril, Richard Baker, Sarah Ball, Anthony Banks, Juan Bolivar, Philip Booth, Eleanor Breeze, Hannah Brown, Jo Bruton, Michael Calver, Diane Chappalley, Emma Cousin, Billy Crosby, Chris Daniels, Amanda Doran, Tamara Dubnyckyj, Steven Gee, Max Gomes, John Greenwood, Mandy Hudson, Clare Jarrett, Sooim Jeong, Michael Johnson, Jessie Makinson, Lindsay Mapes, Kathryn Maple, José Batista Marques, Jo McGonigal, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Oliver Mulvihill, Helen O’Leary, Bernadette O’Toole, Selma Parlour, Alison Pilkington, Christiane Pooley, Sheila Rennick, Joan Sugrue, Suzy Willey, and Daniel Woolhouse.

The exhibition launches at Highlanes Gallery on Friday 8 July at 7.30pm, with opening remarks given by artist Mark O’Kelly. A talk, led by artist and Marmite co-founder Marcus Cope and featuring a number of exhibiting artists, including Emma Cousin, Alison Pilkington, Joan Sugrue and Steven Gee, Clare Jarrett will take place the following day on Saturday 9 July at 11am. The exhibition continues until 10 September.

More information available here.

Sean Lynch

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Sean Lynch Adventure: Capital, Ireland at Venice.
The Irish Tour at the Royal Hibernian Academy
July 08, 2016 – August 21, 2016
RHA Gallery II

Combining sculpture, video and graphic elements, Adventure: Capital explores the allegories and underlying narratives of the contemporary architectural and social environment through encounters with the sculptures of John Burke, the quarries of Cornwall, megalithic ‘cursing’ stones, urban vandalism, and Irish Free State banknotes.

Alongside Adventure: Capital, Lynch presents a new video installation, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts, 2016 that investigates the legal status of metal detectors in Ireland. Following national controversy around the finding of the Derrynaflan Hoard, a medieval treasure trove uncovered in the 1980s, the state hastily placed a blanket ban on the public use of all devices used to search for archaeological objects. This legislation effectively destroyed the fledgling Irish metal detectorist community of Ireland. Using the tropes of a promotional video, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts advocates for a change in these authoritarian laws, where ideas of nationhood, individual freedom, and the need for new forms of community-led heritage are all explored on a journey narrated by Lynch’s long-time collaborator Gina Moxley.

Diana Copperwhite

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Diana Copperwhite – Driven by Distraction at the Royal Hibernian Academy

July 08, 2016 – December 21, 2016
RHA Atrium, RHA Foyer

As part of her presentation for the RHA, Diana Copperwhite ARHA will show recent large-scale paintings and a site-specific wall drawing.

“Diana 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.”

Noel Kelly , Director of Visual Artist Ireland

Alice Maher

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Alice Maher will take part in a group exhibition at Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

June 10th-August 7th

The exhibition, in Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park comprises mainly sculptural work selected by artist Janet Mullarney, focusing on how the choice of specific materials makes certain sculptures work. The title refers to how the unity of both concept and the visual tangibility of the chosen material is imperative to the reading of the work, a quality that may often be overlooked. The artists are many and varied, the work is sculpture or certainly sculptural. Some of the work of the older artists, which was made in the 1990s juxtaposes well with work being made by younger artists now.

The artists are Cecily Brennan, Dorothy Cross, Maud Cotter, Aleana Egan, John Gibbons, Tony Hill, Mary Kelly, Alice Maher, Eileen McDonagh, Locky Morris, Paul Mosse, Helen O’Leary, Niamh O’Malley, Adrian Paci, Rachel Parry, Alan Phelan, Kathy Prendergast, Linda Quinlan, David Quinn, Eddie Rafferty, Charles Tyrrell, Michael Warren and Daphne Wright.

Robert Armstrong

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Robert Armstrong will show new work at Fenderesky Gallery as part of a group show titled Island. 

June 17th-July 32rd 2016.

Opening 16th June from 6 to 8 pm, 31 North Street, Belfast.

More information available here.

Ulrich Vogl

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Ulrich Vogl at Konzilstadt Konstanz with a new installation titled Das Rheinrad.
Opening June 2oth, 2016 at Marktstätte 1, 78462 Konstanz, Germany. 
Ulrich Vogl presents a film machine connected with a medieval tower at the Rhine River in Constance which will be “illuminated” on June 20th. For 365 days a wheel will spin and for 365 nights wheel, tower, light and shadow will form a gigantic film machine. Das Rheinrad is part of official celebration of the 600-year anniversary of the Council of Constance.
More information available here.
Watch a short film relating to Das Rheinrad.

Sonia Shiel

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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.

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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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.

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

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 ‎