Art Brussels 2015

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Scaffold- BoranMichael Boran, Scaffold, archival inkjet print, 50x70cm, 2015

 

Kevin Kavanagh will present new work by Michael Boran, Stephen Loughman and Paul Nugent at Art Brussels 2015.

Brussels Expo, Hall 3, Booth 3A-31, 24th – 27th April 2015.

More information on the fair can be found here.

 

Sean Lynch

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Sean Lynch will represent Ireland in the 56th Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures, from 9th May – 22nd November 2015.

More information on the Irish Pavilion here.

More information on the Biennale here.

Geraldine O’Neill

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The gallery is delighted to announce that Geraldine O’Neill has been elected to Aosdána.

Kevin Kavanagh will host an exhibition of O’Neill’s new work in 2016.

Robert Armstrong

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Kevin Kavanagh will present new work by Robert Armstrong at Volta New York.

Booth D7, Volta, Pier 90, New York. 5th – 8th March, 2015.

More info here.

Of the Rocks VIII, oil on linen, 60x80cm, 2015

Sean Lynch

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Sean Lynch will give a public lecture ‘Bandits Live Comfortably in the Ruins’ at the Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD, Dublin. Sean’s lecture is part of the Making Ireland series and will take place on Wednesday the 18th February at 6:30pm.

More info here.

Sean Lynch

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What Cannot Be Used is Forgotten, a group show featuring the work of Sean Lynch, runs from January 22nd – May 3rd in CAPC Contemporary Art Museum, Bordeaux, France.

“The exhibition explores how objects, along the circulation that constitutes their life, accumulate information thus becoming part of a historical process marked by the effects of colonialism. Even though objects do not strictly carry meaning, it cannot be said they are not significant. It is through language however that we as humans try to integrate them in the constant creation of meaning we embark ourselves on. This exhibition tries to celebrate their agency and capacity to affect others, both human and non-human. What cannot be used is forgotten seeks to understand how our relation to the material world entails endless processes of assimilation, acculturation, re-appropriation, and ritualization. ”

More info here.

Sonia Shiel

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Sonia Shiel is participating in Motivational Deficit at Crawford Gallery Cork, from the 14th November – 17th January 2015

More information here.

Elaine Byrne

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Transferencias, an exhibition featuring Elaine Byrne and Oweena Fogarty runs in Mexico until December 19th.

“…It would be simple to summarize the work of Elaine Byrne’s and Oweena Fogarty’s in Transferencias as rooted in Irish identity. This is a key ingredient. But their work goes deeper into effacement of geopolitical borders where Mexico and Ireland act as an axis. The complex proposal of the two artists question intelligible boundaries, paradigms and motivations of culture, history and their crossovers; in Byrne’s case, through language and structures and in Fogarty’s collecting ghostly traces.

Elaine Byrne has been working with the Bradigan Irish dancing school in Mexico City since 2012. With over 4,000 Irish dancing students in Mexico her investigation into the globalization of culture, questions what happens to traditions such as Irish dancing when absorbed and transformed by another culture…”

– extracted from press release, by Ana Isabel Pérez Gavilán, PhD

More info here.

Hennessy Portrait Prize

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Geraldine O’Neill is shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2014, for her work Is feidir le cat Schrödinger an dá thrá a fhreastalThe winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday 11th November 2014.

More info here.

Diana Copperwhite

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532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, NY, November 13 – December 20, 2014

When describing Diana Copperwhite’s work Colm Toibin wrote:

Her work is about painting first and foremost; [these] references merely serve a purpose.  Thus digital images which freeze and fragment an original image fascinate her, but such images in themselves are not enough, they provide a way into the painting.  It is their visuality which inspires rather than any precise sense of a blurred or fragmented reality.   Because she physically likes making paintings, everything is subservient to what paint will achieve.”

Copperwhite makes paintings that move fluidly between representation and abstraction. Photographs, montage and assemblage all aid the process and become ancillary works that pin down fleeting thoughts, glimpses and reactions to a media saturated age.  Her interests and sources are eclectic and wide ranging, from social media to philosophical debate to art historical references.  Yet, as Toibin points out, her paintings are no more about the image than they are about the process of painting itself.  Her work is phenomenological in that momentarily emotional responses override the need to capture reality.  Something has piqued her interest and from that initial interest she thinks in colour, in tone, and texture, in setting herself a visual problem to which there is no single definitive solution.  Her palette is composed of murky undertones punctuated by bright neon rifts. The fluidity and expressiveness of the painting gives little hint of the rigorous and formal abstract principles applied to the making.

Strangers in a Room is an almost purely abstract painting, a composition of bold stripes and gestural marks.  The eye struggles and fails to distinguish the strangers of the title, but the space retains something room-like, an echo of representation caught just beneath the vibrant surface. This duality is apparent in all the work, the teasing through of an idea, of where it has come from and where it may lead. The recurring motif of screens appears in Tropic of Capricorn Tropic of Cancer.  Two squares like televisions float brightly facing each other.  It is no accident that the title references astrology, lines of latitude, and the writer Henry Miller.  A multi-media world describing the interconnectedness of knowledge.  In Copperwhite’s work even the most arbitrary act demands balance, the carefully thought out response.  The source may seem randomly chosen but the intellectual process, the making of a painting is not.

Diana Copperwhite studied Fine Art Painting at Limerick School of Art and Design and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She completed an MFA at Winchester School of Art, Barcelona in 2000.  Diana is a tutor at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.  Her work is in the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Arts Council of Ireland, and also in collections in the United States, Europe and Australia.

The writer Colm Toibin is currently Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of Humanities at Columbia University.  He is an IMPAC Dublin Literary Award prizewinner, and has appeared on the Booker shortlist, most recently in 2013 for his play the Testament of Mary.

 

 

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 2014

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Dermot Seymour and Tadhg McSweeney will take part in the 133rd annual exhibition at the Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB.

The exhibition runs from 17th October 2014 – 5th January 2015, Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm.

 

Dermot Seymour, Hiberno Hare, oil on canvas, 220x163cm

Mick O’Dea PRHA

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Mick_RHA_presidentThe Royal Hibernian Academy, which operates one of the nation’s largest exhibition galleries, elected the painter Mick O’Dea as the 23rd President of the Academy at its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 14th October, 2014. Elected to RHA Membership in 1996, Mick O’Dea was delighted to accept.

“I am delighted and honored to have been elected as the new President of the RHA and to have the opportunity to continue the great work of our previous Presidents, most recently Des McMahon PPRHA and Stephen McKenna PPRHA. The RHA has a very strong team led by Director, Patrick Murphy. I look forward to working with Patrick, the staff, the crew and our voluntary workers who make sure that the RHA continues to punch way above its weight as an incredible resource and facility. As President, I will strive to ensure that the voice of the Academy is heard and that we are more importantly, seen. The values of tradition and innovation that the Academy stands for enables us to show and support the best of the diverse range of practices that are prevalent at this time. It is my responsibility to ensure that we hold that vision into this period of the early twenty first century. “ Mick O’Dea PRHA

ArtMarket Budapest

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Kevin Kavanagh was this year invited to participate in ArtMarket Budapest, running from 8 – 12 October. The gallery is showing Robert Armstrong, Paul Nugent, Nevan Lahart, Sinead Ni Mhoanaogh, Paul McKinley, Geraldine O’Neill and Tadgh McSweeney in the Millenaris, Budapest.

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh

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Imlíne by Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Triskel Christchurch, Cork from 9 October – 1 November 2014.

Imlíne is part of Calling up the Vangard, an exhibition series curated by John P. Quinlan. The exhbition will be opened by Peadar Ó Riada on Thursday 9 October at 6 p.m.

Gallery open Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 5:00pm

Elaine Byrne

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Elaine Byrne

Limerick City Gallery of Art

RAUMPLAN by Elaine Byrne at Limerick City Gallery of Art opens on Thursday 25thSeptember and runs until the 20th November 2014.  The exhibition will be opened by Eamon Maxwell, Director Lismore Castle Arts

RAUMPLAN, meaning space plan or the yet unrealized vision of a space follows on from Byrne’s earlier work RAUM (2013) which questioned the desire to escape an unchanging state of inertia in order to free oneself to live within what might be thought of as a literally utopian “non-space.” RAUM (which won the Arte Laguna Sculpture Prize 2014 at Venice) features objects and photos from a deserted cottage in Askeaton, County Limerick combined with an architectural utopian design from 1924 will also be installed at Limerick City Gallery of Art.

A new large sculpture Endless Resistance will be shown in the Carnegie Room. The sculpture is an investigation into Frederick Kiesler’s (1890-1965) project The Endless House, which calls for a new starting point for domestic architecture which focuses on psychic needs of the dweller. Kiesler worked on his Endless House project for over 40 years but he never managed to build it – it was only ever realised through drawings and models. This house was the culmination of his utopian views of architecture ‘the question is not straight or curved walls but how does one live among these straight or curved walls’.
RAUMPLAN will also feature Walking Sculptures (or perhaps my father was right),four large tree trunks hanging from the ceiling with text burnt into them andFathoming Space, the culmination of a two year scientific experiment working with Mexican engineers from CENART, Mexico City and scientists from National University of Ireland, Maynooth experimenting on the possibility of developing a new cognitive sensory modality of space.

Elaine Byrne is an artist based in Dublin who has exhibited internationally, including most recently New York, Mexico, Hungary and the UK. Many media are applied in her practice – Sculpture, Photography, Installation, Video, Film and Light. She is the recipient of many awards including most recently the Venice Arte Laguna Sculpture Prize 2014 for her work RAUM.  She is represented by Kevin Kavanagh gallery Dublin, and is currently participating in the Whitney Independent Study Programme New York in 2014/15.

Sean Lynch at Carlow Visual

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Sean Lynch
Link and Studio Gallery
12th September – 11th January

Opening reception; 5:30pm Saturday 12th September

VISUAL present a major exhibition by Sean Lynch, Ireland’s representative at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Over the last decade, Lynch’s installations, sculptures and publications have explored the subjective layers of Irish history and offered alternative readings of the influences that shape our society today.

The exhibition includes a new work commissioned by VISUAL and the Local Authority Arts Office; For The Birds is based upon the medieval Irish myth of An Buile Suibhne, or the Frenzy of Sweeney. Cursed to be half-man, half-bird, Sweeney hopped throughout Ireland lamenting his woes in lyrical verse, until he reached a farmhouse in St. Mullins in Co. Carlow where he found a strange form of kindness – each evening he was invited to drink milk out of a bowl of cowdung. In collaboration with sculptor Tom Fitzgerald, Lynch reimagines this scene in the context of Carlow’s contemporary agricultural industry.

An accompanying catalogue designed by Wayne Daly will feature an in-depth essay on Lynch by critic and lecturer Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith.

Sean Lynch in conversation with Michael Asbury

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Dr Michael Asbury, CCW Reader and TrAIN Research Centre Deputy Director, recorded his recent conversation with artist Sean Lynch, recipient of the TrAIN/Gasworks residency during the summer of 2012. Each year, TrAIN collaborates with Gasworks International Residency Programme to offer a fully funded three month practice-based research fellowship for an artist who is not based in the UK. The residency offers an opportunity for the artist to join the studio environment offered by Gasworks, while also participating in research seminars and discussions at the TrAIN Research Centre. Following his residency Sean held a solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford and is currently living in London whilst preparing for his exhibition at the Venice Biennale, where he will represent Ireland in 2015.

Read the full transcript here

Vanesse Donoso Lopez at RAC

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Roscommon Arts Centre Offsite is pleased to present an installation by Spanish artist Vanessa Donoso López titled Painful Excess of Pleasure as their inaugural Offsite Exhibition in the Long Gallery of King House, Boyle.

Vanessa’s intricately executed installation will transform the Long Gallery space using curios type objects and organic forms created from paper. The immense architecture of the Long Gallery will lend itself to containing and protecting these delicate objects.
The gallery will host a large greenhouse structure, which like so many of Donoso López pieces, acts as a container and a laboratory in which plants can alter and grow. This space invites the audience to walk in and around the objects within, traversing elements of the artist’s “inner psychic reality” and “external reality” and her past and present. The provisionality of the structure and the imperfect domestic objects talk of the balance between being settled and being uprooted. Vanessa Donoso López ‘s work is committed to exploring concepts of transitional phenomena allied to contemporary life, with its cross-cultural identity and narratives, its mutability and intricacy, and its potential for the loss of identity, language, and compatibility with original cultures.

 

 

Elaine Byrne in NYC

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There is a preview of Elaine Byrne’s  newest sculpture “Endless Resistance -a work in progress-” before it is shipped to Ireland on Friday. The large sculpture is influenced by the “Endless House” designs of Federick Kiesler which he made from 1948-1965. It will be finished on site  for a solo exhibition in Limerick City Gallery (September- November 2014 ). Project is funded with the help of the Arts Council of Ireland. 
Thursday 24th, between 6 and 8 pm at 348 Morgan (@ Metropolitian) 
“I would be delighted if you could join me to see it off (so to speak) I won’t be quite cracking a champagne on it to launch it but there will be beer.”
-Elaine Byrne
Elaine will also give a talk at Station Indepenand Projects on 31st July 6:30pm. More information here

Boyle Arts Festival

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Boyle Arts Festival officially opens on Thursday, 24th July at 8.30pm in King House. A number of gallery artists have work in the main exhibition; Paul McKinley, Dermot Seymour, Mick O’Dea, Robert Armstrong, Oliver Commerford, Sonia Shiel, Nevan LaHart, Mark Swords, Stephen Loughman, Margaret Corcoran, Geraldine O’Neil, Paul Nugent, Vanessa Donoso Lopez, Sinead Ní Mhaonaigh and Diana Copperwhite. More info on the BAF can be found here