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

Sonia Shiel at Fieldworks: Animal Habitats in Contemporary Art

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1 August – 2 November 2014
Lewis Glucksman Gallery
University College Cork

Artists: Adam Chodzko, Petra Feriancova, Petrit Halilaj, Ho Rui An, Jochen Lempert, Flo Maak,
Chris Marker, Wesley Meuris, Ciarán Murphy, Vanessa Safavi, Julia Schmid, Sonia Shiel, and
Ruth van Beek

Curated by Chris Clarke, in partnership with BEES (Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences),
University College Cork

Fieldworks is an exhibition of Irish and international contemporary artists whose work explores the
environments inhabited by different species of animals. From remote woodlands to urban locales to
artificial or scientific displays, the study and observation of animals often requires us to experience these
creatures in the wild or through a careful re-creation of their natural dwellings. This exhibition takes a
closer look at such places, offering insight into how animals forage, nest and play and how their
habitats are represented in contemporary art.

Fieldworks Press Release 

Instant Crush

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Opening reception Thursday July 3, 6pm.

Exhibition continues from July 4 until August 2, 2014.

A collection of works celebrating twenty years in business.

Paul Nugent,Sean Lynch, Nevan Lahart, Diana Copperwhite, Elaine Byrne, Sonia Shiel, Tadhg McSweeney, Danny Rolph, Oliver Comerford, Stephen Loughman, Vanessa Donoso Lopez, Paul McKinley, Anna Bjerger, Ulrich Vogl, Michael Boran, Mick O’Dea, Robert Armstrong, Mark Swords, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Dermot Seymour, Amanda Coogan, and Geraldine O’Neill.

Chancery Lane

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CHANCERY LANE
An Exhibition to Mark the 15th
Anniversary of
Dunamaise Arts Centre

Featuring recent work by a selection of artists from Kevin Kavanagh Gallery including Sean Lynch (recently selected
to represent Ireland at the 56th International Art Exhibition – The Venice Biennale 2015—which has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world); Vanessa Donoso Lopez and Tadhg McSweeney as well as a selection of works by
artists from Kevin Kavanagh Gallery including Nevan Lahart, Paul McKinley, Michael Boran, Ulrich Vogl, Mick O’Dea, Diana Copperwhite, Elaine Byrne, Robert Armstrong, Geraldine O’Neill, Dermot Seymour, Sinead Ní Mhaonaigh and Stephen Loughman.

Dunamaise Arts Centre’s Gallery has hosted exhibitions by Irish and international artists and organisations from the length and breadth of the country as well as further afield since its opening in 1999. A landmark event was the exhibition and auction, held in 2003, in memory of Noreen O’Hare, who had been a board member at Dunamaise. Over €75,000 was raised in aid of the Cancer
unit at St James’ Hospital in Dublin. Also counted among the highlights were exhibitions by artists such as Bernadette Madden, Micky Donnelly, Mick O’Dea, Tom Molloy, Una Sealy and Conor Walton as well as German arist Ulrich Vogl on their exhibitions at Dunamaise. As well as the programme of solo shows, the end of year show by art students at the local Abbeyleix Further Education Centre and the arts centre’s own Open Submission, has become a favourite fixture in the annual calendar. There have also been collaborations with the OPW, UTV, Portlaoise Camera Club and with Portlaoise Prison.

Kevin Kavanagh is one of the Ireland’s leading galleries showing Irish and international contemporary art. In 2008 the gallery moved to a 135m² space on Chancery Lane designed by architect Philip Crowe of MCO Projects. It represents both established and emerging artists from Ireland and abroad. The gallery’s annual programme consists of 8/9 solo and 1 curated group show as well as special events, screenings, performances, artists talks and participation at international art fairs.The gallery has published over 30 books on art.

The exhibition is organised by Kevin Kavanagh to mark the 15th Anniversary of Dunamaise Arts Centre and continues until Friday 1st
August.

 

Picture Above: Tadhg McSweeney, Untitled, Mixed media dimensions variable, 2013

VOLTA10 Basel

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Mark Swords, Paul McKinley, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh & Robert Armstrong.

Kevin Kavanagh will present a unique show featuring four Irish contemporary painters with work focusing on landscape, architecture, object orientated philosophy and theology.

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh b. 1977, Contours at Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin, Farmleigh (forthcoming), Paintings, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, Paintings Highlane’s Municipal Art Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland, Paintings, The Living Room Gallery, New York, Selective Perspectives, Kevin Kavanagh, Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.  Mark Swords, b.1977, Hinterlands, Kevin Kavanagh, Flying crooked, Kevin Kavanagh,  Mark Swords, John Martin Gallery, London, Mark Swords, Ashford Gallery, RHA Gallery, Dublin, I won’t say I will see you tomorrow, Mermaid, Wicklow, Periodical Review, Pallas Projects, Dublin, Making Familiar, TBG+S Dublin, Painting Now, Ron Mandos, Amsterdam.  Paul McKinley, b.1973, RHA Gallery, Dublin, Operation Turquoise, Kevin Kavanagh, Palisade, Third Space Gallery, Belfast, CANADA, Kevin KavanaghFarewell Chestnut Avenue, Nissan Art Project, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, So long and thanks for all the snow, Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast, 6th Annual Art Salon, Matt Roberts Gallery, London, UK, Interlude,The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.  Robert Armstrong, b .1953, Assumptions, Kevin Kavanagh, New Connections, Red Rua, Dublin, The Horse Show, Kinsale Arts Festival. 

A Blow by Blow Account of Stonecarving in Oxford

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A blow by blow account of stonecarving in Oxford
12 April – 8 June 2014

A blow-by-blow account of stonecarving in Oxford is an installation by Sean Lynch exploring the work of the nineteenth century stone carvers, John and James O’Shea, whose naturalistic renditions of animals and plants are still visible in the architectural detail of buildings in Oxford and Dublin.

Sean Lynch investigates distinctive and often overlooked moments in history that have left fragments of evidence, objects and narratives. He explores these sidelined histories through photographic and sculptural installations, prefabricated or found artefacts and small-scale publications.

The O’Shea brothers had completed a series of notable stone carvings in Dublin during the 1850s before accepting an invitation from the University of Oxford to work on the new Natural History Museum. Controversy quickly surrounded the O’Shea’s carvings of primates on the museum’s façade, as many people interpreted the work as a representation of
Darwin’s theory of evolution, a contentious and powerful subject within theological, intellectual and social debates of the time.

Following a quarrel between the O’Sheas’ and the University, James O’Shea attempted a series of impromptu carvings on the entrance to the museum intended to caricature the authorities of Oxford as parrots and owls. These carvings are still visible on the building today.

Lynch activates this story through a variety of objects sited throughout the exhibition. Subtly placed into the shop and café, a collection of material is exhibited about Favorite, a fried chicken outlet now found on what was once the site of Britain’s first public museum, the Ark, in Lambeth, London.

Artefacts from the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Natural History Museum and stone carvings by Dublin-based Stephen Burke each evoke the playfulness of the O’Sheas’ work. In Lynch’s accompanying slide projection, these seemingly unrelated objects come together to weave a narrative about museum culture, public space, individual agency and the construction of history.