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 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.
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.
The Kingcat of Keshcorran by Sean Lynch, Liam Byrne and Michael Holly runs at the Roscommon Arts Centre from 21st November – 6th February 2015.
More info here.
Sonia Shiel is participating in Motivational Deficit at Crawford Gallery Cork, from the 14th November – 17th January 2015
More information here.
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.
Geraldine O’Neill is shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2014, for her work Is feidir le cat Schrödinger an dá thrá a fhreastal. The winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday 11th November 2014.
More info here.
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.
The 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
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.
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
Tadgh McSweeney has a site specific installation for Culture Night at Taylorfest. More info here
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
An Exhibition to Mark the 15th
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
Picture Above: Tadhg McSweeney, Untitled, Mixed media dimensions variable, 2013
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 Kavanagh, Farewell 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.
Sean Lynch will represent Ireland at the Venice Art Biennial 2015. Here
Diana Copperwhite, Seán Scully, Eilis O’Connell & Alice Maher stamps. Here