Current Visual Arts Dnotes

Beyond the HA-Ha – not to be confused with laughter

Beyond the HA-Ha – not to be confused with laughter

Beyond the HA-Ha – not to be confused with laughter

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery

Thursday 17 April at 6pm

18 Apr 2014 - 4 May 2014

This is a group show hosted by the Artistic Alliance and featuring 5 artists: Judy Fisher, Bénédicte Coleman, Diarmaid O’Sullivan, Helen O’Donovan and Siobhain Steele. It involves painting, sculpture, ceramics and installation. It runs until the 4th of May.

Carl Giffney: Lucite Fall

Carl Giffney: Lucite Fall

Carl Giffney: Lucite Fall

Galway Arts Centre

Thursday 17 April at 6pm

17 Apr 2014 - 17 May 2014

Social capital is a non-economic wealth that exists in the relations that people have with one and other. Lucite Fall examines the non-economic wealth that exists between people and geological ingredients. Coal Dust, Ground Barytes, Lithium Oxide and Concrete Powder play central roles in a fiction that sees them being collected, prepared and processed. The exhibition takes three parts: diorama, video and evidence. Lucite Fall presents a series of works that share a common interest in mining and labour. Film making techniques and physical diorama making are used to make fictions that illuminate the values we give to resources in flux.

EVA International: Agitationism

EVA International: Agitationism

EVA International: Agitationism

Limerick City Gallery of Art

Friday 11 April at 6pm

12 Apr 2014 - 6 Jul 2014

EVA International is pleased to announce the full programme and exhibition venues for EVA 2014 AGITATIONISM curated by Bassam El Baroni. The 2014 Biennial is open to the public from 12 April to 6 July with a Professional Preview on Thursday 10 April, Opening on Friday 11 April and Humberto Vélez’s The Underdog and EVA International 2014 Cup on Saturday 12 April at Limerick Greyhound Stadium.

Uriel Orlow

Uriel Orlow

Uriel Orlow

Bourn Vincent Gallery

12 Apr 2014 - 6 Jul 2014

Uriel Orlow is known for his modular, multi-media installations that take specific locations and events as starting points and combine archival research with work in video, photography, sound and drawing. Orlow explores the spatial and pictorial conditions of history and memory, focusing on blind spots and forms of haunting. His installations bring different image-regimes and narrative modes into correspondence. ‘Unmade Film’ is an impossible film, fragmented into its constituent parts; an expansive collection of audio- visual works that point to the structure of a film but never fully become one. The work takes as its starting point the mental hospital Kfar Shau’l in Jerusalem. Initially specializing in the treatment of Holocaust victims–including a relative of the artist–it was established in 1951 using the remains of the Palestinian village Deir Yassin which was depopulated in a massacre by Zionist paramilitaries in April 1948. Unmade Film evolved out of long-term research as well as collaborations with actors, musician’s psychologists and pupils in East-Jerusalem and Ramallah. The various parts – The Staging, The Voiceover, The Score, The Storyboard, The Script etc. – combine voice, drawing, video, text, music and photography in an assemblage whose multiple meanings emerge in complicity with viewers of the work. Presented here at EVA International 2014 are the following parts of Unmade Film: The Voiceover, the Staging, the Script, the Stills, the Storyboard and the Closing Credits. Supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

Margo McNulty and Geraldine O’Reilly: Of Space and Place

Margo McNulty and Geraldine O’Reilly: Of Space and Place

Margo McNulty and Geraldine O’Reilly: Of Space and Place

LAB, The

Thursday 10 April, 6 - 8pm

11 Apr 2014 - 7 Jun 2014

McNulty and O’Reilly share a common interest in subject matter derived from rural Ireland for this exhibition of prints and video. Exploring their mutual interest in history, memory and narrative in their work, their work is situated in the local. O’Reilly’s work draws on a residency at the Heinrich Boll House on Achill Island where she was struck in particular by the Deserted Village, abandoned since famine times. John F. Deane’s poem The Abandoned Village, and an excerpt from Eavan Boland’s essay Outside History, from the book, Object Lessions, appear alongside a series of photo etchings. McNulty’s work explores personal history revising her grandmother and great grandmothers house as the basis for her large scale lithographs that become microscopic portals to the past. The exhibition is accompanied by a specially commissioned essay by Prof Luke Gibbons.

Barbara Knezevic: Ultra

Barbara Knezevic: Ultra

Barbara Knezevic: Ultra

LAB, The

Thursday 10 April, 5pm, 6 - 8pm

11 Apr 2014 - 7 Jun 2014

Barbara Knezevic’s work is concerned with how objects function materially, ontologically and economically in the world. The work is primarily sculptural in form, and considers the peculiar human relationship to the things around us that is typified by the art-object.

Kennedy Browne: The Myth of the Many in the One

Kennedy Browne: The Myth of the Many in the One

Kennedy Browne: The Myth of the Many in the One

Crawford Art Gallery

Thursday 11 April

11 Apr 2014 - 7 Jun 2014

The Myth of the Many in the One draws on extensive research into the business biographies of visionary tech leaders with a special relationship to Silicon Valley, California: men such as Bob Noyce, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Through the depictions of these men, in this niche area of publishing, a persistent narrative of paternal entrepreneurial genius emerges. Kennedy Browne attempts to decode the constructed myths surrounding such messiah figures – at the intersection of capitalism and technology – by returning to stories told of their formative boyhood years, until the age of eleven.

Charles Tyrrell: New Paintings

Charles Tyrrell: New Paintings

Charles Tyrrell: New Paintings

Taylor Galleries

Thursday 10 April, 6 - 8pm

11 Apr 2014 - 3 May 2014

Taylor Galleries is delighted to present an exhibition of ‘New Paintings’ by Charles Tyrrell that runs at the gallery from 11 April to 3 May 2014. The exhibition opens 40 years after the artist’s first solo show at Project Arts Centre, Dublin in 1974, which took place when he was still a student at the National College of Art and Design.

The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream.

The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream.

The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream.

Temple Bar Gallery & Studios

Thursday 10 April, 6-8pm

11 Apr 2014 - 7 Jun 2014

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios presents The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream, curated by Paula Naughton and featuring work by Jonathas de Andrade, Edgardo Aragón, Gavin Murphy and Lisa Tan. The exhibition brings together artists who revisit history through personal and staged narratives. Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, real and imagined, each artist creates a palimpsest site to negotiate new meaning. Existing in neither the past or present this in-between space uncovers alternate ‘truths’. Through shared processes of documentation and archiving, the artists address culture as a form of representation in order to examine complex issues of social & political structures.

Méadhbh O’Connor: Unknown Shores

Méadhbh O’Connor: Unknown Shores

Méadhbh O’Connor: Unknown Shores

Thursday 10 April, 5:37 - 7:30pm

11 Apr 2014 - 28 Apr 2014

UCD Art in Science is delighted to present Unknown Shores, a solo exhibition by UCD Science Artist in Residence Méadhbh O’Connor. Méadhbh has constructed an ambitious, large-scale sculptural installation on-site at UCD Science. The project was directly inspired by her close work with Dr. Emmanuel Reynaud and by the extraordinary voyage he undertook studying the world’s oceans with Tara Expeditions, a non-profit organisation dedicated to high-level scientific research missions.

Trevor Geoghegan: Russborough, a Light for all Seasons

Trevor Geoghegan: Russborough, a Light for all Seasons

Trevor Geoghegan: Russborough, a Light for all Seasons

Gormley's Fine Art, Dublin

Thursday 10 April at 6:30pm

10 Apr 2014 - 4 May 2014

Gormleys Fine Art will host ‘A Light for All Seasons,’ an exhibition featuring new works by renowned artist Trevor Geoghegan. The exhibition explores the magnificent parklands of the Russborough House Estate in Co. Wicklow at various times of the year.

Raphaël Dallaporta: Observations

Raphaël Dallaporta: Observations

Raphaël Dallaporta: Observations

Gallery of Photography

Tuesday 8 April at 6:30pm

9 Apr 2014 - 15 May 2014

Raphaël Dallaporta (b. France, 1980) is an exciting and provocative voice among a new generation of international photographers. He has garnered widespread acclaim for thoughtful projects that examine warfare, violence, power and the fragility of life.

Cartoon Saloon: The Secret of Kells

Cartoon Saloon: The Secret of Kells

Cartoon Saloon: The Secret of Kells

Toradh Gallery

Tuesday 8 April at 6:30pm

9 Apr 2014 - 29 Apr 2014

The Toradh Gallery Ashbourne, are pleased to host an exhibition of 16 limited edition prints from the 2010 Academy award-nominated film The Secret of Kells by Cartoon Saloon.

Samuel Walsh: Glance

Samuel Walsh: Glance

Samuel Walsh: Glance

Oliver Sears Gallery

3 Apr 2014 - 8 May 2014

As the title of the exhibition suggests, the artist uses the act of looking at something in a fleeting, perhaps unfocused way to begin the process of making his paintings.

He first sketches in a notepad the lines that he sees that might form the informal structures of a landscape, a building, an object or a peopled interior. These line drawings are refined and become the network of surface lines that appear in the paintings.

Visible Poetry – Samuel Palmer

Visible Poetry – Samuel Palmer

Visible Poetry – Samuel Palmer

Crawford Art Gallery

1 Apr 2014 - 14 Jun 2014

The Crawford Art Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of the complete etchings of Samuel Palmer (1805-1881), one of the key figures of English Romanticism, alongside works which inspired the artist including Durer, Turner, John Ruskin, Seymour Haden and Francis Danby.

Mark Swords: The Hinterlands

Mark Swords: The Hinterlands

Mark Swords: The Hinterlands

Kevin Kavanagh

Thursday 27 March at 6pm

28 Mar 2014 - 26 Apr 2014

The Hinterlands brings together a body of disparate artworks from 2009 to the present day. This work has not been made with any single unifying theme or goal in mind. The individual pieces that comprise The Hinterlands might best be described as a series of potential answers to seemingly random questions, eg “Can I make two paintings one painting?” or ”What is a box that can’t be opened?”

Collected: Irish and International Paintings and Sculpture

Collected: Irish and International Paintings and Sculpture

Collected: Irish and International Paintings and Sculpture

Hillsboro Fine Art

Thursday 27 March, 6 - 8pm

28 Mar 2014 - 26 May 2014

This group exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture brings together artworks by many of the most sought after Irish and International artists including Basil Blackshaw, Sandro Chia, Alan Davie, Patrick Graham, Teiji Hayama, Robert Motherwell, Larry Poons, Shani Rhys James, Mario Schifano, Julian Schnabel, Tim Scott, John Noel Smith, Michael Warren.

Easter Group Show

Easter Group Show

Easter Group Show

Solomon Fine Art

28 Mar 2014 - 10 May 2014

Featuring over 50 artworks by 30 different Irish artists.

Mel Brimfield: Death and Dumb

Mel Brimfield: Death and Dumb

Mel Brimfield: Death and Dumb

VOID

Saturday 22 March, 7:30 - 10pm

22 Mar 2014 - 2 May 2014

Void Gallery presents Death and Dumb an exhibition by London artist Mel Brimfield curated by Elaine Forde. Brimfield’s practice provides the audience with an eccentric, highly original and infectiously humorous art history lesson. She tactically confuses, questions and amusingly complicates the terms of validity in the history of art and the politics of representation.

Dorothy Cross: Connemara

Dorothy Cross: Connemara

Dorothy Cross: Connemara

Royal Hibernian Academy

Thursday 13 March, 6 - 8pm

14 Mar 2014 - 27 Apr 2014

Following its debut at Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, the RHA is delighted to present Connemara an exhibition of new and existing work by Dorothy Cross. Connemara has long been a destination for painters attempting to document the sea, sky, land and light. Connemara is also home to Dorothy Cross, and the source of inspiration for this new exhibition of her work. Cross’s sculpture, film and photography examine the relationship between living beings and the natural world around them, seeing both as sites of constant change, leaving residues of passing time, and strange and unexpected encounters.

James Hanley: The Souvenirs

James Hanley: The Souvenirs

James Hanley: The Souvenirs

Royal Hibernian Academy

Thursday 13 March, 6 - 8pm

14 Mar 2014 - 27 Apr 2014

James Hanely RHA. “The Souvenir series were originally considered as background details for larger works, reference ideas I had collected to use elsewhere, until it dawned on me that I enjoyed their own intrinsic narrative they each contained. The very thing that attracted me to these images was the story, the memory, the history, real or imagined, that they triggered in my head.

Mikala Dwyer: Panto Collapsar

Mikala Dwyer: Panto Collapsar

Mikala Dwyer: Panto Collapsar

Mermaid Arts Centre

13 Mar 2014 - 5 May 2014

Panto Collapsar will fill the gallery with a mass of silver balloons to create a floating ceiling. With an array of theatrically staged sculptures, totem-like structures and a dramatic wall painting, the exhibition is a continuation of Dwyer’s interests in the occult, the natural world, science and maths, as well as a response to Ireland, its heritage and culture.

Haroon Mirza: Are jee be?

Haroon Mirza: Are jee be?

Haroon Mirza: Are jee be?

Irish Museum of Modern Art

8 Mar 2014 - 8 Jun 2014

IMMA continues its commitment in showcasing some of the most exciting international artists working today with the first museum exhibition in Ireland of renowned British artist Haroon Mirza. Combining a variety of readymade and time based material to create audio compositions, which are often realised as site-specific installations, Mirza’s work complicates the distinctions between noise, sound and music.

Vong Phaophanit: Line Writing

Vong Phaophanit: Line Writing

Vong Phaophanit: Line Writing

Irish Museum of Modern Art

8 Mar 2014 - 11 May 2014

For the Museum’s re-opening in October 2013 a number of site-specific pieces from the IMMA Collection were reinstalled in the rooms they were originally conceived for. IMMA is delighted to be re-installing Line Writing by Vong Phaophanit which continues the presentation of complex single-room installations made for the IMMA building. The installation is part of IMMA’s new approach to programming the Collection in ways that connect to the broader programme, Line Writing will be installed to coincide with solo exhibitions by Patrick Scott and Haroon Mirza. This allows for the exploration of a theme or shared idea across a number of different artist’s practices.

Sleepwalkers: Gavin Murphy – In Art We Are Poor Citizens

Sleepwalkers: Gavin Murphy – In Art We Are Poor Citizens

Sleepwalkers: Gavin Murphy – In Art We Are Poor Citizens

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Wednesday 19 February, 6:30 - 8:30pm

20 Feb 2014 - 25 May 2014

In 1904 the then director of the National Museum of Ireland expressed to Lady Gregory his view that he “hoped never to see a picture hung in Dublin until the artist had been dead one hundred years”. At the same time a prominent art collector, Sir Hugh Lane, who was trying to secure a home for his conditional loan of continental pictures opined:

“…there is not in Ireland one single accessible collection or masterpiece of modern or contemporary art… A gallery of Irish and modern art in Dublin […] would be necessary to the student if we are to have a distinct school of painting in Ireland, for it is one’s contemporaries that teach one the most. They are busy with the same problems of expression as oneself, for almost every artist expresses the soul of his own age.”

Patrick Scott: Image Space Light

Patrick Scott: Image Space Light

Patrick Scott: Image Space Light

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Saturday 15 February 2014 at 3:30pm

16 Feb 2014 - 18 May 2014

IMMA and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, are delighted to present a major exhibition of the work of Irish artist Patrick Scott, showing across the two venues as a single exhibition. Patrick Scott: Image Space Light brings together the most comprehensive representation of this remarkable artist’s 75 year long career. Scott had his first exhibition in 1941 with the White Stag Group. Now 93, the exhibition brings together more than 100 pieces that illustrate the breadth and longevity of his career as an architect, designer and artist. The exhibition at IMMA concentrates on Scott’s early works from the 1940s to the early 70s while VISUAL displays works from the 1960s to the present.

Light Rhythms

Light Rhythms

Light Rhythms

Irish Museum of Modern Art

15 Feb 2014 - 27 Apr 2014

Over the mid-term break join us at IMMA for Light Rhythms, an exhibition about sound, light and line that is activated by families and young people of all ages. In this space you will encounter artworks you can interact with to make your own light, colour and sound installations.

Patrick Scott: Image Space Light

Patrick Scott: Image Space Light

Patrick Scott: Image Space Light

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Tuesday 11 February at 6:30pm

11 Feb 2014 - 11 May 2014

IMMA and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, are delighted to present a major exhibition of the work of Irish artist Patrick Scott, showing across the two venues as a single exhibition. Patrick Scott: Image Space Light brings together the most comprehensive representation of this remarkable artist’s 75 year long career. Scott had his first exhibition in 1941 with the White Stag Group. Now 93, the exhibition brings together more than 100 pieces that illustrate the breadth and longevity of his career as an architect, designer and artist. The exhibition at IMMA concentrates on Scott’s early works from the 1940s to the early 70s while VISUAL displays works from the 1960s to the present.

Synergy: Connections to Limerick

Synergy: Connections to Limerick

Synergy: Connections to Limerick

Bourn Vincent Gallery

Thursday 6 February at 7pm

7 Feb 2014 - 30 Apr 2014

An exhibition of work by Ailbhe Barrett, Ester Barrett, Jack Donovan, Tom Fitzgerald, James Hanley RHA, Charles Harper RHA, Gavin Hogg, Gillian Kenny, David Lilburn, Tim Morris, Jane Murtagh, Mick O’Dea RHA, Paul O’Reilly, Suzannah O’Reilly, Jim Savage, John Shinnors, Richard Slade, Donald Teskey RHA and Samuel Walsh.

Portrait of James Brenan by Antoine Barzaghi-Cattaneo

Portrait of James Brenan by Antoine Barzaghi-Cattaneo

Portrait of James Brenan by Antoine Barzaghi-Cattaneo

Royal Hibernian Academy

Thursday 16 January at 6pm

17 Jan 2014 - 27 Apr 2014

The RHA does not actively acquire work for its collection but relies on gifts and donations. As artists are elected to the membership of the Academy they are required by statute to present the Academy with a diploma piece for the collection. These presentations will form the core of this exhibition with works by Michael Warren RHA, Maria Simonds-Gooding RHA, Michael Cullen RHA, Richard Gorman RHA, George Potter RHA and Vivienne Roche RHA amongst other Members.

Paul McKinley: Gacaca

Paul McKinley: Gacaca

Paul McKinley: Gacaca

Royal Hibernian Academy

Thursday 16 January at 6pm

17 Jan 2014 - 27 Apr 2014

McKinley has become increasingly interested in the growth of a form of tourism where people visit, purposefully or as part of a broader recreational itinerary, a diverse range of sites, which offer a (re) presentation of death, disasters and atrocities in touristic form. A whole area of academic discourse has emerged which deals with the proliferation of these sites where tourists gaze upon death and ‘other’ suffering. His interest lies in presenting how the idea of dark tourism is shaping our perception of the landscape and in how the mapping of conflict and traumatic events have become a prominent way in which we digest the contemporary world or landscape.This new work is based on Rwanda as it tries to rebuild and re-brand itself post genocide.

Ciarán Lennon: Al13

Ciarán Lennon: Al13

Ciarán Lennon: Al13

Royal Hibernian Academy

Thursday 16 January at 6pm

17 Jan 2014 - 27 Apr 2014

These Al13 paintings present a total attention, a wakeful awareness, benign, offered for the pleasure of seeing, with a hidden warning (like a traffic sign) don’t be trivial, don’t be bored, don’t be lazy, don’t be proud…stay alert

Locky Morris: Dead On

Locky Morris: Dead On

Locky Morris: Dead On

Saturday 14 December at 4 pm

14 Dec 2013 - 30 Apr 2014

The tree, an elm (something of the star of the park and like all stars more appreciated after death) was killed by Dutch Elm Disease, caused by the fungus Ophiostoma novo-ulmi. It is a type of disease known as a vascular wilt because the fungus blocks the vascular (water transport) system, causing the branches to wilt and die. It is spread by elm bark beetles Scolytus multistriatus. The beetles burrow their way into the dying or dead tree, the female laying eggs and adults, carrying the Dutch Elm pathogen emerge into the world to find new victims nearby.Drilling and boring has been at the essence of Morris’s approach to Dead On mimicking the bark beetle’s invasion on the conscious and subconscious level. Many of us have a terror of drilling, often caused by the fear of the dentist’s drill, so much so that we’d rather endure the pain of toothache than go to the dentist. There’s even a term for it: Odontophobia – a state of denial, a terror of invasion even that of a supposedly benign nature. So if we’re afraid of what’s good for us imagine how terrifying the indifference of nature is; how the insectoid, the fungal, the viral care nothing for our civilization or superiority. As we listen to the tree, something is alive in there. The sounds are familiar yet unsettling; something seems to be eating its way out. The sound isn’t on the tree. It is of the tree. It has become a mechanical, industrial heart beat reanimating something that had flat-lined long ago. ‘Everything must have a beginning and that beginning must be linked to something that went before’ as Mary Shelley points out.2 There is something that reminds one of Victor Frankenstein in the concept behind this work. It has made life. We can imagine the artist in his laboratory pulling a lever, a lightning bolt flashing on a transformer and a cry of ‘It lives!’Yet the sound is subtle, pervasive, something slowly seeping into us, and all the more powerful for its viral aspect. We are all to some degree misophonics (from misophonia – the hatred of certain sounds) and there are noises that trigger the animal in us and we react with disgust or animosity. It’s the feeling of something on the edge of consciousness, something scuttling across the ceiling, something scratching behind the wall. Even if we know what it is, we don’t know what it’s doing and what it exactly means. It’s this lack of knowledge, this lack of control that makes us shudder, makes us aware of our mortality, an ambiguity that puts into perspective our concepts of security and authority. The most devastating things creep up on us, work their way into our system and in the end own us.