Current Visual Arts Dnotes

Ella de Búrca: GOBO

Ella de Búrca: GOBO

Ella de Búrca: GOBO

ArtBox

Thursday 5 February, 6 - 8pm

6 Feb 2015 - 14 Mar 2015

The trail of Roger Casement, hero, traitor, martyr, pervert; (who he is is who he is to you) led de Búrca to Iquitos, Peru where Casement’s humanitarian work had ended the savage reign of the Ango-Peruvian Rubber company. After decades of widespread rape, torture and usury at the hands of unchecked capitalism, the indigenous culture had been all but erased. A century later, globalized capitalism has wreaked similar decay upon the monuments that those rubber barons built to themselves.

The Pattern Exchange

The Pattern Exchange

The Pattern Exchange

Temple Bar Gallery & Studios

Thursday 5 February, 6 - 8pm

6 Feb 2015 - 28 Mar 2015

The Pattern Exchange is an exhibition, guest curated by Rosie Lynch and Hollie Kearns, which will present existing work from Irish artists Sarah Browne, Gareth Kennedy, Sarah Lincoln and Fiona McDonald, with new commissions by Paul Bokslag (IE/NL) and architecture practice Studio Weave (UK). Taking pattern as a point of departure, the exhibition will explore patterns of knowledge, material production, labour, and patterns of movement and change within urban and natural landscapes.

Cliona Harmey: Dublin Ships

Cliona Harmey: Dublin Ships

Cliona Harmey: Dublin Ships

Tuesday 3 February

3 Feb 2015

Created by artist Cliona Harmey, this new piece of public artwork brings to life the movements ships in Dublin Port daily, creating a strong visual and cultural link between the port and the city in full view of Dublin’s citizens, commuters and pedestrians. The artwork is generated from live electronic signals which track the arrival and departure of each ship in Dublin Port. The name of the ship is then transmitted in real-time to two large LED screens facing towards the city, and remains illuminated in black and white until the next ship either arrives in or leaves the port.

Fourth Space

Fourth Space

Fourth Space

Uillin: West Cork Arts Centre

Saturday 31 January at 3pm

31 Jan 2015 - 14 Mar 2015

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre hosts its inaugural exhibition Fourth Space with work by 9 leading artists based in Ireland: David Beattie, Karl Burke, Rhona Byrne, Maud Cotter, Angela Fulcher, Mark Garry, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Dennis McNulty and Liam O’Callaghan.

Welcome Disturbances

Welcome Disturbances

Welcome Disturbances

LAB, The

Thursday 29 January, 6 - 8pm

30 Jan 2015 - 2 Apr 2015

The exhibition includes drawing, sculpture, print, painting, installation and performance resulting from the artists’ research and conversations with members of UCD’s Science Department. Events around the exhibition include live performance, panel discussions and visiting international speakers. These events are designed to create debate and allow participants to find out more or share their thoughts in relation to the subjects that were of particular interest to the artists including areas Plant Palaeobiology, Physics, Pattern and Dance, Growth Chambers and Cell Death.

Paul Seawright: The List

Paul Seawright: The List

Paul Seawright: The List

Kerlin Gallery

Thursday 29 January, 6 - 8pm

30 Jan 2015 - 21 Mar 2015

In The List, Paul Seawright uncovers a contested landscape that continues his interest in city spaces and their relationship to invisible fractures in society. His photographs from across America’s rust belt reveal neglected neighborhoods where derelict vehicles are parked on patchy lawns, and rusted wire fences surround recently repossessed homes or concealed rear yards. Typically people are absent, yet marks of their presence are everywhere – scratched on walls, obscured by closed curtains or glimpsed through motel windows and dense trees. Claustrophobic vistas reveal frayed clapboard homes on the far side of blackened waste ground; this is the landscape of the convicted and dispossessed. Theirs is a liminal world, where legal restrictions define and prohibit them from establishing a permanent residence within a prescribed distance from a lengthy list of public buildings. These geographic limitations create unintended clusters of ex-offenders, often in small rural North American towns, where those on the list are hidden in plain sight.

PORTFOLIO @ Solomon

PORTFOLIO @ Solomon

PORTFOLIO @ Solomon

Solomon Fine Art

30 Jan 2015 - 14 Mar 2015

Solomon Fine Art, in conjunction with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) and The Doyle Collection, are pleased to announce the launch of PORTFOLIO @ Solomon, a dedicated design & craft gallery to coincide with the ID2015 programme. The new 60m2 gallery space is located at the main entrance to The Westbury Hotel and Westbury Mall on Balfe Street, just a few steps from Solomon Fine Art’s existing gallery and a stone’s throw from Grafton Street.

Mark Clare: I Believe In You

Mark Clare: I Believe In You

Mark Clare: I Believe In You

Model, The

Saturday 24 January, 5 - 7pm

24 Jan 2015 - 22 Mar 2015

The Model is thrilled to present a major solo exhibition of Dublin-based artist Mark Clare. The exhibition, I Believe in You, offers new insights into the work of Clare, who, in his role as a creative public agent, seeks to engage with and highlight unresolved incongruities within our societies, placing scrutiny on the combative issues of globalisation, individualism and public space. The exhibition takes its title from one of three key works created specifically for the exhibition. The large-scale installation I Believe in You, designed to follow the vastness of an exhibition space will float (and de-inflate) in The Model’s atrium. The work explores the idea of society’s disaffection with political engagement and our complex relationship with public institutions.

Cosmic Dust

Cosmic Dust

Cosmic Dust

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art

Saturday 24 January at 3pm

24 Jan 2015 - 17 May 2015

VISUAL presents Cosmic Dust, a group exhibition looking at attempts to orient ourselves in the universe that maintains us. Gathering the ideas of artists, scientists and philosophers, Cosmic Dust explores ways in which art, science and the spiritual can combine to offer a deeper understanding of the metaphysical nature of existence. From our connection to the natural world to our place in the stars, the exhibition delves into humanity’s poetic attempts to build systems of thought, meaning and belonging in the face of a vast and unknowable universe.

Brian Duggan: The Last Day Diary

Brian Duggan: The Last Day Diary

Brian Duggan: The Last Day Diary

Crawford Art Gallery

Friday 23 January

23 Jan 2015 - 30 Mar 2015

The Last Day Diaryis a new short HD film inspired from a specific historical relic from the Johnson County War in 1882 Wyoming. The film’s initial location of privilage and safety in the grand eighteenth century entrance hall of Charlemont House, is in stark contrast to the narration’s guiding text from a hand written letter found on the body of Nathan D. Champion. Falsely accused by a wealthy Wyoming cattleman’s association, Champion was the first person murdered by a band of hit men hired by the cattlemen. The letter he had written during the day of the seige in his cabin is a poignant testament of a person in crisis and the last hours he spent surrounded. The film concludes in Kaycee, Wyoming, where the original ambush took place one hundred and thirty three years ago.

Abigail O’Brien: With Bread

Abigail O’Brien: With Bread

Abigail O’Brien: With Bread

Limerick City Gallery of Art

23 Jan 2015 - 13 Mar 2015

While bread and the craft of making it are nearly as old as civilisation itself, Pain au levain was the first leavened bread, probably discovered in Egypt six thousand years ago. Artist Abigail O’Brien’s interest in bread, its elemental properties, the magical process that takes place in its making, its centrality in human daily life across race and culture and religion, its familial, social and cultural importance, and its rich symbolism, spans some twenty years.

Anthony Haughey: Excavation

Anthony Haughey: Excavation

Anthony Haughey: Excavation

Limerick City Gallery of Art

23 Jan 2015 - 13 Mar 2015

Anthony Haughey is an artist who explores contested territories in Ireland and Europe. In a premier for Limerick City Gallery of Art, Haughey returned to Bosnia to make a new film. UNresolved reflects on the twentieth anniversary of genocide in Srebrenica. Haughey presents a haunting memorial to the victims of the Bosnian war of 1992-95. The title relates to the UN Security Resolution 819, passed on the 16th April 1993 declaring Srebrenica as a ‘safe’ area for Muslim refugees – the prelude to what was the largest act of genocide in Europe since the holocaust. Following Haughey’s earlier work in Bosnia, between 1998-2002, he gained exclusive access to buildings and atrocity sites in Serb controlled territory, areas that have hitherto been off limits. Breaking the silence of this film is a recording of eyewitness accounts of massacre victims collated from archives such as Human Rights Watch and also directly from people encountered on research visits to Bosnia, with accounts of resistance and survival, testimonies from young Dutch soldiers who were serving in Srebrenica and conflicting accounts from UN personnel and Serb military commanders. The film explores ideological and political narratives informing this emerging and contested history. As Walter Benjamin stated, ‘articulating the past historically does not mean recognizing it ‘the way it really was.’ It means appropriating a memory as it flashes up in a moment of danger’ (1990).

Prints from a Life

Prints from a Life

Prints from a Life

Limerick City Gallery of Art

23 Jan 2015 - 13 Mar 2015

The Michael O’Connor Poster Collection is made up of approximately 2800 international posters; ephemeral and historical items dating from the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s. Michael O’Connor of Listowel, County Kerry, categorically amassed the collection over the course of 20 years, at great personal expense. He generously donated it to Limerick City Gallery of Art in 1989. This eclectic and personal collection grew alongside Michael O’Connor’s years, taking its shape from the line of his life.

Marie Brett: The Amulet

Marie Brett: The Amulet

Marie Brett: The Amulet

LAB, The

Thursday 15 January, 5 - 8pm

16 Jan 2015 - 28 Mar 2015

The Amulet, by artist Marie Brett, is shedding light on an often hidden aspect of Irish life, exploring the subject of pregnancy and infant loss. The exhibition stems from The Amulet project (2009-2013), a collaboration between artist Marie Brett, bereaved parents, and three hospital sites: Cork University Maternity Hospital, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, and Waterford Regional Hospital.

Gareth Kennedy: Invented Tradition

Gareth Kennedy: Invented Tradition

Gareth Kennedy: Invented Tradition

Galway Arts Centre

Friday 16 January at 6pm

16 Jan 2015 - 7 Feb 2015

Galway Arts Centre is pleased to present the exhibition Invented Tradition by Gareth Kennedy. Having produced and exhibited projects nationally and internationally for a decade, this will be the most comprehensive presentation to date of Kennedy’s work in his native city.

The exhibition will feature three select bodies of work from the last two years of Kennedy’s practice which collectively investigate the social agency of the handcrafted in the 21st century and generate ‘communities of interest’ around the production and performance of new material cultures.

An Ulaid

An Ulaid

An Ulaid

QSS Bedford Street

Thursday 15 January, 7 - 9pm

16 Jan 2015 - 28 Feb 2015

The South Down Society of Modern Art was formally established in Rostrevor, Co. Down on 10 March 1927 by seven artists – Maimie Campbell, Pauline Doyle, Edward Hollywood, Sarah Leonard, Iris McAragh, Heber O’Neill and Thomas Pettit. The group was founded with the aim of encouraging the practice and appreciation of the modern developments in painting and sculpture that had begun to emanate from Paris and other centres of artistic activity on mainland Europe during the previous half century.

Mark Garry: A New Quiet

Mark Garry: A New Quiet

Mark Garry: A New Quiet

Royal Hibernian Academy

Thursday 15 January, 6 - 8pm

16 Jan 2015 - 22 Feb 2015

The RHA are pleased to be hosting a new quiet by Dublin based artist, Mark Garry. This is the fifth major solo exhibition Garry has undertaken over the past twelve months. Garry creates beautifully considered ephemeral works that act as embodiment’s of slow time. His works are measured and quiet, often requiring meticulous systems of construction. They combine physical, visual, sensory and empathetic analogues, creating arrangements of elements that intersect spaces. This exhibition of new works incorporates a diverse range of related materials that combine to form carefully structured poetic narratives between images, material and objects.

Nick Miller: Vessels: Nature Morte

Nick Miller: Vessels: Nature Morte

Nick Miller: Vessels: Nature Morte

Royal Hibernian Academy

Thursday 15 January, 6 - 8pm

16 Jan 2015 - 22 Feb 2015

Between painting people and landscape, I bring elements of the natural world into the studio to try and hold them in paint in arrangements that resonate: a Still-Life in other words, although I prefer the more french term Nature Morte, which brings to mind the reality of the cycle of life, nature and death that underlies the genre. I returned to painting flowers in 2011 because I had begun using them in a collaborative creative project at North West Hospice. As is traditional in visiting the sick, I bring flowers, using them as a subject for watercolours in a temporary studio on the ward. If appropriate, I engage with patients through the work, sometimes leading to portraits, interiors and sometimes just to flower paintings.

Amelia Stein RHA: Erris

Amelia Stein RHA: Erris

Amelia Stein RHA: Erris

Royal Hibernian Academy

Thursday 15 January, 6 - 8pm

16 Jan 2015 - 22 Feb 2015

Amelia Stein RHA is known and lauded for her sumptuous black and white photographs. Whether the subject is the graveyards of the Middle East, the Palmhouse at the Botantical Gardens, or portraits of artists, Stein brings together subtle tonality with psychological insight. This new suite of work sees two innovations from the artist.

Mollie Douthit: Paintings

Mollie Douthit: Paintings

Mollie Douthit: Paintings

Royal Hibernian Academy

Thursday 15 January, 6 - 8pm

16 Jan 2015 - 22 Feb 2015

For Douthit, painting begins in a place of order, mixing colors based on sight, placing objects in a clear and certain place. Working from life, the process unfolds, leading to images that hinge between the poetics of paint, and the specifics of the object. The process reaches an end when she is unable to truthfully put down another mark that relates to the object, or the new space it exists in.

RHA New Acquisitions

RHA New Acquisitions

RHA New Acquisitions

Royal Hibernian Academy

Thursday 15 January, 6 - 8pm

16 Jan 2015 - 22 Feb 2015

In January 2015, the second RHA recent acquisitions exhibition will be held in the Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery. This show will comprise of Members’ work that are called Diploma pieces, following the historic tradition that newly elected Members are required by our bylaws to donate a significant piece of their work to the Academy collection.

Michael Cullen RHA: Studio Scene with Elephant – Study after Velázquez

Michael Cullen RHA: Studio Scene with Elephant – Study after Velázquez

Michael Cullen RHA: Studio Scene with Elephant – Study after Velázquez

Royal Hibernian Academy

Thursday 15 January, 6 - 8pm

16 Jan 2015 - 22 Feb 2015

Back in the Summer of ‘88 I set out to paint a big painting, 350 x 400 cm in the music room of the Tyrone Gutherie Centre, at Annaghmakerrig. In the middle of stretching the canvas and musing about what I might paint on it, a pier mirror in the room caught my eye and all of a sudden something clicked. Mirrors! The mirror in this instance triggered off a memory of my earliest visit to the Prado in Madrid, way back in 1969, where for the first time I saw Velázquez’s Las Meninas in the flesh. It was hanging, entirely on its own, in a light greenish-grey beige-coloured room, and on the wall facing it was a large mirror in which you could see yourself in relation to the picture’s internal space, perspectively speaking. And so, with this reflection in mind I ended up making a study of Las Meninas, set into a composition, which also included the music room as studio.

Tjibbe Hooghiemstra: Sandy Island

Tjibbe Hooghiemstra: Sandy Island

Tjibbe Hooghiemstra: Sandy Island

Hillsboro Fine Art

Thursday 15 January, 6 - 8pm

15 Jan 2015 - 14 Feb 2015

New paintings and drawings from internationally acclaimed Dutch artist.

Portraits from The David Kronn Collection

Portraits from The David Kronn Collection

Portraits from The David Kronn Collection

Butler Gallery

Saturday 10 January, 2:30 - 4:30pm

10 Jan 2015 - 22 Feb 2015

The Butler Gallery is delighted to present Portraits from The David Kronn Collection. This exhibition comes to the Butler Gallery from the National Programme of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and is drawn from the exceptional collection of photography amassed by Dr David Kronn, an Irish-born paediatrician with a specialty in medical genetics, who lives and works in New York. Dr Kronn has built an extraordinary photography collection over the past twenty years, which is a promised gift to the Irish Museum of Modern Art to be enjoyed by the Irish public into the future. The overall donation will substantially increase IMMA’s photographic holdings and provide an historical, contextual and expanding framework essential for the understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary photography.

Clare Langan: The Floating World

Clare Langan: The Floating World

Clare Langan: The Floating World

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art

Saturday 24 January at 3pm

10 Jan 2015 - 3 May 2015

Clare Langan’s The Floating World is a multi-screen film which presents a sensitively poetic message about possible futures and our place in the world. Shot in three contrasting locations, the viewer is led through haunting and elegaic landscapes where white ash or snow swirls and settles, prompting thoughts of a world devasted and beyond habitation. The Floating World questions the relationship between mankind and the earth.

Richard Proffitt: Wild Cries of Ha-Ha

Richard Proffitt: Wild Cries of Ha-Ha

Richard Proffitt: Wild Cries of Ha-Ha

Kevin Kavanagh

Thursday 8 January at 6pm

9 Jan 2015 - 6 Feb 2015

Wild Cries of Ha-Ha is the translated name of one of the eight great charnel grounds described in Hindu and Buddhist spiritual texts. They are places of transformation, where the living and the dead communicate, populated by shamans, roaming spirits and corpses. These extremely sacred sites are feared and opposed by those without a strong-will and only the most devoted believers of asceticism and ritual practices can worship there.

Reflections

Reflections

Reflections

Olivier Cornet Gallery

Saturday 3 January

3 Jan 2015 - 15 Feb 2015

Christmas group show • Opening Reception Thursday 11 December, from 6:30pm onwards To celebrate its first year at 5 Cavendish Row, for its Christmas group show, the Olivier Cornet Gallery will be showing a selection of works which have been at the core of its artists’ practices during 2014. A great opportunity to see the [...]

The Watson Archive

The Watson Archive

The Watson Archive

Crawford Art Gallery

1 Jan 2015 - 28 Mar 2015

This exhibition of designs and cartoons by James Watson & Son, a stained-glass studio that flourished in Youghal in the nineteenth & twentieth centuries, allows visitors to the Crawford Art Gallery to appreciate some of the challenges facing Ireland’s national cultural institutions today. The Watson Archive was acquired at auction in December 2014.

John Collins: Pigtown

John Collins: Pigtown

John Collins: Pigtown

Bourn Vincent Gallery

Thursday 11 December at 5:30pm

12 Dec 2014 - 12 Feb 2015

All brand-new works created as a direct and detailed response to the Pigtown script as written by Limerick’s premier playwright Mike Finn.

Mobile Encounters

Mobile Encounters

Mobile Encounters

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Friday 12 December at 6pm

12 Dec 2014 - 15 Feb 2015

Mobile Encounters presents a selection of ephemera and artworks documenting the early years of performance art in Ireland.

The exhibition is curated in partnership between the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) and IMMA. NIVAL is a public research resource that holds the world’s largest collection of documentary information on Irish 20th and 21st century art. An important objective of IMMA’s newly established Project Spaces is to consider how a museum engages with its collection, artists, curators and visitors.

Trove

Trove

Trove

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Tuesday 2 December at 6pm

3 Dec 2014 - 8 Mar 2015

IMMA has invited internationally renowned artist Dorothy Cross to select an exhibition of work from the Collections of IMMA, Crawford Art Gallery, National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland. The resulting exhibition;Trove, will showcase the extraordinary depth of the National Collections in one unique and very subjective presentation. This is the first time that the National Collections have worked together in this way; presenting a combination of objects and artworks as one single exhibition. Thus Trove represents a unique opportunity for people to see works from both our art and object based National Collections together for the first time, presenting these works in a new and fascinating light. By the inclusion of works rarely seen by the public, Trove also celebrates and rediscovers many of the hidden treasures of our National Collections, revealing much about our collective identity through the objects we have chosen to collect.

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler: Sound Speed Marker

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler: Sound Speed Marker

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler: Sound Speed Marker

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Friday 5 December

28 Nov 2014 - 4 May 2015

Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler have been working collaboratively in video, photography and sculpture since 1990. Their work invites suggestive, open-ended reflections on memory, place and cinema. Sound Speed Marker is their first exhibition in Ireland and will present their recently completed trilogy of films in a changing display from November 2014 through to Spring 2015. Each film interweaves and unpacks layers of cinema history.

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Friday 7 November, 6 - 8:30pm

8 Nov 2014 - 8 Feb 2015

IMMA presents the first major exhibition in Dublin by Turner Prize Nominee Duncan Campbell. Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell ‘s (b. 1972) artistic production spans several media and concerns itself with the power of stories and the boundaries between the actual and the imagined, historical narrative and media representation, record and interpretation.

Primal Architecture

Primal Architecture

Primal Architecture

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Friday 7 November, 6 - 8:30pm

8 Nov 2014 - 1 Mar 2015

This exhibition borrows its title from an iconic work by the influential American artist Mike Kelley Primal Architecture (1995) in which the artist uses sculptural forms to map a history of his personal genealogy.

Phoenix Rising: Art and Civic Imagination

Phoenix Rising: Art and Civic Imagination

Phoenix Rising: Art and Civic Imagination

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Thursday 6 November at 6:30pm

7 Nov 2014 - 29 Mar 2015

This exhibition and related events explore the current place of civic ideals in urban life and contemporary art practice. It references Dublin’s 1914 Civic Exhibition which was inspired by the work of Scottish biologist, sociologist and planner Patrick Geddes and which attempted to re-imagine Dublin as “the phoenix of cities” during a period of economic, social and political strife. The exhibition showcases contemporary artists’ responses to the urban environment using different strategies to understand and represent the city. It includes work by Stephen Brandes, Mark Clare, Cliona Harmey, Vagabond Reviews, Stéphanie Nava and Mary-Ruth Walsh.