Get into the festive spirit by checking out some amazing visual arts events in December! Read on to see our top picks from around the country.
Exquisite Tempo Sector | Barbara Knezevic
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
25 November 2016 – 28 January 2017
This exhibition is an omnivorous selection of things acting together to call to mind a film set, a photographic shoot, retail and museum displays and other stagings of stuff in the world. These items are arranged with attention to, though not always respecting museological conventions that make visible the hierarchies of value in material culture.
The force of time is central to this exhibition; the influence of human, material, geological and ecological duration is present throughout. Candle sculptures flicker and ooze and seawater and other liquids evaporate silently. The stems of Monstera deliciosa, the quintessential house-plant, gradually unfurl to reveal tender, pale green leaves that gradually become darker and tougher. These plants count out their own metronomic beat, an inbuilt and primordial rhythm dictated by the influence of light, heat and moisture. Some materials are known only by their absence, present as chemical apparitions in a photogram, characterized as versions of themselves in photographic C-type prints or digitally on an LED screen.
This exhibition is about the exposure of artworks and matter; to light, viewing, time, human activity and to each other. It is a reflection on the life span of things, and what remains when they seem to be gone.
Disorder | Prix Pictet
The Gallery of Photography, Dublin
24 November – 22 January
The Prix Pictet, launched in 2008, is the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability and has as its mission a search for outstanding photographic series that communicate messages of global environmental significance. The Prix Pictet aims to harness the power of photography – all genres of photography – to draw global attention to issues of sustainability, especially those concerning the environment.
The exhibition features the work of the twelve shortlisted photographers:
Valérie Belin (Laureate), Ilit Azoulay, Matthew Brandt, Maxim Dondyuk, Alixandra Fazzina, Ori Gersht, John Gossage, Pieter Hugo, Gideon Mendel, Sophie Ristelhueber, Brent Stirton, and Yang Yongliang.
The Rope Around All Of Our Necks
Yellow Box, NCAD
6 – 8 December
“With this exhibition we intend to shine a light on an issue that keeps getting shoved under the rug, to confront the truth. We intend to interpret the 8th amendment and the damage it does, to expose the injustice of a country that has taken bodily autonomy from its women, that shames and punishes them for pregnancy complications, and denies them healthcare that is considered basic nearly anywhere else in the world.”
Art by; Alana McDonough, Barbara Bennett, Ruthie Byrne, Patrycja Rajska, Niamh Flaherty, Barra Carlin, Finn Mullan, Lucas Garvey, Deirdre Rawle, Jessie De Boe Agnew, Zoe Perrin, Liam Trumble, Seán Brennan, Phelim McGovern, Suzanna Crawford, Róisín McLoughlin, Du Jingze, Fía
The exhibition is also hosting an online fundraising page for Abortion Support Network. ASN is a charity that provides financial assistance, accommodation and confidential, non-judgmental information to women forced to travel from Ireland and Northern Ireland and pay privately for abortions in England.
I’ll Sing You A Song From Around The Town | Amanda Coogan
Limerick City Gallery of Art
25th November 2016 – 29th January 2017
Amanda Coogan is one of the most exciting contemporary visual artists whose practice revolves around Performance Art. Her expertise lies in her ability to condense an idea to its very essence and communicate it through her body. This showing is a manifestation of Coogan’s, highly acclaimed exhibition at the RHA in 2015.
Amanda Coogan has been the recipient of the AIB’s Art prize in 2004. She has performed and exhibited her work extensively including the Venice Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, IMMA, Dublin, RHA, Dublin and Uilinn, West Cork. Coogan is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.
Future Artist Makers
Nerve Centre, Derry
26 November – 26 February
From the printing press to colour photography to powerful laser cutters, the creativity of each generation’s artist-makers evolves in relation to new technologies.
Future Artist-Makers: The Exhibition explores how today’s artist-makers are embracing the latest digital fabrication tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC routers, to imagine, design and create artworks that otherwise might not be possible.
Future Artist-Makers also highlights how artist-makers from across Europe are critically engaging with the FabLab ethos of open-source design, creative collaboration and hardware hacking, and how the combination of ‘new machines, new materials and new networks’ are beginning to make their mark.
Curated by Declan Sheehan, Nerve Centre, with assistance from Javier Garcia Buron, Director FabLab Limerick, School of Architecture, University of Limerick, and Gustavo Valera, Ultra-Lab Madrid.
The Hub, 12 Main Street, Dingle, Co. Kerry
1 – 4 December
Waxing Lyrical is an exhibition of artwork celebrating vinyl taking place during the eir Other Voices Festival in Dingle from the 1st – 4th December 2016. In an age of downloading and streaming we look back with nostalgia to the era of records, independent record shops and all of its connotations. This exhibition examines the collectors and hoarders, hipsters and upcyclers, innovation and interventions. We look at its siblings: graphics, hip-hop culture, street-art, Vjs, Djs and rap.
Featured artists: Catherine Barron, Andrew Duggan, John Flynn, Brian Hegarty, KEMP, John Lambert, Eoin Lee, Kathryn Maguire, Ciara McKenna, Will St Leger, Deirdre McKenna, Suzy O’Mullane, Kate Shelley, Carole Shubotham, Nathan Somers, Ross Stewart, Sheena Yolzari and Deirdre Harman.
Featured Image: Valérie Belin, Still life with mask, 2014