The ExhibItionist | 5 | THE PARALLAX VIEW


A few news items this week, UCD announced the selected artists for their annual residency, a residency focused on artists who work with scientific aspects in their work. Green on Red Gallery is reopening this week after a short hiatus with a variety of new work from their artists. One show I think looks really interesting is Alan Butler’s show THE PARALLAX VIEW curated by Niamh Brown and opening in Limerick’s Ormston House this week. Butler mixes works from UL’s Art Collection with new works made through outsourcing work to producers found on the internet.



Announcement of 2015 UCD Science Artists in Residence

UCD Art in Science has selected artists Maria McKinney, Vanessa Daws and Fiona Marron as the 2015 Science Artists in Residence . The shortlisted artists were : David Beattie, Sinéad Bhreatnach Cashell, Nick Bryson, John Conway, Trevor Knight, Fiona McDonald, and Christine Mackey.  For more information see


Green on Red Gallery to Reopen in Spencer Dock

The Green On Red Gallery has announced the reopening of the gallery in Spencer Dock, Dublin 1 ( 150m north of Spencer Dock Luas stop ) on December 11. It opens with ‘Renew’, an exhibition of new work by gallery artists Gerard Byrne, John Cronin, Mary Fitzgerald, Damien Flood, Mark Joyce, Caroline McCarthy, Ronan McCrea, Alice Maher and Bridget Riley which will continue until the end of January 2015.

Renew will feature a new suite of 9 prints by Alice Maher shown here for the first time. These are the first new works by the artist seen since her highly successful solo exhibition, Becoming, in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2012 and her recently published monograph, Reservoir, published in 2014 by ROAD Publications, Dublin. The new works are marked by a riot of colour and play with motifs of corporeal and symbolic metamorphosis. In God’s little helper the female protagonist is overcome with a coat of human hair, as Magdalene was before (or after ?) her.

Gerard Byrne’s new Kodak Wratten Filter Systems unique photographs come as close in photography to abstraction as is possible due to the lighting and arrangement of the single colour, century-long, glass filters. Byrne’s approach to the medium regularly makes poetic and witty side-references to the history of painting, theatre and photography itself. The result here recalls minimalist ideas of reduction and repetition and a solipsistic pragmatism.

Mark Joyce presents two new paintings on panel that recall some of his earlier 90s oil on canvas paintings. Their playful shapes echo letters and numbers but never spell out their message, as a Mel Bochner might.

Damien Flood’s new paintings are stripped back with a fresh and exciting economy. They hang on a knife-edge between bringing us to familiar and mysterious, unknown worlds.

Mary Fitzgerald uses hard-edge and fragile materials that make the most of their reflective qualities and expand the moment of perception. The viewer is involved and engaged in unexpected twists and turns.

In anticipation of her forthcoming solo show at the gallery, Caroline McCarthy presents Woods in November ( 2014 ) acrylic on canvas. This is a dazzling trompe l’oeil rendition of the most inconsequential subject brought centre stage. We are made to question our own belief systems and moral code in an upside-down world so convincingly portrayed.

Ronan McCrea will exhibit new photographs from his  ‘reprographic‘ project that meditates on current questions about the fin de siécle, as he sees it, of the photographic era in late or post Post-Modernism. These works have an authority borrowed from the conventions of the medium but can point to new conclusions.

Large Fragment by Bridget Riley has an undeniable elegance and mastery that, while harking back to the cut-outs of Henri Matisse, is both fresh and compelling.

The Gallery will open to the public from Wednesday-Friday, 10-6pm and on Saturdays 11-3pm.
Opening Reception: Thurs 11 December, 6 – 9pm
Exhibition Dates: 12/12 – 31/01/15

Green On Red Gallery, Park lane ( rere of apartments ), Spencer Dock, Dublin 1.



Shows opening this week:


‘In Situ’ | Group Exhibition at GMIT, Castlebar

5 December – 7 January

In Situ, an exhibition of new works by Mayo-based artists Betty Gannon, Joanna Hopkins, Amanda Rice and Ian Wieczorek, will open to the public in GMIT Mayo (Castlebar) on Friday 5 December, (4pm).

The four artists were this year’s selected artists in residence at GMIT Mayo, (Castlebar) which took place during the summer months of July and August. They have created individual works situated in different parts of the college which respond to their own thematic concerns arising out of their time as resident artists in GMIT.

“The residency has been a very exciting project for the Mayo campus as it deepens the relationship between the local arts community, the Institute and our current art students”, says Dr John Mulloy, GMIT lecturer in Art History and Critical Theory.

“It is important that we continue to provide support for graduates as they build new careers after college, while also providing space and time through our summer residencies for emerging artists to reflect on and develop their practice.”

This exhibition will be opened on Friday, 5 December at 4pm by Dr Deirdre Garvey, Head of GMIT Mayom and run until Wednesday 7 January (2015). All are welcome.

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Stine Marie Jacobsen & Mel Brimfield at Galway Arts Centre – Two Solo Exhibitions

Openings: 5 December at 6pm
Galway Arts Centre, 47 Lower Dominick St, Galway

Galway Arts Centre will open two exhibitions at 6pm on Friday 5th December. Both artists will each give talks on their work the following day, from 12 noon.

Quantum Foam is a touring exhibition of work by UK artist Mel Brimfield, her first showing in the Republic of Ireland. Quantum Foam is a retrospective of the artist’s work, with each gallery presenting an original series of existing works. Presented by Kinsale Arts Festival and curated by former Director Marie McPartlin, the tour encompasses Wexford Arts Centre, Luan Gallery, Galway Arts Centre and The LAB, Dublin.

Mel Brimfield will give a talk on her work at 12 noon on Saturday 6th December 2014 in Galway Arts Centre.

Galway Arts Centre will be presenting “Four Characters in Search of A Performance”, a film by Mel Brimfield that seeks to reconstruct a fictional lost performance artwork. A series of four characters provide contradictory eyewitness accounts of a (fictional) live art event, bringing into question whether it is possible to locate a transient performance after its completion.

For more information on the artist please go to

DIRECT APPROACH, an exhibition by Danish artist Stine Marie Jacobsen, will have its Irish debut in Galway Arts Centre on December 5th. The artist will give a talk on her work at 2pm on Saturday 6th December.

DIRECT APPROACH is an innovative art project based on conversations about violence in film and reality. The project explores how we as a society respond to the categories of victim, perpetrator and bystander and how we distinguish between real and fictional experiences of violence. The exhibition takes the form of short films, statements on violence and movie posters.

Using film as a conversational tool, DIRECT APPROACH aims to engage people in dialogues about violence, taboos and ethics. The participants reflect on the violence they have seen in films and how this violence mirrors society today. By investigating these themes in depth, the participants position themselves within a landscape of ethics, morality, injustice, occupation and desire.

The exhibition opening is in Galway Arts Centre on Friday December 5th and the artist will be discussing her work in Galway Arts Centre at 2pm on Saturday December 6th.

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To read more about DIRECT APPROACH go to the official project website or artist website.


Mairead O’hEocha at Douglas Hyde Gallery

December 12, 2014 – February 25, 2015 | Opening: December 11 at 6pm
Gallery 2, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2

Mairead O’hEocha’s quietly memorable Gallery 1 exhibition, ‘via An Lar’, took place in 2011. The subject-matter of the artist’s paintings – everyday urban places, downbeat country scenes, nondescript edgelands – remains consistent and the mood of her new work, a quizzical and affectionate kind of detachment, is also familiar. Her style has changed, though. Instead of adhering to the elegant tonal harmonies of the earlier pictures she now sets startling coloured highlights against her usual greys and blues, and this can make commonplace views look like hallucinations. The occasional stridency of her painterly vigour is equally disconcerting. Mairead O’hEocha has always liked to destabilise the normal, and this characteristic, wry but hard-hitting, is as pronounced as ever.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication that considers the artist’s previous exhibition in the Douglas Hyde Gallery in the context of her more recent work. It includes a re-print of Isobel Harbison’s review of ‘via An Lar’ originally published in Frieze.

The Douglas Hyde Gallery would like to thank the artist and mother’s tankstation for their support of the exhibition.


Niamh O’Malley at Douglas Hyde Gallery

Preview: 11 December, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: 12 December – 25 February 2015
A new publication with a text by Rebecca O’Dwyer will accompany the exhibition.
Artist’s Talk: Niamh O’Malley will hold a discussion about her work with Declan Long before the opening of her exhibition, Thursday, December 11, at 5pm.

Niamh O’Malley’s art is in some respects connected to Irish landscape painting, and despite its phenomenological emphasis on processes of seeing, looking, and perceiving, it can be surprisingly Romantic. It would be a little far-fetched, but not entirely wrong, to suggest that at the core of her work there is a melancholic attraction to darkness, intimacy, and reflection, even though layering, enfoldment and fragmentation keep the excesses of Romanticism at bay.

The new films in this exhibition, and most of the objects too, are no exception. In Nephin, for instance, the camera circumnavigates a mountain in the area where the artist grew up; while we never lose sight of its picturesque allure, irregular movement and a permanent ‘blind spot’ in front of the lens ensure that our gaze can never settle. The journey around the mountain is faintly reminiscent of the traditional Tibetan Buddhist circumambulation of Mt. Kailas, a pilgrimage that is undertaken to achieve wisdom and merit, and in turn this brings to mind the artist’s earlier film about Lough Derg, the destination of many an Irish pilgrim. Looked at from a particular perspective, there is a longing for belief and homecoming not far from the surface of her art.

It may not be significant, but it is nevertheless intriguing, that the camera travels round Nephin counter-clockwise, which in traditional cultures would be deemed to be going against the grain and the normal way of doing things. Similarly, barriers, blocks and veils are common in Niamh O’Malley’s work, and they are intrinsic to her determined interrogation and disruption of the immediate and obvious. This obstinacy, however, is never at the expense of her visual and emotional sensitivity, which is finely balanced between feeling and analytical detachment.


The Joinery Presents: The Archive Project (this is not an exhibition)

The Archive Project (this is not an exhibition).
The Joinery
12-20 Dec
Opens 8pm on 12 December to coincide with the Wormholes gig.
Run until 20 December, 1-7pm daily.

The Joinery invites you to come and bid farewell. From 12 to 20 December the doors will be open for you to call in, say hello, say goodbye, trawl through some photos, find one of yourself, watch some footage of projects past, think about projects future, have a listen and rest your laurels on the big brown couch for one last time. You are cordially invited to play your part in spreading the archive by taking a print or two of your choosing out into the world with you on your departure.

Images/footage/sound/installation by Jonathan Sammon/David Donohoe/Miranda Driscoll/the Joinery.


Hubbard and Birchler: Sound Speed Marker Exhibition at IMMA

Hubbard / Birchler: Sound Speed Marker
5 December 2014 – 4 May 2015
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

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 December 2014 through to Spring 2015. Each film interweaves and unpacks layers of cinema history.

Grand Paris Texas, considers the physical and social space of a dead cinema, a forgotten song and the inhabitants of a small town. Movie Mountain (Méliès), explores the residue of cinema and social terrain around the site of Movie Mountain in West Texas for the origin of the mountain’s name. Giant interweaves signs of life and vistas of a decaying movie set in Texas: the Reata mansion from the 1956 Warner Bros. film Giant starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. This presentation is the European premiere of the completed Trilogy.

Grand Paris Texas: 4 December 2014 – 11 January 2015
Movie Mountain: 16 January – 1 March 2015
Giant: 6 March – 4 May 2015

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For details on the current exhibitions at IMMA, all of which are free of charge, please visit our website


IMMA Resident Naomi Sex Invites You to ‘6iX DEGREES’   Recently updated !

IMMA resident Naomi Sex invites you to 6iX DEGREES
13 December | 4pm – 7pm | Performance by Alan James Burns – 4.30 sharp
IMMA Artist Studio 3 , The Irish Museum of Modern Art

By highlighting and harnessing the connections and closeness in the Irish art world and beyond, through a process of nomination, 6iX DEGREES features the artistic and curatorial selection of the following (in a very particular order):

NAOMI SEX – Curator
Artist  – ALAN JAMES BURNS | Performance – 4.30pm

John Graham has been commissioned to write a text for this event.

6iX DEGREES is conceived and facilitated by Naomi Sex. With the kind support of IMMA the exhibition is taking place in the residency studios. Refreshments will be served in The Flanker Building.


Tamsin Snow and Sarah Tynan at Oonagh Young Gallery

5 December – 9 January | Official Opening: 11 December, 7 – 9pm
Oonagh Young Gallery, 1 James Joyce Street, Dublin 1
Opening hours: 11.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 6pm, Wednesday – Friday or by appointment

Oonagh Young Gallery is pleased to present Lobby [Part I], the first part in a two-part installation by Tamsin Snow and Sarah Tynan.

Snow and Tynan work collaboratively and explore the relationship between art, architecture and design, constructing large scale built environments in order to raise questions about the political and ideological underpinnings of architecture and social spaces.

Here, the artists have transformed the gallery into a tableau, operating as both a threatricised vacant commercial space and an abstracted advertisement. They have populated the gallery space with a grouping of sculptures and images that take as their source material advertising display, stock images, and objects that are readily found in everyday. Shown as exaggerated reproductions, artifice replaces the authentic with pseudo concrete, terrazzo rubber and materials imitating the surface of their original.


BURNSIDE & CO – Official Launch at The Library Project

6:30pm Wednesday 10th December, 2014
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Celebrating the launch of two new independent Irish book projects. Driftwood Editions will launch their first photographic publication “BURNSIDE” by Richard Gilligan & The Salvage Press presents their latest offering “Maldon”, a unique book typeset by hand & letterpress printed by Jamie Murphy.

Both Driftwood Editions & The Salvage Press will also be selling a selection of signed & editioned prints on the night.

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Marie Foley at Triskel Arts Centre

4 December 2014 –  5 November 2015
Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St., Cork City

Marie Foley honours George Boole with evolving exhibition AESTHETIC LOGIC at Triskel Arts Centre.

Notable mathematician philosopher and logician, George Boole, made his home in Cork in the mid 19th century. In commemoration of his achievements, sculptor Marie Foley and curator Jobst Graeve presents AESTHETIC LOGIC a year-long evolving exhibition that will run at Triskel Arts Centre from December 4th 2014 honouring George Boole’s anniversaries: the sesquicentennial anniversary of Boole’s death December 8th 1864 and bicentennial anniversary of his birth November 2nd, 1815.

Colette McKenna, Director of Library Services, Boole Library, UCC will officially launch AESTHETIC LOGIC 7pm this Thursday December 4th.

The AESTHETIC LOGIC exhibition is a response by visual artist Marie Foley and curator Jobst Graeve to the scientific contributions of George Boole. The project unifies the two anniversaries: his birth in England and his death in Cork as the first professor of Mathematics at Queens College, Cork (today UCC). The timeline will be marked by two fixed assemblages, one for each anniversary. In between, the exhibition will continuously change. There will be periods of rapid change and periods of slow or no change.

The project will have two physical locations – the public building linking Christchurch with the Triskel Arts Centre will start on the anniversary of his death in December 2014 and over the year will continuously change to eventually finish with the anniversary of his birth. This could be defined as reverse time. Simultaneously, in the private sphere of Marie Foley’s studio, the reverse process starting with his birth and finishing with his death will take place.

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Alan Butler at Ormston House Gallery

12 December – 31 January | Opening: 11 December at 7pm
Ormston House Gallery, 9-10 Patrick Street, Limerick City

Ormston House is delighted to present THE PARALLAX VIEW, a one-person show by Alan Butler, curated by Niamh Brown, featuring works from the University of Limerick Art Collections.

As our final visual art exhibition for Limerick City of Culture 2014, Ormston House present THE PARALLAX VIEW, a one-person show by Alan Butler featuring works from the University of Limerick Art Collections. In this exhibition, the artist interweaves pieces from the collections with new works that have been produced through the outsourcing of labour to individuals and apps online, at various stages of the creative process.

Housing over 1,800 artworks, the University of Limerick Art Collections, like all institutional collections, are a valuable resource that archive histories, art-making methodologies and works by artists of public significance. Through careful excavation and consideration of the collections, Butler has made a selection of works that do not necessarily relate to each other, but investigate ideas in his own practice, society and contemporary cultural production.

Works produced by Butler for THE PARALLAX VIEW are the by-product of set-ups or scenarios where workers of the World Wide Web respond to elements of UL collections, not as icons of public significance, but simply as images. This approach stems from observing radical shifts in art-making methodologies both technologically and ideologically. In the last decade, there has been a blurring of the boundaries between producer and consumer, which has given rise to new visual languages; these consequently shape the collective and populist art forms of online activity. As this activity seems to be evolving faster than the art world, collections may struggle to deal with the internet’s meaning (and meaninglessness) in terms of visual culture.

Artists featured from the University of Limerick Art Collections are:
Unknown Artist | Patrick Cahill | Philip Hermogenes Calderon | John Coyle RHA | Berthold Dunne | John Freeney | Arthur Gibney RHA | Siobhán Hapaska | Patrick Heany | Katsushika Hokusai | Les Jones | Fergal McCabe | Patricia McCabe | Desmond McCarthy | Niall Meagher | Martin Parr | Brian K. Reilly | Thomas Wilson

Please note Ormston House will close for the holidays from 21 December – 13 January inclusive.