Exhibitions: October brings “Without a Future”, “Journeys”, and “House Portraits”

Exhibitions around the country this week…

Gwen O’Dowd
Hamilton Gallery, 4 Castle Street, Sligo
Opening: 1 October, 6pm
From: 2 – 31 October 2015

‘TONN’ an exhibition of works by Gwen O’Dowd.  O’Dowd has long been fascinated by the sea or, more accurately, by the rhythmic, relentless action of water on rock, day by day, year on year. Her densely textured, richly coloured compositions combine the flow and force of water with a sense of geological time. As the title suggests, her focus here is on the poise and power of waves.

E: [email protected], T: +353 71 91 43686


Land, Sea, and Sky
Sean McSweeney, Sheila McSweeney, and Tadhg McSweeney
Custom House Studios, The Quay, Westport, Co Mayo
Opening: 1 October 6.30pm
From: 2 to 25 October 2015

Custom House Studios and Westport Arts Festival 2015  present an exhibition of recent works in painting, photography and sculpture by Sean Mc Sweeney, Sheila Mc Sweeney and Tadhg Mc Sweeney. The exhibition, Land, Sea and Sky, will celebrate the eightieth birthday of Sean Mc Sweeney. The exhibition will be formally opened by Aidan Dunne.

Further information:

The Littoral
Karen Hendy
Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Mayo
Until 30 October 2015

The Littoral is an exhibition of Karen Hendy’s recent work exploring Goethean concepts of change in nature with the apparent permanence of human interventions in the environment.

Monday to Friday10am to 5pm

Further information:
T: 096 43184
E: [email protected]

House Portraits
Mary Burke
Maynooth University LIbrary, Kildare
Opening: 28 September, 6.30pm
From: 29 September – 23 October

Mary Burke’s ‘House Portraits’ (on tour) is curated by Tallaght Community Arts and will be opened by broadcaster Joe Duffy.  The show features paintings of the homes of ten families in Jobstown, Tallaght West.

Contact: Ruth, E: [email protected]

For more information please visit: www.maryburke.ie | www.tallaght-arts.ie

Without a Future
Margaret O’Brien
The MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6
Opening: 1 October, 6pm
From: 2 to 24 October 2015

‘Without A Future’ is a visual art exhibition featuring two installations by Margaret O’Brien, curated by Matthew Nevin.

Gallery 1: Without a Future is an ongoing research work that develops live electrical current as sculptural form. Commissioning electrical current in this way is in keeping with O’Brien’s experimental approach to form and materials. Its precarious nature explores ideas of sculpture and art practice as mobile, unfixed and in flux, something fleeting and unsustainable.

Gallery 2: ‘Othering’ continues with this research through an inventive sculptural installation with kinetics and live sound. To ‘other’, or ‘othering’ (verb), is a key concept in Continental philosophy, and opposes concepts of Same. The Other refers, or attempts to refer to that which is other than the self, that which is different.

Opening hours: 1 – 6pm, closed Sundays

For more information please visit: www.mart.ie/calendar/without-a-future/


Makiko Nakamura
Taylor Galleries, 16 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
From: 2 to 17 October 2015

Taylor Galleries presents Journeys, an exhibition of new and recent paintings by Makiko Nakamura. This is Nakamura’s second solo exhibition with Taylor Galleries following on from her 2011 show Passage. As Aidan Dunne observes, Nakamura’s paintings are made through a painstaking process of addition and subtraction: coats of pigment are successively applied and partially erased. Through each picture’s shimmering, iridescent skin, we catch glimpses of the many layers that contribute to the final, rich harmony of the finished work. A sense of time, remembered, experienced, anticipated is further conveyed by a rhythmic, underlying grid structure, usually based on the square and more recently on the circle.
Further information:
T: +353 (0)1 676 6055
E: [email protected]
Monday to Friday 10.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday 11am to 3pm

Cosmic Oceans
Rachel Parry
West Cork Arts Centre, North Street, Skibbereen, Co.Cork
26 September to 11 November 2015

West Cork Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘Cosmic Oceans’, a solo exhibition by Beara-based artist Rachel Parry . Over the past number of years Parry has been developing new work for Gallery 2 of the new building to create and installation of finely made and considered work for her solo exhibition.

E: [email protected]T: 353 28 22090


Gallery hours: 10am to 4.45pm,  Tuesday to Saturday

Featured image via: www.mart.ie