This week we’re taking a look at some ‘scandalous’ stained glass newly acquired by Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.
An original stained glass artwork by Harry Clarke, which outraged the Irish Government in 1930, will go on public display tomorrow, Wednesday, 11th March, at 11am at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.The work depicts a scene from Liam O’Flaherty’s controversial novel ‘Mr Gilhooley’ and was created by Harry Clarke as a section of his Panel No. 6 for the Geneva Window. It was commissioned by the Irish Government for the League of Nations building in Geneva , the UN’s forerunner, in the late 1920’s. Clarke chose scenes of novels by contemporary Irish writers as his themes for the window.The scene ‘Mr Gilhooley’, depicts a partially nude dancer, Nelly. Although completed, The Geneva Window was never displayed at its intended home in the Labour Court in Geneva as it was deemed to be unsuitable by the Government of the day. Instead it was installed in Government Buildings, Merrion Square.The work Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane has acquired is Harry Clarke’s original attempt to create the ‘Mr. Gilhooley’ scene. During its final firing ‘Mr Gilhooley’ developed a hairline crack and Clarke remade this section for this particular panel of the Window…‘The panel was sold, by the Fine Art Society in London in 1988, when it was acquired by the London collector, John Scott. That the Hugh Lane’s has been able to acquire it on the recent sale of Scott’s acquisition is a cause for great celebration. Not only is it one of Clarke’s finest and last works, magnificently displaying his skills as a stained glass artist and book illustrator, but it goes some way for atoning for Ireland’s loss of the Geneva Window, which was on loan to the Gallery between 1963-1980 after the Government’s eventual rejection of it, not least because of this ‘Mr. Gilhooley’ panel. Clarke chose it because of it’s quintessentially Dublin setting, unconcerned that both O’Flaherty and James Joyce (also represented by Clarke) were banned authors at the time. Until his death in January 1931, he was mystified by the “grave offence” it caused’.In 1988 the Geneva Window was sold by the Clarke family to the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami, Florida, where it is now on permanent exhibition and is hailed a rare masterpiece.(via DCC)
Shows opening this week
Virginia Gibbons at Custom House Studios
‘Art In Ordinary Time’ ‘1990 – 2015? by Virginia Gibbons.
19 March – 12 April | Opening: 19 March at 7.30pm
Custom House Studios, Westport Quay, Co. Mayo
Custom House Studios at Westport Quay are pleased to host ‘Art In Ordinary Time’ ‘1990 – 2015? by Virginia Gibbons.
Opening with guest speaker Anne Mc Carthy, Arts Officer with Mayo County Council on Thursday March 19th at 7.30pm. Exhibition runs every day until April 12th 2015.
Originally from New Jersey, Virginia Gibbons studied at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and completed a BFA in metal design and an MFA in Printmaking, both from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. She has taught at Tyler School of Art, Temple University Philadelphia, Millersville University Pennsylvania. In Ireland she has taught printmaking at GMIT and at Custom House Studios, Westport Quay. She serves on the Board of Custom House Studios.
Her family history and identity has informed and influenced her work as she describes here. “The event that has had the greatest effect on my adult life was the death of my father in 1985. He was the kind of father that provided for his family but remained emotionally distant. It is my greatest regret that I never knew him, for in many ways I feel that my emotional life mirrors his. In some ways my desire to connect my art and family history is an attempt to get to know him and include some part of his spirit in my work. I am the last generation of my father’s family and I wish to bring this history full circle by returning to its beginnings.”
Cian McLysaght at 126 Gallery
In this installation Cian McLysaght creates an auditory link between our digital personae and the ‘real’ world. His custom-constructed Vibe machine mines Twitter’s Application Programming Interface (API) re-configuring the emotional state of its community of anonymous users, amalgamating them in sound. At once ambient sound sculpture and distinct physical entity, there is a sense of duality at the heart of the Vibe project; gathering individual emotional expressions to create unique soundscapes reflective of a ‘collective’ emotional state of the Twitter community at any one given time.
In a spirit of playfulness, the ‘Vibe’ can be both played by Twitter followers and seeks out interaction with them, mimicking human characteristics by posting Tweets to its own account. This continuous interaction and adaptation serves as an analogue for our online ‘selves’; the very nature of which at once enable and necessitate reinvention.
To interact with this piece tweet and/or follow: @vibe126
4 Commerce House, Flood Street, Galway City
Signal Arts Society Members 15th Annual Exhibition at Signal Arts Centre
16 – 29 March | Opening Reception: Sunday 22 March 3-5pm
Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Gallery Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10am -1pm/2pm – 5pm, Saturday/Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Signal Arts Centre is pleased to present the 15th Annual Members Exhibition of works by members of the Signal Arts Society. The exhibition will run from 16th – 29 March 2015.
This exhibition is a showcase for members of Signal Arts Society and being a group show includes a diverse range of content, a varied selection of mediums and always something to delight even the most discerning of palates.
Signal Arts Society was launched in 2001 and is affiliated with Signal Arts Centre. The society consists of artists working in many different arts practices but membership is not exclusive to artists, anybody with an interest in the arts can join.
The Society offers a range of facilities and discounts to members. For more information on Signal Arts Society go to www.signalartscentre.ie and click on the Society’s tab. Alternatively the Society may be contacted through Signal Arts Centre
Cecil King at the Courthouse Art Centre, Tinahely
22 March – 18 April | Opening Sunday 22 March 4 – 6 pm
Cecil King’s exhibition at the Courthouse Art Centre is based on a collection put together by poet and novelist, Hugh Maxton, who was nominated for membership of Aosdana by Cecil King in the 1980s. The colour-sensitive, hard-edge abstraction for which King is famous was preceded by explorations of other styles. Twelve pictures are shown representing progressive stages of the painter’s evolution. Maxton wrote a number of poems relating to these and other works by King which are also on display.
The exhibition in accompanied by the publication of Maxton’s second novel, Happen (Duras Press).
Engage Exhibition: Thomas Brezing at Providers
The Road Is Paved With Good Intentions
17 – 31 March | Opening: 17 March at 2pm
Providers (old building), Main Street, Longford
The exhibition raises questions about the complex relationship between humanity and the environment, about the value ascribed to material possessions and about worthlessness, decay and renewal. Simple objects such as used tea bags, read newspapers, leather footballs, old fishing rope etc are generally deemed useless, but made use of – recycled, upcycled, transformed – in this exhibition. The artist is asking how our accelerated speed of life is affecting our surroundings and how nature reacts to our increasingly ‘man-made’ physical world.
The three main installation works – Her Loneliness Begins To Cry Out, The Road and At Night I Sleep, During The Day I Dream – are dreamlike, playful and semi-surreal responses to the theme of roadkill and plastic pollution. The other works are related off-springs. The sculpture You Can’t Get There From Here is made from approx. 200 dolls cast in cement and looks at how we define female beauty, how we pass our perceived ideas/ideals onto the next generation. The painting Beachcomber is a self portrait of sorts, depicting a person in a landscape combing the beach for materials. The Blind Rush Of Time, a wall based sculpture made from paper logs, contains a cast with a dead black bird and plastic phone – nature and technology as uncomfortable bedfellows. Let Him Increase and Let Me Decrease, If I Had Your Grace I Would Burn My Own and Breathing My Father In are meditations on spirituality and redemption, expressions of love towards a higher being and contemplations on an invisible world. My Father Is Always At Work is playing with a material not normally associated with art production – old leather footballs are used to create an undefined perhaps cloud-like shape.
Michael Kane, Recent Paintings at Butler Gallery
Until April 19, 2015
Michael Kane, Recent Paintings at the Butler Gallery
The gallery is open seven days a week
March 10am – 1pm; 2pm – 5pm
April 10am – 1pm; 2pm – 5.30pm
Ailís Feehan, Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny
T: 00 353 (0)56 7761106
E: [email protected]
Tim Morris at the Taylor Galleries
20 March – 11 April
Taylor Galleries, 16 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Taylor Galleries is delighted to present War, an exhibition of work by Mayo-based sculptor Tim Morris. The show runs from 20 March to 11 April 2015 and features 19 new painted bronze sculptures made over the past two years.
Each piece depicts a different weapon of war reduced to an intimate, table-top scale which invites close examination and encourages comparison with the kind of ‘boys toys’ – tanks, diggers, submarines, bulldozers, helicopters – that are instantly recognisable as the playthings of many young boys’ childhoods.
As he grows older, the artist finds himself still playing like a child, although now he can look at these objects with a critical eye and question the sense in giving these mini replicas of killing machines to children to play with and associating them, not with the reality of death and destruction, but with play and leisure. By transforming these ugly weapons of war into artworks and placing them in the gallery he is not trying to glorify them, but to prompt people to consider how and why the functional full-scale originals are made. The intention behind their creation is undoubtedly sinister, and alongside their production the ever-present spectre of war is always present.
The Eileen Gray Project Portraits at Royal Institute of the Architects
19 March – 2 April | Opening: 18 March at 6pm
RIAI, 8 Merrion Sq, Dublin 2
Opening Times are Monday – Friday 9am-5pm
Stoney Road Press and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland invites you to the exhibition opening of The Eileen Gray Project Portraits by Julian Lennon.
A limited edition set of prints published by Stoney Road Press will be on display at the RIAI to coincide with the premiere of “The Price of Desire” by Mary McGuckian at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on 19 March 2015.
Fergus Kelly Album Launch and Concert at The Lab
20 March at 6pm
The Lab, Studio 4, 4th Floor, Foley St., Dublin 1
Room Temperatures presents ‘Unnatural Actuality’ an album launch and concert by artist Fergus Kelly.
Silk Road Group Photo Exhibition at CHQ Building, Dublin Docklands
12 – 21 March 2015 | Opening 14 March 2 – 6pm
The Exhibition is dedicated to celebrate the photographic work of Irish and Irish based photographers & photo journalists who traveled & documented along the Silk Road countries in our modern times. The work to be exhibited covers countries from China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.
Participating artists: Alfredo Casas, Amandine Dovelos, David Moore, Diarmait Grogan, Dominique Davoust, Fares Fares, Katie Farrell, Kip Carroll, Melanie Mullan, Nasrin Sadaat, Neeku Shamekhi, Tiecs (John Shaw Smith), Tommie Lehane and William Hamilton.
Silk Road Group Photo Exhibition is in association with the Silk Road Film Festival 18 – 22 March 2015
Catherine Barragry, Teresa Gillespie & Maria McKinney at ArtBox
Catherine Barragry I Teresa Gillespie | Maria McKinney
March 20th-April 25th
Preview: Thursday, March 19th (6-8pm)
ArtBox, 3 James Joyce Street, Dublin 1
Mary Burke ‘House Portraits’ at Rua Red
Saturday 21 March – Saturday 11 April 2015
Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm
Preview: Saturday 21 March 3pm – 5pm – To be officially opened by Writer Roddy Doyle
Location: RUA RED, Civic Square,Tallaght, Dublin 24 (the last stop on Red Luas Line)
Curated and produced with Tallaght Community Arts.
Visual artist Mary Burke has made a series of paintings of the homes of 10 families in the Jobstown area of Tallaght West. The exhibition will continue until April 11th and then tour a number of venues in Ireland and the UK. On the conclusion of HOUSE PORTRAITS each family will own the portrait of their home. As part of this project the families also agreed to be interviewed by sociologist Mary P. Corcoran about their homes,
to tell their own stories about what those homes meant to them, materially and symbolically and her findings will be included in a book documenting HOUSE PORTRAITS that will be available for sale at the exhibition.
Niall Naessens at Graphic Studio Gallery
L12121 Picture Panoply
New Print Works by Niall Naessens.
5th March – 28th March 2015.
Graphic Studio Gallery, Through the arch, 8A Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to showcase the masterful technique of artist Niall Naessens. The new etchings and monoprint/drawings outline passing moments hinting at narratives that describe the environs of the L12121, the number recently assigned to the road where Naessens lives and works.
‘Performance Art in Ireland: A History’ | Book Launch at NCAD, Dublin
Thursday 19 March 2015 at 6pm
Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, National College of Art and Design and National Irish Visual Arts Library.
With a presentation by Áine Phillips and in conversation with LADA’s Lois Keidan.
Maggy Morrissey at The Copper House Gallery
19 – 27 March | Opening: 19 March at 6pm
The Copper House Gallery, St Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8
The Copper House Gallery will launch Quietude, a photographic exhibition by Irish photographer and artist Maggy Morrissey, at 6pm on Thursday 19th March 2015. Inspired by the seascapes of Ireland and her journeys around Europe, Quietude is Maggy Morrissey’s first solo show. Photographer Gerry Andrews will open the exhibition.
Quietude, a photographic exhibition by Maggy Morrissey, runs at The Copper House Gallery from the 19th March until 27th March 2015. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Isadora Epstein, Claire McCluskey & Anna Clifford at Talbot Gallery & Studios
Thursday 19 March | One night only 7 to 9pm
Claire McCluskey, Isadora Epstein & Anna Clifford exhibiting final work at the Incubator Residency at Talbot Gallery & Studios
The first Incubator Residency at Talbot Gallery & Studios will culminate in an event open to the public for one night only. The installation is the result of eight weeks of interdisciplinary collaboration between artists Claire McCluskey and Isadora Epstein. The installation will also include the cassette and digital release of Anna Clifford’s musical composition Celestial.
Incubator Residency Event/Installation at Talbot Gallery & Studios
Thursday 19th March | 6-9pm
Talbot Gallery & Studios, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
Claire McCluskey, Isadora Epstein & Anna Clifford
On Thursday 19th March, the first Incubator Residency hosted by Talbot Gallery & Studios will culminate in an event/installation, open to the public for one night only. The evening will be a result of eight weeks of interdisciplinary collaboration between artists Claire McCluskey and Isadora Epstein. The installation will also include the cassette and digital release of Anna Clifford’s musical composition ‘Celestial.’
Acknowledging the differences between their practices, this event will map connections made between McCluskey’s sculptural process and Epstein’s illustrations. Alongside Clifford’s ‘Celestial’, a musical exploration of the Hubble Extreme Deep field, they will present their investigation into how constellations are made – tracing the lines drawn between stars and myth, between angles and celestial beasts.
The newly initiated Incubator Residency Series at Talbot Gallery & Studios provides a platform for research, development of interdisciplinary collaboration. Based on the foundation of ‘Be Present, Make Work, Present Work Made,’ artists will be invited in to the exhibition space at Talbot Gallery & Studios, to tease out their process, offering the public an insight to various stages of its development. This series hosts interdisciplinary conversations, processes and collaborations, making the gallery space a site to map distances and connections between practices.
‘Resonate’ | A Fashion Photography Show at Gallery of Photography
12 – 29 March | Opening: Thursday 12th March 2015 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple bar, Dublin 2.
A fashion photography show featuring the work of 23 Irish photographers.
Linda Brownlee, Leonn Ward, Andrew Nuding, Neil Gavin, Alen MacWeeney, Rich Gilligan, Perry Ogden, Josh Gordon, Nick & Chloé, Liam Murphy, Ross McDonnell, Niall O’Brien, Conor Clinch, Barry McCall, Lee Malone, Sean Jackson, Johnny McMillan, Mike Bunn, Sarah Doyle, Eilish McCormack, Sean & Yvette, Boo George, Peter Rowan.
Gavin Hogg and Catherina Hearne at The Source Arts Centre
Gavin Hogg and Catherina Hearne – Paintings and Prints
The Source Arts Centre Gallery Thurles Co. Tipperary
Friday 20 March to Saturday 25 April
Expect an explosion of colour and pattern from two contemporary Irish artists who make visually arresting work. The opening reception is on Friday 20 March, 6.30pm drinks for 7.00pm official opening. All welcome.
Sidarta Corral at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
21 March – 28 March | Opening Friday, 20 March at 6pm
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
Mexican photographer, Sidarta Corral’s work is an interpretation of nature and reality in an abstract way using a technique call ICM (intentional camera movement) creating images full of textures and colors, distorting what is in front of the camera making the result either completely abstract or with an impressionistic look, all with a pictorial style transmitting different feelings and sensations to the spectator making their imagination fly.
‘Disconnect’ | Group Exhibition at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
21 March – 2 May 2015 | Opening: 20th March 2015 at 7.00 pm by Mary McCarthy, Director National Sculpture Factory
Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Disconnect in Gallery II, features work by Bernadette Cotter, John Doherty and Sue Crellin-McCarthy who, in various ways, deal with a disconnect between states or of people, or of past and present. Their work also embodies a certain stillness that allows space for reflection on, or contemplation of, what is behind or beneath the surface.
Bernadette Cotter is known for her visually beautiful and deeply moving work. She manipulates materials to the point of transformation and the resulting intense accumulation of materials, involving hundreds of hours of stitching and pinning, are exhibited in deliberately configured installations. Skin to Air is concerned with thoughts about the one and the many – the individual connected to others while at the same time remaining separate from them. Names of people known to the artist are stitched onto squares of white organza that are folded into a pouch like configuration. There is an air of stillness and fragility about the installation, a feeling of lightness and transparency. Bernadette says ‘the piece is as if a skin has lifted into the air, a skin threaded with memories’.
John Doherty is based in west Cork, and the subject matter of much of his work is familiar scenes from provincial towns, old family premises, the corner shop, pub, local garage, now redundant, neglected and forlorn, creating a sense of a changing environment. His realism is immediately attractive, painting layer upon layer, subtly pointing towards the human stories that exist behind the facades of places and things inhabited and used by many different hands over the years. There is an atmosphere, a stillness in these paintings that leads to thinking about what has gone on before and what has yet to come.
Sue Crellin McCarthy’s drive as an artist lies in a personal, open enquiry into the metaphysical and intangible elements of existence. Her work could be seen as documentation that explores being, meaning, thought, emotion, essence, and ethereal reality. Her installation Apocalypse of Thought examines a personal realisation that we only find true freedom through abandoning everything we hold as truth.
Daphne Wright at West Cork Arts Centre
21 March – 2 May 2015 | Opening: 20th March 2015 at 7.00 pm by Mary McCarthy, Director National Sculpture Factory
Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co Cork
Daphne Wright uses a wide range of materials – plaster, tinfoil, video, printmaking, found objects and performance – she creates worlds that are beautiful and rather eerie and which feel like the threshold to somewhere new. For her solo exhibition Antrum in the James O’Driscoll Gallery, she has created four new unfired clay still lifes to be displayed along side Sons, 2011, a pair of jesmonite casts of the artist’s sons from the chest up. The resulting figures are lifelike but not alive, they seem present but indifferent, already long gone. The new still life pieces have moved away from the uncanny precision of work like Sons. The instability of unfired clay adds to this feeling of flux, but their pallid wornness ages them like archaeological finds.
Two video works, ‘If you broke me’ and ‘I am the beginning’ both show a solitary boy speaking in riddles to the camera. Here, popular riddles are made strange, the monotony of each boy’s voice and their unblinking stare creates a heightened tension, and the riddles take on a different significance beyond that of simple childhood. This work explores the issues of guilt and love, life and loss that surround parenting and being a child.
Nollaig Molloy and Ruth Kerr at Sample Studios
Opening 19 March – 7pm
20 March – 2 April, 12-3pm daily
Heckle – to interrupt a public speech or performance with loud unfriendly statements or questions (Cambridge Dictionaries Online).
Heckle is an exhibition of work by visual artists Nollaig Molloy and Ruth Kerr. Both Nollaig and Ruth interrogate assumptions made about the world we live in through their art practice. Both artists employ a similar artistic method – they create their work through researching and actively experimenting with materials querying human perception. Equivalently both artists have interdisciplinary practices.
There will be two talks and discussions in conjunction with Heckle in order to foster discourse around the interdisciplinary aspects of the exhibition.
Ways of Curating: Curation and Interdisaplinary Art
Thursday 26th March, 7pm
Talk by curator Róisín Power Hackett
Examining how curators work with artists, the different roles of the curator and the ways of curating interdisaplinary art, this talk will be a personal view on my experience curating and will inquire into how one forms a curatorial practice.
Art, Science and Virtual Reality: Interdisciplinary Visualisations
Closing night – Thursday 2nd April, 7pm
Talk by artist Ruth Kerr
This talk will explore the practice of working in the interdisciplinary juncture of art and science. The development of imaging processes to visualise the cellular landscapes of cancer will also be investigated in this talk as a means of identifying key aspects of interdisciplinary practice.
TACTIC Amphitheatre, 3rd Floor, Sample-Studios , 3rd Floor Former Govt Buildings, Cork
Moving Mountains by Wandelbar International: Group Exhibition at Ormston House Gallery
21 March – 18 April 2015 | Opening Saturday 21 March 3-5pm
Ormston House hosts the first leg of the Celtic tour of Moving Mountains by Wandelbar International featuring works by Andrew Cooper, Harald Reichenbach, Max Roth, Paco Simón & Zimoun. The exhibition will be formally opened by the Swiss ambassador to Ireland, Marie-Claude Meylan.
Carl Doran: Book Launch at Askeaton Civic Trust
‘Mathilda and the Belligerent Blackbird’
This book launch will occur in Askeaton Civic Trust at 8pm Monday 16th of March and is supported by Askeaton Contemporary Arts. All welcome.
Carl Doran is originally from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, and has been based in Limerick City since 1995. This is his first book, and is part of the ‘Cats’ Tales’ series of works, visual accounts of felines descended from a stray cat (Cáit) ,who lived in his back shed. He is known primarily as a Visual Artist, and has been a member of Contact Studios since 1998.
Full details on : www.carldoran.com
Allan Hughes ‘Neutral States’ at Askeaton Civic Trust
Exhibition preview, March 16th at 8pm.
Exhibition runs until May 29th.
Next year Askeaton Contemporary Arts will present The Askeaton Commune, a series of new artist commissions to coincide with the centenary of the Easter Rising and the founding of the Irish State. The programme aims to emphasise the pursuit of cultural equality and egalitarianism within the social infrastructures we now inhabit, making public a series of individual and subjective positions, scenarios increasingly vetoed in favour of neoliberal initiatives of regional branding and consumer-led views of culture.
Leading up to this event, Allan Hughes’ project Neutral States is presented at Askeaton Civic Trust. Set around the legacy of Second World War battlement infrastructure along the Shannon Estuary, Hughes’ video, audio and photographic installation examines ideas of the ‘neutral state’, not solely as it pertains to the neutrality of Ireland during the Second World War, but also as an exploratory idea of historical memory and site as an ever-evolving understanding. Neutral States is developed from interviews made with Michael Foley, John Guinane and Michael D. Ryan, all volunteers in the Local Security Force (LSF) and Local Defense Force (LDF) in the 1940s.
Susan MacWilliam – Meteoritical IC ITE OID – Askeaton, Limerick
Susan MacWilliam is commissioned to present Askeaton Contemporary Arts’ entry into the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. For many years, MacWilliam has explored cases of paranormal and perceptual phenomena through her video works and installations. Her project, IC ITE OID, develops from her recent residency in Askeaton and interweaves elements of Aldous Huxley’s seminal 1954 novel The Doors of Perception with accounts of the Limerick Meteorite Fall of 1813.
“Yesterday morning about nine o’clock, there was most dreadful thunder heard in the direction from Patrick’s Well, towards Adare and Rathkeale, in this County; the peals were very violent and continued for a considerable time, and were accompanied with some awful appearances –large fragments of atmospheric stones, and other circumstances, which indicated some very serious concussion to have taken place.” – The Limerick Chronicle, Saturday September 11, 1813
Expect a psychedelic cosmic sensation on the streets of Askeaton.
Launch March 17, from 2pm
‘A Fierce Light Under Dark Skies’ | Belfast Print Workshop Members Exhibition
A Fierce Light Under Dark Skies
5 – 29 March
Belfast Print Workshop, Cotton Court, 30-42 Waring Street, Belfast. BT1 2ED
To mark the Centenary of the start of the 1st World War, BPW members have produced a body of work to memorialise this historic event in our shared human history. Thematically, our members are portraying any concept linked to WW1, from poetry to propaganda posters, portraying life in the trenches, to depicting battle scenes. It will hopefully inspire, create debate and cause the viewer to reflect on how the past has altered the present and how art can help us contextualise conflict.
Contact Gallery Manager Jonathan for further details on 028 9023 0323 or [email protected]
Artist Kevin Killen & Dancer David Olge at University Art Gallery, Belfast School of Art
9 March – 3 April
The University Art Gallery at the Belfast School of Art presents ‘Certain Moments’ a cross disciplinary exhibition by emerging artist, Kevin Killen and choreographer and dancer David Olge.
Killen worked in collaboration with Olge to create a site specific artwork. Ogle was invited to respond and react intuitively to the Galleries dimensions, performing a series of spontaneous and elegant, gestural movements, while holding a set of lights. Killen then set about capturing these movements using a long-exposure setting on his camera. The resulting images of distorted, staccato beams of light were then poetically translated into a unique, site specific neon installation.
The installation is a minimal, luminous manifestation of the fleeting moments initially performed by Ogle. The series of weightless suspended floating neon forms, do not merely mimic the fluid performative gestures, but are unique works that can exist independently of the original composition.
This unique cross disciplinary collaboration project was commissioned for the Ulster Festival of Art and Design 2015.
‘What Cures the Quiet Unease?’ | Group Exhibition at PS²
What Cures the Quiet Unease?
Curated by Alissa Kleist
12 – 28 March | Opening: Thursday, 12 March, 7-9pm
PS², 18 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2GP
Opening hours: Wed- Fri 1-4pm, Sat 12-3pm
What Cures the Quiet Unease? is a group show featuring work by Peter Evers (IE), Anna Johansson (SE) and Mikko Kuorinki (FI) that questions how the formation of contemporary identity is affected by the rapid changes and uncertain conditions transforming how virtual and physical spaces are negotiated. The exhibition explores the ways in which a sense of ‘self’ can be constructed online; using new technologies; found and everyday materials; and collaborative processes – and how, through translation, distortion or performative actions, individual and plural identities can be investigated and manipulated.
In ‘Selfmade’, Peter Evers considers whether it is possible to have a coherent identity in a digital age, and explores how we construct narratives and characters for ourselves in our online and offline environments, living by ‘parables of the virtual’. Using a first generation Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, as well as stacked paper sheets containing the physical manifestation of the artist’s coded identity, Peter reveals a portrait distorted by coding inserted or deleted at certain points, disrupting the ‘complete’ reconstruction of self.
Anna Johansson explores the relationship between the individual and the networked society we live in. ‘Rigmaroles’ documents a performance during which 110 popular Google search terms were presented in the public sphere in an attempt to reconnect the disembodied virtual space, in which these questions and desires are posed and revealed, with the physical world.
Using objects and text, Mikko Kuorinki examines the relationship between the individual and the physical reality, and investigates how we understand the world and our place in it. What Cures the Quiet Unease? features a series of sculptures made of found objects imbued with (personal) significance combined with locally sourced materials that act as a form of self portraiture. Throughout the run of the exhibition, Mikko will develop a new iteration of his performance ‘Mushroom turns into a bowl’, an event that will take place on the last day of the show.
The amount of personal information that is shared online – and what happens to this data – is unnerving, and the most commonly entered phases in search engines are a revealing assortment of the mundane and the private, the profound and the profane.
Performance by Mikko Kuorinki: Saturday, 28 March, 5pm.
Orla Mc Hardy at the Regional Cultural Centre
FOR THE HILLS
20 March – 25 April | Opening Friday 20 March at 7pm
Regional Cultural Centre, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
FOR THE HILLS is a solo exhibition by Orla Mc Hardy that includes new and recent animations, films and sculptural installations. The artist returned to Donegal, allowing the place to function as the main generator and backdrop to this body of work. She attempts to record the complex interactions linking her memories of her home place, the landscape and the people that had become interrupted, disconnected and reconnected again over time. The artwork inhabits a poetic territory that straddles the intuitive and the conceptual.
This exhibition is part of a yearlong programme of events curated by Eilís Lavelle. Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.
An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Curator in Residence award in partnership with Donegal County Council, Regional Cultural Centre and Glebe House & Gallery (Derek Hill Collection, OPW).
‘Performance Art in Ireland: A History’ | Book Launch at The White Building, London
Tuesday 17 March 2015 at 7pm
The White Building, Hackney Wick
With presentations by Áine Phillips, Nigel Rolfe, Helena Walsh, André Stitt and contributions from London based artists featured in the book
mother’s tankstation at Art Basel Hong Kong
15 – 17 March 2015
Hall 1 BOOTH 1C35
GALLERIES | URI ARAN | NINA CANELL
For Art Basel Hong Kong, 2015, mother’s tankstation presents its first ‘Galleries’ section show featuring a two-person conversation of new works by Uri Aran and Nina Canell. Both Aran and Canell, whose practices ostensibly come from the challenging and radical traditions of Fluxus, joined mother’s tankstation early in their careers and have subsequently emerged with the gallery programme to respective positions of quiet, international peer influence and curatorial respect. Both artists have had major solo museum exhibitions in Europe and have monograph publications.
Kerlin Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong
13 – 17 March 2015
Booth 3C19 and Encounters E1
We are delighted to announce our participation in Art Basel Hong Kong with new work by Liam Gillick, Siobhán Hapaska, Callum Innes, Brian Maguire, Isabel Nolan, Paul Seawright, Paul Winstanley and a solo presentation by Siobhán Hapaska in Encounters curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor. Please join us on our Booth 19 in Level 3, Hall 3C.