The Exhibitionist |24| Chris Burden dies


Chris Burden dies

Sad news this week in the art world as pioneering sculptor and performance artist Chris Burden died at home in California. Burden is best known today for his very large and elaborate sculptures and installations. The most iconic is his piece Urban Light (2008), a temple-shaped arrangement of 202 antique street lamps on permanent view outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Urban Light by Chris Burdan@LACMA-Heads
Urban Light by Chris [email protected]

Other works include Metropolis II (2011), a vast and kinetic miniature cityscape cobbled together from various hobbyists’ modeling kits and children’s play sets,which  is on long-term view at LACMA.

Metropolis-II-Chris Burden

However, Burden made his name with a very different and often difficult-to-watch style of art. In 1971, for his master’s thesis at the University of California, Irvine, he performed “Five Day Locker Piece,” which, as its title matter-of-factly states, involved him spending five days inside a standard school locker. In subsequent performances he was shot (“Shoot,” 1971), had a metal stud hammered into his sternum (“I Became a Secret Hippy,” 1971), had nails driven through his hands and into the roof of a Volkswagen Beetle (“Trans-Fixed,” 1973), and crawled across broken glass with his hands tied behind his back (“Through the Night Softly,” 1973). A clip of the latter was one of the commercials that Burden paid to have air on late-night television in the 1970s.(via Hyperallergic)


The Turner Prize

This week also saw the announcement of artists nominated for this years Turner Prize, to be held in Glasgow. From the Tate;

The Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the preceding year.

Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London. For 2015, that venue will be Tramway in Glasgow, an international art-space renowned for commissioning, producing and presenting contemporary arts projects.


The shortlisted artists are (in alphabetical order):

The Turner Prize award is £40,000, with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.

The winner of the prize will be announced on 7 December 2015.

More on the nominees in next week’s Exhibitionist.

Burren College of Art

Back at home the Burren College of Art is seeking applications for the Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award ’15.

From the press release;

We are looking for recent graduates and emerging artists who are highly motivated and would like the opportunity to receive the following:


•       A large artist’s studio for the month of September 2015 with access to all college facilities.


•       Partake in a group show in two venues: BCA Gallery/ G126 Galway


•       Opportunity to gain teaching experience at BCA.

We welcome applications from artists working in any medium including: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Performance Art, Mixed Media, Video.



Four selected artists will receive a free one-month residency, including individual studio space and access to all college facilities for Sep 2015. They will curate and organise a group show based on their time in the Burren and their shared experience, which will be held in the BCA Gallery in 2016 and will travel to G126 Gallery in Galway. Suitable candidates may also get the opportunity to gain some teaching experience, with potential to give visiting artist talks to BCA students and provide tutorials.



There will be a €5 submission fee, which will cover administration costs. If selected, artists must be willing to pay a one-off fee of €150 to cover housing and utilities costs in Ballyvaughan for one month, and are responsible for covering their own food and material costs.

The Deadline is Tuesday June 2nd at 5pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Selection process by a committee from Burren College of Art and Gallery 126 will take place in June, with successful applicants notified by July 1st.

Residency will take place in Sep 2015. Exhibition will take place in BCA & G126 in 2016!

For more on the submission process:


Tomasz Matsuszak at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre

Not Quite Right

until 28 May 2015

Tomasz Matuszak’s work is a response to the surrounding reality or place of its making. Framed within a gallery and non-gallery context, Matuszak tries to find a foothold, some story, or a given condition, that initiates a new composition from the use of existing materials.  ‘I am always answering to the existing situation. Most of my works are site-specific and refer to a space (indoor or outdoor) and a social or political situation, which also becomes the space of the exhibition’ (Matuszak 2014).

In the exhibition ‘Not Quite Right’ Matuszak works with the repetition of forms found originally in the gallery architecture at Leitrim Sculpture Centre together with re-moulded objects taken from the surrounding landscape. This approach is a feature of the artist’s interest in the subject of ‘tautology’ and how the potential for something new or different might be realised from the repetition of what already exists.

New Line, Manorhamilton, Ireland

Further information:

T: 071 985 5098

Group Exhibition at Custom House Studios, Westport

Little Piece

15 May to 7 June 2015 | Opening  May 14  7.30 pm

Custom House Studios are pleased to present an exhibition of art works by Miya Ando, Donna FitzSymons, Abigail Denniston, and Steven Maybury. The exhibition, curated by Moran Been-Noon, is a political art exhibition, which focuses on a sense of being part, a part of society, part of a community, being treated as a part and considered as an individual. Some of the work is a continuation of the 2012 exhibition Stories to Wake Up With, and has been adapted in shape or content to this new context. The exhibition will be formally opened by artist Gianna Tasha Tomasso who will deliver a short talk and collaborate with artist Suzi Coombs. A limited edition publication by Tomasso will also be available at the opening.

Custom House Studios, Westport, Co Mayo

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Group Exhibition at The Quay Gallery, Westport

Nature’s Flow

Until 31 August 2015

Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 6pm, Sunday noon till 6pm

Nature’s Flow at The Quay Gallery includes artists  Ronan Halpin, Eamonn McCarthy, Rikki Vandenberg, Eva Kelly, Seamus Gill, Sinead Wall, Grainne Watts, Liam and Ronan Butler, Thomas Wollen, Eimear Brennan, Suzie Sullivan, Susan Basler, Victoria Foutz, Tom Callery, Michael Cadden, Sue Donnellan and Mitch Dunne.

The Quay Gallery, Westport opened its doors in May 2014. This new and exciting venture is the brainchild of three like-minded local artists who felt the need for space to showcase their work as well as the work of others. They have created an eclectic and innovative space where clients can view work in a relaxed environment, meeting artists and exchanging thoughts and ideas along the way. The Quay Gallery strives to have an interactive format where often you will see work in progress. The artists at the forefront of this enterprise are Susan Basler (textiles, printed), Suzie Sullivan (textiles, flame worked glass and mixed media), and Victoria Foutz (jewellery).

1a Sea Wharf, The Quay, Westport, Co Mayo

Further information:

E: [email protected]

T: 087 717 6226


Patricia Doherty at Custom House Gallery

Moving Still

14 May – 7 June | Opening: 14 May at 7.30pm

Custom House Gallery, Westport, Co. Mayo

This exhibition titled Moving Still is an installation of new paintings made since the artist took up studio residence at The Model Gallery, Sligo in 2014.

Her work is rooted in a painting process which relies not only on the use of abstract tools and their handling, but on a variation of patterns and connections that emerge from memory, experience and other diverse forms of association. Abstraction is used within the work as a means to construct with, rather than an end in itself. And the paintings, the remainder of an investigative process creating independent variations of imaginary form.


Group Exhibition at Naas Library, Kildare

Art Expedition – An Exploration Through Art.

19 to  26 May | Opening 19 May  at 8pm

Naas Community Arts and Crafts Shed present their first exhibition to include the various media of acrylics, oils, mosaic, applique, crochet and feltmaking.

All are welcome at

Naas Library, Basin street, Naas, Co Kildare.

Further information:

E: [email protected]

E: [email protected]

T:045 879111

Kevin Ryan at Signal Arts Centre


11 – 24 May | Opening: 15 May, 7-9 pm

Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Ave., Bray, Co. Wicklow

Gallery Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am -1pm/2pm – 5pm, Saturday/Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to be exhibiting works by Wexford based artist Kevin Ryan.

This current painting exhibition concerns the influence of the mediated image, and how we see and understand our world through such images. The work consists of a series of portraits based on pictures taken from newspapers. The portraits are of people who have, either willingly or otherwise appeared in the public realm. In some cases, they have been photographed without their knowledge or consent, in moments of stress or elation and then exposed to public scrutiny. Printed in newspapers alongside text, these images become the mechanical/mediated representation of the self, used, without the subject’s permission, to promote, inform or sell a story or a particular point of view. They are not innocent representations of events or people. They have been edited for a purpose and can have a distancing or alienating effect for both the viewer and the subject.

By first of all re-photographing and then painting these images the artist is creating a portrait not of a person but the depiction of a person. A portrait thrice removed in a way – A portrait in the third degree.

Group Exhibition at Gallery Revival, Portarlington, Co Offaly

Connect Four

Until 21 May 2015

Thursday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm, Sunday 2pm – 6pm

Connect Four represents the joint creative workings of four female Co Offaly artists, Ann Blanc, Grace Dixon, Lily Cullen and Jennifer Richardson, whoare  all strongly bonded by their shared love of art & its escapism.

Further information:

T: 087 0074910

E: [email protected]

Moneygall, Portarlington, Co Offaly

1km from M7, Junction 23

Barrow River Arts Festival at Borris House

15 – 17 May

Borris House, Borris, Co. Carlow

Three Kilkenny based artists Mary Ann Gelly, Paul Mosse and George Vaughan will be joined by London artist Fred Hellier for an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and collages as part of the 2015 Barrow River Arts Festival which takes place in Borris House, Borris, Co Carlow from 15 – 17 May. Writer and former BBC producer Sean Hardie will open the exhibition at 6 pm on Friday 15 May followed by a short music performance by German saxophone player Michael Niesemann and legendary bass player, composer and improviser Barry Guy.

Group Exhibition Featuring Michael Wann at Greenacres, Wexford

Early Summer Exhibition

Until  28 June 2015

Featured artist Michael Wann

List of artists on display includes Ruth Appleby, Helen Blair, Gabriel Bowe, Frances Brosnan, Brock Butler, Patrick Cahill, Suzanne D’Ascenzi, Maeve Doherty, Joe Dunne RHA, James English RHA, Stephanie English, Aidan Flanagan, Denise French, Deirdre Furlong, Aidan Hickey, Sara Hodson, Gus Hughes, Margaret Kent, Dorothy Ledwith, Marie Levigne, Nicola Lynch Morrin, Marie Louise Martin, Jilly McAteer, Sharon McDaid, Fred McElwee, Philip McEvoy, Patricia McGoughlin, Marie Christine O’Brien, John O’Reilly, Liam O’Rourke, Nuala Pearce, Deborah Reidy, Tony Robinson, Fintan Ryan, Angie Shanahan, Deborah Stedman and Michael Wann.

Selskar, Wexford, Ireland.

T: +353 (0)53 9122975

E: [email protected]


Conor Foy at The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin

Fight or Flight

15 May to 6 June 2015

Monday-Friday, 10.00am-5.30pm, Saturday, 11am-2pm

“Like all really good art, Conor Foy’s work is hard to pigeon-hole as being one thing, or as addressing one issue. Rather it addresses the question of being in a fascinating, multifaceted way.” So said Tyler Green, a columnist with Modern Painters of the work of Irish artist Conor Foy. Writing in The Huffington Post, Colin Darke said of Foy that he “is an important artist, he is in the arena creating great work…. he shows that he is able to capture immense emotion through delicate figurative work. He creates a quiet narrative that does not lecture the viewer, but it compels the viewer to consider the figure’s tragic story”.

16 Molesworth St, Dublin 2

Further information:

E: [email protected]

T: 01 679 1548

Kim Haughton at Gallery of Photography, Dublin 2

In Plain Sight – an installation about the legacy of child abuse in Ireland.

15 May 15 to  31 May 2015 | Opening  14 May 5pm

Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 1-6pm, Mondays by appointment

In Plain Sight is a powerful and moving exhibition about the legacy of child abuse in Ireland. Made in collaboration with survivors, it is an important and timely challenge to the silence that still surrounds the issue.

Further information:

T: 6714654

E: [email protected]

Photo Exhibition at the Alliance Francaise Dublin

La Côte d’Azur

Photo Exhibition by Fares Fares

14 May to 16 June 2015 | Opening 13 May 6.30pm

La Côte d’Azur is a photographic exhibition from travel to the French Riviera during the summer of 2008.

This body of work is a first time exhibit that presents the places along the Côte d’Azur in a different perspective from classic tourist post card images.

1 Kildare St, Dublin 2

Further information:

‘Embryonic Apparitions’ | Group Exhibition at Sol Art Gallery

Embryonic Apparitions

15 – 24 May | Opening: 15 May at 6pm

Sol Art Gallery, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Embryonic Apparitions – An exhibition of work by Andrew Wielens, Emily Nayhree and Boz Mugabe at Sol Art

In this show we explore and celebrate beginnings (both worldly and personal) and as an extension of this, the things that influence and concern us as we grow and evolve. Andrews prints explore tales of the creation of the world, and his vivid oil paintings give a look into the layers of thought, emotion and experience that lie beneath the human skin. Emily takes a look at the contrasting influences of spirituality and society on the forming individual in pieces like ‘Biomech Baby’. Boz Mugabe spends most of his time blurring the lines between parasites and deities.

‘Light Falls’ | Group Exhibition at Green on Red Gallery

Light Falls

15 May – 11 June | Opening: 14 May at 6pm

Green On Red Gallery, Park Lane, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1

Contributing Artists: Liadin Cooke, Marcia Hafif, Mark Joyce, Sofie Loscher, Scott Lyall and Bridget Riley

The Green On Red Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of Light Falls, an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by an international array of artists including Scott Lyall, Liadin Cooke, Sofie Loscher, Bridget Riley, Mark Joyce and Marcia Hafif.

The works, which hail from different geographical contexts, express a shared attentiveness to the physical properties and enigmatic effects of light. Paint, plastic and paper become media of absorption, reflection and refraction, alluding to each artist’s indebtedness to this invisible energy.

The show was originally conceived in response to the Gallery’s new, light filled site and was also inspired by Bridget Riley’s eloquent reminisce in The eye’s Mind;

Swimming through the oval, saucer-like reflections, dipping and flashing on the sea surface, one traced the colours back to the origins of those reflections . . . The entire elusive, unstable, flicking complex subject to the changing qualities of the light itself. On a fine day, for instance, all was bespattered with the glitter of bright sunlight and its tiny pinpoints of virtually black shadow – it was as though one was swimming through a diamond.

Riley’s reflection highlights the connection between the light, colour and perception, an awareness that has had strong implications within her own practice. The collection of works explore the poetic, scientific, synthetic and spiritual sensibilities of light. Light falls on and through various media presenting the viewer with works that have an autonomous life and ‘light’ of their own.

Marianne O’Dwyer at The Icon Factory

Strange Folk 

8 May – 5 June | Opening: 8 May at 6pm

The Icon Factory, Aston Place, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

‘This exhibition brings together many aspects of folk art that has inspired me. In a world of mass production, grey buildings and corporations loom large and dominate our landscapes, our environments and our influences, it is nice to recall and emanate some of the practices of our creative, imaginative and spiritual ancestors. Taking pleasure in the discovery of using our own hearts, visions and hands to create little pieces of our own stories by following in their path, can liberate us from the often stifling regimes of modern living and loss of identity. These practices can help us make a deeper connection and appreciation of our heritage, ourselves and help strengthen our spirit. We can discover our own ways to restore our landscapes, shape our environments and choose our influences….if we are open to the pathways of these strange folk.’ – Marianne O’Dwyer

Group Exhibitions at The Glucksman, Cork

Until 5 July 2015

Stitch in Time: The Fabric of Contemporary Life

Curated by Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney

From protest banners to embroidered passports, abstract fabric designs to narrative tapestries, Stitch in Time demonstrates how artists employ textiles and its associations of a popular, vernacular culture to shape and comment on contemporary life. Beginning with the groundbreaking work of Bauhaus artist, Anni Albers, the exhibition includes sensitive depictions of social and political issues as well as considered explorations of how fabrics can be deployed in new and imaginative ways. Artists, Anni Albers, Sarah Browne, Jeremy Deller, Sissi Farassat, Angela Fulcher, Grayson Perry, and Slavs and Tatars


The Knitting Map: Art, Controversy and Community 2005-2015

In 2005, more than 2000 knitters from 22 countries came together to participate in creating an enormous textile installation. The Knitting Map became one of the most controversial projects presented during Cork’s year as European Capital of Culture. The map itself was a durational, textile installation which combined hand-knitting with motion-sensing technologies and involved many different community groups in Cork. The Glucksman will present both the original work of art that emerged from this ambitious collaboration with artists Jools Gilson and Richard Povall, as well as photography and media reports that contextualise the project and enable audiences to revisit and explore this key moment in Cork’s cultural history.

Presented in association with the School of English, UCC


Further information:

E: [email protected]

Patricia Burns at Triskel Arts Centre


7 – 30 May

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street, Cork

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm

The paintings are about the suburb of her childhood. The estates, the roads, the laneways and the greens. While they are specific in their location they have been altered by memory and through the knowledge that after decades she is no longer connected to the place.

Patricia Burns is interested in the hidden narrative in overlooked or changing parts of the built landscape. Her paintings often focus on specific places, most notably the in-between spaces of suburbs and ring-roads. Tomas McCarthy has said of her work that it “speaks to us from the twilight zone of remembrance and exile. Her haunting images are a technical triumph. The subject matter and the handling of it is unique and highly disciplined. Anyone who sees her work will be impressed by its uncompromising vision, its certainty of home-comings, its prodigious promise of a definition of home that transcends geography and crosses generations.”


Steampunk Exhibition at the Hunt Museum

15 May – 1 June

The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 2pm to 5pm

Come see the weird and wonderful art of Steampunk.

Featuring futuristic objects based on treasures from The Hunt Collection.

Admission Free, all Welcome.

‘Aibitir: The Irish alphabet in Botanical Art’ Exhibition in the Hunt Museum

Aibitir: The Irish alphabet in Botanical Art

12 May – 28 Jun 2015 | Opening: Tuesday 12 May at 6pm

Opening hours: Mon to Sat 10 – 5pm, Sunday 2pm – 5pm

The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick.

The Hunt Museum welcome an exhibition by the Irish Society of Botanical Artists.

Email [email protected] | Tel +353 61 312 833

‘Aibítir: the Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art’ | The Irish Society of Botanical Artists at The Hunt Museum

Aibítir: the Irish alphabet in Botanical Art

Tuesday 12 May – Sunday 28 Jun

The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 2pm to 5pm.

The Hunt Museum presents Aibítir: the Irish alphabet in Botanical Art an exhibition by the Irish Society of Botanical Artists.

Admission Free, all welcome.


Connor Maguire & David McLelland at Down Arts Centre

Telling Stories

11 – 24 May

Down Arts Centre, 2-6 Irish Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6BP

The exhibition consists of drawings in charcoal and woodcuts by Connor Maguire and illustrations by David McLelland located in the Down Arts Centre with the exhibition running and coinciding with irish open on the 11th May 2015 and running for two weeks after.


Niamh O’Connor at The Market House

A Ballast Full of Hope

Opening: 15 May at 6pm

The Market House, Market St., Monaghan

Niamh O’Connor is a contemporary encaustic and mixed media artist. She portrays the rough and smooth of life by objectifying emotion, real or imagined, through her work using encaustic paintings, 3D works and hot wax monotypes in a way that is both intuitive and measured, much like the processes she incorporates into her working practice.

Her subject matter is often varied and covers issues concerning Irish and social history, environment, politics, and micro biology. Niamh explores ideas of growth and fragility, abandonment, forgiveness and reconciliation through her work and it is often linked thematically with emotive and biographical intent.

Her Current body of work A Ballast Full of Hope is an accumulation of a year’s studio practice focussed on the Earl Grey Irish Workhouse Orphans of 1848-1850 and explores issues of hunger, overcrowding, travel and separation of the 4,114 Irish colonial mothers of Australia who departed these shores from as young as 14 years of age.

A Ballast Full of Hope will be opened officially by member of Aosdána, Author and Novelist Evelyn Conlon, at the Market House, Park Street, Monaghan, on Friday 15th May at 6pm.

This exhibition is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. For further information please contact [email protected]

Robert O’Connor in Group Exhibition at The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Croatia

Signals over the City

5 – 14 May

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia

Nemanja Cvijanovi?, Damir ?argonja, Dušan Džamonja, Petar Grimani, Igor Grubi?, Krsto Hegeduši?, IRWIN, Sanja Ivekovi?, Zlatko Kopljar, Branko Kova?evi?, Ivan Goran Kova?i?, Siniša Labrovi?, Luiza Margan, Marko Markovi?, Aleksandar Marks, Dalibor Martinis, Giovanni Morbin, Edo Murti?, Robert O’Connor, Zlatko Prica, Jakov Smokvina, Sven Stilinovi?, Zoran Štajdohar ZOFF, Dino Topolnjak i Romolo Venucci.

In cooperation with the Art-cinema, MMCA joins the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Rijeka exhibition and program Signals over the City whose name evokes the classic self-titled Partisan Zika Mitrovic recorded from a screenplay by Slavko Goldstein. We look at the wider discourse, as a ‘signal’ and sounding intolerance in contemporary society, and setting up of anti-fascism in the contemporary social context. |

Denise Kehoe at Block House, Tokyo

Mondays and Thursdays are Burnable Rubbish

10 to 17 May 2015 | 10 May 6pm

This title was recycled (lolz) from Japan’s rubbish system which is divided into two main categories: ‘burnable’ and ‘non-burnable’. The exhibition is a personal reflection on a year spent in Japan as a foreigner. Encapsulating the ephemeral everyday, Kehoe references the often transient and impermanent position of foreigners. The work playfully responds to the stereotypical perception of Gaijin in Japan. It is a never before seen, behind the scenes look at a foreigner in its unnatural habitat. This exhibition contains a series of representations of magnified, altered and bloated everyday consumables. The work toys with elevating everyday objects as art whilst simultaneously denoting art objects as throw away.

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