Daily Archives: November 19, 2013


VAN September/October 2013: Critique Supplement: ‘The Drawing Box’, Ranelagh Arts Centre

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Yashwant Deshmuhk, work from ‘The Drawing Box’, pencil on card

‘The Drawing Box’
Ranelagh Arts Centre, Dublin 
18 July – 17 August

 

‘The Drawing Box’ is the brainchild of Outland Arts member Diane Henshaw (www.outlandarts.org). This collective places an emphasis on sharing skills and ideas with members and non-member artists and the community at large. So it seemed like a natural extension to come up with The Drawing Box, a project that transcends local and national boundaries to connect with artists across the globe. (more…)


VAN September/October 2013: Critique Supplement: ‘New Irish Works’, PhotoIreland 2013

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Eithne O’regan, Plane, from the series ‘Any moment Now’, 2012, all images courtesy of PhotoIreland

‘New Irish Works’
PhotoIreland 2013 
Published July 2013 
ISBN 978-0-9576849-0-4

 

PhotoIreland 2013 spanned Dublin, Limerick and Cork, occupying multiple venues throughout these cities. The festival was ambitious in its scope and the variety of lens-based media, which included the work of established international artists such as Gerard Byrne at Temple Bar Gallery and Willie Doherty at IMMA, Earlsfort Terrace. The exhibition ‘New Irish Works’ was a key element of PhotoIreland 2013, presenting photographic projects by 25 emerging artists, selected from an open submission by a panel of curators. The show was split across venues in each of the three cities, giving each artist the opportunity to present substantial bodies of work. * (more…)


VAN September/October 2013: Critique Supplement | Helen O’Leary at Catherine Hammond Gallery

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Helen O’Leary A small place to do nothing, 2013, wood construction and egg oil, 32 x 32 x 5 cm

Helen O’Leary
‘Irregular Activity’
Catherine Hammond Gallery, Glengarriff, West Cork
July 19 – 15 August 15

 

I suspect that the economy of picturesque Glengarriff is driven by tourism; one might say the town’s ‘regular activity’ is the business of souvenir and craft shops, for the summer months at least. From street side flowerboxes to spinning postcard stands, it’s a flamboyant town. The Catherine Hammond Gallery is a shaft of white amongst the colour, a space of refuge from the bustle. (more…)


VAN September/October 2013: Critique Supplement | Pádraig Timoney at Raven Row, London

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Pádraig Timoney, Consider the Lillies of the Field, 2009, Untitled, 2003, Swingeing Smithdown, 2008, the artist and Raucci / Santamaria Gallery, Naples; Collection Toby Webster, Glasgow, photo by Marcus j Leith

Pádraig Timoney
‘Fontwell Helix Feely’
Raven Row, London
27 – April – 23 June

 

Eminent American literary critic Harold Bloom’s concept of the ‘anxiety of influence’ theorised that poets were perpetually in contention with their own precursors, wrestling with the rampant references that inevitably populate art forms burdened by long traditions. The idea’s unhappily combative sensibility and formalist stricture have found it somewhat outmoded, but in an exhibition like Pádraig Timoney’s ‘Fontwell Helix Feely’ at Raven Row in London, its relevance sees a revival. Not unlike that of poetry, the history of painting, even attenuated to the last few centuries, is unforgiving in its immensity, and it looms over the gallery like a storm front over a dinghy. (more…)


VAN September/October 2013: Critique Supplement: ‘Russian Dolls’ at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

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Cian Donnelly, Train Stop, live performance Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, June 2013, image by Chris Campbell

‘Russian Dolls’
Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Cian Donnelly and Matthew Walmsley
Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
27 June – 3 August 2013

 

A man stands motionless on the roof of a burnt-out car, silhouetted in the darkened gallery. He has his back to us; his long arms hang limp and his bowler hat-clad head is bent down. Strange child-like figures stand around the space, lit by coloured spots. An eerie soundtrack – threatening pitches, long, low, distorted and lingering – accompanies the scene. A projection in the background shows silent footage of the face of the figure on the car roof, his melancholic eyes blinking behind a misshapen mask. (more…)


Visual Artists Ireland / The Market Studios Screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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Visual Artists Ireland in collaboration with The Market Studios Presented a screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on the 30th of October at 6pm.

 

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential films of the German Expressionist movement and is often considered to be one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era in film.

 

The screening was introduced by Executive Director of The Market Studios Deirdre Morrissey and studio member Eimear Tynan and was followed by an informal discussion and networking opportunity. Free popcorn and fizzy drinks were available to all on the night.

 

The event was held at the VAI Office, Central Hotel Chambers, Dame Court, Dublin 2. The evening was free for both VAI and Market Studio members to attend.

 

For more information on the event, please email: adrian@visualartists.ie

 



Galway Show and Tell Evening | 12th September at 6pm

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126, Artist-run Gallery, 4 Commerce House, Flood Street, Galway

The Visual Artists Ireland ‘Show and Tell Evening’, provides artists with the opportunity to give a presentation on their practice in an informal setting where they can network and meet people with similar ideas and interests. Due to popular demand a number of ‘Show and Tell’ events are held outside of Dublin, with the first event being held in the 126 Gallery, Galway. 

The presenters were Ceara Conway (www.cearaconway.com), Nuala Ní Fhlathúin (http://nuaealain.wordpress.com/), Richard Forrest (www.richardforrest.info), Ruby Wallis (www.rubywallis.com), Joyce Little, Tom Meskell (www.tommeskell.com) and Una Spain (www.unaspain.com).

The event was held at 126, Artist-run Gallery, 4 Commerce House, Flood Street, Galway City and was followed by a wine reception.

For images from the event see: http://tinyurl.com/nnshafg

 

For any other information, please email event organiser Adrian Colwell : adrian@visualartists.i
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Visual Artists Ireland – Show and Tell Evening | 13th August at 6pm

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Adelle Hickey presents her work at VAI Show and Tell. Photo courtesy of Florence Paule G

The Visual Artists Ireland ‘Show and Tell Evening’, provides artists with the opportunity to give a presentation on their practice in an informal setting where they can network and meet people with similar ideas and interests. We are now inviting artists, curators, etc. to attend/take part in this free event.

This event was held at Visual Artists Ireland, (Ground Floor, Central Hotel Chambers, 7 – 9 Dame Court, Dublin 2) was followed by a wine reception.

Speakers were: Adelle Hickey, Judy Carroll Deeley, Sinead Cormack, Eamonn Farrell, Flora Moscovici, Helen Comeerford and Agnes Conway

For any other information, please email event organiser Adrian Colwell : adrian@visualartists.ie

For images from the events see: http://tinyurl.com/ptkkh8h