19 October to 19 December 2017
Mayfield Arts Centre is proud to present The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, an exhibition of painting by contemporary artists Ailbhe Barrett, Tom Climent, Rian Coughlan, Colin Crotty, Tommy Feehan, Joseph Heffernan, John Noel Kenneally and Holly Walsh.
Quoting WB Yeats’ poem The Circus Animals’ Desertion, via James Elkins text on the relationship between painting and alchemy, “What Painting Is”, this exhibition explores the “materia prima” of painting. This is the idea, in alchemy, of every substance that has a beauty or spiritual significance, being created in squalor and refuse. Elkins finds an equivalence to this in the painter’s studio. This is often a place of chaos and disorder, “coloured mud” and chemicals, out of which a visual language emerges.
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart showcases the strength and diversity of painting practice in Cork today.