Date(s) - 06/09/2018 - 12/10/2018
Oonagh Young Gallery
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 6 September, 6pm.
Oonagh Young Gallery hosts this year’s winner of the Roscommon Visual Artists Forum Award Siobhan O’Connor. Her work explores architectonic elements through her use of materials such as concrete and steel combined with an investigation of the inherent internal and external forces when manipulating these components. A Structural Force will feature new sculptural works by the artist that attempt to redefine the essential properties of these, often unyielding, materials. Using graphic forms, basic colours and simplified shapes, O’Connor’s work exploits how structures operate by examining suspension, tension, compression, weight and balance, resulting in a series of playful yet formal works. Often perilous or on the point of collapse, her structures question the stability and precarity of the built environment and highlight intrinsic forces that are often overlooked.
An accompanying text written by Sue Rainsford, Visual Art Writer in Residence at Roscommon Arts Centre, will also be available at the Oonagh Young Gallery.
Siobhan O’Connor graduated from Dublin Institution of Technology in 2017. In June 2016 she was presented with the Fire Station Sculpture graduate award which granted her a studio (from September-December 2016). She was recently shortlisted for the Visual Arts Award 2016 and selected to exhibit in the RDS along with 12 other artists in October 2016.
About the RVAF Award:
The Roscommon Visual Artists Forum supported by Roscommon County Council Arts Office & Roscommon Arts Centre was established in 2015 to provide visual artists based in or from the county with a platform to develop their practice. Artists supported previously through the award include Siobhan McGibbon (2015), Vida Pain (2016) and Naomi Draper (2017).