Scapes; Rose Quartz
Roscommon Arts Centre’s 2021 Visual Art Programme will open on Tuesday May 11th with an exhibition of work by International artist Barbara Knežević.
‘Scapes: Rose Quartz’ is a sculptural work that is comprised of an array of crystals, plants, ceramic coiled vessels, a single channel video work and silicone surfaces that are carefully arranged on clear acrylic display plinths. The arrangements of objects in this exhibition speak to the deep human faith in the power of the material things around us. The work operates in an aesthetic register of excess and material over-fullness, expressed through the inter-related accumulation of individual objects, a sense of plentitude and amplification, and an identification of the sensuality of things.
In this iteration of the work produced specifically for Roscommon Arts Centre, ‘Scapes: Rose Quartz is exploded and amplified in scale and materials. For this presentation of the work a large steel form that duplicates and emulates the more intimate body-sized ceramic gizzard like forms sits centrally in the space. Crystal printed lycra panels are suspended from the ceiling, repeating and amplifying the shape, colour and form of the crystals in the displays below.
‘Scapes: Rose Quartz’ was the first episode in a series of sculptural arrays by the artist gathered under the banner Tools for wellbeing. Tools for wellbeing springs from an intrigue for moments where the human body and other matter, such as crystals, stones, oils and plants come into proximity of the body for the purposes of healing and wellbeing. It proposes the zone of the artwork as a holistic moment where relationships with, and between matter can be discovered; a portal where affective exchanges and encounters are allowed to take place.
Barbara Knežević is an Australian born artist living and working in Dublin. Her work is primarily object based and sculptural in form, appearing as complex, networked aggregations of objects and digital moving images. Recent exhibitions include Immurement, STATION Gallery Melbourne; Lithophone, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin; The Last Thing on Earth, MAC, Belfast; Exquisite Tempo Sector, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin; City Agents, EKKM, Tallinn; Gallery Augusta, Helsinki. In 2021 she will present a solo exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.
The 2021 Visual Art Programme is curated by artist Naomi Draper who is Curator in Residence for 2021. The programme she has developed will merge her research interests around studio and educational practices looking at areas of Play, Materialism, and Craft. Naomi is interested in the potential of relationships between humans and other matter, and the role processes of production plays in this negotiation and transaction. Developing a range of exhibitions and events the programme intends to engage a variety of artistic disciplines and practices including; Installation, Sculpture, Craft and Making practices.
Gallery Opening Times:
Tuesdays – Fridays : 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm.
Saturdays: 2pm – 5pm when there is a performance scheduled for that day.
The gallery is also open on performance evenings.