Date(s) - 21/07/2019 - 10/08/2019
Gormley's Fine Art
Go Wild, a provocative and exciting international exhibition, will be hosted by Gormleys Fine Art in Dublin from 6 to 27 June and Belfast from 21 July to 10 August.
This open submission exhibition showcases the work of 30 artists made in response to the theme, Go Wild.
Curated by Conor Walton, the exhibition is in collaboration with PoetsArtists, a collective that focuses on the revival of figurative realism in fine art.
This is the first time the PoetsArtists collective, a group of mainly American and European artists, have exhibited in Ireland. The show here includes work by two Irish artists.
“These are artists who are prepared to challenge, who aren’t afraid to be provocative, to tell stories and to engage with fantasy and sex,” said Conor.
“The work is engaging, in some cases funny, with a pop-art feel that will appeal to a wide audience but also to people who know their art history and see the clever references in the pieces.”
“I wanted artists who were prepared to Go Wild – either in terms of nature or in terms of taking a risk in their work,” said Conor.
Much of the work marries Old Master techniques with contemporary sensibilities and subject matter. It comes from life, but also from imagination and fantasy.
American artist Adam Miller’s Diana and Actaeon, while based on a classic Greek myth and painted using the Flemish technique, is also profoundly modern with the bystanders dressed in the clothes of today.
A painting by Molly Judd, one of the Irish artists in the show, defuses another time bomb of Irish art, the fear of being illustrative.
Her Raskolnikov shows a young man, holding a dagger and naked apart from a coat, lying on a horse that is probably dead in a building that may well be the Kremlin.
The painting references the dream of a suffering horse in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, but Judd’s interpretation is hauntingly unresolved.
Go Wild runs in Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin, from 6th to 27th June and Belfast from 21st July to 10th August.