Date(s) - 13/11/2019 - 16/11/2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Preview: 13 November 2019, 6-8pm
11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1, D01 ND60
Exhibitions continue 14-16 November 2019, 10am-6pm
We are thrilled to invite you to celebrate a physical manifestation of Berlin Opticians Gallery in a beautiful Georgian house on Parnell Square. For a period of time its rooms, usually filled with poetry, will host solo exhibitions by two artists: Sarah O’Brien and Linda Quinlan.
Sarah O’Brien’s paintings interrogate materiality and the physical attachment we have with real stuff in the everyday. Words, word play and free association inform the literal references in some of the paintings. These driving narratives or sometimes singular and obtuse titles arrive during the making of the work. Though Sarah works with urgency and tempo, her pieces may have a number of incarnations and layers before they are fully finished. Sarah attempts to genuinely recapture the naive skill of the child as artist and observer, which is very evident in her studio, with much source material being felt tipped marker drawings, crayon, stickers and glitter.
Linda Quinlan’s interdisciplinary practice presents as a kind of visual alchemy, choreographing a playful set of relations between video, object and sound. The gentle poetry between language, the body and the natural world are central to her practice, how they touch and transfer forms the mesh from which she makes much of her work. It’s a practice that consistently circles back to a conversation about connectivity and exploring the relational aspects of our reality – how we live, how we come together, where we look for meaning. Her recent work is grounded in the activity of painting, developing a vibrant lexicon of imagery that captures an ecological and civic spirit and engages the subject of love, nature, survival and the feminine.
Sarah O’Brien lives and works in Cork, Ireland. Recent selected shows include: Wish Me a Wonder, Garter Lane Arts Centre, 2019, STREAM PROJECT, Limerick 2018, Hotron Art Prize 2017, Carlow Arts and UNFOLD, Uilinn, Skibbereen, Ireland, 2017. Upcoming group exhibitions: Everything is in Everything, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh (November 2019). Sarah is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Linda Quinlan is a graduate of the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NCAD, Dublin and Crawford College, Cork. She has exhibited at Oakville Galleries, Toronto; Bloomberg Space, London; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; IMMA, Hugh Lane Gallery; Douglas Hyde Gallery; Crawford Gallery and Glucksman Gallery. She has received awards from the Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Dublin City Council, Cork City Council and the Dutch Ministry. She was awarded the AIB Prize and is in the collection of IMMA and the Arts Council. She is currently on the board of MExIndex. Linda is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork County Council.
This exhibition is kindly hosted and supported by Poetry Ireland.
With thanks to the Board and Management of the Irish Heritage Trust.
Image: Sarah O’Brien, You’ve Been Painted, 2018. Paint and fabric on vintage picture frame, 70 x 60 cm.