Des Kenny Reviews John O’Reilly - Transient

September 20, 2012

20 September 2012


Smithfield Car Park, John O'Reilly (2012)


John O Reilly’s exhibition ‘Transient’ consists of seven oil paintings in Draíocht’s First Floor Gallery. John is better known as a graffiti artist and went under the tag name of JOR, his initials. He abstracted this graffiti name of JOR into large wall pieces, using spray cans. The graffiti artist rarely exhibits in a gallery environment except for a few well known exceptions, such as Basquait and Banksy. They prefer the anarchic freedom to display their creativity on the walls of disused buildings throughout our cities. This desire to remain outside the cultural structures of today’s society predominantly attracts youthful practitioners and audiences.


The paintings consist of views of our city that graffiti artists find popular. He knows these environments well and instead of using spray cans on vacant walls; his creativity is now channelled into fabricating paintings in a studio. This creates an inner tension, as the desire to reach out for the impulsive freedom of a spray can is restrained. The artist needs to focus intensely on his subject matter and hopefully control this capricious side of his nature. In these paintings this tension, though not self evident, lurks achingly just below the surface.


The paintings are small and intimate when compared to his graffiti work, which are large and envelop the viewer. Their main concern is the study of light, be it dull florescent strip lighting of concrete car parks and warehouses or the glaring light over a sombre city masked by cloud. The grey cool interior of ‘Smithfield Car Park’ is cast in the shaded gloom of white strip lighting while outside the streets intense daylight will cause pain as the eyes dilate sharply on leaving the car park. In ‘Ticket Machine’ the red light emanating from the machine relieves the enclosing shadows shrouded in bleakness. In ‘Cavern’ we are pitched downwards steeply into a vault like space, devised for vehicular traffic and too precipitous for people. An alien opening to a concrete underbelly of an anonymous office block designed for commerce and not for people.  


In daylight, against a nondescript sky, lurks a crane for container traffic, inactive but for the rusting air devouring it. Behind a warehouse, climbing weeds are beginning to renew natures claim on disused land. The paintings exude a quiet sense of loss and melancholy, for these sites are the remains of the Celtic Tiger. The airport lounge is a reminder of the heartbreak we know as our youth flee the country. ‘Patchwork’, is a study of two walls and snow as its white purity drains down a patchwork shore, like an unfulfilled dream dissolving into the sludge of regret. These paintings do not overtly offer a political stance but are quiet reflections on a lost opportunity, when property and greed took precedence over people and culture. Yet the title of the show ”TRANSIENT” denotes this hopelessness will pass in time.

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Artist John O'Reilly

When paintings leave an artist’s studio he surrenders, to a certain extent, his ideas and allows the audience introduce their thinking processes to the works. It’s this engagement with the viewer that transforms the painting into a work of art. Maybe an unknown visitor troubled by our economic plight will look at these works and find assurance. Perhaps these paintings might probe into that internal horizon where revelatory hope reclines waiting a summons to push back the dark tide. Perhaps this unknown visitor might feel their load lighten as the darkness recedes. Is this not a function of art? There are not seven paintings in Draíocht’s First Floor Gallery but seven works of art by JOHN O REILLY, primed in stillness, awaiting your thoughts.

 

Read more about John O'Reilly here 

John O’Reilly / Transient / FRI 14 SEP - SAT 10 NOV 2012  / FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

 

 

Desmond Kenny is an artist based in Hartstown, Dublin 15. He is a self taught painter, since he began making art in 1986 he has since exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, solo shows include Draíocht in 2001, The Lab in 2006 and Pallas Contemporary Projects in 2008. His work is included in many collections including the Office of Public Works, SIPTU, and Fingal County Council. Kenny's practice also incorporates print making and he has been a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 2004.


Des Kenny, Rosie Fay & President of Ireland, Mary McAleese
 

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Culture Night at Draiocht - 21 September 2012

September 17, 2012

JUST 30 TICKETS REMAINING NOW FOR 'DUBLINERS BY JAMES JOYCE' FOR CULTURE NIGHT. 
FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2012, 7.30PM

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“She was … a little vulgar … sometimes she said ‘I seen’ and ‘if I had’ve known’ … but what would grammar matter if you really loved her (The Boarding House) …

Previewing before Dublin Theatre Festival all this week at Draiocht, Wed 19-Sat 22 Sept, 7.30pm ... Tickets from 10e ... Booking tel 8852622 ...

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Des Kenny Reviews Theresa Nanigian - not sorry

September 14, 2012

14 September 2012
 

Theresa Nanigian’s exhibition is situated in the Ground Floor Gallery of Draíocht. Titled “not sorry”, it is an exploration and insight into the lives and thoughts of teenage existence. The show entails cards with text and large photos. Theresa had placed a box in the foyer where teenagers could deposit their thoughts anonymously over the past year.



They were then collected and edited to a degree and printed onto card and placed on a corner wall. There are 65 cards which float in space slightly away from the wall. It all seems so reassuring; the cards written in lower case text, neatly placed forming a large rectangle. Capital letters are avoided, so one idea is supplanted by another. Then you begin to read - unearthed is a substrata of teenage consciousness. Swept along in a cascading torrent of teenage hopes, fears, triumphs and dreams, which although belonging to different personalities, they are connected by one emotional force - teenage angst.



At times uplifting and poignant “i am in love with penguins” and then disturbing,”I am afraid of dying” and “i wish my Dad had stayed”, to dreams awaiting fulfilment “i want to be a writer”. It is as if the electrical conduit conducting emotional life is not insulated and this sparks, burns and ignites the very air and space teenagers inhabit. Every neuron in the brain is firing together, creating a boundless thought storm.

The other theme of the show is large scale photos about 6x6 feet, investigating in loving detail, teenager’s bedrooms. These photos are fixed directly onto the wall with adhesive so the photo and wall occupy the same surface space. Creating the illusion of deep space on the gallery wall where the viewer becomes immersed in the content. The eye is sucked into photographic space and engages with every item, knowing this will reveal and describe the inner life of the teenager. Each bedroom is a portrait without the sitter’s presence. Their absence amplifies the space into a psychological realm in which we search for clues of identity. Barbells denote a masculine presence; pop stars festooned on walls indicate a female inhabitant. Clothes are scattered on floors with school books and chaos reigns.

On one wall is a large photo about 12 x 12feet in size and denotes a bedroom of a female. The composition hints at understanding by the artist of renaissance architecture and perspective. The bed takes centre stage and left and right are two wardrobes standing like two roman columns. The ceiling, an angled dome covered in graffiti arches over a tempestuous domain of a young female, stating her own individual persona. On the walls concert tickets mingle with pop stars and illegible written statements. A palm print declares ownership on a wardrobe door, a primordial display as found in caves of our distant ancestors. Yet the most telling psychological statement is found on the top of the wardrobes, all the childhood cuddly toys reside in plain view. Put away but not hidden, the childhood connection not yet severed.


Jacinta Shannon & daughter Sophie Shannon (owner of featured bedroom).


Under Theresa Nanigian’s gentle direction the participants grant us a glimpse into the heart rending turmoil of teenage life. The photographs, like continuity stills in films, denote the placement of each object on the set is correct and we await the actors return to act out their lines from the textual wall. We are granted permission to view their private realm as they reach out towards adult life. Theresa’s refined eye illuminates this endeavour and we leave the exhibition with a smile.

Des Kenny




Read more about Theresa Nanigian here
 

Desmond Kenny is an artist based in Hartstown, Dublin 15. He is a self taught painter, since he began making art in 1986 he has since exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, solo shows include Draíocht in 2001, The Lab in 2006 and Pallas Contemporary Projects in 2008. His work is included in many collections including the Office of Public Works, SIPTU, and Fingal County Council. Kenny's practice also incorporates print making and he has been a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 2004.


Des Kenny, Rosie Fay and President of Ireland Mary McAleese
 

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D15 YOUTH THEATRE AUDITION DATE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

September 6, 2012

D15 YOUTH THEATRE AUDITION DATE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

Do you have an interest in Theatre and drama?

Do you like having fun?

Making new friends?

Would you like to try new things??

D15 Youth Theatre could be for you...........

D15 Youth Theatre is now going into its second year. We currently have 20 members aged between 13years-19years and now, we have room for a few more. So if you are intersted or would like to find out more, then come along to our group audition or you can also read more from our members on this blog.

The Audition will take place on Tuesday, 18th September @ Draíocht 7pm-9pm.

 

We will begin with a chat about the audition and what will be involved in participating in D15 Youth Theatre.  You will then take part in a group workshop.  This workshop will involve some group activities and some script work.  Don’t be nervous – being able to work as part of a group, take guidance and pick up new things is every bit as important as previous experience.

 

The Audition is NOT based on talent alone; participants are selected with regard to the following aim: 

We aim to establish a good gender mix, from a range of abilities and backgrounds and so, will select participants based on the following criteria: 

•Gender balance 

•Social/geographical mix 

•Inclusion of ages 13 years-18 years

•Interest and passion for theatre

 

If you are interested, you can drop into Draiocht, email sarah@draiocht.ie or download an application form here and fill it in and then get it back to us by hand, by mail or by post.

 

We will let each participant know by letter if they have been selected by Tuesday 25th September 2012.  Should you be offered a place, the first term will run weekly from Tuesday 2nd October to Tuesday 11th of Dec 2012. There is a €10 membership fee for the term and a €2 weekly contribution. We have a number of access places available at no cost, should the price be a problem.  You can speak with me in confidence about this.

 

For further information join D15 Youth Theatre on facebook or contact me on 01 8098029 or sarah@draiocht.ie if you have any further questions.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the auditions and wish you luck on the day!

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