Marie Hanlon & Rhona Clarke

Marie Hanlon & Rhona Clarke

DIC TAT

Fri 18 Jul - Sat 6 Sep 2014 Ground Floor Gallery

This exhibition by artist Marie Hanlon and composer Rhona Clarke combines sound and visual elements. The title DIC TAT is taken from a specific work in which a set of drawings are made to the mechanical pulse of a metronome. The metronome  ‘dictates’ the pace, beating out precise measures for the drawing hand to follow. Given such restrictions the markings are notably varied, expressive and irregular.

Marie Hanlon has worked as a professional artist since 1990. Although known as an abstract painter she now uses a broader range of media. Video, projection and installation have resulted from joint projects and collaborations, especially with contemporary composers. She lives in Dublin and is represented by The Rubicon Gallery.

Rhona Clarke was born in Dublin. Her output includes choral, chamber, orchestral and electronic works. She has received commissions from RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Cork International Choral Festival, Concorde, Music Network and the National Concert Hall, among others. Her work has been performed and broadcast throughout Ireland and worldwide. Rhona Clarke is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists.

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This exhibition closes on 6th September with a Book Launch at 3pm - All welcome.

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.



Marie Hanlon & Rhona Clarke Book Launch

Marie Hanlon & Rhona Clarke Book Launch

DIC TAT

Sat 6 Sep 2014 3PM Ground Floor Gallery

DIC TAT, a book with CD, is being launched to coincide with the joint exhibition by Marie Hanlon and Rhona Clarke currently showing in the Ground Floor Gallery at Draíocht. It contains seventeen reproductions by Marie Hanlon, a CD of soundworks by Rhona Clarke, an essay by Rowan Sexton and an interview with Rhona Clarke by Nicola Lefanu.

The book will be launched officially by Shelley McNamara, Co Director of the internationally acclaimed architectural company, Grafton Architects.

All are welcome.
Venue: Ground Floor Gallery Draíocht, Saturday 6th September, 
3pm.
This event will mark the end of the exhibition.



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Bernie Masterson

Bernie Masterson

Weather

Mon 22 Sep - Sat 22 Nov 2014 Ground Floor Gallery

‘Weather’ - Masterson’s new body of paintings explores landscape as untamed nature.

‘As a painter, landscape has always been my place of interest, my starting point so to speak, layered with time, place, and memory. In this collection of new works my response to the landscape (both the beauty and the terrors of nature) is to ‘poeticise’ it, just like early nineteenth century artists did. Weather changes landscape, it shapes it, and subsequently our relationship and response to it.’ 

Bernie Masterson is an artist living and working in Dublin. She was born in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland and graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design. She has had solo exhibitions with several galleries like the Hallward Gallery Dublin, Waterford Healing Arts Trust, the Custom House Gallery Westport, the Clothworthy Museum Co Antrim and the Hunt Museum Limerick to name some and is regularly selected and invited to several group shows like the Royal Ulster Academy, Royal Hibernian Academy, Eigse, Dunamaise Open and Rua Red Winter Open.

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Image detail: Bernie Masterson, Storm Surge, Acrylic on Fabriano Paper, 178 X 124 cm



Mary-Claire Kehoe

Mary-Claire Kehoe

Concentrate On Your Breathing

Mon 22 Sep - Sat 22 Nov 2014 First Floor Gallery

‘The motivation for my current body of work is an investigation of suppressed emotion and thought rediscovery, using printmaking (collographs, drypoints, monoprints) as a form of self-expression. It focuses on my reaction to the atmosphere around me, and is quite introverted: a personal reaction to my own private environment. The traditional processes, aesthetic allure and composition in each piece is very important to me. Throughout my work I intend to show the juxtaposition between strong, definite mark making and an almost fragile beauty. While they contain an element of delicacy and charm, many of the works can be seen as overpowering and uncomfortable. They give a sense of both anticipation and despondency.These abstract concepts are open to viewers’ personal interpretation, but for me they represent a personal sadness and inner turmoil.’

Mary-Claire Kehoe is an Irish printmaker based in Co Wexford. She graduated from Limerick School of Art & Design in 2005 and obtained a Masters in Printmaking from the University of the Arts, London in 2007. Since then she has worked as an art teacher and has recently set up her own studio where she concentrates solely on creating new work. Having exhibited in numerous group shows, her next upcoming solo show is in the Ulster Hall, Belfast in May 2015.

Image detail: Mary-Claire Kehoe, Close Your Eyes and Take a Deep Breath, Drypoint & Monoprint on Fabriano paper, 76 x 70 cm, 2014



Gerry O’Mahony

Gerry O’Mahony

Keepers of Silence

Fri 28 Nov - Sat 7 Feb 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

‘In my work I seek to confront the instinctive realities of human and cultural challenges in a world which fluctuates between the familiar and the unknown, an odyssey that shows humanity’s struggle to find ways to inhabit the planet in a peaceful, productive and co-operative way. These pieces show the influence of patterned, colourful symbols of ancient and primitive art where the creations are a celebration of a life that is simple and uncontrived: an art without ‘art’. The work is a response to all of these influences and yet none of them – a separate entity created from the inter-mingling of both major and minor influences. The work is an expression of a vision of the world, an invitation to observers to share that vision and create their own. It is both a statement and a challenge.’

Gerry O’Mahony is a graduate from Limerick School of Art & Design. He has taught art in Ireland and has travelled extensively, spending long periods in both Israel and Malawi. These travels have been a huge influence on his art practice. He is a permanent member of Contact Studios, Limerick and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

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Image detail: Gerry O’Mahony, Searching for a wide embrace, mixed media painting on board, 60cm x 60cm, 2014



Sinead McDonald

Sinead McDonald

Uchronia

Fri 28 Nov - Sat 7 Feb 2015 First Floor Gallery

‘Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds. A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined’ – Wikipedia

A series of real and imagined self-portraits, these images investigate fate, free will and predestination, truth and longing and looks at how decisions, accidents and circumstances can change us utterly. What is it that makes us who we are? What if we could go back and undo things? Do we really have the power to shift our own narratives?

Sinead McDonald is a Dublin based artist and NCAD graduate. She has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, with recent work shown in the U.S., Estonia, Latvia, the UK and an ongoing community arts project in Western Finland. She works in a variety of media, most notably photography, video and physical computing. Research trajectories explore the sciences and collaborative practice and how using different disciplines can help navigate and illuminate difficult and taboo subjects, allow us to tell stories and ultimately, explore the most human of desires and yearnings.

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.


Image detail: Sinead McDonald, Self Portrait, ‘If I Hadn’t Damaged My Meniscal Cartilage When I was 14’, 2014