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.

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

Bartosz Kolata

Bartosz Kolata

Circus

Fri 20 Feb - Sat 25 Apr 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

In 1915 Fred Bradna became the Equestrian Director of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and remained in that position until 1945. They were a part of the show in Hartford Circus in 1944 which saw one of the worst fire disasters in the history of the USA with an estimated 167-169 people dead and more than 700 injured. The show was attended by approximately 7,000 people.

‘Some photographs of Fred Bradna's troop were a starting point for my canvases. In these paintings I challenge myself with my pessimistic worldview and believe that human existence has no sublime meaning or value. My works are often on the borderline of being kitschy and comical. That is how I see the circus when it is stripped of its romantic and sentimental vision. In these paintings I assemble different and sometimes opposite situations, using my own sense of humour. By combining vintage acrobats, animals, clowns and freaks with modern day people I try to express the senselessness and absurdsity of our nature. By constantly staying with traditional and conservative values, we are unable to deal with our consciousness, leading us to unhappiness and in the end to destruction.’

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Jenny Fox

Jenny Fox

Distant Thoughts and Faded Songs

Fri 20 Feb - Sat 25 Apr 2015 First Floor Gallery

Jenny’s work is an emotional response to light and space, exploring the concept place. The predominant mood behind her work is one of dense stillness and unhindered horizon, a sense of quiet and restfulness; an empty place, as if the subject has simply stepped out. Her canvases can appear empty, cold and pared back, but on closer inspection are rich with subtle texture and tone, her colours muted, almost monochrome at times, like the diffused sunlight on an overcast day; indistinct structures nestling within this abstract place veiled by a transparent mist. The composition evolves as the process of applying plaster and oil paint begins. It is these materials, and their application, which creates an environment where things can happen by chance. It is this element of chance which provides the moment of excitement, when the work is led somewhere unexpected . This continues throughout the making process, as the work builds in layers of thin colour, settling into crevices and filling spaces, only to be sanded or scratched back and then re-applied, gradually building a richness of depth.

Jenny works on as many as eight pieces simultaneously. She was brought up in Mayo and now lives and works in Co. Tipperary. A graduate of NCAD, her work is represented in several public collections, including those of University College Dublin, Iona Tech and TSB, as well as private collections in Ireland, UK and Germany.

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