Distant Thoughts and Faded Songs
Jenny’s work is an emotional response to light and space, exploring the concept of 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.
Photographs taken of the early 1900s circus community in the USA were an inspiration for Bartosz Kolata as he began to work on this collection of paintings, Circus.By combining figures from this enchanting era with modern day people, Kolata explores the humour and absurdity of human nature. With the inclusion of spectacular vintage acrobats, clowns, animals and freaks, Circus explores the dark, pessimistic view that human existence has no sublime meaning or value.
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?
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Keepers of Silence
‘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’.
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Concentrate On Your Breathing
‘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. These abstract concepts are open to viewers’ personal interpretation, but for me they represent a personal sadness and inner turmoil.’
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‘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.’
WATCH ... Michael Harding launches Bernie's exhibition on Saturday 20th Sept 2014
REVIEW ... Des Kenny Reviews Bernie Masterson
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Marie Hanlon & Rhona Clarke
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.
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Free Artist Talk - Kathy Herbert & Dorothy Smith
Artists Talk / SAT 12 JULY, 3PM / FREE
For the last 5 days (8-12 July 2014) Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery hosted an evolving art project. Artists Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith worked in the Gallery creating a large collaborative drawing based on their explorations of Blanchardstown Town Centre. They also facilitiated workshops, bringing participants on walks with prepared stops, encouraging them to take photographs, make sketches and notes etc.
Saturday's talk is open to everyone, whether you have taken part in the workshops this week or not. Kathy & Dorothy will discuss their process of art-making; the research that goes on behind every painting, drawing, piece of art that you see, making special reference to the work made during the 5 days.
Places are free but booking is essential through Draíocht’s Box Office, tel 01-8852622.
Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith
Walking/Drawing - Exploring an Urban Environment
For 5 days in July Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery will host an evolving art project. Artists Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith will be working in the Gallery creating a large collaborative drawing that is based on their explorations of Blanchardstown Town Centre. As they explore, the artists will take photos, make sketches and written notes of what they see and experience. This material will be taken back to the gallery and used to make a large collaborative drawing on paper and a map of the Town Centre.
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Discover Art - with Jim Cathcart
Visual Arts – Youth Pilot Project
THURSDAYS 4.30PM - 5.30PM
4 WEEKS 06, 13, 20 & 27 March 2014
Draíocht Workshop Room // Course fee €15 for 4 workshops
Using his exhibitions ‘Them that work the hardest…’ as a starting point, Jim Cathcart will facilitate four visual arts sessions over the month of March for young people aged between 13-18 years.
The workshops aim to provide an opportunity to create art, work with a professional artist, learn different techniques and find different ways of expressing yourself. So, if you love to draw or are interested in creating artwork, drop in or find out more information by contacting email@example.com
Booking through Draíocht’s Box Office on 01-885 2622.
Them that work the hardest ...
‘Them that work the hardest …’ - Ground Floor Gallery
'Selected Works on Paper' - First Floor Gallery
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Katie O’Neill - Eternal Light
A solo exhibition by Katie O'Neill - Amharc Fhine Gall IX - Curated by Noelle Collins
Katie O'Neill is a visual artist with a multidisciplinary practice that is concerned with themes of identity and psycho-geography. In June 2012 she self-published the artist's book 'Eternal Light' which conveys the complex experiences and whirring anxieties of an individual in their immediate environment. As a point of entry, the artist's book communicates an intimate narrative; traces of verdant landscape are countered by images of uninhabited spaces and urban monoliths, depicting a darkly poetic sense of isolation.
Join Katie on 01 February at 3pm for a Free Artist Talk in our First Floor Gallery.
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This latest body of work focuses on suburban space, in particular, the fragmented spaces of memory.
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When all the Riches That We Boast Consists in Scraps of Paper and Balloons
Nicole Tilley investigates the idea of the threshold - a boundary between one condition and another and the potential for change.
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Labour on, think - as if, quietly in any direction walk away
For this work artist Christine Mackey presented the opportunity to devise and realise an exhibition with children from St. Francis Xavier National School, using as a starting point an existing publication ‘A Year in the Field’ (commissioned by Fingal Arts Office public art programme 2011-2012).
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Pictiúr - An Exhibition of Children’s Book Illustrations
Pictiúr is an exciting new exhibition of the work of some of Ireland’s leading children’s book illustrators which has been curated by Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey.
Featured Pictiúr Illustrators: Lily Bernard / Alan Clarke / Michael Emberley / Tatyana Feeney / Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick / Adrienne Geoghegan / Olivia Golden / Chris Haughton / Paul Howard / Oliver Jeffers / Anita Jeram / Chris Judge / P.J. Lynch / Oisín McGann / Mary Murphy / Donough O’Malley / Niamh Sharkey / Steve Simpson / Kevin Waldron / Olwyn Whelan / Andrew Whitson
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Present State is a series of paintings based on cropped compositions of the human form. They record the body as present against a natural backdrop of the sky. ‘My intention is to divert attention away from the cultural cues we use to identify with figures in order to suggest that something else remains. There is an absurd and elegant characteristic of humanity viewed from this perspective and I identify with it through my paintings.’ Patrick Horan.
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Surrendering 'the self' to the sensory elements of colour, form and sound is at the core of Aisling Conroy’s work. Conroy uses the duality of dark and light, with positive and negative space; in her painting, installation and sound work. In her current practice she creates abstractions of various models of modernism, architecture, monuments, sacred art and iconism in ritualistic manifestations.
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Animation to Murmuration
Birds (especially crows and starlings) continue to feature largely in Sheridan's work. He is concerned with the social behaviour, flight dynamics and subliminal 'brushstroke' patterns of birds in flight. His images often mirror human group dynamics, modes of communication and social interactions.
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MORE ... An Irishwoman's Diary ... Arminta Wallace talks to Vincent Sheridan ... here ...
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