MAKing Art: PRINTing

MAKing Art: PRINTing

Curated by Sharon Murphy

Wed 25 Mar - Sat 30 May 2020 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Draíocht’s forthcoming exhibition ‘MAKing Art: PRINTing’, curated by Sharon Murphy, was due to be opened on 25 March by Professor Kevin Rafter, Chair, The Arts Council. It includes the work of 20 artists across two distinct exhibitions whose practice is rooted in printmaking. The installation is in mid-flow and we look forward to opening it later in the season.

In the meantime, we are delighted to feature the work of the artists online.
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New Impressions
Neil Dunne, Margot Galvin, Fiona Kelly, Aoife Scott

Ground Floor Gallery
Works from the Graphic Studio
Members from Fingal

First Floor Gallery

MAKing Art: PRINTing is the third in a series of exhibitions aimed at children and young people, which explores a particular visual art discipline, its materials, processes and varied manifestations. Printmaking is the focus of this third exhibition. It celebrates different techniques, styles and approaches to the use of print, to the act of printmaking and to the print as a finished artwork.

It includes two exhibitions: New Impressions (Ground Floor Gallery) explores how traditional printmaking techniques have been re-imagined and re-worked and invites us to consider: what makes a print a print? Common conceptions of printmaking are expanded, from two-dimensional to three-dimensional, from mass-produced to unique, from paper to mixed and digital media. The exhibition features artists whose work, though rooted in or referencing print, expands the boundaries of that medium. New Impressions includes artists Neil Dunne, Margot Galvin, Fiona Kelly and Aoife Scott.

Works from the Graphic Studio (First Floor Gallery) is an exhibition which marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Graphic Studio and features members from Fingal who work across a range of process including etching, woodcut/lino, screen print and lithography. Artists include: Susan Early, Mary Grey, Julie Ann Haines, Michele Hetherington, Ernada Husic, Siobhan Hyde, Desmond Kenny, Michael Killen, Jennifer Lane, Pamela Leonard, Ned McLoughlin, Sorca O'Farrell and Una Sealy. The exhibition will also feature work by master printmakers, Niamh Flanagan and Robert Russell.

MAKing Art PRINTing will be accompanied by a programme of engagement for children and young people facilitated by participating artists and Draíocht’s Artist team.

Image: Aoife Scott

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PLATFORM 2020 - Worlds of Their Own

PLATFORM 2020 - Worlds of Their Own

Susan Buttner, Ellen Duffy, John Rainey, Katherine Sankey

Wed 8 Jul - Sat 26 Sep 2020 Ground Floor Gallery

PLATFORM 2020, now in its third year, is an exhibition and a series of associated performance events showcasing the work of early career artists who engage with the Gallery as a playful, experimental and creative space.

PLATFORM 2020, Worlds of Their Own presents the work of four emerging Irish artists, Susan Buttner, Ellen Duffy, John Rainey and Katherine Sankey whose installations, though conceived out of different circumstances, contexts and ideas are united in the scale of their distinctive ambitions. Their shared practice is encompassed in the term 'installation art' which involves the configuration of objects in a space often described as theatrical, experiential, immersive and which invites the viewer to step inside. 

Susan Buttner works with sculpture, painting, performance, film and in collaborative contexts, to engage with bodily experiences of knowledge and power, alienation and difference. Appealing to her own sensibility, choice materials are wide-ranging, integrating industrially manufactured with crafted objects, revealing juxtapositions and co-existences. Her work is currently focused on the medical and health impacts of mesh surgery on the individual and collective body and considers the politics of female subjectivity.

Ellen Duffy describes her work as falling somewhere between expanded painting, assemblage and installation. She explores the vitality an object/material possesses once it is introduced to the network of an assemblage. She uses found/discarded materials and through her haptic process creates a dialogue between one another. Her work attempts to look at the world as existing in perpetually changing assemblages that create infinite networks. Her work speaks to the inter-reliance between objects, space and viewer.

John Rainey works with sculpture, 3D print technologies and ceramics. Through a series of classical references and using manual and digital processes, his works consider how digital cultures, advancing technologies and photographic practices can suggest new pathways for representing the body. With the aid of emerging 3D print technologies as a source for rethinking approaches to sculptural practice, his work explores recent changes to our cultural, personal and social ways of living and communicating.

Katherine Sankey employs sculpture, video, drawing and painting in her installations. Her practice explores ideas about the tendency of living things to reach into and take over an area, colonising, adapting and mutating, as a means to survive. Working with trees, roots and plumbing pipeage, as well as medical, electrical and crustacean parts, she re-shapes these conduits of flow to question our perception about the relation between bodies (human and otherwise) and ideas of ‘the natural’.

Curated by Sharon Murphy

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

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