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Zelouf+Bell Furniture Retrospect Will Make Your Heart Sing

How often do you get to see beautiful highly skilled furniture?
Once in a life time? That’s exactly the time it took for Susan Zelouf and Michael Bell to gather their furniture and present them to the public in a once in a life time exhibition.
They will be showing a retrospect (1992-2012) of their amazing work in Farmleigh, Motor House from the 4th of May til Saturday 19th of May.
From their website you get an overview of what they were able to achieve over the years.
Every piece of furniture is a feast for the eye. Unsurprisingly they have been commissioned by embassies, government buildings, and even churches.
However do not be fooled. Their price is high. But so are their standards.
Every piece takes weeks to make and every piece is crafted with love. In every piece you sense in the making a combination of a wild vision, a hint of humour or seriousness depending, but undoubtedly a refined taste for beauty.
From every angle of every piece, you can tell the effort and thought that has been put into it. From the Famine Larder to the amazing Briques Sideboard made in bog oak, the Cocktail Cabinet and the Horns Gazelle Desk, their motto has been to make beautiful limited-edition couture furniture.
It felt only natural to them that they chose Peter O’Brien, couturier and costume designer to open their exhibition.
Over the years, history, fashion, nature, architecture, buildings, paintings and fabric have inspired the couple as much as they have inspired each other.
When you see the result it’s hard to believe that they haven’t done this all their lives. Yet you would be wrong. Bell was a rep for a tobacco company while Zelouf made a living as a singer and voiceover.
Nothing had prepared them for meeting each other but like their furniture, once they had found their love, they knew they were on the right track.
They hope visitors will agree with them and come to their exhibition.
When: 4-19th May 2012 – Opening Times: 10 am -5 pm.
Where: Motor House, Farmleigh, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

The RHA in Dublin doesn’t stand for Roll Homogenous Art

It doesn’t even stand for Royal Horse Artillery because there isn’t one in Dublin. I looked it up. However it does stand  for Royal Hibernian Academy.  The Royal Hibernian Academy originated when artists from the Society of Artists in Ireland petitioned the then Viceroy, Earl Talbot, in the late 1700’s for the opportunity to exhibit their works annually. A Royal Charter was finally granted in 1821, and the deeds received in 1823, giving the Academy independence from all other institutions.

And so although the Academy was not showing any artillery, it was showing horses only just two months ago.

Exhibited in many shapes. The Academy presented a Horse Show: horses in paintings, sculptures, video and last but not least see-through inflatable nylon. The latest, Max Streicher’s installation was quite wonderful and intriguing.

Alas no more.

This show ended to let other specimens in such as birds from Stephen McKenna. Although the exhibition has just ended, any viewers who got a chance to visit his work could see his classical approach to still life.

But if still life wasn’t their cup of tea, paintings from Sam Douglas might have managed to stir a little more life into any visitors.

Until last month, Sam Douglas’ travel experience to various mountain ranges had filtered into a recent series of paintings called “Remnants 15” where art lovers could escape reality or at least find a new way to enjoy erosion and sedimentation.

The RHA has welcomed another eminent artist such as Corban Walker who represented Ireland at the 54th Venice Biennale last year. His large-scale sculpture composed of 160 inter-connected open-framed stainless-steel cubes called “Please Adjust” found me still adjusting to its statement but if you couldn’t adjust to this, you were able to adjust to Brendan Earley’s constructions.

Through one of his large sized paper artworks the artist wanted to explore “those large swathes of land we pass through without much regard. These areas are not meant to be seen (never mind mapped), except perhaps as a blur from a car window.”

These “Places Between”, composed of both handmade and consumer goods are actually no more. The exhibition ended on the 29th of April. So they won’t shake you from the state of inbetweenness  that one might be in when looking at modern Art sometimes but the Royal Hibernian Academy is always trying to shake their visitors with new exhibitions so keep an eye on their website to check their next Art events.

Where: 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.

When: Exhibitions available all year around.

11am – 5pm- Except Wednesday – Saturday until 7pm. Sunday 2 – 5pm

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New Gallery Number 6, Dublin 2

Gallery Number 6

They say there’s safety in numbers. At Gallery No 6, located off Grafton Street, you will definitely feel safe. Situated in the prime shopping location of Anne St. South the new gallery, which opened last October, features an impressive number of twenty-seven artists.

Apart from the wide variety of art displayed, your eye is bound to catch the fantastic ceramic sculpture which sits proudly in the middle of the gallery. Suzanne Brady is an emerging visual artist from south Dublin. Suzanne has recently finished three years studying sculpture and ceramics at Connolly House. Her piece “Angst” shows a naked body of an arched woman.  Breasts out and arms stretched offers a vision of tension. Yet it singularly gives a soothing impression on the eye and mind.

More prominent Irish painters such as Alan Kenny or Louise Mansfield will no doubt catch the interest of the wealthier viewers.

At the end of the gallery, a range of Roisin Duffy’s work is also available. She claims to be a visual story teller and every piece does exactly that. Accompanied by a poem, every of her figurative artworks will bring either humour, imagination or colour to your world if not all in one. The gallery also has a small selection of her Slate Sculptures.

In addition to established names the policy of Number 6 is to encourage emerging Irish Artists, providing them with the opportunity to display and sell their works.

If 6 was not your lucky number, it should hopefully be the case now. The gallery run by Sorcha, Tom and Ann boasts in having miniatures, limited edition prints, etchings, reproduction note cards and book of paintings. So before your number is up, come and visit by the numbers Gallery number 6.

Where: 6 Anne St. South, Dublin 2.

When: Tuesday to Saturday. 11.30am – 5.30pm.

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When Art meets with Therapy

Ever feel like you could express yourself in other ways than words?

Well, Expressive Arts Ireland  is offering you a choice of dates for a two-day workshop exploring expressive arts.

28th – 29th April 2012 in Dublin.
12th – 13th May 2012 in Galway.

This workshop will be a space to create and explore the arts in a non-judgmental environment. It is suitable for both first time applicants and past participants, featuring new exercises and theory based practices.

  •      Expressive Arts Ireland believes that healing can come through the processes of art making.
  •     Human beings are creative beings; we can shape and make our own existence.
  •     In this workshop you will be invited to use all your senses, working with movement, clay, painting, poetry, story-telling, music and sound.

We will discuss the theory of expressive arts therapy, exploring both the concepts and methodology.

Through working with the arts we gain a new perspective and access to our own resources.

A shift in our awareness can create a shift in our life.

Each day we will have two three hour sessions divided by a lunch break. In each session we will move from one medium to another. By working across art disciplines, we access the multi-sensory potential of imagination. Each art form has a different gift to offer. It is not necessary to have any prior experience in the arts; this workshop is not about learning the skill of the medium it’s about learning the skill of the process itself.

Dublin: The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Galway: An Seomra Yoga 2/3 Small Crane Square, Sea Road Galway City
Kilkenny and Cork to be confirmed

Cost: €120 for the 2 days workshop.
(Concessions for students and unemployed)

Spaces are limited with only 14 available, so please book in advance to ensure your place at the workshop.
We will start at 10.00am and finish at 16.00pm, lunch break will be from 13.00 to 14.00.

What to bring:
Notebook, Comfortable clothes to move and for art making.

Taught by a team, comprised of graduates of the masters and CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study) at the expressive arts program in the European Graduate School- Switzerland.

Text or call for booking a place 086 191 03 02 or 086 155 69 71


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Kathrina Rupit’s First Solo Opening Tonight

They say good news comes in pairs and I can definitely testify to that.

Not only is there a great exhibition coming up from Kathrina Rupit, her first Irish solo as a street artist but this will happen in a new gallery called the Little Green Street Gallery just off Capel Street which I didn’t even know until today.(The gallery first opened in April 2011).

Kathrina Rupit’s urban artwork will hopefully create two emotions in you: she will gain your respect by depicting proudly her Mexican culture, society, and current issues and admiration by offering to the public a chance to view street art as more than just graffiti.

With a mind for Mexican history like her famous predecessor Diego Rivera, Kathrina has portrayed in in one of her pictures, the “Adhelitas 2”, women who fought in the Mexican Revolution. Ordinary people in extraordinary times, these women – rich and poor, educated and uneducated – would fight for their beliefs on the battlefields in their everyday clothes, armed to the teeth. They have become the heroes of the Revolution, and are traditionally honoured by Mexican artists and literary figures. Kathrina is joining those ranks in her portraits of “Adhelitas 2”, paying homage to the women of her country as many have done before her.

I said good news comes in pairs, let me correct this, good news comes in threes, as some of Kathrina’s pieces will go for €20 only. Done on very special industrial paper, they won’t be your regular exhibition prints but they are hand-painting originals! So good news all around!!

Where: Little Green Street Gallery, 21A Little Britain Street, Dublin 7. Free entry!

When: Saturday 25th February opening night (6-9), until Tuesday 28th February.

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