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Last Chance To See: The Ros Tapestry, Farmleigh, Dublin

Technically, this is not actually the last chance to see the Ros Tapestry, but as the tapestry is only at Farmleigh until 1st April, if you live nearer to Dublin than New Ross (its usual home) then you would do well to visit Farmleigh this weekend. The exhibition at Farmleigh also happens to be free, a welcome bonus in these cash strapped times.

Alongside our recent giant Easter egg hunt, which took in Ashtown and Farmleigh, we took time to pop in to view the Ros Tapestry panels. The panels have been exhibited in Farmleigh Gallery since January, to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the EU. The monumental series of fifteen panels measuring four feet by six is still a work in progress. Twelve panels are finished and the remaining three (including a lively and detailed battle scene) are represented in this exhibition by full sized colour cartoons. Continue reading

Lady Who Destroyed A Fresco Sells A Painting For €1,000

Do you remember that little old Spanish lady who tried to restore a nineteenth century fresco, and ended up destroying it? Well, she’s managed to sell one of her own paintings … for a thousand euro.

Cecilia Gimenez sold an original piece on eBay, after over fifty people bid on it. She plans to donate the money to a Catholic charity. Gimenez had previously tried to get payment for the work she did on ruining fixing the fresco of Jesus Christ, because she felt she had turned it into a tourist attraction. After the story went viral, the sanctuary in which the painting was being displayed began to charge for entry to view the fresco, and collected over two thousand euro; which Cecilia Gimenez feels she is owed a percentage of. She’s currently in discussion with her lawyers.

Here’s the painting she sold …

And here’s a before and after of the fresco she … ‘fixed’

The Society For The Remarkable Suicide

It’s a quintessential cocktail of sex, drugs and suicide yet The Society For The Remarkable Suicide is as enthralling as it is graphic. Suicide has always been considered a touchy subject but the team behind this comic have stood defiant with their sensitive idea and unraveled this controversial yet compelling plot focused around suicide.

The Society for the Remarkable Suicide tells the story of Trevor and Catherine, two people who have reached a point of depression seemingly beyond return and they feel the only way to go is by taking their lives. They join a secret society led by Joe Senior, a man who lost his son Joe Junior, to suicide. Joe Senior, believes his son’s death was considered just “another statistic” and decides to help people who can no longer take the harsh reality of life complete their final act in the most remarkable fashion imaginable. Each member is asked to sign a contract and upon doing this have exactly 3 months to plan it out and a further month to complete the task, we have yet to find out exactly what happens if you fail to do this but I can’t imagine it being pleasant considering the nature of the Society. The Society reaches out to their prospective members through a suicide helpline called the True Light Survivors, basically if you call then you are invited to a Society meeting. As you might have guessed both Trevor and Catherine call and are promptly invited.

The book opens with an account of Joe Junior’s demise complimented by some fascinating artwork from Cormac Hughes and Robert Carey. Stephen Coffey draws the readers closer and creates an emotional attachment to the character through his writing, creating an incredibly moving opening sequence to this graphic novel..

The writing continues to impress as feel for Joe Senior, and his reasoning behind starting the Society. When we meet Trevor he seems like a man who is on top of the world. He has a well paid job and a loving family yet his apparent happiness on the outside is contrasted with a dark sense of depression on the inside.  At 29 he could be considered to have a great life, especially after his recent promotion and yet happiness eludes him. Catherine’s story couldn’t be any more different from Trevor’s. Catherine has fierce difficulty getting her life together. She has a very serious drug addiction, one that sees her take a hit daily . She pays for both her rent and her drug fix by using her body.. Her only source of income is the little handout she gets from her father on a monthly basis. When both Trevor & Catherine are both contemplating ending it all they both come into knowledge of the True Light Survivor helpline and upon getting the invite to a Society meeting they find each other.

The story unravels from there as the duo ultimately find happiness together at a time when they are both planning their own deaths but this happiness comes at a cost as they are now the centre of attention. They realize they have been duped by Joe Senior and that having signed a contract they may be resigned to killing themselves. However they are determined not to go down without a fight and stand up to Joe Senior who is irate that two of his society members have fallen for each other. He sends his cronies to put an end to their newfound relationship but are his attempts successful?

The Society for the Remarkable Suicide is an incredibly moving book. It begins with a sense of awe and depression but the real rewards come as you get further into the story. The more you divulge the magnificent writing of Coffey and the artwork of his team the more compelled and fascinated you become to learn more. A great story awaits, with twists that one can’t foresee.

Coffey and his team deserve the plaudits for their masterful control of a touchy subject. If you are looking for a break from normality and a story that will play with your emotions from start to finish then pick up a copy of The Remarkable Society For Suicide.

The contents in this article and comic do not represent Irish News Review’s stance on suicide.

The Hall of Mirrors goes to Limerick City

FARMLEIGH GALLERY PRESENTED HALL OF MIRRORS until LAST month. The amazing optical illusion exhibition was an eye opener and shatteringly entertaining.

Strangely enough there was hardly any noise made around the exhibition.  Even though the exhibition attracted a nice 15,000 turnout, their facebook page only got 23 likes.

Knowing the exhibition started on the 16th of March and just finished on the 22th of July, that’s an average of 5 likes a month. Hard to understand what happened.

For my part, I only heard about it through a friend. Although skeptical and unsure about the content of the exhibition, I walked in the Farmleigh gallery and was immediately won over by the visual experience.

In Collaboration with CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies  and Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Université Paris Descartes & CNRS, Paris-based Irish artists and architecture graduates, Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly,  worked very hard at this exhibition project.

The exhibition strived to awaken the public to the complex and beautiful processes of visual perceptions. In other words, it explained how it tricked the viewer’s eye in the most amazing ways.

For over two years, Cleary and Connolly worked with an international team on the Hall of Mirrors project and I must say the result was a success.

The exhibition offered a deeply engaging, enjoyable, educational, exploratory, aesthetic experience to art lovers, science lovers, families, schools, and everybody else. Who everybody else is and why was it not better promoted, god only knows!

But luckily for everybody else, there’s a second chance to enjoy the experience. The project will be soon touring around Ireland from August 2012 to January 2013.

In fact their tour starts tomorrow, Thursday the 23rd of August in Limerick City.

The three venues and dates are:

Limerick City – Gallery of Art, August 23rd – October 9th
Navan – Solstice Arts Centre- October 18th – November 22nd
Ballina – Ballina Arts Centre, December 4th – January 15th

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“After The Great Scaldwood.”

Blowing bubbles, spinning tops and drinking straws, how magical do these methods of drawing sound to you?  If not magical, at least, they sound interesting. To give you an idea, if you’re a fan of Miyazaki animation, such as “Howl’s Moving Castle” or “Princess Mononokone” you will definitely enjoy this artist’s work: Clouds castling in the air, spirits of wolves roaming around and thorny trees that used to be.

Do not be alarmed.  You are stepping into a world of ghosts where past and present realities intertwine to create a lovely dream-like quality to this artist’s work.

Upon the end of her artist in residence at Draíocht, Deirdre Byrne, 2003 graduate from NCAD with a 1st class honours degree in Fine Art Painting has recently launched her exhibition called “After The Great Scaldwood.”
Apart from the fact that her work is penning shades of black on white while Miyazaki’s work is filled with colours, a common theme of fluidity seems to resonate from within between artists.

Water seems indeed something that both artists seem very aware of. As Des Kelly described very accurately when he visited Deidre’s studio, “In some areas the ink runs like tears through mascara tracing the blemishing effects of the emotional trauma arcing through this stunted land.”

But the comparison between Byrne and Myazaki doesn’t stop there as both artists share also an environmentalist concern.
Deidre’s drawings show representations of the present urban area layered with aspects of the area’s history such as the great Scaldwood, the ancient forest that once covered Blanchardstown.

Indeed throughout her art, Deidre gently reminds us of Scaldwood’s vast deforestation, and the once-natural habitat of the wolf. If wolves might not be prowling around anymore, Draíocht do hope that visitors will prowl around by visiting their current exhibitions.

Where: Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15.

When: Thu 14 Jun – Sat 1 Sept 2012- Ground Floor Gallery.

Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm.

Free Entrance.

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Young Designer Camp in Dublin1 – 9th – 13th July.

THE MALTHOUSE DESIGN CENTRE is offering a chance for kids to shine.

They have organized a Young Designer Camp which sounds like a brilliant idea.

It’s a 5 day camp and this camp will give kids the opportunity to work alongside 3 Malthouse resident designers. (Aislinn Lynch,  Fiona Snow or Kathryn Payne)

Bright young minds will work on a daily design brief allowing them to take their own designs home at the end of the day. They will be exploring new emerging materials, work on lighting pieces, learn about designing an entire space, learn about making felt pieces, and even learning about the machinery used by some designers.

The camp is designed for kids 6- 12 years, from 10am – 1pm and is €120.

Who says kids should not be distracted by bright lights? Certainly not the Malthouse Design Team who’s hoping kids will leave this experience with a glow.

To make a booking, please phone us at +353 1 855 8070.

Where: The Malthouse Design Centre,Distillery Court, 537 Nth Circular Rd, Dublin1.

When: 9th – 13th July.

Who: MTC –

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Draw a Lego Art Exhibition Starts This Thursday…

Who said Art had to be boring? There’s an art event coming up which will please the young at heart.

Draw a Lego art exhibition is an art exhibition dedicated to Lego featuring art from emerging artists around Dublin and Ireland. The exhibition will run from this Friday 22nd of June to next Saturday 30th June 2012 at Exchange Dublin gallery in Temple Bar.

Exchange Dublin is a collective arts center run entirely by young people. They hold discussions, gigs, visual arts and performance and anything else you can think of. Most projects originate from the autonomous “Exchange Groups” that use the space as a hub for their activity. All work is voluntary.

The Opening day for the Draw a Lego Art exhibition will be this Thursday at 6 pm.  The Art of The Brick has captivated millions of creative minds since its creation in 1949 and the artists hope the fan base of the legendary colourful construction toy will be equally captivated by this exhibition.

Where:  Exchange Dublin, Unit 1, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin

When: All Week- Opening times – 11am-11pm

Free entrance.

Poster exhibition drawn by Aurelie Montfrond.

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