Posts Tagged ‘ Art ’

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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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.

Travelogues: A Little Something For The Journey

The posters featuring silhouettes that appeared on buses and trams all over Dublin during this (very rainy) May intrigued me.  Striking posters all bear an image of a member of the transport staff and a piece of text alongside. The text contains a snippet of memory or a notable experience from the staff member pictured. Feeling that they merited some investigation, I looked up the background to the mini memoirs. This is a fascinating art installation by American artist and DIT graduate Theresa Nanigian. You can see parts of it on buses, trains and trams in the Dublin area during the first two weeks in May. If you haven’t set foot on public transport for years, then try to do so before the exhibition finishes. It will be well worth the effort I promise. But how did it all come about?

To collect the material for her work, Nanigian spent nine months in a public transport ‘residency’. This involved talking to a wide variety of staff with Dublin Bus, Ianrόd Éireann, Bus Éireann, Luas, Dublin bikes and taxi companies. The results are quite eye opening; the stories are funny, touching and sometimes sad. I have been trying to catch as many of them as possible, but if you do not get a chance to see them, there is a website with all of the Travelogues content. Of great fascination are the boards detailing travel statistics. It has to be said that there are certainly some mind boggling ones for travellers to read. I particularly liked the figures about the lost property items left on public transport. Who would have thought that anyone would leave a prosthetic leg or a Samurai sword behind? Both are not items easily mislaid one would have thought. I would really like to know if they ever got collected.

The Per Cent for Art Scheme funded the public art project, with support from the National Transport Authority and the councils of Dublin City, Finglas, South County Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. Metro Herald is the project’s media partner; you may have seen some of the work featured in the daily paper. As I mentioned above, there is a website giving all of the stories related and crediting the participants who gave their time to the project. While the pieces on the travel network will shortly be taken down, I hope that the web site will remain for public viewing. It has certainly been nice to have something different read on the way to work.

Regular Dart travellers will surely know about the poems that have been featured on the trains for many years, similar to the poems on the London underground project. Who knows, maybe we will yet have a long running Luas literary corner to brighten up the daily commute. Reading the carriage walls also means that you can read over someone else’s shoulder without being thought rude….

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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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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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