In need of some visual stimulation? These exhibitions are a cure for the January blues …
Turner & Place: Landscapes in Light and Detail
On view until January 30 at National Gallery of Ireland, the exhibition showcases the work of two prominent English artists, working centuries apart, who viewed the landscape at first hand, albeit with radically different results. The Gallery’s collection of 31 light-filled watercolours by JMW Turner (1775–1851) are shown alongside a group of 19 rare Irish topographical drawings by Francis Place (1647–1728), who visited Ireland in 1698. Niamh MacNally, curator of the exhibition, comments: “The jewel-like colours and experimental effects in Turner’s luminous watercolours are captivating, while the precise detailing in Place’s prospects, encourages close inspection, with the aim of identifying what has changed, or indeed stayed the same, over time. Turner’s atmospheric watercolours can envelop the viewer, whereas Place’s carefully observed landscape studies contribute significantly to the topographical history of the cities and towns he depicted in the final years of the 17th century.’’ A programme of learning events to complement the exhibition will include pop-up talks, a curator’s talk, a talk by an expert on the work of Francis Place, and a family activity video; www.nationalgallery.ie.
Vadim Tuzov, New Works
Opening this Thursday, January 13 at Solomon Fine Art, Balfe Street, Dublin 2, is a new exhibition of works by the animal and bird sculptor Vadim Tuzov. The inspiration for Tuzov’s work stretches back to his childhood (spent in Kiev, Ukraine) and his fascination with farm and wild animals. His modern bronze sculptures demonstrate an understanding of anatomy and portray the essence, strength and grace of his animal subjects; www.solomonfineart.ie.
Isabel Nolan, Spaced Out
There’s still time to see Nolan’s exhibition at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin 2 which features eleven new paintings and two large scale tapestries inspired by her ideas of the world’s future and what that might look like. The show is a gorgeous celebration of colour and gesture, just what is needed to brighten up January; www.kerlingallery.com.
Tamsin Snow, On Ice
Opening at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios on January 18, is Tamsin Snow’s first solo exhibition and a chance to see her preoccupation with transitional spaces such as autopsy rooms, airport terminals and cryogenic laboratories, and also with circulation systems – whether they are cultural, economic, viral or elemental. As for her visual language it is described as “miraging” reality and science fiction; www.templebargallery.com.
Memento: Looking back, looking forward…
This winter group show at Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin runs until February 27 and showcases a sample of recent solo exhibitions at the gallery: from Yanny Petters’s “Field of vision”, Aisling Conroy’s introspective “Alter/Altar”, Miriam McConnon’s empathetic “Displaced Privilege” and Eoin Mac Lochlainn’s explorative “Is glas iad na Cnoic”, through the playful and whimsical “Jam Havoc” (and its sequel “Less Jam more Havoc”) by Kelly Ratchford and Jaki Coffey to the recent magical ‘Interlocked’ show by Annika Berglund. With underlying themes as diverse as climate change and the environment, the plight of refugees and immigrants, but also the celebration of human resilience, the power of imagination and humour, this eclectic group exhibition that will appeal to regular visitors to the gallery – who might have missed some of the recent exhibitions – and to newcomers who will get a good sample of the OCG artists’ current practices. This is also a show with a forward-looking approach with references to next year’s line-up of solo exhibitions by Vicky Smith, Conrad Frankel, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Claire Halpin and Sheila Naughton. At 3 Denmark Street, Rotunda, Dublin 1; www.oliviercornetgallery.com.
John Short at National Rehabilitation Hospital
The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) provides complex specialist rehabilitation services to patients who, as a result of an accident, illness or injury, have acquired a physical or cognitive disability and require a specialist programme of rehabilitation. Displayed close to the aquatic physiotherapy is a new work donated by artist John Short which rejuvenates the environment for patients, relatives, and staff. The founder of Wilton Gallery, Ritika Callow collaborated with Short to create this large-scale artwork, called “Forty Foot Entrance (No Dogs)” while Framing Direct donated the framing. A spokesperson from the NRH said “Within the hospital, art and the built environment play an important role in patient, family and staff wellbeing and healing. This installation is a very welcome addition and will have a positive impact for patients of the hospital and their families and visitors. There is growing evidence that visual art in hospitals contributes to the wellbeing of both staff and patients with emerging evidence that visual art in the hospital environment can have a positive impact on overall health outcomes.” This month Wilton Gallery, Sandycove, will be featuring both Irish and international artists in its annual Winter Exhibition, which is on show until January 20; www.wiltongallery.ie.
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