Some visual inspiration to brighten your week …
For some colour therapy and visual inspiration Solomon Fine Art delivers in its annual Spring Group Exhibition. Many of the works already have a “red dot” so don’t delay if you are interested in purchasing. I particularly love Bernadette Madden’s cheerful Window Box scene (in the main featured image) and Bridget Flinn’s Hope in Darkness (above). Some of Ireland’s leading artists, sculptors and printmakers are featured including John Behan RHA, Leah Beggs, Comhghall Casey, Tom Climent, Eamon Colman, Orla de Brí, Ana Duncan, Margaret Egan, Stephanie Hess, Carol Hodder and many more. The exhibition runs until March 5; www.solomonfineart.ie.
There’s still time to take in Jan McCullough’s “Tricks of the Trade” exhibition exploring spaces of construction through sculptural installation. The works in the series reference elements found in spaces such as workshops, garages, factory floors and sheds that McCullough encountered and photographed over the last decade. She explains, “I am drawn to spaces where others construct, assemble and make things – and the rituals and rhythms of the processes that define the work that happens in them.”
Wendy Erskine and Jan McCullough
McCullough, who is currently Artist in Residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, collaborated with the acclaimed writer Wendy Erskine on a specially commissioned text for the show called Instructions for the Assembly of Workspace which is available online and as a physical booklet too. It has been designed so viewers (especially online) can have an experience of the work, even if they are unable to visit the installation in person due to current restrictions; www.cca-derry-londonderry.org.
Feeling claustrophobic? Travel to New York courtesy of artist Nathan Neven, whose impressionistic works can be viewed online at The Doorway Gallery. Neven explains: “My style is centred upon colour relationships, the presence of light and a sense of energy.” As The Doorway Gallery’s first online exhibition of the year Neven will be discussing his work tomorrow, Thursday 4. For more details visit www.thedoorwaygallery.com.
The Olivier Cornet group exhibition “On Paper” has been extended until February 28. It is co-curated by Jackie Ryan who believes, “Art on paper is one of the oldest art forms and yet is still considered by many to be fragile or ephemeral. Museums happily display three-dimensional sculpture and oil paintings in the assurance that their condition will not deteriorate through the museum atmosphere of light. The irony is that many museums’ largest collections are works on paper that are preciously stored away without engagement with the public.” Ryan believes the growth of digital engagement with art is changing that. Together with Olivier Cornet, Ryan has embraced new ways to engage with art and enjoy works on paper – through video clips of the process of art being made, through online viewing rooms and three dimensional virtual spaces. Take a tour and enjoy the fragility and beauty of works by Mary A Fitzgerald (pictured above) Yanny Petters, Kelly Ratchford, Aisling Conroy, Nickie Hayden and many more; www.oliviercornetgallery.com.
The annual Chester Beatty Lecture takes place online tomorrow Thursday, February 4 at 6pm. Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy of Arts (pictured above), will discuss the origins of senshafuda – votive paper slips marked with pilgrims’ names which were often pasted to temples during the Japanese Edo period (c1603 – 1868). Salter will trace the development of senshafuda from graffiti to calligraphy to woodblock print and how, through the medium of print, it is kept alive today. The lecture is free, though participants must register in advance at www.chesterbeatty.ie.
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