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ICONOCLAST

126 in association with the Galway Arts Festival present:

Ben Geoghegan, Artspace Artist

16. – 29. July 2012

The exhibition concerns itself with the history of Art and ‘exhibition’ and is not alone among contemporary discourse in this respect, but intends to maintain a level of playfulness and humour that can be accessible, and engaged with popular culture, whether it’s the history and discourse of photography or painting, etc.

Using a variant of Brechtian “alienation” technique, nudgingly reminding us that we are looking at a construct, a staged contrivance, the exhibits articulate diverse ideas and means in order to formulate a poetics of vision confronted with the gaps between reality and representation.
‘It’s all one song.’

Neil Young replied to a fans request for a song.

Borderline

Mara Sola - Artspace Artist

06  – 28 July 2012 – Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

Borderline is the title of an exhibition of recent paintings by Galway-based artist Mara Sola Lopéz opening at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar next Friday, July 6 at 7.30pm. Borderline is an exhibition that explores the perceptions and emotions connected to experiences of alienation and displacement. Geocultural border-crossings, memories and influences from the tradition of magical realism have inspired the scenarios in Mara’s recent works, in which creatures are relocated into dreamscapes imbued with a sense of loss and an awareness of new unexpected frontiers and pastures. Mara has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Ireland and UK and is represented by KT Contemporary Gallery in Dublin and Mermaid and Monster Gallery in Cardiff, Wales. Her work is in the collections of the VAI and the OPW along with a number of selected private collections. This is Mara’s first major solo show.

Borderline will be officially opened by Noel Kelly, director of Visual Artists Ireland. The exhibition runs until Saturday, July 28.

The Fall then Rise of Sleeping Finch

Marielle Mac Leman, Artspace Artist
Solo Show at University Art Gallery, Quadrangle, NUI Galway

14th – 27th June 2012

The Fall then Rise of Sleeping Finch recalls historical museum keepers and collectors who, suffering insanity or incompetence, made obstacle courses of taxidermy, destroyed entire specimen groups through disapproval or embellished others in gold for aesthetic improvement. Marielle MacLeman presents a selection of work from her residency at The Zoology and Marine Biology Museum as the fanatical, furtive creations of Albert Finch Esq. as he attempts to recreate pieces that fell foul of his museum predecessors.Where a cabinet of curiosity could raise social prestige in the 18th c., these are the discovered remnants of a private dwelling. Finch is an avid hobbyist, revivalist and recycler – named after an unfortunate Goldfinch that committed suicide on the Artist’s window shortly after she moved to Galway.

The residency has been generously supported by an Arts Council Bursary Award, a Galway City Council Individual Creative Artist Award and the knowledge and enthusiasm of staff in the departments of Zoology and Earth and Ocean Sciences.

www.mariellemacleman.com

 

Greenway Sculpture Trail

John Brady, Artspace Artist is showing in Westport

11 May 2012

THE dramatic outdoor gallery that hosts the new Greenway Sculpture Trail has inspired artists and writers of every hue and genre for centuries. Now this eclectic trail, recently launched by Michael Ring, Minister of State for Tourism, offers a spectacle of man-made artefacts along the resplendent contours of Clew Bay.

The temporary exhibition includes the works of 14 artists and aims to showcase the very best of contemporary sculpture in this panoramic outdoor setting, which runs from Westport Harbour, along the eastern and northern shores of Clew Bay, to Achill Island.

The diverse concepts in the 14 pieces explore a broad range of subjects. ‘Sepulchre’, by Ian Wieczorek, is set in an old house at Buckfield, and emphasises the ‘architectural geometry of the structure within the landscape’. ‘Gigantic Cart’, John Brady’s piece, at Derrycooldrim, ‘responds to the changing Ireland during the boom years, while Ronan Halpin’s ‘Precipice’, west of Mulranny, is ‘a characteristic expressive bull figure on a high plinth’.

ICONOCLAST

126 in association with the Galway Arts Festival present:

Ben Geoghegan, Artspace Artist

16. – 29. July 2012

The exhibition concerns itself with the history of Art and ‘exhibition’ and is not alone among contemporary discourse in this respect, but intends to maintain a level of playfulness and humour that can be accessible, and engaged with popular culture, whether it’s the history and discourse of photography or painting, etc.

Using a variant of Brechtian “alienation” technique, nudgingly reminding us that we are looking at a construct, a staged contrivance, the exhibits articulate diverse ideas and means in order to formulate a poetics of vision confronted with the gaps between reality and representation.
‘It’s all one song.’

Neil Young replied to a fans request for a song.

Borderline

Mara Sola - Artspace Artist

06  – 28 July 2012 – Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

Borderline is the title of an exhibition of recent paintings by Galway-based artist Mara Sola Lopéz opening at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar next Friday, July 6 at 7.30pm. Borderline is an exhibition that explores the perceptions and emotions connected to experiences of alienation and displacement. Geocultural border-crossings, memories and influences from the tradition of magical realism have inspired the scenarios in Mara’s recent works, in which creatures are relocated into dreamscapes imbued with a sense of loss and an awareness of new unexpected frontiers and pastures. Mara has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Ireland and UK and is represented by KT Contemporary Gallery in Dublin and Mermaid and Monster Gallery in Cardiff, Wales. Her work is in the collections of the VAI and the OPW along with a number of selected private collections. This is Mara’s first major solo show.

Borderline will be officially opened by Noel Kelly, director of Visual Artists Ireland. The exhibition runs until Saturday, July 28.

The Fall then Rise of Sleeping Finch

Marielle Mac Leman, Artspace Artist
Solo Show at University Art Gallery, Quadrangle, NUI Galway

14th – 27th June 2012

The Fall then Rise of Sleeping Finch recalls historical museum keepers and collectors who, suffering insanity or incompetence, made obstacle courses of taxidermy, destroyed entire specimen groups through disapproval or embellished others in gold for aesthetic improvement. Marielle MacLeman presents a selection of work from her residency at The Zoology and Marine Biology Museum as the fanatical, furtive creations of Albert Finch Esq. as he attempts to recreate pieces that fell foul of his museum predecessors.Where a cabinet of curiosity could raise social prestige in the 18th c., these are the discovered remnants of a private dwelling. Finch is an avid hobbyist, revivalist and recycler – named after an unfortunate Goldfinch that committed suicide on the Artist’s window shortly after she moved to Galway.

The residency has been generously supported by an Arts Council Bursary Award, a Galway City Council Individual Creative Artist Award and the knowledge and enthusiasm of staff in the departments of Zoology and Earth and Ocean Sciences.

www.mariellemacleman.com

 

Greenway Sculpture Trail

John Brady, Artspace Artist is showing in Westport

11 May 2012

THE dramatic outdoor gallery that hosts the new Greenway Sculpture Trail has inspired artists and writers of every hue and genre for centuries. Now this eclectic trail, recently launched by Michael Ring, Minister of State for Tourism, offers a spectacle of man-made artefacts along the resplendent contours of Clew Bay.

The temporary exhibition includes the works of 14 artists and aims to showcase the very best of contemporary sculpture in this panoramic outdoor setting, which runs from Westport Harbour, along the eastern and northern shores of Clew Bay, to Achill Island.

The diverse concepts in the 14 pieces explore a broad range of subjects. ‘Sepulchre’, by Ian Wieczorek, is set in an old house at Buckfield, and emphasises the ‘architectural geometry of the structure within the landscape’. ‘Gigantic Cart’, John Brady’s piece, at Derrycooldrim, ‘responds to the changing Ireland during the boom years, while Ronan Halpin’s ‘Precipice’, west of Mulranny, is ‘a characteristic expressive bull figure on a high plinth’.