Oct 18, 2010

The Swimming Naked Prophecy // Mermaid Arts Centre: 2 Dec - 12 Feb

As the legendry inventor Warren Buffet said:

'Only when the tide goes out do you discover who has been swimming naked.'

Buffet's celebrated metaphorical citation offers a humorous mental image of the serious repercussions of careless speculation, one befitting Ireland's current economic situation with ban bailouts, disappearing billions and severe fiscal crisis.

The Swimming Naked Prophecy is a group drawing exhibition initiated by Mermaid Arts Centre and featuring new work specifically made for the exhibition by twenty five contemporary Irish-based artists. The exhibition offers a range of response by the invited artists to Ireland's current social, economic and political circumstances, the recent economic crash and the current mood in Ireland.

Artists include: Aideen Barry, Stephen Brandes, Mark Clare, Culturstruction, Clodagh Emoe, Fiona Hallinan, Sean Hillen, Jesse Jones, John Jones, Vera Klute, Sam Keogh, Sean Lynch, Brian Maguire, Bea McMahon, Tom Molloy, Teresa Nanigan, Isabel Nolan, Sorcha O'Brien

Curated by Nora Hickey & Eilis Lavelle

* The exhibition will run for 8 weeks in Mermaid Arts Centre before touring to a number of other venues including:

- March / April // The Riverbank Arts Centre, Co. Kildare
- May / June // Garter Lane Arts Centre, Co. Waterford

'A Guide to Surviving the Recession' (pencil on paper, 2010)
- for more information visit: www.mermaidartscentre.ie/

Sep 27, 2010

RUA // 129th Annual Exhibition 2010

One of my drawings has been chosen for this years Annual Exhibition at the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast. The exhibition will open on Fri 14th Oct and run until the 14th Nov 2010.

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Sep 7, 2010

// Am I Heading Into Eternity? //

As part of this years Culture Night I was invited to participate in the show Art In Context hosted by Signal Arts Centre, Bray Co. Wicklow. Each Culture Night sees the number of galleries and organized off-site events grow in number and this year is no exception. This is the first year that Culture Night is being fully embraced by Bray Town and a great number of art related events have been scheduled throughout the day. It also happens to coincide with Signal Arts Centre's 20th Anniversary and so they are especially involved in a number of events and activities, including the show Art In Context, curated by Noel Cleary. 19 emerging artists were invited to create one-off works in response to the physical, social and historical context of Bray, with each artist creating a site specific work in various locations around Bray Town.

Whenever I think of Bray I remember fondly the family day-trips I would take as a child, riding on the bumper cars, playing the arcades and relaxing on the beach. Bray Town has relied heavily on itself as a 'postcard' town throughout the years and still does. But in these uncertain times it struggles just like anywhere. As you walk along the main street many of the shopfronts lie vacant. An all too familiar site echoed around the country.

For the purpose of the Art In Context exhibition I have chosen to make a series of postcard stands made from wood and thus becoming sculptures in themselves. They will be placed in three different locations around Bray Town : The Mermaid Arts Centre, TownHall Bookshop and Coffee & Treats Cafe. Being as Bray has a long history as a 'postcard' Town, I wanted to play around with the idea of the postcard, which is usually a bright, colourful, idealized image of somewhere to send to family and friends. In doing so I chose a piece of text from James Joyce's Ulysses, one of Bray's famous inhabitants, all be it for a short spell. In Episode 3/ Proteus, Stephen Dedalus wanders blindly across Sandymount shore and asks himself 'Am I heading into eternity on Sandymount shore?' The ominous sensation of wandering blindly through the dark, unsure of ones surroundings and the approaching tide, echoes the country's current feelings of the unknown in the aftermath of the economy's collapse. The postcards are random images of historical figures, celebrities, pop-culture, train-wrecks, biblical figures, criminals, soldiers, riots, etc.. and are all sourced from google images after the the piece of text 'Am I Heading Into Eternity?' was entered into the search engine. In doing so helping to create a narrative out of the random juxtaposition of images.

Am I Heading Into Eternity? Edition of 100 postcards sourced from google images, 2010

Locations where the postcard stands could be found:

- Mermaid Arts Centre, Main St, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

- TownHall Bookshop, 23 Florence Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

- Coffee & Treats Cafe, Goldsmith Terrace, Bray, Co. Wicklow

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Aug 31, 2010

01/11/10 // updated drawing series // no.51 - 60

and with each breath taken, no.60 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.59 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.58 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.57 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.56 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.55 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.54 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.53 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.52 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.51 (pencil on paper, 2010)

Jul 7, 2010

// 'Summer Exhibition 2010' // Rua Red: South Dublin Arts Centre

Work installed at the Rua Red Gallery's Summer Exhibition 2010.

" 'Summer Show 2010' is Rua Red’s second annual exhibition of works chosen from an open call. The show is an opportunity for artists to have their work exhibited in one of the country’s best gallery spaces whilst also making the curatorial panel aware of new work and emerging artists. This year you can expect to be looking from floor to ceiling with Aisling McGovern’s Untitled sculpture pieces (the staff have lovingly named ‘the book trees’), subtle yet striking photography from Victoria J Dean and exceptional drawing skills from John Jones and Louise Wallace. The ‘Summer Show 2010′ previews on Saturday 17 July from 3pm – 5pm with summer food and drink, live entertainment and great company. All are welcome." Visual Artist Ireland.

- http://visualartists.ie/listings/exhib-lein/dublin/‘summer-show-2010’-at-rua-red-dublin/


-------- '180th RHA Annual Exhibition', May-July '10

// and with each breath taken // no.41 - 50

and with each breath taken, no.50 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.49 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.48 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.47 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.46 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.45 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.44 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.43 (pencil on paper, 2010)

and with each breath taken, no.42 (pencil on paper,2010)

and with each breath taken, no.41 (pencil on paper,2010)