Plainsight Ciarán Murphy Jan 14, – Feb 24, 2018 GRIMM, Amsterdam grimmgallery.com Images courtesy the artist and GRIMM Amsterdam.
Matt Packer in conversation with Jim Ricks. JR: Ok, just to kick things off… Derry seems to have a combination of street cred and access to the UK and for a city its size it does appear to have remarkable resources, but is there a scene and is it something that can organically grow? And finally, what effect will Brexit have on Derry as an art place? MP: You’re asking a bungle of different questions there. Derry has a remarkable history, which in turn gives… Read More »
Wilder Beings Command! Gareth Anton, Averill Stephan, Doitschinoff, Stephen Dunne and Mark Titchner with Daniel O’Sullivan, Isadora Epstein, Christopher Mahon, Emily Mast, Barry (Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Sjoerd Westbroek and Frans-Willem Korsten). Curated by Rachel Gilbourne and Janice Hough 29 July 2017 IMMA imma.ie All photos by Louis Haugh and courtesy of IMMA.
“Wealth is the vomit of fortune” – Diogenes of Sinope (primarily accredited to Monimos) The Pinch is an installation of wax rubbings, paper coins, a bench, and a bookwork followed by a performance. Paid for with money scoured from the streets of Dublin, the installation explores the potential of public funding, city mining, and social entrepreneurialism toward decelerated economic opportunities. The artist persists in a personal political commentary at a time when monopolies of power possess the wealth and trickle down theory is proven wrong…. Read More »
The 9th Berlin Biennale (BB9) is over and you missed it. It was curated by DIS, not a “fashion collective”, they are a New York-based art collective comprised of Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso and David Toro. Notable projects include: http://disimages.com/ and http://dismagazine.com/ and https://youtu.be/ivqvw2QQ8FE. All too frequently in the sphere of ‘high art’ we are are presented with the tokenistic political language of Marxism and postcolonial marginalia. This year’s Biennale is not an overt show of protest or statements, yet remains political. As one… Read More »
Amy Malone of NCAD is this year’s pick for our Spotlight Award. Congratulations. Malone’s work lies somewhere between sculpture, hand crafted, textile, text based, the concept driven, and activist. Her installation, We are now ready to move to something else, stood out as one of the most pared back and focused in the undergraduate degree shows this year. She approached the heavy issues of labour exploitation in the big business of the international textile trade with a contemporary sculptural flair. We loved it. Thesis excerpt: Unraveling The Consumer’s… Read More »
Almost tribal. There is something deadly in the work of Sibyl Montague. It’s a quiet sensation of threat dabbling between precarity, vulnerability and material seduction. Montague’s work tends to look, at first glance, benign enough. Look a second more and it grows wildly beautiful – in a wabi sabi way – or mesmerisingly slick. It is within these subtleties, running just under the work’s wiry grip, wherein lies lethal potential. The exhibition Beyond Violet at Wexford Arts Centre is set across two floors. The floors… Read More »
During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Baghdad’s National Museum of Iraq, the home of a large collection of world heritage objects, which not protected. The unsecured building was looted, and Approximately 15,000 objects Disappeared, leaving a terrible void in the museum collection and the international collection of relics of human history.For his first exhibition with Galerie Barbara Wien, Michael Rakowitz presents The invisible enemy shoulderstand not exist, to ongoing project since 2007. It is a direct response to the pillage of Baghdad’s museum, and… Read More »
There are very few exhibitions that I feel such a draw to see multiple times and the need to bring other viewers along to – …alarming …invasive …a violation …lawless …disrespectful – the first solo exhibition of the London-based, Norwegian artist Sebastian Lloyd Rees in Ireland, was one such show. With Sebastian Lloyd Rees we have an artist who is interested in effect and the histories of effect. His work as part of this exhibition is deeply rooted in the themes of conflict, inequality,… Read More »
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is showing a rare exhibition of 12 drawings by acclaimed ledger artist Red Horse, a Minneconjou Lakota Sioux warrior who fought against George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876. Red Horse: Drawings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn brings together key collaborators from Stanford and its communities to explore these indigenous-centered illustrations from diverse perspectives. The Cantor’s exhibition marks the first time that a representative selection of… Read More »
Kung Fu in Africa: Golden Age Hand-Painted Movie Posters from Ghana (1985 – 1999) Master African artisan-painters Joe Mensah, Leonardo, Death is Wonder, Alex Nkrumah Boateng, D.A. Jasper, Stoger, Bright Obeng, Gilbert Forson, Samuel, Dan Nyenkumah, Africatta, Babs, Muslim. Curated by Ernie Wolfe III Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong 11 March – 12 April 2016 Image Courtesy of Hanart TZ Gallery; Photography by Kitmin Lee www.hanart.com
Sire, je suis de l’ôtre pays Vincent Meessen Wiels, Brussels 19 February – 24 April 2016 Photos courtesy of the artist and Normal, Brussels
Against the Current Mark Dion Ormston House, Limerick 19 November 2015 – 13 February 2016 www.ormstonhouse.com
Why We Socialists Don’t Support Bernie Sanders for President Despite the fact that the Democratic Party is, along with the Republican Party, one of the twin pillars of U.S. imperialism, much of the U.S. left is looking for ways to accommodate—if not support—Bernie Sanders’ campaign to be the Democratic candidate for President of the United States.1 Some of these groups support liberal Democrats like Sanders as a matter of policy.2 Others need a special candidate to campaign for.3 In Bernie Sanders, many would-be left and… Read More »
Those that promote the meme of Irish perpetual hereditary chattel slavery use a variety of images entirely unrelated to indentured servitude to accompany their anti-history. Liam Hogan examined a selection of them. 1. Sale of a Slave Girl in Rome by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1884) The most popular image to accompany the spurious “Irish: the Forgotten White Slaves” articles. It is cropped from a painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme. In this work, Gérôme imagined a scene in a Roman slave market… about two thousand years ago. 2. The… Read More »
David Ireland Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute 14 January – 26 March, 2016 Photos by Gregory Goode unless otherwise indicated.
Deflated Capital Doireann Ni Ghrioghair Eight Gallery, Dublin 12 – 28 February 2016
For this group exhibition, Pain Tero Flight, co-curated with Alicia Eler, participating artists were asked to interrogate the art, business and public persona of American pastoral painter Thomas Kinkade, who died in 2012. Kinkade rigorously maintained that the popularity of his work highlights the elitism in contemporary art world power structures, a position that may be less tenable in light of the last decade’s growth in popularity of contemporary art experiences. At the same time, Kinkade’s oeuvre continues to raise questions about the agency of… Read More »
Congratulations to NCAD Graduate Luke Byrne for his multimedia installation, Tony Ferrari : Superbowl Sunday, at the NCAD Degree Show in June of 2015. Self described as: “Guns, explosions, denim, war, shockingly lifelike prosthetics, cocktails, palm trees, special effects, Hollywood, other guys, milk, meat, dads, cool right? I know.” Byrne and his work, which deals with masculinity in a self aware, insightful, and absurd manner, is (finally) in the spotlight at www.showerofkunst.com. In previous years we have covered various Irish Degree Shows with extensive images of numerous… Read More »
There is no doubt that the Apartheid wall is a very tempting drawing surface for graffiti artists, only if it wasn’t positioned in such situation. When contemplating about this issue – taking into consideration the presence of the apartheid wall and the message it represents- one can learn that any act of drawing on such a surface would only beautify it to an extent where dealing with the Apartheid wall’s existence becomes natural and acceptable to the viewer’s eye making it also mentally acceptable. For… Read More »