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 »
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 »
In an early morning ceremony on St. Patrick’s Day, Editor Jim Ricks confers the The Shower of Kunst #dubcon11 Best Review Award, some Shower of Kunst merchandise and €100 to winner Darren Caffrey. Darren’s review is here. All photos courtesy Reuters.
Dublin Contemporary 2011 was a big ask. We are, in this country, often adrift of the curve, somewhere between a second thought and a small wish. In this respect, the whole conception from beginning to end was a true achievement in its ambition and also in its disregard for the rules of play. Let us not consider the politics surrounding the event as anything more than reality, no doubt one from which a lot will be learnt, and taken by those who must. What is… Read More »
The Shower of Kunst #DubCon11 Best Review Award Winner receives: Published review, €100 prize, award ceremony and celebration. Shower of Kunst is looking for the most informed, insightful, candid and accessible art review of Dublin Contemporary 2011. The recipient of The Shower of Kunst #DubCon11 Best Review Award will be distinguished for critical writing that conveys complex ideas in a manner that is grounded in scholarship yet appealing to a diverse range of audiences. All submissions should be in .doc or .odt format and should… Read More »