Potent Imagery: the 8×8 “Freedom” Exhibition The real power of the exhibition lies in the immediacy of its imagery.

●●●●● Art that claims to tackle the big issues facing society is nothing new. However, in the rush to inform and highlight, the true power behind the works can be diminished. It is too often the case that art of … Continue reading Potent Imagery: the 8×8 “Freedom” Exhibition The real power of the exhibition lies in the immediacy of its imagery.

Good Punchline, Poor Delivery: Museum of Modern Comedy in Art For a collection that claims to question the ‘surgical’ treatment of modern art, it doesn’t diverge greatly from what you might expect from a typical contemporary art show: high ideas, inaccessible language, and a repetitive video section.

●●●○○ The Museum of Modern Comedy in Art (MoMCo), currently located in the Project Arts Centre, describes itself as “either an artwork in the guise of a speculative museum, or a museum dressed up as a contemporary installation.” Presented as … Continue reading Good Punchline, Poor Delivery: Museum of Modern Comedy in Art For a collection that claims to question the ‘surgical’ treatment of modern art, it doesn’t diverge greatly from what you might expect from a typical contemporary art show: high ideas, inaccessible language, and a repetitive video section.

Forgotten Faces What ties the portraits together to create the exhibition at the National Gallery is the lack of a story behind each portrait.

●●●●○ While much of the recent coverage surrounding the National Gallery of Ireland has centred on the remodelling and re-opening of the old wing and the much lauded Vermeer exhibition, a smaller and humbler affair resides, for a short period … Continue reading Forgotten Faces What ties the portraits together to create the exhibition at the National Gallery is the lack of a story behind each portrait.

Artist on the Margins – Willie Bester When your freedoms are taken from you, visual expressions of your frustration are all you have left.

  When your freedoms are taken from you, visual expressions of your frustration are all you have left. Willie Bester is a South African artist who uses his art to display the cruelty of apartheid. Born in 1956 in Montagu, … Continue reading Artist on the Margins – Willie Bester When your freedoms are taken from you, visual expressions of your frustration are all you have left.

Manny Montelibano, film still from ‘A Dashed State’ (2015)

Beyond The Sea: The Ocean After Nature While oceans once separated us, we are now more connected by them than ever.

●●●●○ As part of the Hugh Lane Gallery’s 2017 programme surrounding migration, The Ocean After Nature is an exhibition which explores the relationship between humans and the sea through the works of twenty different artists and collectives. Given that approximately … Continue reading Beyond The Sea: The Ocean After Nature While oceans once separated us, we are now more connected by them than ever.

The World of Lesbian Art Putting the words “lesbian” and “artist” together is a political gesture, acknowledging a historically marginalised group’s ability to independently create.

Contrary to what traditional art history courses imply, lesbians have existed and contributed to the visual art world for centuries and continue to do so today. Like artists of any other sexuality, they have painted, drawn, sculpted, and photographed their … Continue reading The World of Lesbian Art Putting the words “lesbian” and “artist” together is a political gesture, acknowledging a historically marginalised group’s ability to independently create.

Six Questions With an Artist: Meg McIntire Classic Nickelodeon cartoons, vintage fashion and traditional Japanese woodblock paintings come together in McIntire's technicolor comic books.

Meg McIntire is a portrait and comic book artist, based in San Diego, California. Her first self-published comic, Butter 1, was released in 2012 and sold out entirely during its run. McIntire is known for her vibrant, technicolor style and … Continue reading Six Questions With an Artist: Meg McIntire Classic Nickelodeon cartoons, vintage fashion and traditional Japanese woodblock paintings come together in McIntire’s technicolor comic books.

Spinning a New Yarn: Anne Madden’s Colours of the Wind – Ariadne’s Thread Through her use of saturated colour, abstracted forms and larger-than-life linen canvases, Madden takes the ancient Greek myth of Ariadne one step further.

●●●●○ Currently running at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Anne Madden’s Colours of the Wind – Ariadne’s Thread is a collection which explores the ancient Greek myth of Ariadne, a classical heroine who saved Theseus from death at the hands of … Continue reading Spinning a New Yarn: Anne Madden’s Colours of the Wind – Ariadne’s Thread Through her use of saturated colour, abstracted forms and larger-than-life linen canvases, Madden takes the ancient Greek myth of Ariadne one step further.

Tracy Chevalier @ NGI: The Author Behind the Girl with a Pearl Earring

Continuing our coverage of the National Gallery’s refurbishment along with their current exhibition and season, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, senior staff writer Rory Codd attends ‘Tracy Chevalier in conversation’ to hear from the author who is … Continue reading Tracy Chevalier @ NGI: The Author Behind the Girl with a Pearl Earring