●●●●● 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.
●●●○○ 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.
●●●●○ 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.
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.
●●●●○ 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.
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.
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.
●●●●○ 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.
Located in the centre of the historical quarter of the small city of Córdoba, Spain, the Mosque-Cathedral (Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba) reflects the tumultuous battle for religious supremacy which shaped the history of southern Spain. The traditional Islamic architecture, with palpable … Continue reading Art Abroad: The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba
A bright blue door stands alone with the help of two sandbags. A printed notice is stuck onto the glass for all who pass by to see. It alerts them to the introduction of an entry fee of €6 for … Continue reading Kerry Guinan Presents the Cultural Quarter @ A4 Sounds
Renowned cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky is currently part of IMMA’s As Above So Below exhibition. After hearing the title, Jodorowsky agreed to allow some of his work to be featured, including a screening of 1973’s The Holy Mountain at … Continue reading Alejandro Jodorowsky at IMMA: Kaleidoscopic Artist
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