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Screening IFI | Melancholia

September 9, 2014 – 5:10 pm |

Screening IFI | Lars von Trier’s Melancholia
Monday 15 September, 8.30pm, 136 Mins, IFI
In conjunction with the current exhibition Isabel Nolan : The weakened eye of day, IMMA invites you to a special screening at …

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Root of an Unfocus

September 10, 2014 – 10:41 pm |

Art in the Contemporary World graduate Susan Edwards reviews “Root of an Unfocus” by Serena Caulfield

Treading on scrubbed wooden floor boards, into the clean well lit space there is an encounter with a series of turquoise hued paintings and an immediate sense the artist of those paintings adores playing with colour and the materiality of paint. This was the setting of Serena Caulfield’s most recent exhibition of work titled “Root of an Unfocus” in the Berkeley Gallery at Grennan Mill, Thomastown, August 8th thru the 17th, during the Kilkenny Arts Festival, 2014.

The gallery space is a charming building of antiquated origin which combines most effectively with the contemporary sleek body of work that Serena has completed. In fact, on one level before entering the main exhibition space, three of her paintings are in a setting with an old chair, a window nearby, which gives an indication of how well suited her art work is placed in an every day environment. It speaks of intimacy and familiarity. Lucy Lippard wrote in her book, “The Lure of the Local”, that a “lived in landscape becomes a place which implies intimacy; a once lived in landscape can be a place if explored, or remain a landscape if simply observed”. For Caulfield, a Wexford based Irish artist, this sentiment is most keenly felt and portrayed. The owner of a small, quirky gallery in a southern Wexford village, very near the sea, Caulfield clearly uses her locality and place as a springboard for this body of work. The images use rich layers of paint, deep physical mark making and a semi abstract response to the landscape which give a comfortable, settled appearance. A landscape or environment that is explored and not just observed.

The knowledge of her locality is expressed in the various changing aspects of the sea, sky, and other physical objects she encounters while exploring this environment. The blocks of blue tones interspersed with the colourful brush marks are vaguely representational of that physical intrusion into Nature. While a majority of her work shows vast amounts of sky amongst the physical objects of the environment, two of her paintings take on a darker note. “The Voyage” done with acrylics on canvas has inky indigo colour with objects and paint marks to contemplate with the occasional trademark blotch of red hue she places in her art and “Where the cold wind blows and the wild things go”, has rich, deep navy blues with splatterings of paint as if one is looking out a window on a late evening during a storm, the drip marks reminiscent of rain against a glass pane.

There are small paintings done with oil on Fabriano paper that can be clustered in a group for dramatic impact or left as a single strong image, mixed media on Fabriano paper in “A Prelude to Meditation”, acrylic on canvas, “ Second Home by the Sea”, oil on panel, “Some Kind of Nature”, or oil on canvas, “Stylo”. Whatever materials she chooses to employ for the work, all show a high level of skill inherent in the process of paint and the technical use of draftsmanship.
Serena’s studio may well be the familiar strand of sand and sea she explores while walking, her artistic research is the local community that interact with her on those explorations, for as Lippard states in her book about place, “to hope for an art that grows from a deep experience with people and the places where they live” is the great expectation. One might observe that Serena Caulfield is well working her way towards fulfilling that expectation.

Lippard, Lucy, 1997, The Lure of the Local; Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society, Pub: The New York Press.

Susan Edwards, September 2014

Serena’s work can be viewed at The Sweet Shop Gallery,Rosslare Strand, Co. Wexford


Wine Soak No. 17: Foaming on the Beer Stool

August 18, 2014 – 2:56 pm |

Our wine correspondent found himself at the Stags Head at Foaming at the Mouth: an evening of Visual Art spoken word performances. How exactly he ended up there is a total mystery even to …

SEE THE FUTURE A written response by ACW alumni Barry Kehoe

July 8, 2014 – 11:24 am |

The following response by Barry Kehoe was commissioned by the artists on the NCAD Masters Fine Art and Masters Art in the Digital World (MFA/ADW) during their graduate show that took place in June 2014. …

ACW alumni Kirsten Simpson’s piece on the work of Paola Catizone

July 7, 2014 – 10:51 am |
ACW alumni Kirsten Simpson’s piece on the work of Paola Catizone

Natural Artifice | Paola Catizone
A study of the relationships and discordances between drawing, performance and video art

The Inconceivable Thing

May 20, 2014 – 11:56 pm |

Art in the Contemporary World student, Deirdre Kearney reviews a recent exhibition, La Fine Di Dio, of work by Maurizo Cattelan and Lucio Fontana at the Gagosian Gallery, London, February 2014.
Quite by chance the curator …

Wine Soak No. 16: “mind the gap”

May 13, 2014 – 7:19 pm |

Our wine correspondent found himself at the Hacienda bar for the opening of The Luxury Gap after an illuminating stop at Translucent Flag the sculpture factory exhibition at the Mart Gallery and Studios Rathmines.

I …

True Detection Symposium in association with Darklight Film Festival

April 29, 2014 – 10:57 am |

29 April – 6-10pm
The Generator Bar, Smithfield Sq., Dublin

Aligning criminal detection and nihilistic terror, Nic Pizzolatto’s TV series True Detective saves the significance of detection from forensic positivism and restores its essential negativity (de-tect) to …


April 9, 2014 – 8:43 am |

Artists and curators Talk
Wednesday April 9th 6pm
A discussion led by Levi Hanes with artists Clodagh Emoe, Felicity Clear and Ella de Burca. The discussion will explore ideas in the artist’s work, the themes in …


April 1, 2014 – 7:56 am |

The following text written by Barry Kehoe is reproduced here by kind permission of the Implicate Collaborative
MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6
3 – 20th October 2013
‘Implicated’ was the first exhibition of the Implicate …

Art in the Contemporary World Podcast no.3

March 14, 2014 – 1:45 pm |

This podcast centres on two recent Dublin exhibitions; group show ‘Tonight you can call me Trish’ at the Lab, and ‘Wasteland’ by Eva Koťátková and Dominik Lang at the Project Arts Centre. Contributors to this …

Wine Soak No. 15: “Tonight you could only ever call me … Ligvine”

March 10, 2014 – 10:24 pm | One Comment

Our wine correspondent found himself at the LAB’s exhibition: Tonight you can call me Trish and TBG+S exhibition Against the Enamel. The resulting experience can only be described as “a floating oasis of energised drift” …

2nd Art in the Contemporary World podcast: Willie Doherty in conversation with Declan Long

February 28, 2014 – 12:26 pm |

This is an edited version of the conversation that took place prior to the opening of Willie Doherty’s exhibition ‘Remains’ at Kerlin Gallery on 16th January 2014. The exhibition runs until 15th March. http://www.kerlin.ie/exhibitions/remains
The talk …

50°02′09″N 19°10′42″E

January 28, 2014 – 7:41 pm |

Art in the Contemporary World graduate, Barry Kehoe has kindly agreed to publish his Literary Visions essay. Literary Visions is a strand of the ACW course that looks at the relationship between literature and contemporary …

We Belong to Other People When We’re Outside: A review by Alison Fornell

January 17, 2014 – 1:34 am |

Alison Fornell reviews Pedro Barateiro’s We Belong to Other People When We’re Outside recently shown at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Sept 2013 – Nov 2013.

What is ultimately most significant about Portuguese artist Pedro Barateiro’s newest work, …

Mop : A review by Aisling Ní Chlaonadh

January 15, 2014 – 3:43 pm |

Aisling Ní Chlaonadh reviews Sam Keogh’s recent solo exhibition, Mop that took place at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin 2, Sept 2013 – Nov 2013.

By all accounts, it looks like a child’s messy bedroom from the early …

The Black Rose, The Green Pool and The Blue Sky : A review by John Busher

January 14, 2014 – 12:47 pm |

John Busher reviews a recent exhibition of work by Cora Cummins that took place at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Oct 2013 – Jan 2014.

Cora Cummins works to date revolve around ideas that relate …

Mandrake : A review by Deirdre Lyons

December 20, 2013 – 6:13 pm |

Deirdre Lyons reviews a recent exhibition of work by Francis Upritchard that took place at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin Sept – Nov 2013.

(a) A Southern European plant (Mandragora officinaram) having greenish-yellow flowers and a …

Wine Soak no. 14: The greatest challenge yet

November 26, 2013 – 8:50 am |

Our Wine Correspondent Jakob Ligvine Creek after being run over by a bicycle on the Grand Canal towpath found himself being consoled with several glasses of Domaine de Condamine de l’eveque Syrah at the opening …

Wine Soak no. 13: Bullied and battled at The Crusades

November 10, 2013 – 10:15 am |

Our Wine Correspondent Jakob Ligvine Creek escaping the stench of the drought ridden city found himself bullied, battled and a little melancholic at the opening of ‘The Crusades’ a show in The Drawing Project, Dun …

Wine Soak no. 12: “Telling Private Tales in Public Places”

October 6, 2013 – 2:20 pm |

Our Wine Correspondent Jakob Ligvine Kreek found himself unwittingly divulging private and possibly incriminating information at the ‘Implicate Collaborative’ exhibition, Implicated, in the MART Gallery space in the former fire station on Rathmines Road Lower. …

 – Fiona Marron

September 27, 2013 – 1:47 pm |


RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Preview: Fri 27th Sep, 6pm – 8pm
‘Co-location’ is a solo exhibition of new work by Fiona Marron completed while on residency at RUA RED. The exhibition encompasses …