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John Ryan: Polyptych Subsets: Experiments with Paint

15th Dec – 19th Dec
Opens Thursday 15th December 6-8pm

Talk: Sunday 18th Dec at 5pm
Runs daily 12-6pm
Polyptych is an on-running project by John Ryan that examines works that acts collectively and autonomously when exhibited. Ryan’s interest lies not in what one can do with paint but what it can do itself when exposed to the elements, air and gravity.
The installation in the show plays with painting as a genre, acknowledging traditional methods of display, but not abiding to their restrictions. Surfaces on which the paint is applied have been both sourced and found. They function as stages for holding the paint as it makes it transition from a liquid state, to a solid object.
Works are made prior to the exhibition and in the space, specific to the site. Paintings that boarder three dimensionality consume the walls, sculptural objects rise from the floor and hang from the ceiling, transforming both the atmosphere and the architecture of the space.
Alice Rekab and Michael O’Rourke will be discussing Ryan’s work through a number of philosophical readings on Sunday 18th December at 5 pm.

Pallas Periodical Review – Mulled wine & mince pies

David Beattie, Day and Night, 2011

Please join us for

Mulled wine & mince pies

17/12/11 | 2–6pm
Pallas Periodical Review
Selected by Ruth Carroll, Carl Giffney, Mark Cullen
& Gavin Murphy

David Beattie, Morton Feldman, Bea McMahon, Seán Shanahan, John Smith, Mark Clare, Maeve Curtis, Gillan Lawler, Aidan Lynam, Fergal McCarthy, Not Abel, Cecily Brennan, Carol Anne Connolly,
Emma Houlihan, Andreas Von Knobloch, Nevin Lahart, Joseph Coveney, Michelle Considine,
Barbara Knezevic, Colm Mac Athlaoich, Maggie Madden

To close the final exhibition of our 2011 programme, the curators, staff and board of Pallas Projects invite you to a special Saturday afternoon viewing of our fundraising exhibition Pallas Periodical Review.

The exhibition features works of all mediums, formats and disciplines, by some of Irelands finest artists with prices starting from 20 euro. Come to browse through the exhibition, and help to support the continued work of one of Ireland’s pioneering artist-run organisations.

Works and items include the publication Vertical Thoughts, Morton Feldman and the visual arts, a new three DVD collection of the work of John Smith, editions by Bea McMahon, Not Abel and David Beattie, and paintings by Sean Shanahan, Gillian Lawler and Maeve Curtis.

Many of the artists will be popping in during the day, while the curators and staff of Pallas Projects will be on hand to serve up warming mulled wine and mince pies.

You can find attached a PDF of our current info sheet with texts by the curators. A print version is available in the gallery.

Bit Symphony – Liam O’Callaghan

Preview and record launch: Thursday 15 December, 6 -8pm
Temple Bar Gallery and Studios

Bit Symphony is an audio-visual installation consisting of an assemblage of turntables, amplifiers and speakers, reconfigured and manipulated so as to autonomously perform a complex musical composition of looping records.Liam O’Callaghan creates the sound by forcing loops, changing speeds, warping and physically scratching records, fading volume in and out and altering tones. Through these simple techniques the original sound is altered to be unrecognisable from it’s source and transformed into something new entirely; a series of unique sonic/music compostions.

As is the case with most of O’Callaghan’s work, the aesthetic of Bit Symphony is led by necessity. The function of each component of the installation is clear, and no attempt has been made to hide the basic methods and materials that make the work operate in the way O’Callaghan desires. With no auto tuner or auto timer in sight, the music cracks, clicks and creeks it way along with it’s own interior sense of purpose, in and out of time, through noise, sound and music and those moments inbetween, wherever they may lie. All the work’s blemishes are there to be heard and deployed as the players, independent of a performer, spin into action and work to find and maintain their own harmony.

O’Callaghan’s starting point was the desire to make music, and how, as an object-making artist and as a non musician, to achieve this aim. The resulting work borrows some of the musical vocabulary of early tape loops technics from the mid 60’,s and sampling technics of the 70’s onwards. While it is difficult to classify the compositions into any one type or genre of music, it is clear that O’Callaghan has achived his aim of making music while also creating a hypnotic and engaging art work.

A public seminar on the Žižek and Badiou debate

Philosophy in the Present

A public seminar on the Žižek and Badiou debate

Fri 16th Dec. 2011. 11.30am to 1.00pm: The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Organized by MA Art in The Contemporary World in collaboration with The Hugh Lane Gallery.

This is the last in a series of special seminars, exploring themes arising from the exhibitions Civil Rights etc., DISTURBANCE and Tim Robinson: The

These seminars are free and open to the public, although places may be limited and should be booked in advance.

The discussion, lead by Francis Halsall/ Declan Long (NCAD) will use the following text as its starting point: Badiou & Žižek, Philosophy in the Present, (Polity Press, 2009).

For more information contact: Jessica O’Donnell: ( at The Hugh Lane or Declan Long and Francis Halsall at NCAD.

VIII Stepping Poems & other pieces: A Reading by Fergal Gaynor

Wednesday 14th December at 6.00pm

You are invited to the Dublin launch of

VIII Stepping Poems & Other Pieces (Miami University Press / New Writers’

by Fergal Gaynor

with readings, performance and music by the author, Trevor Joyce, Marja
Gaynor and friends.

6pm, the Irish Writers’ Centre (19 Parnell Square, next to The Garden of
Remembrance, above Chapter One restaurant).

Free entry. All welcome.

. . . But there is that second strand, the fitful, halting strand of Irish
modernism, a bare technique, picked up by Beckett and carried through by
writers such the vastly underestimated Aidan Higgins, the minimalist poet,
Trevor Joyce, or the young neo-Classicist poet, Fergal Gaynor. Joyce would
have recognised these contemporary writers instantly, knowing that their
modernist efforts to escape from the story-teller material of Ireland should
lead to new forms of narrative; the digital poem or the pen as camera.

Isabel Nolan: A Hole into the Future

Isabel Nolan
A hole into the future
Dec. 10 2011 – Feb. 12 2012
The Model, Sligo

The Model’s forthcoming exhibition from Isabel Nolan entitled, ‘A Hole into the Future’ will open on Saturday, December 10th at 6pm with a reception at The Model, preceded by a public talk with Isabel Nolan and The Model’s Director Séamus Kealy at 5pm as part of The Model Talks Series. The exhibition will run until February 12 and will travel to Museé d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole in early 2012.

This is Nolan’s first solo museum exhibition and will feature sculpture, paintings and drawings. The Model has also commissioned a new outdoor sculpture for long-term display in the grounds. A new publication Intimately Unrelated, on the artist’s work from 2005 to the present has been produced in collaboration with Le Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole in France and includes essays on Nolan’s work with contributions from philosopher Graham Harman, critic, writer and academic Declan Long, Séamus Kealy and Isabel Nolan.

Event: Two Towers In A Forest

Installation: 6-9pm Wed 7th December
Reading: 7pm Wed 7th December

Recent MA ACW graduate, Adrian Duncan, presents a new work entitled, Two Towers In A Forest, at The Joinery in Arbour Hill on Wednesday 7th of December. The work consists of a short story, an audio/video installation, and a sculpture.

The short story can be downloaded as a pdf here. Continue reading…

Exhibition: Solo Shows by Orla Whelan and Aoibheann Greenan at The Lab

Rodeo Oracle by Aoibheann Greenan
In Paint; In Teeth; In Mountains; In Stars by Orla Whelan
9 December 2011 – 21 January 2012
Preview 8th December 6pm to 8pm

For their final exhibitions of 2011, The Lab at Foley Street are presenting solo exhibitions by artists Orla Whelan and Aoibheann Grennan. Preview 8th December 6pm to 8pm. Continue reading…

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