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Paul Seawright – The List

Declan Long will be in conversation with Paul Seawright this Thursday 29th January to mark the opening of his new work The List at the Kerlin Gallery

Exhibition runs from 30th january – 21st March 2015

Press release:
In his new work The List, Paul Seawright uncovers a contested landscape that continues his interest in city spaces and their relationship to invisible fractures in society. His photographs from across America’s rust belt reveal neglected neighborhoods where derelict vehicles are parked on patchy lawns, and rusted wire fences surround recently repossessed homes or concealed rear yards. Typically people are absent, yet marks of their presence are everywhere – scratched on walls, obscured by closed curtains or glimpsed through motel windows and dense trees. Claustrophobic vistas reveal frayed clapboard homes on the far side of blackened waste ground; this is the landscape of the convicted and dispossessed. Theirs is a liminal world, where legal restrictions define and prohibit them from establishing a permanent residence within a prescribed distance from a lengthy list of public buildings. These geographic limitations create unintended clusters of ex-offenders, often in small rural North American towns, where those on the list are hidden in plain sight.

The exhibited works move between the type of prosaic landscape familiar in Seawright’s work to black and white details of plants, fences and water damaged walls. These photographic gestures extend a narrative, where everything is dysfunctional. This is the third in a series of works Seawright has produced in the USA, where the landscape of the American city is deconstructed and the thin veneer of positivism and idealism is peeled back to expose an alternative vision of the North American city.

Cé leis é

NCAD Gallery presents the Cé leis é? exhibition talk
Cé leis é? and Systems Aesthetics hosted by Francis Halsall.

Friday 9th January 2015, 4pm, Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD.

Francis Halsall will host a discussion of NCAD Gallery’s current exhibition, Cé leis é? in terms of systems aesthetics and his collaborative work with multidisciplinary artist Kelley O’Brien and forthcoming workshop in the Philippines. The talk hopes to create a dialectical response to questions of environmentalism, dematerialisation and contemporary practice within the specific environment of NCAD.

Cé leis é? exhibits the work of seven interdisciplinary artists currently studying at the National College of Art and Design. Artists include Alanna Blake, Lucy Bowen, Jenny Drea, Julia Dubsky, Octavian Fitzherbert, Grainne O’Carroll and Sean O’Riordan. Through a collaborative process, this exhibition of interventions, documentations, performances and experiments by the artists respond to the challenges facing the Irish coast as found by Coastwatch Europe’s 2014 survey. The exhibition marks the launch of Irish NGO Coastwatch Europe’s annual survey; which examines climate change, coastal erosion, endangered sea species and pollution.

Please see more exhibition information at www.ncad.ie
Cé leis é? is open 1-5pm, Thursday 18th December 2014 – Friday 9th January 2015. Admission is free.

Transferrals

Pallas Projects/Studios

January 29th – 31st 2015

Opening reception 6-8pm January 29th

The Project Space at PP/S presents Transferrals, an NCAD MA Graduate show by Art in the Contemporary World (ACW) alumni John Busher and Aisling Ní Chlaonadh.

Transferrals is a reference to the unknown, how
this is marked with both uneasiness and hesitation.

Showcasing work by both artists made during their time in NCAD, John and Aisling share a mutual interest in the practice of painting and its place in the context of contemporary visual art. The shared concerns of both artists range from a preoccupation with the role of photography within contemporary painting discourse, to the exploration of phenomenological interests that inform their respective practices.

About the Artists

John Busher graduated from NCAD in 1999, he also has a PGDip from NCAD. His most recent solo exhibition was held at The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 2012.
Since 2008 John has exhibited in galleries such as Dunamaise Art Centre, VISUAL, Monster Truck, RUA RED, Catalyst Arts & Ormston House. In 2014 he was awarded a residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and selected for the Artist in the Community Scheme, Wexford County Council. His work is part of the Department of Education and Talbot Group collections, as well as several private collections. He is a member of Visual Artist Ireland, Ormston House, 126 Gallery, Catalyst Arts and the Black Church Print Studio (Extended Access Programme).

Aisling Ní Chlaonadh graduated from DIT with a BA in Fine Art and an award of excellence for best Fine Art graduate in 2012. Active since before she completed her degree, Aisling has been involved in both socially engaged art projects as well as privately commissioned work.

Her experience ranges from the development of charity murals and inner city education projects to working on music video storyboards for bands such as Fight like Apes. Aisling has taken part in numerous festivals and shows
including the Dublin Five Lamps Arts Festival
and Wicklow Arts Festival. She is a member of the Art House Dublin collective, an innovative cross-college group of DIT and NCAD alumni focused on raising the profile of emerging artists and engaging with local communities.



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