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Jan Pleitner // Water for the Tribe

22 January – 10 March 2016
Opening reception: Friday 22 January

Kerlin Gallery is pleased to present Water for the Tribe, an exhibition of new painting by
Jan Pleitner. It will be his first solo exhibition with Kerlin Gallery.

Deeply influenced by science fiction (in fact, the title for this exhibition references Frank Herbert’s Dune), the fast movement of Pleitner’s jolting lines reflect both his dynamic, durational approach to painting, often completing works in single, marathon sessions, but also the speed at which the world operates on a more minute level: the speed at which sound or light can travel, for instance, or the speed at which signals are sent and received by the brain. In a sense, Pleitner’s chaotic lines evoke the frantic pace at which we are capable of processing information. But on another level, his rich, luminous colours also hint towards something more mysterious, giving a physical manifestation to the invisible forces that continuously surround our existence, or lending a highly saturated colour palette to the unchartered abyss of the subconscious mind.

Jan Pleitner’s paintings are striking and expressive; an intense exploration of colour and energy. Characterised by bold lines and deep pigments that bleed into one another, the artist takes a highly tactile approach to painting, scraping through layers of paint as readily as he builds them up. Scratches, lines and patches of colour jostle for our attention sending the eye zig-zagging across the rich, mercurial surfaces.

In a recent artist interview, Pleitner articulated that his painting ‘is not about an anti-image, its more about the discovery of an unknown image’. Though wholly abstract, his painting does not imagine new worlds so much as illuminate what is hidden in the one we inhabit.

Born in Oldenburg, Pleitner is currently based in Düsseldorf, having graduated with an MA from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2010. Selected solo exhibitions include Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo (2015), Natalia Hug, Cologne; Ancient & Modern, London (both 2014); Förderpreis der Öffentlichen Versicherungen Oldenburg, Germany (2013) and  Projekt Skagen 12, Denmark (2012). Pleitner’s work has previously been exhibited at Kerlin Gallery as part of the group exhibition Deep One Perfect Morning (2014).

For further information, please contact Rosa Abbott,

Gallery hours:
Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
Saturday, 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Hands Laid On: Aileen Murphy & Kathy Tynan

Hands Laid On Aileen Murphy & Kathy Tynan

January 7th – 30th, 2016
Opening: Thursday January 7th, 6pm, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

In response to the question ‘why paint?’ featured in the January 2014 issue of frieze magazine, artist Ellen Altfest specified, ‘Looking over a long time is like an attempt to merge with something outside of oneself. The dense accumulation of visual information, which is the product of this kind of looking, is different from how the lens and the eye usually see the world.’

Through the activities of walking and looking Kathy Tynan identifies alternative landmarks in the city, places to rest the eyes that give rise to contemplation. Tynan observes and informally records visual quirks in her surroundings and such vagaries are later bestowed with temporal emphasis through the medium of paint. In the cracks of a pebble dashed wall and across a surface of uneven plaster, real word surfaces and textures appear elevated through keen observation. Slogans and symbols scrawled or sprayed across gable ends, crows looking on, trinkets in a stranger’s porch; all distract from the path ahead.

Aileen Murphy’s canvases are lurid and brassy with strong sweeping brush strokes that evoke activity and dance. Energy takes precedence as the painted image is contained but always threatens to breach the border of the canvas, a yellow interior emblazoned by broad swathes of blue paint depicts an athletically contorted woman mid-pirouette or falling. Murphy works from swiftly made drawings creating seamless gestures of movement. They are ‘feeling’ rather than ‘thinking’ paintings that are concerned with human emotion and the human condition in which tales of drama and lust abound.

Both Murphy and Tynan paint in a way that is frank and full of integrity, in which humour alternates with genuine pathos. Hands Laid On comprises paintings that relate to one another in a manner that is both reciprocal and divergent.

Kathy Tynan (b.1984) graduated with a BA in Fine Art Painting in 2008 from the National College of Art and Design. She returned to NCAD to complete an MA in Art in the Contemporary World. Tynan has exhibited in many group shows. Recent exhibitions include The Future is Self Organised, LCGA, Limerick, 2015, Buff, Sim Gallery, Reykjavik, 2015, What is And What Might Be, Highlanes Gallery Drogheda, 2015, Panorama, Pallas Projects, Dublin, 2015 as well as a solo exhibition; The Sky is All Changed, Hendrons Collider, Dublin, 2014. Tynan’s work is held in many notable public and private collections.

Aileen Murphy (b.1984) graduated with a BA in Fine Art Painting in 2007 from the National College of Art and Design. She is currently embarking on an MA at the highly regarded HFBK Städelschule in Frankfurt. Murphy has participated in a number of group shows including Stuffing. Johan, Frankfurt, 2015, Here and Now, Greenacres, 2015, Panorama, Pallas Projects, Dublin, 2015 as well as solo exhibition; Guano Fruit, Ormond Studios, Dublin, 2013. Aileen Murphy has participated in numerous residencies and collaborations including Soft Blonde Moustache, a Dublin based drawing collective. Murphy will show with 321 Gallery, New York in January 2016.

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