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Sam Keogh in conversation with ACW

Sam Keogh opens an exhibition at the Kerlin Gallery titled Kapton Cadaverine this Friday from 6-8 pm.

Keogh the will appear in conversation with ACW at Kerlin Gallery on Thursday 1 February, 5pm. This event is part of a collaboration with NCAD’s Master’s Program MA Art In The Contemporary World.

In Sam Keogh’s Kapton Cadaverine, Kerlin Gallery is transformed into the interior of a dilapidated starship. The ship’s once-white control panels, table and bulkheads are covered in grime. Detritus litters the floor and strange organic forms and collaged images adorn almost every surface. Webs of melted plastic, stuck together with Kapton tape, cocoon the space in a mucosal membrane and the constant white noise of artificial rain underlines the eerie absence of an inhabitant.

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Water Table, The Luan Gallery by Marie Hanlon

Marie Hanlon, ACW Student
Water Table
The Luan Gallery, Athlone.
Opening Saturday 3 February 3 pm, continues until 25 March

The work for this exhibition concerns itself with the subject of flooding, an appropriate theme for The Luan Gallery since it is located directly on the west bank of the river Shannon – as close to water as is possible. With an ever increasing public awareness of climate change and erratic weather patterns, it seems particularly relevant to address this issue at this time and in this place.

The exhibition will include three free standing sculptural works, with the addition of a sound element for Water Table – this piece presents seven glass tanks, each containing varying levels of water from full to empty. Accompanying audio describes free flowing water at first, but this gradually darkens and transforms into dry, parched choking sounds. Changes in weather patterns are giving rise to rapid flooding in some areas and drought in others, with water tables becoming unsettled as levels fluctuate in extreme conditions.

The environmental response to human activity is critical here, with the human subject being both agent of change and the one impacted upon. Extremes are experienced locally, but on a worldwide scale the spectrum from severe flooding to unimaginable drought is a disturbing reality of our time.

Flooded Rooms and Escape are the two other works in the exhibition. Presented on plinths, these pieces seek to abstract reality; interiors are imagined where water has seeped in and slowly risen, rooms are vacated, white, ghostly, stripped of their contents, with doors standing open and no life remaining. Escape shows two white ladders in a water filled perspex container; might there be some hope offered here – a means of escape perhaps – but to where?

Image by Marie Hanlon: Escape, perspex and water, 2018.

Homo Ludens (Man at Play)

Homo Ludens (Man at Play),
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Exhibition continues until Saturday, 27 January 2018
Opening hours: 12 – 6pm Tuesday – Saturday

Homo Ludens, the title of this exhibition, is the species of people who inhabited New Babylon, a future utopian city envisaged by Dutch artist Constant between 1956 and 1974. The term Homo Ludens was originally coined by Dutch cultural historian J. Huizinga in 1938, meaning a species of people whose fundamental activity is considered ‘play’. In New Babylon, Homo Ludens were free to lead creative and imaginative lives, released from labour by the development of automated systems. Here, the inhabitants were in control of their environment, able to change it to suit their needs, moods, and behaviour through the use of “moveable architectural components such as walls, floors, staircases… [and] colour, light [and] texture..”.

ACW student Sara Muthi writes the accompanying text available HERE

Curated by Roisin Bohan, Winner of the Black Church Print Studio ‘Recent Curator Graduate Award’, 2017.
Exhibiting Artists: Daire O’Shea, Cará Donaghey, Irene Whyte, Isabel English, Margot Galvin

D-i-f-f-e-r-e-n-c-e & R-e-p-e-t-i-t-i-o-n

D-i-f-f-e-r-e-n-c-e & R-e-p-e-t-i-t-i-o-n

The Brothers of Charity, led by
Karl Burke & Padraig Cunningham
Roscommon Art Centre
Opening 6.00-7.30pm, 19th January 2018

This exhibition, “Difference and Repetition”, is the second instalment in a series of workshops designed and implemented by artists Karl Burke and Padraig Cunningham with Roscommon based Brothers of Charity groups.

The workshops were primarily concerned with material and making, focusing on hands on approach. This covered a range of artistic practices including sound/music, drawing and painting, collage, clay modelling, performance and video. With the guidance of the lead artists this allowed the participants to improvise within the terms of the material catering for invention of new meanings and stories. A number of these workshops took place in the theatre space at the Roscommon Arts Centre allowing for both individual interventions and making as well as a group voice in a collaborative vein. The theatre stage allowed the participants to move between being a performer at one point to taking a seat as an audience member another, maker and viewer.

A large, slightly raised platform or stage will be positioned in the gallery referring to the contact between performer and audience, viewer and artist. This stage is an initiation to collaborate. A number of microphones are positioned directly onto the surface so that the stage is now live, waiting to be alive with sound.

About the Arts & Disability Project
Supported by Roscommon County Council Arts Office in partnership with Roscommon Arts Centre, this project is aimed at developing partnerships between artists and wider Roscommon communities while also encouraging learning’s in new media for the participants.

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