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Make Haste, Slowly at the Return Gallery

Photo Credit: Louis Haugh

Make Haste, Slowly
Return Gallery Goethe-Institut Irland, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

A collectively curated, scripted, performed, and presented exercise in radical pedagogies by the MA Art in the Contemporary World: Jack Cole, Dominique Crowley, Padraig Cunningham, Stephanie Deady, María del Buey, Tamara Derksen, Nicole Di Sandro, Brendan Fox,
Kate Friedeberg, Valerie Joyce, Seánan Kerr, Heidee Martin, Grainne Murphy, Orlaith Phelan, Natalie Pullen, Éimear Regan, and Laura Skublics.
With artworks and collaborations featuring Basil Al
Rawi, Jane’s Bees, Jasmin Marker, Repeater Collective, Noel Sheridan, John Smith, and David and Sally Shaw-Smith. Presented in the context of Liam Gillick’s Denominator Platform 2018, specially commissioned by Art in the Contemporary World for the Return Gallery.
Make Haste, Slowly is part of Common Denominator: Art in the Contemporary World at the Goethe-Institut, a two-year programme that takes as its starting point Walter Gropius’s term, from which collective knowledges progress. Through exhibitions, events, seminars and more we will interrogate and inhabit what it means in our time to speak of political solidarity, civic standards, or even aesthetic values, and to consider
the relation between common commitments and necessary possibilities of individual belief, expression and action.
Art in the Contemporary World is Ireland’s leading taught MA at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin.
Our students are avid researchers whose focus is to advance a project with the aim of understanding, interrogating,
and expanding the role of contemporary practices and their contexts. ACW is led by Francis Halsall, Declan Long and Sarah Pierce.
Supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland in collaboration with the National College of Art & Design. Special thanks to the Kerlin Gallery and IMMA | Irish Museum of Modern Art.

30th November 2018 6 – 9pm
Exhibition runs through 12th January 2019

Liam Gillick in conversation with the MA Art in the Contemporary World

ACW in conversation under Liam Gillick’s Discussion Island at the Return Gallery. Photo by: Louis Haugh

Goethe Institut Irland
37 Merrion Square
Dublin 2

21st November

On the occasion of Liam Gillick’s exhibition A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse at the Kerlin Gallery (23rd November – 19th January) and his Denominator Platform 2018, specially commissioned for the Return Gallery at 37 Merrion Square in connection with Common Denominator: Art in the Contemporary World at the Goethe-Institut, a two-year programme that takes as its starting point Walter Gropius’s term, from which collective knowledges progress. Through exhibitions, events, seminars and more we will interrogate and inhabit what it means in our time to speak of political solidarity, civic standards, or even aesthetic values, and to consider the relation between common commitments and necessary possibilities of individual belief, expression and action.

All welcome. Please note space is limited. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland, in collaboration with the National College of Art & Design. Courtesy the Kerlin Gallery.

Rosa Abbott
Kerlin Gallery
+353 1 670 9093

Éimear Regan
Art in the Contemporary World

Heidrun Rottke
Goethe-Institut Irland
+353 1 680 1100



Students graduating from the National College of Art and Design this year will exhibit their work at the College’s annual Graduate Exhibition, which will run from Saturday, 9th June until Sunday, 17th June.

The NCAD 2018 Exhibition features the work of graduates from across NCAD’s four Schools of Fine Art, Design, Education and Visual Culture, together with postgraduates from the MFA in Fine Art, MFA in Digital Art and MFA Design programmes. In addition, a selection of work in progress is on display by postgraduates in Design.

The exhibition presents an opportunity for the leading artists and designers of the future to showcase their creative abilities as they launch their professional careers. It’s also an opportunity for potential collectors, employers and innovators to spot the latest talent, and for curious members of the public to see the newest trends in design and art.


NCAD Thomas Street Campus, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8:
Communication Design; Fashion Design; Jewellery & Objects; Textile & Surface Design; Product Design; MA Interaction Design; MSc Medical Device Design; MFA Design; Applied Materials; Media; Painting; Print; Sculpture & Expanded Practice. The BA Joint Honours in Fine Art or Design & Education students will be exhibiting alongside their studio classmates.

The Annex, 101-103 James’ Street, Dublin 8:
MFA in Digital Art; MFA in Fine Art


Saturday 9th – Sunday 17th June 2016
Weekdays: 10am – 8pm
Weekends: 12pm – 5pm


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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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IMMA/NIVAL SEMINAR: ROSC 50 Artist Research Commissions

IMMA/NIVAL SEMINAR: ROSC 50 Artist Research Commissions

Saturday 11 November, 2.00 – 5.00pm, Johnston Suite, IMMA
Showcasing new ROSC50 Artist Research Commissions by Amanda Coogan, Emma Haugh, Christodoulos Makris, Nathan O’Donnell and Suzanne Walsh.

Nathan O’Donnel, an editor of Paper Visual Art will be a major course contributor for ACW in early 2018 as part of the courses Art & Writing module. Suzanne Walsh; a participating member in this event is also an ACW alumnus.

IMMA and NIVAL commissioned a number of artists to create new projects in response to ROSC 50, a collaborative research project to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Rosc exhibition in 1967, Through a programmee of talks, events, research commissions and exhibitions ROSC 50 revisits the Irish art historical account of these landmark visual art exhibitions in Ireland, exploring their legacy and meaning in the present day. The period of research is from July to December 2017 and draws on the continuing ROSC 50 programme.

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Dust in the Air Suspended catalogue awarded a cert on The 100 Archive

The exhibition catalogue for Dust in the Air Suspended was recently awarded a cert on 100Archive Past:

Dust in the Air Suspended was an exhibition co-curated by recently graduated MA ACW student Sally O’Leary, (now of Asprey Arts) while previously working as Arts Officer for South Tipperary County Council, The exhibition was curated in conjuction with the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Arts Council of Ireland. Diarmuid Slattery from the design company, New Graphic, Dublin, designed the catalogue, invitations, and posters for Dust in the Air Suspended. The exhibition brought together an exploration of the physical and metaphysical notion of ‘suspension‘ and the tensions that arise from the state of being ‘in suspense’. Artists included; Dorothy Cross, Gary Coyle, Antony Gormley, Ilya Kabrakov, Alice Maher, Fergus Martin, Austin McQuinn, Isabel Nolan and Jesús Rafael Soto.

The 100 Archive is a website documenting visual communications in Ireland.
The site is divided into two parts: 100 Future, which acts as a continuous record of contemporary professional work in the country, and 100 Past; an archive of100 selected projects submitted each year. The 100 Archive was initiated by four Dublin studios; Atelier, Conor & David, Detail and Studio AAD. The archive was officially launched in 2013, and has since received hundreds of submissions: a curatorial panel recently selected projects from 2010-13 for a place on the100 Past archive. For more information see

Morgan Quaintance

We are delighted to welcome our new IMMA/ACW fellow Morgan Quaintance.

Morgan is a London-based writer, musician, broadcaster and curator. Born in South London in 1979, he is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, Art Review, Frieze, and a number of curatorial sites and blogs. He is a contributing editor for E-Flux’s online publishing portal Art Agenda, and is a founding member of the curatorial collective DAM PROJECTS. As a presenter he currently works with the BBC’s flagship arts programme The Culture Show, and is also the producer of Studio Visit, a weekly hour-long interview show broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, featuring international contemporary artists as guests.

Below is a brief summary of the topics Moran will be covering in the course of his ACW seminars:

The sessions will be based around casting a sceptical and investigative eye over various contemporary cultural phenomena. We’ll be looking at the internet, intersectionality, the power of images, popular music, consciousness, identity and the nature of the self. It may sound complicated and dry, but our entry point into each of these areas will be short and accessible texts, podcasts, music and film.

The idea is that we’ll be able to make our way towards and through complex ideas from quite simple materials. Each session will be a mix of about 35% group discussion based on whatever text or audio visual material has been sent out, 15% short presentations on each topic from myself, and 10% screenings of work by contemporary artists.

State of Play

State of Play – Review by Deirdre Kearney

EXHIBITION of Postgraduate Masters- Fine Art – Painting, Sculpture, Fine Print, Digital Media.
National College of Art and Design

5th – 11th December 2014
Emmet House, Thomas Street.
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Dorothy Cross in conversation with Declan Long

Wednesday 5 November, 2014, at 5pm

In association with MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD

A public conversation will take place between artist Dorothy Cross and co-director of MA Art in the Contemporary World, Declan Long, at 5pm on Wednesday 5th November, at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin. This event is part of an ongoing series of talks arranged in collaboration between Kerlin Gallery and MA Art in the Contemporary World at NCAD.

The talk will be approximately 45 minutes long. All are welcome – no booking is required. Please note, capacity is limited so early arrival is recommended.

This talk forms the closing event of View, an exhibition of new work by Dorothy Cross, which runs until Thursday 6th November 2014.

Where is Art History Today?

Friday 21 November, 09:30-17:30, at the Lecture Theatre, National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street, Dublin.

Where is Art History Today? is a one-day symposium being held in conjunction with the publication for the Royal Irish Academy by Yale University Press of The Art and Architecture of Ireland. The result of a research project sponsored by Royal Irish Academy, this five-volume reference work is a landmark in the writing of the history of the art and architecture of the island since 400.

This event will position the latest scholarship on Irish art and architecture in the context of recent international developments in art history as a discipline. The intent is to communicate the vitality of contemporary art history to a general audience comprised of those interested in art as well as to students and staff from the academic community and to museum professionals.

Penelope Curtis, the director of Tate Britain, will deliver the keynote address, which will double as an Academy Discourse.
Participants include: Rachel Moss of Trinity College Dublin, Nicola Figgis and Paula Murphy of University College Dublin, Professor Barry Bergdoll of Columbia University and formerly Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Professor Lawrence Nees from the University of Delaware, and Professor Gregor Stemmrich from the Free University in Berlin.

Register here.

News: ACW alumni Laura Smith is the winner of Kinsale Arts Festival Now Wakes the Sea 2014

Kinsale Arts Festival has announced the winner of Now Wakes the Sea 2014, the annual open submission exhibition, as visual artist Laura Smith. The emerging artist exhibition tookplace at Temperance Hall in the centre of Kinsale, and ran until 28 September.Laura Smith will receive a solo show at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, to run concurrently with the 2015 festival. Her submission ‘The Alternative is..’. builds a historical reconstruction of Radio City through a combination of interviews, on-site footage, archive materials and photographs asking the viewer to consider the utopian possibilities embodied by this removed society.

The Alternative is… is a two-channel HD video which focuses on the formation of the pirate radio station Radio City at Shivering Sands WWII anti-airfield forts on the Thames estuary. This piece explores a moment in history when a section of society took control over its channels of information by radically refusing to operate within the legal boundaries.

Smith is a graduate from NCAD MA Art in the Contemporary World where she received a first class honours. Recent shows include Misery Hill K.o.c/Mabos building, Dublin, Radio Joinery, The Joinery, Dublin 7, EVA – After the Future, Limerick, Orchestral Osmosis, D.I.T School of Music, Chatham row, Dublin 2.Laura Smith was chosen from nine selected emerging visual artists by an international selection panel including artist Kathy Prendergast, Ingrid Swenson (PEER UK), Helen Carey (Firestation Artist Studios) and Trish Brennan (Head of Fine Art and Applied Art, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design). They were very impressed by the high quality of the selected nine visual artists and were unanimous in their final decision.The nine selected artists were chosen for their questioning approach, and enquiry into the medium and expression of visual art today. The selected artists for 2014 are Collette Egan, Elizabeth Lyne, Joan Sugre, Laura Smith, Luke Sisk, Mandy Williams, Miriam O’Connor, Rita O’Driscoll, Sean Guinan.

Seminar | Art in the Contemporary Universe

IMMA + MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD

Saturday 20 September, 3.00pm – 5.00pm, 2014, Lecture Room, IMMA

(Please take note of the time change above for this event)

This seminar on Art in the Contemporary Universe explores a number of themes prompted by the exhibition The weakened eye of day by Isabel Nolan (IMMA June-September, 2014). The themes under discussion will address vast ideas, involving huge, probably unanswerable questions, such as what Italo Calvino has called overambitious projects in contemporary culture, grand narratives in science and the cosmological turn of recent philosophy. This seminar allows participants to explore realms of science, aesthetics and philosophy within the context of Nolan’s exhibition at IMMA.

Chaired by Paul J. Ennis (Lecturer MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD), Dublin. Speakers include; Dr. Fabio Gironi (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Philosophy, UCD), Dr. David Roden (Lecturer in Philosophy, and author of Posthuman Life: Philosophy at the Edge of the Human). Contributions will also be given by Isabel Nolan (Artist), Francis Halsall and Declan Long (Lecturers, MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD).

Further Information

Artists, philosophers, theologians and scientists share a fascination for seemingly intractable problems. Focused on the ‘big picture’ they are tasked with piecing together a sense of meaning in a world that feels increasingly contingent. We no longer live in a familiar world, but in a cold Universe. From the cosmological position we begin to look small, perhaps even insignificant. The sciences, in particular, have been the source of this creeping awareness and artists, philosophers, and theologians find themselves at the mercy of its encroachment upon their traditional territory.

Isabel Nolan’s work evokes precisely this feeling as it emerges in art. The pervasive tremor of deep time is everywhere in it and this same tremor haunts the ground of philosophy. This deep time, the time of an indifferent universe, brings with it a sense of meaninglessness. Can we nonetheless still gain traction on how it goes with the world once we begin to think at these time-scales? How, in the face of deep time, might we fuse together rational or artistic conceptions of the universe without overriding its contingency? What does the future look like when conceived from such a wide angle? It is these questions and more that ‘Art in the Contemporary Universe’ will seek to address.

Schedule: 3.00 – 5.00pm, Lecture Room, IMMA

Introduction | Isabel Nolan (Artist)

Chairpersons Address | Paul J. Ennis completed his PhD in Philosophy at University College Dublin. He is the author of Continental Realism (Zero Books, 2011), the Meillassoux Dictionary (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2014) and Cypherpunk Philosophy (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming 2015).

Presentation 1| Manifest and Scientific Images: Arts contribution to our conception of a meaning-less universe

Dr. Fabio Gironi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin. He previously studied at the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” the University of London, and Cardiff University, where he obtained his Ph.D. His work focuses on the philosophy of science and the history of scientific conceptual frameworks, drawing from both analytic and continental sources.

Presentation 2 | How to think like a fossil: art for a posthuman universe.

Dr. David Roden is Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University. He is author of Posthuman Life: Philosophy at the Edge of the Human. His research has addressed philosophical naturalism, interpretation-based accounts of meaning, computer music and the metaphysics of sound. Recent articles include “The Disconnection Thesis” in The Singularity Hypothesis: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment and “Nature’s Dark Domain: an argument for a naturalized phenomenology” in the Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement: Phenomenology and Naturalism.

Open Discussion + Questions and Answers | Dr. Fabio Gironi, Dr. David Roden, Paul J. Ennis, Francis Halsall and Declan Long.

19 September 2014
Eva Rothschild and Declan Long in conversation, begins at 5:00pm on Friday the 19th (Culture Night) and is followed by the launch of the exhibition catalogue published by Ridinghouse.

Admission free; early arrival is recommended as places are limited.

Open Call for Colony Magazine Submissions

Call and Theme for Issue 3: Magic Visual Art Submissions Information
Online Experimental Literary Magazine

Colony is working with artist, writer and curator Tracy Hanna to develop a visual art section for its online magazine. This section will focus on experimental writing by visual artists and practitioners. Each issue will feature up to eight pieces within this category. There will be an emphasis on written works but image, sound, video, etc. will be considered where relevant to writing as a form and to the theme.
Acceptable formats include: Word Doc, pdf, jpeg or gif (no wider than 950 px), mp3, wav, video that is viewable online (youtube, vimeo, etc.). Text pieces should be no longer than 1000 words, and may be as short as you wish.
A nominal fee of €20 will be paid for each work selected from the open call; payments will be made through Paypal only.
For further information please email with ‘visual art inquiry’ marked in the subject bar.
Our submission period spans September 15th to October 15th. Send all submissions to, clearly marking which section you are submitting to in the subject line.
All art is magical in origin…it is intended to make things happen.
– William S Burroughs.
All art is magical, so says leading avant sorcerer Lord Bill Burroughs. If this be so, and you are an artist, then you are also a magician.
How strong is your art? How strong is your Magic?
During the cave-and-carnival cultures of our deep past, a long and tumultuous period, Art emerges as part of the increase in the complexity and anxiety of growing tribal populations involved in intense competition with others for resources, and needing to re-organise themselves politically, martially, and culturally to survive. From the beginning, Art is the sympathetic, manipulable and – crucially – manipulative assistant to the Hunter and the Warrior, and slightly later begins serving as Chief MindWeapon to the Pharisee, Oracle and Tyrant. Only after the Hellenic Golden Age do we begin to think of and produce Art as ‘humanist’ magic intended to deepen the sympathies or broaden the intelligence of its audiences. Yet, even today, who could imagine the survival of – for example – the novel without the powerful Dark Arts of agents, publicists, advertisers…the prize-awarders in their covenly deliberations and redoubts?
Lord Bill is not a lone voice; the history of art is filled with magicians or occultists or cultural engineers, to repeat a term the performance artist, musician and Pandrogyne Genesis P Orridge uses in reference to herm-self.
Think of Yeats and George in their Golden Dawn get-up performing rituals; think of them vigorously conversing with spirits and Demi-gods in the windy light upon the Hill of Allen; think of them trance- writing A Vision together.
Blake talking to his angels and demons. The Bible prophets of old.
The Rolling Stones and The Beatles flirted with The Great Beast Aleister Crowley, who was himself a writer.
Timothy Leary. Robert Anton Wilson.
The English painter Austin Osman Spare, who popularised the sigil method of magic.
Rival contemporary narrators and sorcerers Grant Morrison and Alan Moore.
All Art is magic! All Art is magic! All Art is magic! All Art is magic! All Art is magic!
Magic is made of words and symbols charged with focused energy intended to have results in the material world.
Today’s most successful magician/artists seem to be advertisers, marketers, corporations, media and sports moguls…
Think of the mystical power of the McDonalds M, wooing infants to swoon over ‘happy meals’ sensible rats would reject; think of the handsome and cunning Luciferian, Arthur Guinness, who woos (and then dumps) young musicians, and even young poets, with slithering promises of fame; think of the X in Xmas as a target in your brain.
Consider how many people watch the same shit at the same time on the magic box in the room or are entranced by the magic realm called the internet performing unknown to themselves screen-sex-magic.
As Alan Moore has said, most artists have sold themselves down the river.
WE CALL ON YOU TO TAKE BACK YOUR POWER OF ART and make something magic, spell for us, conjure something effective and useful, causing a ripple effect like those butterfly wings that just might cause a hurricane to spin and blow down all the galleries in Florence.
Make chaos out of order.
Sprout shit out of roses, or, if you’re a sentimental Druid of the Celtic fog, roses out of excrement. If you are the cause, why not choose the effect? Be deliberate, be careful, be brave.
We wait to see how strong your magic art is, charge it up and send it in.
All Art is magic! All Art is magic! All Art is magic! All Art is magic! All Art is magic!
We look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes, Colony Editors

Foaming at the Mouth #1

An evening of talks including Sinéad Hogan, David Fagan and Jim Ricks, the Stag’s Head, 8pm.

The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth

Lecture | Stuart Clark
Saturday 7 June, 1.00pm, Lecture Room
Award winning author and astronomer, Dr Stuart Clark tells the story of how single observations by astronomers have transformed our view of the universe and our place within it.

This event relates to the exhibition
Isabel Nolan: The weakened eye of day
7 June – 21 September 2014

The weakened eye of day, is a new body of work by Irish artist Isabel Nolan, conceived as a single project for IMMA. The exhibition explores how light manifests as a metaphor in our thoughts, obsessions and pursuits and includes text, sculpture, drawings and textiles. Nolan’s works begin with the close scrutiny of individual literary or artistic works, or evolve out of consciously erratic enquiries into the aesthetics of diverse fields, such as cosmology, humoral theory, and illuminated manuscripts.

The exhibition takes its title from Thomas Hardy’s poem The Darkling Thrush (1899), in which the sun, described as ‘the weakening eye of day’, is a dismal star drained of its force by a gloomy pre-centennial winter afternoon. As the sun’s gaze weakens, so flags the spirit of the poet who, until interrupted by birdsong, sees only the inevitability of death in the cold world around him. This show is a material account of the strangeness of the world from the formation of the planet’s crust to the death of the sun and the enduring preoccupation with light as a metaphor for truth.

Nolan’s works both seduce and disarm us. Her work is underpinned by a desire to examine and capture in material form the moments of intensity that can define our encounters with the objects around us; inexplicable and unsettling moments that leave us with a heightened awareness of what is means to be alive. For Nolan this exploration happens through making things – whether monumental or intimate in scale, they are presented to us as tentative and precarious markers of the experience of our place beneath the sun.

Isabel Nolan’s recent solo exhibitions include ‘Unmade’, the Return Gallery, Goethe Institut, Dublin (2012) and ‘A hole into the future’, The Model, Sligo (2011–12), which travelled to the Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, France (2012). Nolan was one of seven artists who represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale in a group exhibition, ‘Ireland at Venice 2005’. Recent group shows include ‘Nouvelle Vague’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); ‘Sculptrices’, Villa Datris, Fondation pour la Sculpture Contemporain, France (2013); ‘Modern Families’, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2013).


A new video installation by ACW alumni Lily Cahill & Rob Murphy

Open until Sunday 1st June | 12pm to 6pm

Accompaniment |

In 1827 the French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz purportedly watched Irish actress Harriet Smithson on two occasions at the Odéon Theatre in Paris, playing Hamlet’s Ophelia and Romeo’s Juliet, women created by English playwright William Shakespeare. These events incited Hector’s development of two intense infatuations. One with the actress, resulting in a doomed marriage. The other being the writer, proving the more lasting romance, developing into a lifelong love. Though the performances were in English, of which Hector knew practically none, this could not stop him grasping “the grandeur and sublimity of Shakespeare’s language along with the richness of the plays’ dramatic design.”

Hector would come to recognise ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as “the supreme drama of my life.” 1


See The Future

Masters in Fine Art and Masters in Art in the Digital World Exhibition.
Opening: Friday, June 13 at 5:00pm
The exhibition continues until Sunday 22nd of June.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 8pm, Saturday: 10am to 5pm and Sunday: 2pm to 5pm.


Kerlin Gallery is pleased to present Karen, an exhibition of new film, sculptural, photographic and print works by Mark Garry.

As a dialogue between the personal, the historical and the political, Karen marks a subtle, yet significant departure within Mark Garry’s practice. Central to the exhibition are three large- scale silkscreened prints that depict a repeated image of Karen Dalton, the tragic Cherokee folk singer from the 60s. Dalton’s delicate figure has her back turned to us, face obscured, her arm outstretched as if pointing to something that remains unspecified and out of our sight.

This physical reach for the unattainable is echoed in Garry’s new film, Bridges Burned and Backs Turned. Against an impenetrable darkness a tiny white feather begins to fall repeatedly. Being caught and held for the briefest of moments. Elsewhere in a series of new photographs the darkness is violently interrupted by the irrepressible vigour of the brief magnolia blossom.

Through each of these works and a series of new freestanding sculptures entitled History Windows, Garry weaves together ideas of loss and estrangement, and a muted sense of sorrow, resonating from the subjective, to a wider reflection upon civic care. Here is the suggestion that as individuals and again collectively as a nation, modern Ireland has repeatedly failed itself on many levels, through a lack of consideration, patience and co-operation. These human values are physically embodied by Garry’s artworks themselves, be it within the processes of their making, or in their inherent structure. His works are measured and quiet, often requiring meticulous systems of construction and collaborative practices. They combine physical, visual, sensory and empathetic analogues, creating arrangements of elements that intersect spaces, forming relationships between a given room and each other.

Mark Garry
Kerlin Gallery
23rd May- 28th June

Mark Garry’s practice is research-based and often embedded in music and musicology. Characteristics of this cultural field act as means for the artist to observe how certain historical, geographical and sociological forces have combined, shaping the contemporary psyche over time. With a lightness of touch, this line of research permeates the exhibition Karen. As the critic Declan Long has noted, “Mark Garry’s art thrives on a potential for connectibility: his is a hugely hospitable manner of practice, open to new collaborations and new translations between forms and ideas…These are tentative, tender realistions of evolving ideas: fragile forms based on unorthodox affiliations.”

Current and forthcoming exhibitions include City Gallery, Charleston South Carolina, USA (2014); Lafayette Projects, Marseille, France (2014) and Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2015). Recent exhibitions include The Model, Sligo (2014); Sommer & Kohl, Berlin (2013); ENart Taichung, Taiwan (2013); Galleria Civica di Moderna, Milan (2013); a permanent commission for The MAC, Belfast, (2012); White Box, New York (2012); The Model, Sligo (2012); Cave, Detroit (2011); Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2011); Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art, UK (2009); Dublin City Gallery Hugh Lane, Dublin (2009); Tai Turin Art International, CRAA Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Torino, Italy (2009); IMMA, Dublin (2008); The Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (2008); Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney (2008); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2006). Garry represented Ireland at Venice at Venice Biennial (2005), which traveled to Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2006).

Eva Rothschild in Coversation

Eva Rothschild and Michael Dempsey in conversation on Friday 23rd May at 1pm in The Hugh Lane. Admission free.

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