New Exhibitions – 28th October – 2nd December 2017
Daniel Chester / Beyond the Plains
Carin McCana / New Age Medieval
Brian Twomey / A Postman Connects
Three new exhibitions in our main gallery explore themes of rural commonage, the modern and medieval mind and the perspective of a rural postman. While appearing to have a disparate relationship to one another, each artist is concerned with teasing out representations of landscape, place, superstition and reality.
Daniel Chester explores rural commonage through his large-scale landscapes painted on aluminium, which draw on 19th century romantics including David Caspar Friedrich and William Blake. Like the Romantics, he is interested in the natural world with its seasonal cycle of birth, death and resurrection. His landscapes are charged with atmosphere, and occasionally, menace, curiously devoid of people and animals.
Drawing on Hieronymus Bosch’s masterpiece The Cure of Folly, Carin McCana is interested in parallels between the medieval and the modern mind. Bosch often warned his viewers not to be swayed by superstition, while at the same time giving form to the spirits and gremlins imagined by his subjects. In this exhibition, McCana investigates modern suspicion around science and logic, her vibrant figurative compositions offering a departure from previous abstract works.
In his daily rounds as a postman in North Clare and South Galway, Brian Twomey has seen many changes along his regular route. He uses these years of observation to build a picture of the area as seen through his eyes, at once connected to the place yet distanced by his role as the viewer inside the post van. At times riotous, always joyful, and charged with energy, A Postman Connects has a keen eye for the detail of country life and the developments of the modern world.
Carolyn Wall / Fragments (Red Couch Space)
Working in glass and ceramics, Carolyn Wall is interested in the transformative powers of the kiln, which can mutate materials into new objects. For this exhibition she uses a combination of recycled glass, ceramics, hessian, copper wire and flax to create Fragments, an installation suspended from on high. Investigating ideas of presence and absence, the work also uses light and shadow as an invisible component, playing on notions of human strength and fragility.