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This year I had two illustrated prints selected for the Galway Impressions Biennale Printmaking Show.  The exhibition is a part of the Galway Arts Festival programme and currently on show the Center for Creative Arts in GMIT.

The Impressions Biennale Printmaking Show is an exhibition that represents all that is happening in the contemporary print world today providing a unique platform for emerging and established artists including some of the biggest names in Irish contemporary art. The exhbition was curated by Jason Hicklin (UK) with guest speaker, Conor McGrady, Dean of Academic Affairs, Burren College of Art for the official opening on Friday 14th July at 6 pm.
Venue: Centre for the Creative Arts & media, Cluain Mhuire, GMIT, Monivea Road, Galway.
Opening hours: Saturday 15th- Sunday 30th July 11-6pm

Impressions Biennale
Galway Arts Festival
Lost at Sea,  intaglio, screenprint, chine collé; 25 x25 cm

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Both myself and colleague Clare Lymer are delighted to be delivering a presentation on the Patrick Scott Archive in the ‘Lightening Talks’ at the ARLIS 2017 (Art Librarians Society) conference; ‘Revolution: Re-imagining the Art Library’ at the National Gallery of Ireland on Wednesday 12th July.

Exploring the Patrick Scott Archive will illustrate narratives of Scott’s life and work with selected archive materials and highlight the conservation and preservation process of Scott’s scrapbook from original condition, through to the digitisation process and conservation treatments.

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ARLIS Conference 2017

 

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Time to brush up on my Ulysses (!) as i’ll be taking part in the Bloomsday Fringe events this coming June.

There’s a Touch of the Artist About Old Bloom’ is a visual response to Ulysses through sketching on location in the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter of Dublin. Curated by the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Jessica Peel-Yates and Marie-Hélène Brohan Delhaye, this four day live sketching event will explore the fabric of the James Joyce’s Dublin, real or imagined. Participating artists are drawn from a number of disciplines (fine art, illustration, architecture, animation, fashion and graphic design) where drawing and sketching are an important aspect of their work; either as an end in itself, as a way to develop ideas, or as part of their creative process.

Artists: Alice Campbell (graphic artist), Aisling Conroy (visual artist), Aideen Griffin (fine artist), Balazs Keresztury (architect), Frank Kiely (fine artist and print maker), Niamh Lunny (set and costume designer), Pat MacAfee (stonemason and author), James Moore (fine artist), Mauro Moroni (graphic designer), Mary O’Carroll (draftswoman), Léo Régeard (concept designer and storyboarder), Nina Ruminska (illustrator)

The exhibition opens at 7:00 pm on Bloomsday 16 June at Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street; and runs until 25th June with further evening events at the Gallery during the week.

For more information please visit Bloomsday Fringe or The Olivier Cornet Gallery

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With just over four weeks into ‘Bardo,’ numerous conversations were ignited about the work during all of the recent exhibition events. Visitors asked how it was connected to meditation? why reference Eastern religious art? and how is Patrick Scott connected to my work? All questions that opened the floor to more understanding; both for me as the artist,  and the viewer who experiences it.

When  attempting to articulate the paintings in ‘Bardo,’ I can only describe them as abstractions of the unconscious by using repeated motifs, shapes and form. Even when faced with our mortal existence, we often go around repeating the same thoughts and actions in life and end up being trapped by them. Trapped by desire which can only bring suffering. This, then, adding a lot of tension to the paintings, which are quite moody; doesn’t just depict a personal experience, be can also be a universal account when considering the history of the human condition, and civilizations that have gone before. The practice of mediation was a tool that brought these visual and psychological patterns to the forefront, and allowed me as the artist to use my awareness of them to make the work for ‘Bardo’.

Patrick Scott’s archive was a (lucky) coincidental starting point, back in 2015, but it has grown into something a lot more that can’t necessarily be identified straight away in the paintings. I initially began to admire his work for purely aesthetic reasons and I could never really say that I was a scholar of his or had any great knowledge about his life, but then there was something very humbling and real about delving into his personal archive while working on it in NIVAL. One starts to see the behind the scenes of an artist’s life, the very beginnings of his earlier more illustrative and design work, (realising that we all started somewhere and it takes a life time to make good work; work that is iconic and timeless and that essentially gives the artist a piece of immortality),  to the mundane domestic life, his  personal life, letters from friends, family and lovers, photographs and touching messages on postcards. I was given a glimpse into his personal space, a space that becomes very real and gives a different perspective to the artist that we all know. Finally as you begin to conserve and archive, you wrap up the items and file them away, it all feels quite finite, and it really started to resonate with my own life and work in relation to patterns and changes in one’s life. Love, birth, death, reincarnation (or rebirth) into new chapters; which is essentially what we are doing in this archive- opening up the life of the artist again.

After receiving my training in Printmaking and having a interest in graphic art that goes back to my childhood years; I have an unconscious inclination towards Japanese print and woodblock, and the compositions and colour schemes that they inhabit.  In referencing Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism and various other aspects of Asian art; I chose their aesthetic to depict my own ideas on their philosophies. These philosophies, while all different; have common threads amongst them that deal with universal issues relating to desire and suffering, death and reincarnation and how we are controlled by our thoughts which lead to our actions.

I hate to dissect work, as essential as research and context is; I find that too much literal explanation can sterilise the experience, not just with art but with almost everything. Explaining is losing, as the saying goes but there can always be exceptions to the rule when lending itself to human connection.

The photographs below are of the opening on Sunday Feb 5th, as well as the two events that were held in correlation to Bardo; ‘Exploring the Patrick Scott Archive with Clare Lymer, NIVAL’  (Sat 11th February) and ‘Introduction to Zen Meditation with Mary Laheen, Zen Ireland’  (Sat 25th February). All three events were extremely well attended, much to my delight. A heartfelt appreciation to all those you came along; as supporters, art lovers and general enthusiasts.

Bardo’ at the Olivier Cornet Gallery has been extended for an extra week and will continue to show until Sunday March 12th 2017.

For more details on the gallery’s location and visiting hours please visit http://www.oliviercornetgallery.com

 

The opening of ‘Bardo’ Sunday 5th February 2017 at the Olivier Cornet Gallery. Image courtesy of Andrew Clarke.
Pauline Cummins, Visual Artist, opening ‘Bardo.’ Image courtesy of Andrew Clarke.
With Olivier Cornet. Image courtesy of Andrew Clarke.
‘Exploring the Patrick Scott Archive’ with Clare Lymer, NIVAL (The National Irish Visual Arts Library) on Sat 11th February 2017.
Setting up for the Introduction to Zen workshop with Mary Laheen, Sat 25th February 2017.
(L-R) Mary Laheen, Zen Ireland; Aisling Conroy, Artist; Olivier Cornet, Gallerist and Curator. Image courtesy of Andrew Clarke.

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Exploring the Patrick Scott Archive’
A presentation by Clare Lymer of the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL)
Saturday, 11th February 2017 @13:30 pm
Olivier Cornet Gallery
3 Great Denmark Street

This is a free event but booking is recommended (email info@oliviercornetgallery.com).

One of Ireland’s most significant artists, Patrick Scott displayed his unique fusion of art and design over a remarkable 75 year career as an artist, designer and architect. Scott’s archive, bequeathed to NIVAL in 2015, is a valuable resource for researchers, providing insight to Scott’s important contribution to all areas of Ireland’s 20th and 21st century culture. The vast collection offers a comprehensive look at Scott’s working process with models, tapestry maquettes and print designs. Administrative documents detail his time with renowned Irish cultural organisations – Aosdána, Kilkenny Design Workshops, Irish Exhibition of Living Art, and Rosc. Passports with visa stamps detail travel that influenced his work while scrapbooks, photos, diaries and correspondence provide humanising glimpses into Scott’s personality. The Patrick Scott Archive materials underwent conservation and preservation work throughout 2016. The archive will be available to the public once listing is completed in Spring 2017.

Clare Lymer, (NIVAL) will illustrate narratives with selected items from the archive on the day.

This presentation is organised in the context of my latest exhibition ‘BARDO’ at the gallery (Feb 5 to March 4). Delighted to have Clare give us her in-depth knowledge on Scott’s work, as well as her own personal account of working on this archive. A treat in store for anyone who is a Patrick Scott and/or NIVAL follower!

 

 

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Sigil I-V, 2016; acrylic and nylon thread on wood.

Press release:

‘Bardo’ meaning “intermediate state” derives from Bardo Thodol (Liberation through hearing during the intermediate state). The text describes the different stages referred to in the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which instruct and guide the consciousness from life into death. This transitioning journey can also be understood as change and reincarnation within the living world.

Aisling Conroy’s latest work, explores the idea of intention, reincarnation and repetition within physical and psychological realities. Her paintings, are impressions of pseudo-ritualistic meditative aids, focusing on Eastern iconographic art and Tantric art. Conroy attempts to represent portals and patterns that must be passed through or broken during the process of transformation and ultimately liberation, within love, life, death and rebirth.

In 2016 Conroy completed a six-month residency at the Laois Arthouse where she developed the work for Bardo. During her residency, the new body of work that evolved was informed by and made in response to the Patrick Scott Archive, recently bequeathed to The National Irish Visual Arts Library. This archive is a rare and previously unseen collection of Scott’s day-to-day studio diaries, photographs, correspondence and drawings. Eastern art and iconography, Zen Buddhism, meditation, and ritual directly influenced Scott’s work; recurrent veins that have grown throughout her own practice.

Also on exhibition will be a number of items on loan from the Patrick Scott Archive in the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL), Dublin. Through this invaluable archive, Aisling has drawn parallels between her own art practice and life as an artist. A Patrick Scott drawing, one of his studio books and personal photographs will be included alongside the work in ‘Bardo’.

 

Bardo is officially opening at the Olivier Cornet Gallery on Sunday 5th of February, 3pm
Guest speaker: Pauline Cummins, visual artist. 

There will be two events run alongside the exhibition in February. Please visit the Olivier Cornet Facebook page for more details.

The exhibition runs till the 4th of March 2017. 


Opening hours: 

Tues to Fri: 11am to 6pm (till 8pm on Thursdays)

Sat & Sun: 12 noon to 5pm 

Closed on Mondays (or viewing by appointment only)

 

Olivier Cornet Gallery
3 Great Denmark Street (beside Belvedere College, off Parnell Square) Dublin 1
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info@oliviercornetgallery.com
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Brilliant news to hear that Director Camille Wainer’s ‘Thou Art: Dublin‘ will be premiered in the US at the Pembroke Taparelli Arts & Film Festival in Hollywood this coming November. ‘Thou Art: Dublin‘ is a full length documentary following the lives of five artists in Dublin during the post Celtic-Tiger period. ‘Thou Art; Dublin‘ will be screened at the Mary Pickford Theatre on November 3rd.

The Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival was founded as a means to provide independent artists committed to social justice with a place through which to share their work with our global community.  The festival seeks to give a platform to artists who seek to use their voice in film, theatre, spoken word, painting, sculptor, and photography to bring to light such issues as, poverty, gender inequality, homelessness, hunger, physical and psychological abuse, racism,  sex trafficking, war and grief.

The festival will be an intersection between art and social justice giving independent artists a place to create, thrive and bring to market work they are passionate about without fear it will never be seen. Artists are allowed to take risk, tell their stories as they work to change the world.

The PTAFF is dedicated to the discovery and presentation of emerging artists, giving them an opportunity to let their voices be heard around the world.  Injustice in many forms is a reality affecting our global community, as artists we have a responsibility to stand up against injustice.  Many artists take action to turn these injustices around through their work.  We seek to support and aide these artist as they help to transform, save and change the lives of those who suffer, creating a sense of hope to fuel our struggle.

For more info visit Thou Art: Dublin and PTAFF

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Patrick Scott Scrapbook

Explore an interactive online digital version of select pages from Patrick Scott’s personal scrapbooks. Flip through pages & zoom-in to read articles Scott cut out & kept for posterity.

Scott’s scrapbooks feature career highlights, personal telegrams and photos. Throughout Heritage Week (20th- 28th August), The National Irish Visual Arts Library will showcase materials online from this rich archive as the conservation and preservation work continues. NIVAL will be sharing items of note from The Patrick Scott Archive as well as highlighting the importance of the conservation process.

For more details visit:

Heritage Week or  www.nival.ie.

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A snap shot of the ‘In the Jungle’ series and ‘Rainbow Man’ that were created for the Magical Corridor in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

With great pleasure and delight, myself and the other artists, Anita McCarthy  and Bláthnaid Ní Mhurchú -of Studio Blasta, attempted to make this area a more creative, imaginative and fun space for children, their family and the staff at Crumlin Children’s Hospital; we’re hoping there are lots of smiles on this newly imagined corridor!

To read more about the project and to see the other artist’s work, please visit: Studio Blasta  and CMRF

 

PRINT monkey PRINT Lion PRINT Hippo PRINT Giraffe copy PRINT Elephant PRINT Zebra PRINT Tiger PRINT BirdRainbow man (1)

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And yet again, I had another privilege to get the opportunity to re-imagine and celebrate the story-telling of Roald Dahl with the Blind Elephants last Thursday 28th July at the Jam Art Factory.

Revolting Rhymes was always one of my favorites. A parodying rendition of the infamous folktales of Goldilocks, Cinderella, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood; with dark and sinister humor.  It was hard to chose from, but Little Red Riding Hood won hands down!

What a whopper night hosted by Jam Art, and great to see what everyone produced for the show. Roald Dahl Vs The Blind Elephants- rockin’!

Jam Art Factory has been bringing the wild imaginings of Irish artists to your living room wall for a while now. Prints from emerging designers and illustrators based over the country adorn their city centre walls and they are always seeking out the newest, freshest images. 

The Blind Elephant Collective are a group of Dublin based illustrators who formed a group in 2009 to set themselves bi-weekly illustration challenges. Inspired by their approach, Jam Art asked them to create illustrations inspired by the writing of of everyone’s fantasy granddad, Roald Dahl.

The humorous and beautifully sensitive illustrations of Quentin Blake which marked most of our childhoods are difficult to forget, but the Blind Elephants were definitely up to the challenge. 

Each illustration is available to purchase at their Patrick Street shop, is signed by the artist and limited to only 30 prints. They can be purchased for a piff-whiffling €30 so avoid an absolute trogglehumper and pick them up from the hopscotchy people at Jam Art Factory!” –Jam Art Factory

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Revolting Rhymes: Little Red Riding Hood. pen, ink, collage and digital media; 2016

 

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