Archive for May, 2008

Spirasi

May 28- June 1

Placeways

Preview:
Wed May 28, 3-6.30 pm
Thu May 29, 3-6 pm

Launch:
Thu May 29, 6 pm
With Ugandan playwright George Seremba guest speaker

Exhibition Continues Until Sunday June 1, Open 12-6.30 daily

Artists: Christopher Harrington and John Travers

Placeways is a video installation that explores the consequences of personal displacement. The exhibition is a collaborative art project involving asylum seekers, refugees and migrants and engages with ideas of place, safety, home, transition, departure and arrival. SPIRASI is a humanitarian, intercultural, non-governmental organization that works with asylum seekers, refugees and other disadvantaged migrant groups, with special concern for survivors of torture.

Also on show is the photography work of Dilman Ahmedi, a Kurdish refugee from Iran who was imprisoned for his art practice which dealt with the issues of human rights and gender inequalities in Iran. His current exhibition is called ‘a view of my world through the photographer’s lens’. Dilman’s story is also featured in Placeways.

Co-ordinator: Anne Walsh

This project was a combined programme involving Spirasi, Artists in the Community, Create, the Arts Council and Firestation Artists Studios.

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Jenny Brady

Thu May 22- Sat May 24, 12pm-6pm

Imitation of Life
Preview Wed 21 May 6-8pm

“Imitation of Life,” an exhibition of Dublin artist, Jenny Brady’s research into the practice of reborning, an activity involving customizing vinyl dolls to realistically resemble a human baby. Reborning, the art of transforming a play or collector doll into a realistic, unique baby doll began in the late 1980s. Using veining, mottling, blushing, weighting, and other enhancement techniques, the dolls are made to resemble, in as much as possible, real babies. For this exhibition, Brady has created a ‘reborn’ of herself as an 8-week old baby on the day of her baptism, making reference to the history of self-portraiture within art practice.

Zambia Appeal Art Sale

Tuesday 20th May, 6-9pm

An Art Sale in aid of the Zambia Appeal, an organization to support four Irish volunteers travelling this July to teach and work in the poverty-stricken town of Mazabuka. A wide variety of pieces generously donated by well known and up-and-coming artists will be available and all proceeds go towards the work in Mazabuka. For more info visit www.zambiaappeal2008.net

This exhibition, kindly supported by ‘thisisnotashop’, is a showing of a wide variety of pieces generously donated by well known and up-and-coming artists and photographers. There will be lots of art work on sale for this one night only and is a genuine opportunity to see and purchase work from over 30 artists.

Occidental Tourist

NCAD MA Art in the Digital World
MAY 16-17, 2pm-8pm

Opening Thu May 15, 7.30 pm

Artists: Aoife Giles, Sheila Hough, Myrna Epstein, Karen McCormack, Gerard Reilly, Coilin Rush, Gary Somers

Occidental Tourist is the self-organized exhibition by the first year participants of NCAD’s MA Art in the Digital World Course. Working primarily, but not exclusively, with lens based digital media the show represents a diverse range of works from the group’s current research interests.

Thisisnotashop at ART 08

presents Chequerboard and Gordon Matta-Clark

RDS
Main Hall Complex
Stall S9

PREVIEW
Thu May 15, 6 – 9pm

OPEN
Fri 16, 11am – 9pm
Sat 17, 11am – 7pm
Sun 18, 11am – 6pm

Thisisnotashop Gallery is proud to participate is the Art ’08 at the RDS May 15th-18th. We will present new work by Irish artist and musician Chequerboard consisting of a series of textured and intricate montages themed on the sound of his recently released and critically acclaimed Penny Black album. Also on show will be a selection of original photographs by internationally renowned 1970’s New York conceptual artist Gordon Matta-Clark from his “cutting” projects and graffiti work. Work by both artists will be available for sale.

Chequerboard (aka John Lambert): Corresponding to the rich musical world created for his Penny Black album, the pieces are assembled on top of old vinyl record jackets which convert into wall hangings and feature antique collectibles, military curios, old postcard details and other various quotidian debris singled out for its unique qualities. In 2007, John received a music fellowship from the Model Arts & Niland Gallery in Sligo where he spent a year writing and producing Penny Black and creating the related artworks. Both album and artwork will be available for sale.

Gordon Matta-Clark: On show will be a series of original photographs from Matta-Clark’s Splitting, Office Baroque, Circus, and Graffiti projects. Now internationally recognized as one of the most important American artists of the 1970’s, Gordon Matta-Clark was a central figure in the birth of the artistic community in Soho, NYC, which included such luminaries as Robert Smithson, Dennis Oppenheim, Mary Heilmann, and Robert Rauschenberg. Major recent exhibitions of Matta-Clark’s work include a retrospective that toured from the Whitney Museum, NYC, to LA MOCA in 2007 and is now currently running at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. His first Irish exhibition, entitled Food, was held at Thisisnotashop Gallery in December, 2007.