Previous Exhibitions

Beneath the Dock Leaf

Pat Byrne

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Beneath the Dock Leaf

Superstitions have always held a core place in Irish culture, but as time progresses, the mischievous and malevolent spirits that once occupied the spoken word and imagination are being forgotten, only to be seen as figures of parody.

Pat’s practice explores superstitions and folklore. He takes mythological humanoids and fairies and attempts to portray them in a more realistic and contemporary fashion, rendering them as someone who could possibly pass us by on the street, giving

them invisibility through their normality.

Exhibition runs 14 January - 27 February

Official Opening Thursday 14 January, 7pm

 

 

 

Brendon Deacy

 

Brendon Deacy

Síoraí: Visualising James Fintan Lalor’s Words Today

 (Watch the video trailor for the film screening on Saturday here .)

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Has nothing changed in Government in over 160 years?

James Fintan Lalor declared the Government of 1847 to be ‘Null and Void of Moral Effect’. A New Exhibition of Paintings asks, ‘What’s Changed?’

Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, 7pm, 3rd October 2014 – Robert Ballagh, Aosdána, will formally open Brendon Deacy’s new exhibition inspired by the words of James Fintan Lalor.

Laois native, James Fintan Lalor (1807–1849) dedicated his life to lobbying on behalf of those who were too downtrodden to speak for themselves and had a profound effect on Irish political developments. Pádraig Pearse called him ‘one of the four evangelists of Irish freedom’. With austerity, the homelessness crisis & mass emigration still prevalent today, a new exhibition of Lalor-inspired paintings puts the spotlight on over 160 years of Government and asks the stinging question: has anything changed?

The artist responsible, Brendon Deacy, was commissioned by Laois County Council to produce an exhibition as part of the James Fintan Lalor School 2014. His series of iconic paintings revitalise Lalor’s words with images of contemporary Ireland. The exhibition runs from 3rd October to 8th November and is accompanied by a newspaper, designed in the style of the publications that Lalor contributed to, that is enriched by incisive commentaries by the likes of Robert Ballagh, Clare Short, Ken Loach, Seán Fleming TD, Mick Heaney, Martin Doyle, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, Jim O'Brien & Teddy Fennelly. The newspaper will be available at the exhibition opening and a digital version can be seen and downloaded at: http://www.newspaperclub.com/brendondeacy/wy4aps75-siorai

A short film about the making of the exhibition which features Kevin Lalor Fitzpatrick & Robert Ballagh will close the James Fintan Lalor School 2014 at 3pm, 18th October.

Brendon Deacy is a Laois artist who has published two critically acclaimed artist’s books, ‘The State We’re Out’ and ‘A Life in Relief’. Many notable public collections hold his work. ‘Síoraí: Visualising the Words of James Fintan Lalor Today’ is his seventeenth solo show. He was recently commissioned to make images in response to a series of short stories by prominent writers on the theme of ‘This Means War’ that were published weekly in The Irish Times. He teaches at NCAD and has been a visiting tutor to the Universities of Anadolu (Turkey), Birmingham, Helsinki, San Diego and the Royal College of Art.

Wach a short video of the hanging of the exhibition with the artist.

https://vimeo.com/107765236

www.brendondeacy.com

15th Anniversary Chancery Lane Exhibition

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 CHANCERY LANE

An Exhibition to Mark the 15th Anniversary of Dunamaise Arts Centre

 

Dunamaise Arts Centre is pleased to present Chancery Lane, an exhibition to celebrate its 15th  anniversary, featuring recent work by a selection of artists from Kevin Kavanagh Gallery which opens on Thursday 12th June at 7pm.

The exhibition features the artists Sean Lynch (recently selected to represent Ireland at the 56th International Art Exhibition in Venice in 2015. The Venice Biennial has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world), Vanessa Donoso Lopez  and Tadhg McSweeney  as well as a selection of works by artists from Kevin Kavanagh Gallery including Nevan Lahart, Paul McKinley, Margaret Corcoran, Oliver Comerford, Mick O'Dea, Diana Copperwhite, Elaine Byrne, Robert  Armstrong, Geraldine O'Neill, Dermot Seymour, Sinead Ní Mhaonaigh and Mark Swords

Dunamaise Arts Centre's Gallery has hosted exhibitions by Irish and international artists and organisations from the length and breadth of the country as well as further afield since its opening in 1999. A landmark event was the exhibition and auction, held in 2003, in memory of Noreen O’Hare, who had been a board member at Dunamaise. Over €75,000 was raised in aid of the cancer unit at St James’ Hospital in Dublin. Also counted among the highlights were exhibitions by artists such as Bernadette Madden, Micky Donnelly, Mick O’Dea, Tom Molloy, Una Sealy and Conor Walton as well as German arist Ulrich Vogl on their exhibitions at Dunamaise. As well as the programme of solo shows, the end of year show by art students at the local Abbeyleix Further Education Centre, has become a favourite fixture in the annual calendar. There have also been collaborations with  the OPW, UTV, Portlaoise Camera Club and with Portlaoise Prison.

Kevin Kavanagh is one of the Ireland’s leading galleries showing Irish and international contemporary art. In 2008 the gallery moved to a 135m² space on Chancery Lane designed by architect Philip Crowe of MCO Projects. It represents both established and emerging artists from Ireland and abroad. The gallery’s annual programme consists of 8/9 solo and 1 curated group show as well as special events, screenings, performances, artists talks and participation at international art fairs.The gallery has published over 30 books on art.

The exhibition is organised by Kevin Kavanagh to mark the 15th Anniversary of Dunamaise Arts Centre and continues until Friday 1st August.

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Eoin MacLochlann

Dídean / Home  altalt

Friday 7 March – Saturday 26 Apr

I have been visiting Portlaoise for the last few years, teaching art in the prison and working on various Artist-in-Prison projects, so I was delighted when I was offered the opportunity to exhibit my work at Dunamaise Arts Centre.

The title of this exhibition is “Dídean/ Home” and it consists of paintings and installations exploring the human dimension to the economic crisis and looking at notions of “home”. In recent years, much has been written about ghost estates, empty hotels and tenantless apartment blocks, at one time an estimated 300,000 units vacant or unfinished, but at the same time we read about the growing problem of homelessness in our country. My work engages with contradictions such as these but, whilst the subject matter may be tough and the questions raised uncomfortable, my primary intention is to make art that moves people.

So I collect images from newspapers, magazines and the internet to find the subjects for my artworks. I am particularly interested in images of ordinary people in situations of conflict or crisis. It is all too easy to become inured to the individual stories that lie behind any of these images, but by choosing one and making it the subject of a large painting, for instance, I   try to emphasize the importance of that human story and, in a way, to subvert the notion of the “15 minutes of fame”. I am interested in exploring how art may produce a deeper and more enduring understanding of the contemporary experience than                                             do media images.

From a formal point of view I became interested in using discarded material in my artwork - cardboard, newspaper, paper coffee cups etc. I thought that it fitted well with the themes I was exploring. The empty coffee cups became a symbol for me of the “Boom and Bust”. During the era of the Celtic Tiger, it seemed like everyone was in a hurry - in a hurry to get to work, in a hurry to make money, in a hurry to build. No time to stop and chat, a quick coffee on the go, Skinny Lattes, Cappucinos, Caffé Mochas - madness - and then at the end of the day, the poor man on the street was using the empty cup to beg for help.

I also became interested in using cardboard in my work. If I was homeless and I had a piece of cardboard and a black marker, would I use them to write: “I’m Hungry, Please Help”, or would I start making art, right there on the street? As an artist, I feel grateful that I can create images out of thin air. I can picture places I’d like to be, things I could have... That’s why I called my installation of cardboard drawings: “Where there is art, there is hope”.

In the end, making art is a mysterious occupation. Working alone in the studio, I paint, I make things, I try out ideas, and sometimes my mistakes inspire new directions and new work… to borrow a quote from the late Tony O’Malley:  “you work at it day after day and then suddenly, something happens, a revelation”. That’s how it is.

Eoin Mac Lochlainn graduated from NCAD in 2000. He is a founder member of the artists’ collective Tondo. He won The Golden Fleece Award for his work in 2008, was shortlisted for the Davy Portrait Award in 2010 and won the ESB Keating McLaughlin Medal at the RHA the same year.

He has had ten solo exhibitions in Ireland and has participated in several selected exhibitions (including RHA, RUA, Iontas, Éigse, Oireachtas) and in various group shows in Ireland, England, France, Belgium, Georgia and China. His work is in the collections of: OPW, AIB, Bank of Ireland, AXA Insurance, University of Limerick, Wesley College, the Boyle Civic Collection and in various private collections.

See www.emacl.com and http://emacl.wordpress.com/

Dídean / Home at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, runs from Friday 7 March – Saturday 26 April with an Opening Reception on Friday 7 March, 7pm. Artist’s talks or workshops can be arranged on request 057-8663355.  

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The Arts Council

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