Opening this week: 31 August – 6 September

September starts with the promise of new beginnings and hope for the future. Graduates from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design take the spotlight this week with openings at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Triskel Arts Centre and The Lavit Gallery.

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To all intents, constructions and purposes, an exhibition of new work by Luke Sisk and Bren Smyth, curated by Roisin Bohan, opens at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 6pm.

The phrase “for all intents and purposes”, stems from the legal terminology ‘To all intents, constructions and purposes’, that was coined in the 16th century, giving king Henry VIII power to legislate by proclamation.

The work in this exhibition looks at physical markers in Cork city, exposing a transition in their context.

Luke Sisk’s continuation of an idea that began over two years ago, is a body of work focusing on the earlier uses of the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and studio complex. Revised Goad maps from 1915, which were used to document each building in the city for fire insurance purposes, show that the earliest documented use of this building in particular, was as a wool and fabric warehouse, run by O’Brien Bro’s Ltd.

Bren Smyth’s drawings look at the simple question of the natural in an urban environment, and pose the question ‘Can anything be considered unnatural?’. Exploring the argument as a binary imposition that avoids actual discussion on the possible nature of things.

To all intents, constructions and purposes runs until 12 September, 2015.

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ibid; from the same place opens at Triskel Arts Centre on Friday 4 September 2015 from 5 – 7 pm.

In their first joint exhibition, Annette Hennessy and Éilis Ní Fhaoláin deal with domestic, social and political concerns using figurative and object based motifs.

Annette will be showing a number of small figures made primarily from paper pulp. Her graceful figures stopped in motion, have a quiet strength imbued with self containment .”I like the direct nature of the process, the gradual building up and stripping back of the form in layers and the inclusion of colour in the pieces”.

Éilis will show wall mounted and freestanding work in a variety of media including plaster and wood. Using casting, carving and assemblage techniques she has produced pieces that are on one hand witty but also a little edgy.”In my work I utilise animal or bird forms but not exclusively. I am often more concerned with the nature of the beast. I enjoy making objects and I have a compulsion to embellish , disturb and tamper with the surface of these.”

Hennessy and Ní Fhaoláin will be in person at Triskel Christchurch to talk about their work 2pm – 4pm Friday 18 September for the Culture Night celebrations.

ibid; from the same place runs until 26 September, 2015.

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The Fledglings exhibition opened at the Lavit Gallery on Tuesday September 1 2015. This is an annual exhibition of work by selected recent graduates from the Crawford College of Art and Design. Fourteen artists have been selected to participate in this year’s exhibition – Jocelyn Adam, Natasha Bourke, Lynn Marie Dennehy, Deirdre Flynn, Claire Lee, Jean Philippe Levillain, Ann Mechelinck, James Murphy, Rob C Meehan, Ciarán Mc Carthy, Claire O’ Keeffe, Rachel O’ Shea, Elaina Walsh O Reilly and Andrew Whitelaw. 

A huge variety in media is a feature of this year’s show – painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, three dimensional collage, ceramics, mixed media/ textiles, installation and video will all feature.

Fledglings runs until 12 September, 2015.

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