2014 GRADUATE SHOW
July 12th to July 26th
This year's Summer Show will be a selection of work from graduates of the Crawford CIT, Dublin Institute of Technology, both Dublin and Sherkin Island courses represented, Limerick School of Art and Design, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and the National College of Art and Design Dublin.
Image: Roisín Bohan, Rothko Slices, photographic print
Artists surprise us by injecting mystery into ordinary things. The familiar and the everyday object is turned on its head.
The show is dominated by the medium of the photographic image.
We take photographs of ordinary things to capture a moment, a scene, a feeling. Photography can be a wonderful vehicle for expressing curiosity, gratitude and spontaneity in our daily lives.
Mona O’Driscoll, a native of Sherkin Island, Co. Cork gets underneath the skin of the humble bubble. She delights the viewer with fascinating ink drawings which are the traces which remain when a cluster of bubbles settle and then burst on a page. Mona told me about the time spent on Cow’s Strand on Skerkin Island where she captured the image of a still bubble in the mid-morning light. The large photographic image entitled ‘Bubble’ captures the imagination and I begin to ask myself questions about how it remains intact, and how it came to be in the first place. Childlike wonder and yet this is where art and science collide to provide us with explanations – or we can just keep dreaming up answers.
The theme of transience is continued in Magdalena Blom’s work entitled ‘Homebound’ – she explores the mystery of the migratory creatures in oceans and rivers and the notion of putting down roots. Blom, born in Sweden,” relates this to the ambiguity of human’s relationship to nature – the distance, as well as human’s inherited connection with it.”
While Miraslava Pavelkova uses light and shadow in a more abstract way to represent the feeling of human isolation and how that affects the perception of the world we move in.
Roisín Bohan's work 'Slices of Rothko' (image featured above) offers a quirky and accessible perspective on Rothko’s minimal paintings. Her larger-than-life photographic prints of spreadable colour on slices of plain bread are controlled and still manage to be refreshingly bold. A short film piece shot in Cork Bus Station entitled 'Onion' is described by Róisín as another medium to make art more accessible to the public.
Luke Fogarty, based in Dublin, has constructed a funfair setting to allow the viewer to interact with his work. He is interested in ‘the effect this viewer participation has on the experience.’ His piece is entitled ‘The Immanuel Kant Sublime Chorus, the Kiss and the Artist is dead!’