Never a rose without the prick – Was Lady Lavery an OG Sad Girl?

The Red Rose (1923) is a painting that I have pricked my hand off many times as I try to get a handle on its intrigue. Compositionally, it has always oddly reminded me of an inverted Death of Marat (1793), an artwork that also depicts a figure steeped in nationalism. A languid and twisted torsoContinue reading “Never a rose without the prick – Was Lady Lavery an OG Sad Girl?”

Looking and Pointing: The American Dream – Musings on The Matrix, The Land, George Bolster’s show ‘Communications: We Are Not The Only Ones Talking’ and my new coat

I should probably begin with the disclaimer that I watched The Matrix for the first time this week. I am somewhat aware that this film has been championed by the far-right boyos in recent years, as they (mis)interpret the idea of a ‘matrix’ or simulation to be the reality of the existence of those whoContinue reading “Looking and Pointing: The American Dream – Musings on The Matrix, The Land, George Bolster’s show ‘Communications: We Are Not The Only Ones Talking’ and my new coat”

Hyperconnected Modalities of Touch: Ofri Cnaani’s ‘Accidental Triggers’ by Georgia Perkins

Ofri Cnaani’s exhibition ‘Accidental Triggers’ at Triskel Arts Centre (2022), marks a continuation of her previous Cork-based projects, such as the exhibition ‘Your Statistical Body’ (2021) and the workshop series ‘Dizzying Feeling of Touch’ (2020) at Sirius Arts Centre. In each iteration, she ties embodied technologies with different modalities of touch and forms of technocraticContinue reading “Hyperconnected Modalities of Touch: Ofri Cnaani’s ‘Accidental Triggers’ by Georgia Perkins”

Polaroids: Let’s start putting down sticks

The Polaroid: Let’s start putting down sticks ‘a city of beautiful nonsense’ is a wonderful meandering through the changing cityscape of Cork by the artist Ciara Rodgers. The exhibition is an assemblage of charcoal drawings, building materials, found objects and polaroid photography. At the opening in Studio 12, Film Director and Film and Visual CultureContinue reading “Polaroids: Let’s start putting down sticks”

Beauty in Hybridity: Sarah Long reviews Marie Brett’s ‘The Hidden Mountain, the Fort and the Five Trees’ at SIRIUS

‘The Hidden Mountain, the Fort and the Five Trees’ is an expansive survey show of artist Marie Brett’s practice. Brett is a serial collaborator, a conductor of various projects with a socially engaged mindset. This exhibition highlights just how interdisciplinary–and perhaps more strikingly–how interdependent her practice is. Impressive in scale and ambition, the show currentlyContinue reading “Beauty in Hybridity: Sarah Long reviews Marie Brett’s ‘The Hidden Mountain, the Fort and the Five Trees’ at SIRIUS”

Interview with Kevin Mooney

Kevin Mooney is an artist based in Sample-studios, Cork. His current exhibition, “Mutators”, curated by Sarah Kelleher, is now open at St Luke’s crypt, Cork until May 28th. “Revenants”, a new publication on his work, with texts by Sean Kissane and Sarah Kelleher, and design by Pony Ltd. is now available from kevin@kevinmooney.org and St Luke’s cryptContinue reading “Interview with Kevin Mooney”

Existing in Dialogue – Chainmail Response to Roseanne Lynch’s exhibition ‘Semblance’ at the Lavit Gallery

A response to Roseanne Lynch’s exhibition ‘Semblance’ at the Lavit Gallery by the participants of the ‘Existing in Dialogue’ workshop. This iteration of the workshop was supported by Backwater Artists Group, Cork Printmakers, the Lavit Gallery and Cork City Council Arts Office through the Arts Council of Ireland’s In The Open – Faoin Spéir award: A curatedContinue reading “Existing in Dialogue – Chainmail Response to Roseanne Lynch’s exhibition ‘Semblance’ at the Lavit Gallery”

Existing in Dialogue Workshop Series

Cork Printmakers, Backwater Artists Group and The Lavit Gallery are pleased to present: In The Open – Faoin Spéir Existing in Dialogue, The Paper Cork Workshop Series Workshop 1:  9/4/22 Lavit Gallery Cork Workshop 2: 11/4/22 Online Workshop 3: 18/4/22 Online Open MIC: 29/4/22 Wandesford Quay Courtyard The aim of this three-part workshop is toContinue reading “Existing in Dialogue Workshop Series”

With an educator’s mind

What it means to walk through The ABC of Racist Europe by Daniela Ortiz. Lucia Taeubler Exhibition spaces are places of learning and open forums of discussion. They are political places and therefore not inherently neutral. Quite the opposite. Every exhibition space – including places that focus on history, technology, science, or art and soContinue reading “With an educator’s mind”