The Laughing Heart || April 28 – May 14 2016 || Galway Arts Centre
Opening on Thursday, 28 April 2016 18:00
Thomas Barron | Declan Byrne | Mary Cody | Sinéad Fahey | Fergus Fitzgerald | Karl Fitzgerald | Andrew Pike
“there is a light somewhere”
The Laughing Heart is a group exhibition featuring seven artists from KCAT Studios, Callan, Kilkenny. The exhibition has been curated as a result of studio visits by GAC’s curator Maeve Mulrennan over the past eight months. Although a broad range of practices are represented, The Laughing Heart focuses on the duration and process involved in studio based practice through painting, sculpture and animation.
The paintings of Thomas Barron endure a process from figurative mark-making into the abstract, with each large canvas undergoing countless layers of drawing and painting. Declan Byrne’s work in painting and sculpture mediate on the materiality of paint itself, with colour broken down, echoing pointillist techniques. Mary Cody’s painting has developed over her career to incorporate different materials such as wool working with multiple layers of paint. The abstract work speaks of time, landscape and ritual, with Cody making visible the lengthy process of layering materials. Karl Fitzgerald’s semi-abstract paintings on paper also focus on practice, time and ritual, with new work being made by the artist each day he spends in the studio. It is Karl’s work that links again to Bukowski’s The Laughing Heart: ‘there is a light somewhere’. Each work, featuring a sunset or sun rise, and most often a body of water, may, on their own, present as melancholic, particularly with Karl’s choice of colour. However it is when a whole week, month, or indeed a year’s worth of daily paintings are presented that the viewer can contemplate the subtle changes each day. Also the fact that there are many, and many more to come, gives an overall optimism. Fergus Fitzgerald combines text and image to present a multi-faceted approach to landscape for the audience; encouraging engagement and careful attention to detail. Sinéad Fahey’s work is full of colour and light. Playing with composition and perspective, Sinéad’s everyday observations are transformed into a kaleidoscopic world, leading the viewer to pay close attention to form, line and texture. The ever sardonic Andrew Pike presents two animations, referencing global politics via tennis and a love affair in one, and James Joyce and friends in another. Plays on words, puns and literal representations of metaphors, delivering Pike’s caustic wit via the lengthy and painstaking process of stop-motion animation.
Galway audiences will be familiar with Andrew Pike and Sinéad Fahey, who co-designed Macnas’ 2006 parade, The Big River, working with familiar faces such as Dave Donovan and Pete Casby. The parade also toured to Callan and the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2006.
The title of the exhibition comes from the poem of the same name by Charles Bukowski. The title was chosen to represent the different processes of each artist: the poem speaks of light, duration and affirmation. What was apparent from the very beginning of the curation process was the dedication and focus each artist brings to their practice. Each artist works fulltime in KCAT Studios, something which is reflected in their multiple past solo and group exhibitions and projects. KCAT Studio, part of the KCAT Arts and Study Centre Kilkenny, supports each artist and their practice.
The Laughing Heart will open at 6pm on Thursday April 28th and run until Saturday 14th May.
Opening Saturday 8th August at 3 pm
Venue: Glasshouse Gallery, 15 John Street Lower, Kilkenny
Exhibition continues until 16th August 2015
Open 12-5.30 daily
‘Invitations’ is a visual art exhibition at the Glasshouse Gallery in Kilkenny by thirteen KCAT Studio Artists and thirteen of their peers from ten different countries. Each of the KCAT Studio Artists invited an artist from an organisation with which they have had contact over the last sixteen years.
Exhibiting artists and organisations:
Thomas Barron, Declan Byrne, Francis Casey, Mary Cody, Lorna Corrigan, Sinéad Fahey, Karl Fitzgerald, Jack Foskin, Eileen Mulrooney, Andrew Pike, Jason Turner, Margaret Walker, Fergus Fitzgerald (KCAT Art & Study Centre, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland), Lisa Schmidt (Cooperations, Wiltz, Luxembourg), Laan Irodjojo (Herenplaats, Rotterdam, the Netherlands), Magnus Östling (INUTI, Stockholm, Sweden, Mary Holohan (Arts Ability, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland), Amber Harriman (In-Definite Arts, Calgary, Canada), Matthew Watson (Pyramid of Arts, Leeds, United Kingdom), Christoph Eder (Atelier de la Tour, Treffen, Austria), Antero Laine (Kaarisilta, Helsinki, Finland),Cameron Morgan (Project Ability, Glasgow, Scotland), John Cull (Rocket Artists, Brighton, United Kingdom), Bettina Arelt (die Schlumper, Hamburg, Germany), Stephen Murray (Cuig Studio, Mayfield Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland)and Pascale Schuster (SKID, Überlingen, Germany).
Image: Mary Cody, Turquoise Wave (detail), Acrylic on Canvas, 60x60cm, 2013
Time has come once again to ride on out to Callan and savour the visual feast that is the annual showcase of selected work by KCAT students. Following the intense year of study, it is now time for the students to show off their creative output, and with over 100 pieces of work on show there will undoubtedly be something for everyone. The work has been selected by students from the range of courses on offer at KCAT including the full time FETAC level 5 course, BTEI part time course and one day courses. Your visit to the vibrant Arts Centre in Callan will be well worth it as with examples of work ranging from printmaking to woodcarving, paintings to sculpture, the variety and quality are breathtaking.
The exhibition opens on Friday 6th June at 7.30, and all are welcome.
KCAT, Mill Lane, Callan, Co.Kilkenny, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kcat.ie
KCAT and Arts Ability County Wexford Community Workshop (New Ross) are delighted to present the second exhibition showcasing an artist from each of the studios.
John Joe Maddock works at the studio in New Ross and creates beautiful paintings of the Irish landscape, with a soft palette he portrays the rolling hills and coasts of rural Ireland.
Lorna Corrigan works in the KCAT studio in Callan, Co. Kilkenny and produces vivid layered paintings. Alive with colour, Lorna combines her world of dreams with that around her.