Catch­ing sight

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PA­PIL­LON Cross Gallery, 59 Francis St, Dublin Un­til Sep 29 01-4738978 Ross McDonnell is one of a num­ber of up-and-com­ing younger Ir­ish painters whose work is thought­ful, provoca­tive, skil­fully made and ex­tremely well-in­formed about in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ments in the art world. It’s not that they make up a co­her­ent group or move­ment – they don’t – but there are some com­mon char­ac­ter­is­tics, in­clud­ing a pref­er­ence for work­ing on a small scale, a wari­ness of pic­to­rial con­ven­tions, and a ten­dency to­wards oblique, wry un­der­state­ment. In Pa­pil­lon, McDonnell sets about “chal­leng­ing the viewer’s role in the very act of per­ceiv­ing a paint­ing”. A paint­ing is an im­age, he im­plies, but that doesn’t mean it is only what it de­picts. On the con­trary, what is de­picted is sub­sumed into the paint­ing’s im­age. He spells this out by draw­ing a wedge be­tween what we might think the paint­ing is about, like Win­dow or Por­trait, and what we are ac­tu­ally look­ing at. Does that sound dry and the­o­ret­i­cal? Don’t worry, McDonnell’s art is also very en­joy­able. AIDAN DUNNE Can’T see ThaT? CaTch This Ger­ard Byrne Video and pho­tog­ra­phy work from artist cur­rently rep­re­sent­ing Ire­land at the Venice Bi­en­nale. Model Arts and Ni­land Gallery, The Mall, Sligo Tues-Sat 10am-5.30pm Sun 11am-4pm Un­til Sept 23 071-9141405

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