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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - AIDAN DUNNE

Like Don­ald Teskey when his sub­ject was the ur­ban fab­ric of Dublin, David Browne is drawn to the less ob­vi­ous as­pects of the city. His metic­u­lously made wa­ter­colours have, in re­cent years, pro­vided a fas­ci­nat­ing record of the in­ner city be­hind the façade of the Celtic Tiger, stub­bornly re­sis­tant to the in­va­sion of generic blocks of apart­ments and of­fices.

His new body of work fea­tures many recog­nis­able sites around the city cen­tre. The iden­tity of the places may not be ob­vi­ous, how­ever, be­cause as the show’s ti­tle sug­gests, Browne con­cen­trates on the sun and on the ef­fects of strong sun­light fall­ing across the com­plex pat­terns of build­ings, which brings us to the other as­pect of his work: its con­cep­tual un­der­pin­ning. One of his shows fea­tured ar­range­ments of worka­day ob­jects in­clud­ing card­board boxes and lengths of wood, em­pha­sis­ing the fact that be­hind the im­agery there is al­ways a con­cern for spa­ces and vol­umes in the ab­stract.

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