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SIOB­HÁN HA­PASKA/ STEPHEN MCKENNA Ker­lin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, Sth Anne St, Dublin Mon-Fri 10am-5.45pm, Sat 11am4.30pm Un­til Jan 19 ker­ 01-6709093 It’s an un­likely pair­ing, at first glance. Stephen McKenna’s pic­to­rial med­i­ta­tions on Clas­si­cal Euro­pean civil­i­sa­tion and Siob­hán Ha­paska’s spiky, chal­leng­ing sculp­tures. Per­haps McKenna’s pas­toral can pro­vide the con­text, the imag­i­nary land­scape, for In the world I live Lawrence Car­roll’s works can be both in­ti­mate and mon­u­men­tal in a ma­jor sur­vey show span­ning some 25 years (Un­til Feb 10). Into the Light: mark­ing 60 years of the Arts Coun­cil Col­lec­tion, se­lected ab­stract works, with a new com­mis­sion from Karl Burke (Un­til Feb 24). Sleep­walk­ers: Pro­duc­tion as Process: Clodagh Emoe, Lee Welch, Sean Lynch, Linda Quin­lan, Jim Ricks and Gavin Murphy (Un­til Jan 27). Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Par­nell Sq Nth TuesThurs 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm 01-8741903 Alice Ma­her | Be­com­ing Out­stand­ing mid-term ret­ro­spec­tive plus new work by one of Ire­land’s lead­ing con­tem­po­rary artists. Imma at NCH, Earls­fort Ter­race Tues-Wed 10am5.30pm, Thurs 11am-7pm, Ha­paska’s 3D con­struc­tions. It doesn’t quite work out like that, but it does work out.

On re­flec­tion, McKenna is al­ways more in­clined to seek out chal­leng­ing juxtaposition than cosy cer­tainty.There’s a quizzi­cal, an­a­lyt­i­cal qual­ity to the paint­ings he shows, works that ask ques­tions of a cul­tural legacy that blurs from the coolly Clas­si­cal to heady and dark Ro­man­ti­cism.

They are well matched with ex­cel­lent new pieces (above) by Ha­paska, sub­stan­tial sculp­tural con­struc­tions Fri-Sat 10am-5.30pm Sun Un­til Feb 3 12noon-5.30pm The Mart Mar­ket Art, fash­ion, craft, jew­ellery, an­tiques and Christ­mas good­ies. Old Fire Sta­tion, Rath­mines Sat-Sun 11am-6pm Dec 15/16/22/23 New Land­scapes Out­stand­ing re­al­ist painters Wal­ter Ver­ling and Blaise Smith. Molesworth Gallery Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm, Sat 11am-2pm Un­til Dec 24 01-6791548 Sid­ney Nolan: The Ned Kelly Se­ries Nolan’s cy­cle of 26 paint­ings traces the story of the no­to­ri­ous Aus­tralian bushranger, pre­sented by Eti­had Air­ways. Ir­ish Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, Kil­main­ham Tues-Sat 10am5.30pm (Wed 10.30am-5.30pm), Sun noon-5.30pm 01-6129900

A Pi­ano in the Kitchen & Other em­ploy­ing nat­u­ral and en­gi­neered ma­te­ri­als. We can read them as vi­su­al­i­sa­tions of the abra­sive meet­ing of cul­ture and na­ture, con­trol and chaos, but that by no means ex­hausts the many po­ten­tial in­ter­pre­ta­tions they al­low – and their tremen­dous en­ergy. To Start with, Let’s Re­move the Colour Tem­ple Bar Gallery, Dublin Tues-Sat 11am-6pm Un­til Feb 2 Sto­ries Una Sealy’s paint­ings have a flu­ently nar­ra­tive, au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal qual­ity. Draíocht, Blan­chard­stown MonSat 10am-6pm Un­til Feb 16 01-8852622 Raivo Puusemp – Dis­so­lu­tion How a con­cep­tual artist took on a job as mayor of a trou­bled New York town, a job that be­came an art project, and over­saw the dis­so­lu­tion of the town. Plus re­lated works by Ben Kin­mont. Project Arts Cen­tre, Tem­ple Bar Mon-Sat 11am-7pm Un­til Jan 12 01-8819613 Rem­i­nis­cence Senija Top­cic’s pho­to­graphs ex­plore a house un­oc­cu­pied since 2002. Al­liance Française de Dublin, 1 Kil­dare St Mon-Thurs 8.30am-9pm, Fri 8.30am-7pm, Sat 10am-2pm Un­til Dec 21 01-6381447

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