TUES­DAY 18.04.17

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Peter Craw­ley

ART Strange At­trac­tors Ron­nie Hughes. The Model, Sligo April 16-June 22 the model.ie A ma­jor sur­vey show of the work of Ron­nie Hughes, long Sligo based, who has been work­ing and ex­hibit­ing reg­u­larly since the begin­ning of the 1990s. Quite early on there was a de­ci­sive shift in his work from spe­cific representational and sym­bolic con­tent to a more gen­eral en­gage­ment with forms and imagery. There were echoes and as­so­ci­a­tions to what we saw, but pre­cise mean­ing was not the aim. Rather the paint­ings be­came sys­tems or worlds of their own, open to myr­iad in­ter­pre­ta­tions. They are al­ways beau­ti­fully made and el­e­gant – and oc­ca­sion­ally funny – in form. Hughes re­sists cat­e­gori­sa­tion and is wary of such terms as ab­stract, representational and, even, painter. But the work speaks for it­self. AD THEATRE What Good is Look­ing Well When You’re Rot­ten on the In­side? An Taid­hb­hearc, Gal­way. Pre­views Apr 18 Opens Apr 19-21 8pm; Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre, Bray May 6 8pm A few weeks be­fore he died, Paddy O’Grady, a re­tired civil ser­vant and a man of few words, de­cided to open up. Sit­ting down with a tape recorder, he emerged, fi­nally, with 15 hours of fic­tion, ab­sur­dist po­lit­i­cal satires, his mus­ings on life, love and death, bal­lads and pro­fes­sional rem­i­nis­cences. What does any­one do with such a late surge of ma­te­rial? For his grand­daugh­ter, the theatre maker Emma O’Grady, it has be­come a kind of bounty, spurring fond and bit­ter­sweet dis­cov­er­ies of his plays, po­ems and short sto­ries – none of which ever met an au­di­ence. Work­ing with four di­rec­tors – Jonathan Gun­ning, Cather­ine Ire­ton (above), Caro­line Lynch and Andy Smith – O’Grady has used her grand­fa­ther’s var­ied works to cre­ate a mul­ti­fac­eted solo per­for­mance about frac­tured per­sonas, emo­tional in­her­i­tance and grief for wasted cre­ativ­ity. It is, of course, in­tended as a tribute to the man, but also as a warn­ing to oth­ers about squan­dered ideas. Pre­sented as part of the Gal­way Theatre Fes­ti­val. ART As Above, So Be­low: Por­tals, Vi­sions, Spir­its & Mys­tics In­ter­na­tional group show. Ir­ish Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, Kil­main­ham, Dublin Un­til Au­gust 27 imma.ie One hun­dred years of spir­i­tu­al­ity in vis­ual art, more or less, in more than 180 art­works. From Wass­ily Kandin­sky and Hilma af Klint’s spir­i­tu­ally charged ab­strac­tions to such con­tem­po­rary artists as Su­san Hiller, Steven McQueen and Bruce Nau­man, the show of­fers an open-ended dia­logue on the mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives on art and the spir­i­tual. AD

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