VIS­UAL ART

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AI­DAN DUNNE SOME CON­CRETE POS­SI­BIL­I­TIES

The Li­brary Project, 4 Tem­ple Bar, Dublin Un­til Jan­uary 1st blackchurc­h­print.ie Cu­rate by Siob­han Mooney, win­ner of Black Church Print Stu­dio Emerg­ing Cu­ra­tor Award 2019, Some Con­crete Pos­si­bil­i­ties con­sid­ers the role of chance in the for­ma­tion of an art­work at ev­ery stage of the process. The artists in­cluded are Cara Far­nan, Gar­reth Joyce, He­len MacMa­hon and Lee Welch.

SPIT­TING IM­AGE

Eva O’Leary. The But­ler Gallery, The Cas­tle,Kilkenny.Un­tilMarch3r­d but­ler­gallery.com Pre­vi­ously un­seen work from Eva O’Leary’s award-win­ning pho­to­graphic se­ries Spit­ting Im­age. The se­ries con­sists of por­trait pho­to­graphs of Amer­i­can teenage girls in Happy Val­ley, aka State Col­lege Penn­syl­va­nia. The twist is that the sub­jects were pho­tographed through a two-way mir­ror, as they re­gard their own re­flec­tions. A video pro­jec­tion records the prepara­tory process.

CON­TESTED TER­RI­TO­RIES

Conor O’Grady. Cus­tom House Gallery, The Quay, West­port, Co Mayo. Jan­uary 17th- Fe­bru­ary 10th cus­tom­hous­es­tu­dios.ie Works aris­ing from a res­i­dency at the for­mer psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal which now houses the Gal­way-Mayo In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Castle­bar. It is, O’Grady points out, not un­typ­i­cal as a re-pur­posed in­sti­tu­tion with a trou­bled past. Col­lec­tively, such build­ings are a re­minder of how church and state treated the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of so­ci­ety.

BE­YOND&BE­TWEEN

Markus Davies. Li­nen­hall Arts Cen­tre, Li­nen­hall Street, Castle­bar, Co Mayo Un­tilFe­bru­ary16ththe­li­nen­hall.com Markus Davies’ qui­etly dis­ori­en­tat­ing paint­ings stem from the shapes, colours, tex­tures and mys­ter­ies of the ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment as a com­plex of in­ter­act­ing, over­lap­ping, dy­namic spa­ces and pro­cesses, from mi­cro to macro.

SURVEILLÉ·E·S

Group ex­hi­bi­tion. Sol­stice Arts Cen­tre, Rail­wayStreet,Na­van,CoMeath.Un­til March1stso­l­sticearts­cen­tre.ie Cu­ra­tor Nora Hickey’s group ex­hi­bi­tion orig­i­nated in the Cen­tre Cul­tural Or­leanais in Paris. With work by Karl

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