VIS­UAL ART

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TAKE -

AI­DAN DUNNE SVENSANDBE­RG:SIXPORTRAI­TS

On­line ex­hi­bi­tion at Ber­lin Op­ti­cians Gallery,157CapelSt­reet,Dublin1; un­til Fe­bru­ary 12th; berlinop­ti­cians­dublin.com/ex­hi­bi­tions Sven Sand­berg’s gen­tle, mel­low por­traits emerge from a rich mix of sources, start­ing per­haps with the artist’s trav­els in Europe. Then he delved into “the di­aries and pho­tographs of early 20th cen­tury trav­ellers”. Add pic­to­rial con­ven­tions in the his­tory of Euro­pean paint­ings, film and lit­er­a­ture. The re­sul­tant paint­ings are both dis­tinc­tively in­di­vid­ual and ar­che­typal. They evoke a wealth of con­text with­out elab­o­ra­tion. He is from Cal­i­for­nia, and in this work it’s tempt­ing to see him as a Jame­sian (Henry) ob­server in Europe.

AMANDA DO­RAN: FLORA & FAUNA

RHA Ash­ford Gallery, RHA, Ely Place, Dublin;un­tilFe­bru­ary10th; rha­gallery.ie In her bold, bright, play­ful paint­ings, Amanda Do­ran re­vises in­her­ited fe­male archetypes from a con­tem­po­rary per­spec­tive – that is, in a time when the definition of woman is be­ing rewrit­ten by “gen­er­a­tion Y, so­cial me­dia, self-care ad­vo­cates and well-be­ing ac­tivists”. She imag­ines a utopia in which women are en­abled to re­alise ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.