New ex­hi­bi­tion at the Court­house

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‘I’M ENOUGH’ by Ian Bren­nan will open on Satur­day, July 13 at the Court­house Arts Cen­tre in Ti­na­hely.

From Lim­er­ick, Ian is a young artist liv­ing in County Cork. A year and a half ago and to­tally un­tu­tored, he de­cided to paint pro­fes­sion­ally.

The show brings to­gether a series of paint­ings and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing doc­u­men­tary which fo­cuses on Ian’s artis­tic process and the source from which he paints. This series of work looks at shame, vul­ner­a­bil­ity, abuse, the in­ner-critic, sex­u­al­ity, de­pres­sion, the re­la­tion­ship with the body it­self and the heal­ing that can ex­ist in be­ing wit­nessed in these aspects of the hu­man con­di­tion.

Film­ing the con­nec­tion be­tween the sitter and the artist is what makes this ex­hi­bi­tion unique. The au­di­ence can see the process from be­gin­ning to end. From ini­tially meet­ing the sitter, to re­veal­ing the fin­ished pieces and all the feel­ings in be­tween are in­cluded in the doc­u­men­tary.

‘Allowing the au­di­ence to be part of the process is para­mount for me. It’s the very thing that makes my work re­la­tional.’ said Ian.

‘My work can­not ex­ist in iso­la­tion for me it would have no meaning, no heal­ing, no en­ergy, no pur­pose. I want to in­vite the viewer into the process, as this in turn cre­ates an invitation to look at one’s self.’

The ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues un­til Wednesday, July 31. For more, visit court­house­arts.ie.

A paint­ing by Ian Bren­nan

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