Contemporary Artists from Ireland
Patrick Cashin - To the Lighthouse (2016)
«Simultaneously rich and poor, Catholic and secular, open to the web revolution but still tied to its past, old and young (about 70% of the nearly five million inhabitants are under 35 years old), Ireland remains a place of contrasts and harmonies», notes Luciano Benetton in his introduction that opens the Imago Mundi catalogue dedicated to Ireland. «For the dominant colour of the landscape, for the shamrock emblem of the nationalists
And because this island at the western edge of Europe – amid crisis and rebirth, falls and ascents – continues, despite everything, to renew its sense of hope».
Seán Hillen - No Evidence (of a 757) near The Ha'penny Bridge Dublin (2016)
The curator of the collection, art expert Ciara Gibbons, recalls the beginning of her collaboration on the project: «When I undertook to curate the Irish section of the Imago Mundi project, many considerations came to mind. One of my primary objectives was to highlight the wealth of diversity in contemporary Irish practice both from the Republic and also from Northern Ireland, during a time in which Ireland is immersed in a period of contemplative reflection».
Emma Stroude - Continental Drift (2016)
«The work of the artists included in Imago Mundi (…) reflects the many paradoxes inherent in the Irish condition», writes Seán Kissane, curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in his introduction. «Although the recollection of our colonial past is currently very much on the collective mind, it is clear that national stereotypes are being deconstructed and represented by our cultural practitioners. Our artists are constantly leading the way in reframing what it means to be Irish in the twenty-first century».
Maud Cotter - Thirst (2016)
Mark Cullen creates installations and artworks that stem from his interest in science, space, technology, futurology, music and art and how these ideas work with the imagination. He explores ideas of place, or site or space, by “immersing” the viewer in the artwork – he wants the viewer to become a participant in the work, not just an observer of it.
Melita Denaro - Missing home like fury (2016)
Fulcher is a visual artist working in sculpture, installation and photographic collage. She uses techniques of collage and assemblage to reconfigure objects so that new aspects of their material nature may be revealed. Through this process she explores the contexts and philosophies associated with the production and use of found materials. Her intelligent and subtle subversions touch on the histories and politics of manufacturing, fashion and obsolescence, the vagaries of taste and the realm of traditional feminine making.
Angela Fulcher - Untitled (Curtain/Belt) (2016)
Deirdre McKenna lives and works in Co. Kerry, Ireland. «Living in a maritime community has had a profound influence on me», she explains. «Much of my art practice deals with the culture and traditions I have grown up with. Many of these traditions and practices stretch back generations and I am interested in their place in a contemporary sense. Some of my work deals with maritime traditions, for example: the caulking of a wooden boat by a skilled craftsman».
Deirdre McKenna - Caulking (2016)
Patrick Redmond’s work examines how we relate to images and how meaning is associated with an image. Recently, his work has used photographic sources both generated from life and from multifarious sources including the internet. He uses traditional modes of representation to create figurative paintings that have the potential to embody a multiplicity of interpretations.
Art Direction, Photography and Production
Special Thanks to
All the participating artists
(The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin, Ireland)
(Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland)
(Hillsboro Gallery, Dublin, Ireland)
(Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin, Ireland)
(Pallas Projects, Dublin, Ireland)
(Creative Exchange, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Untitled no. 3, from the series Façade, 2012
Translation and editing