Daphne Wright: A Quiet Mutiny at the Crawford Gallery, Cork.

I first became aware of Aosdana* member Daphne Wright through her RHA** show in Dublin two years ago. The piece from that show that stuck in my head was Stallion: a horse on its back, half flayed and writhing in agony, made from marble dust. The workmanship and detail were exquiite but ultimately the piece …

The Rulers of the Game : Arts & Administration

I just spent the best part of a week putting together an application for a show next year. Eight hours after applications closed I realised I f**ked up the application in not one but two ways; by sending the information in four files instead of one and by forgetting to attach images. In between calling …

London: Mike Nelson ‘The Asset Strippers’ at The Duveen Galleries, Tate Britain.

Looking at Mike Nelson's installation in the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain, 2019, 'a cross between a sculpture court and an asset strippers’ warehouse' that includes objects from the post-war Britain including enormous knitting machines, woodwork stripped from a former army barracks, graffitied steel awnings and doors from an NHS hospital and a variety of …

Book: Modernists & Mavericks ~ Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters by Martin Gayford

I picked this book up a few days ago not thinking it would hold much of interest as I have read a lot on Bacon and other artists of that time and I have not painted for a few years now but I tore through it in three days and I would highly recommend it …

Fantastic Voyage Installation Diary: Kevin’s House ~ Day Tirteen (that’s Irish for thirteen)

Another slog of a day yesterday but a good one too. I am having lots of thoughts about my work and about how I work, thoughts which are recurring but seem to be clarifying themselves more. I feel as if this work is the culmination of my BAand MA in a way. Not that I …

Fantastic Voyage Installation Diary: The Physical Cost ~ Days 6/7 or thereabouts

  Nearly half way there now but even before I started building I was bearing the marks of hauling old bits of timber with random screws and nails in them about: splinters, grazes, scratches, cuts. My poor dear mother - who dreams of me getting a nice job in a nice office - worries about …

Wish me a Wonder at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford.

Wish me a Wonder, a group show currently at Garter Lane Art Centre in Waterford, features four fairly recent graduates, three painters and one sculptor/installation artist - Emma Hayes, Sarah O'Brien, Sven Sandberg and Liliane Puthod respectively - all of whom are represented by the Berlin Opticians Gallery in Dublin. Often, of necessity, we judge …

London: Sean Scully

I was passing London's National Gallery and saw there was a Sean Scully show on. Sean Scully is supposedly one of Ireland's greatest living contemporary painters but I have long had a low opinion of his stripey paintings, unchanged as they have remained for decades. But art is about questioning things, including opinions, so as …

London : Franz West

I was in London a few weeks back specifically to attend a lecture on Phyllida Barlow's Cul de Sac - a show at the Royal Academy which I will post about next - but my first stop was Franz West's retrospective at the Tate Modern. I didn't know much about West's work which is possibly …