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 …

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 …

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 …

Semester 3 : Artist Research ~ Rachel Harrison, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Yoan Capote, Huma Bhaba, Zhang Huan, Kathleen Ryan.

My research into artists over the previous two semesters was deemed extensive but not deep. I took this to mean it was too extensive so this semester I picked a couple of old favourites to refer too : Phyllida Barlow and Jessica Stockholder. However (there's always a however) in trying to resolve my 'blobs' I …

Semester 1 : Artist Research ~ Simon Starling (again), Fergus Fehily, Eva Rothschild.

The tutor mentioned this week Simon Starling's Pleçnik, Union – the rebuilding of a glass lamp and the beer bottle used to smash it-but I could not find an image for it. Nice idea though. Here's that image from the Tabernas Desert Run (2004) again. Also mentioned was Fergus Feehily whose work seems similar to …

Week 12 : Barbara Foulkes – As Governments Build Walls Between Us, Tapping into the Creative Potential of Destruction

A great article from B(Thanks B 🙂 ) Original at HyperAllergic Summoning within her own body the necessary force to make the assemblage crumble, Foulkes transforms the dancer-sculpture duet into an aerial mosh pit. Abraham Cruzvillegas, “Autoreconstrucción: To Insist, to Insist, to Insist”, Bárbara Foulkes hanging onto Cruzvillegas’ sculpture at The Kitchen (all photos by …