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 …

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 …

Semester 2 : Artist Research ~ Niamh McCann, Trisha Brown, John Bock, Neil Carroll

Some artists that were recommended or who caught my eye this month. I saw the Niamh McCann show at the Hugh Lane advertised...I think I have missed it but love the look of this work. http://www.niamhmccann.com/ Trisha Brown I think was recommended by one of my tutors after I had expressed an interest in the …

Week 8 ~ Selfish Art : National Sculpture Factory Graduate Award Presentation

When a graduate gets awarded a three month residency at the National Sculpture Factory in Cork they must also present their work at an evening in a local bar/slash theatre, Crane Lane Alley in Cork City. The presentation is followed by questions from the audience. It is a nice event aimed at welcoming the artists. …

Week 2 : Thought-Simple

I saw this 'still life' this morning at the Sculpture Factory in another artist's bay and the simplicity of the image made me yearn, as I sometimes, maybe often do, to distill my big messy ramshackle work into one, or two (ah, there you are!) elegant gestures