30 October 2019
By Elaine Murphy
Cork Printmakers will become the first print studio outside the capital to take part in Vue, the National Contemporary Art Fair, at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin from November 7-10.
12 print artists from Cork city and county will take part, with each producing new works for the annual show which showcases the best of this year’s cutting edge Irish art.
The landscape and mythologies of Cork form the common thread that runs through the works, with each artist putting their own spin on the concept.
Debbie Godsell is primarily interested in the interplay between landscape and history, with work focusing on the appropriation of memory, sometimes referencing landscapes as they are now in contrast to how they once were.
Emma O’Hara opts for a more modern slant. Her work explores the relationship between nature and the urban landscape.
Through colour and texture she shows the disparity between that which is natural, and its man-made counterparts, and how civilisation interacts with the nature around it.
Fiona Kelly deals with the environmental crisis. Conducting ongoing research into abandoned or wasteland areas and ecology, she grapples with issues such as use of resources and humane damage to the world around us.
Her pieces often use or reference repurposed or recycled materials associated with the man-made built-up environment, such as recycled glass, concrete, wood and cardboard.
Angela Gilmour, a physicist by trade, references scientific observation in her works. Her works convey the precarious balance of life through imagery that unites landscape, emotion and data.
Works by all four artists, along with eight others from the studio will be on display at the event, with limited edition box sets containing a copy of each of the 12 prints shown at the exhibition available for purchase throughout the weekend.
The Doorway Gallery will feature Jack Hickey from Cobh, who became one of the youngest painters to have his work included in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Ireland for a portrait of the former State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy.
His work centres on photo-realism and the social void between people of different sexes and classes, and the belief that true human contact has become elusive.
Limerick’s Parallel Editions will be launching new works by Clea Van Der Grijn, Deborah Strumble and Diana Copperwhite.
Van Der Grijn’s Jump won Best Experimental Film at this year’s New York Film Festival and she will be exhibiting her monoprint photoetching work of the same name at Vue.
Vue, the National Contemporary Art Fair is open from 5-9pm on Thursday Nov 7, 11am-7pm on Friday, Nov 8, 11am-6pm on Saturday, Nov 9, and 11-6pm on Sunday, Nov 10. For more information see vueartfair.ie