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SHE DEVIL

SHE DEVIL in BELFAST, Golden Thread Gallery, 17/12/2015 – 6/2/2016 I have not heard of the Italian architect who created the SHE DEVIL project. On her website (www.studiostefaniamiscetti.com) she offers impressive list of artists who responded to her invitation. It … Continue reading

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Moments of Inception, 17 Oct – 16 Nov, 2013, Queen Street Studios and Gallery, Belfast

Images courtesy Tony Corey Expanding the curatorial field Eoin Dara has chosen the unexpected.  Objects that may or may not be art, nonchalant debris of something else, birth of an idea made just about visible, or not. Dara describes his … Continue reading

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FABRIC, Platform Arts, Belfast, October 3-10, 2013

Curated by dr Angela Halliday, the dedicated organizer and leader of Digital Arts Studios and talented artist, the exhibition called Fabric brought together work by current artists in residence. Stephen Bleakney installed Music, Technology and Indolence,2013, a sound map of … Continue reading

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Colin Davidson, Between The Words

The Naughton Gallery at Queens hosted Davidson’s ‘large heads’ from 4th September until 6th October  2013.  All exhibits were reproduced in a  catalogue with a lively forward by Simon Callow and Conversation with Shan  McAnena. Davidson proposed to explore large … Continue reading

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PSYCHIC DRIVING

Psychic Driving at the GTG, Belfast, 22 August – 5 October, 2013 Curated in collaboration with Ben Crothers the exhibition presents art by Maurice Doherty, Ciara Finnegan, Kandy Fong, James Franco, Kristin Lucas, Nicolas Provost, Nancy Jo Sales, Peter Spiers … Continue reading

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Keike Twisselmann

A painter and performance artist, she has agreed to an email conversation and provided 10 discs with drawings and paintings and photographs. Those impressed me with sameness of visual means: clashing hues do not clash, over saturated brushstrokes define the precise … Continue reading

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John Robinson

John Robinson: Reflection, Platform Arts, Belfast, May 2013 On the mezzanine floor room separated thus from the rest of the exhibition upstairs, in a dark room, an apparition of digital moving image and a slowly dripping water into a black … Continue reading

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Cathy Droney

Cathy Droney: Frenzy, Platform, Belfast, May 2013 Katrín Inga Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir Hirt (Living Art Museum, Nýló) hand-made several hundred sculptures in the form of a victory cup, which she calls Gratitude Sculptures. In a letter to invited participants she wrote … Continue reading

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Household

Household at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, May, 2013 Five  curators, Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Eoin Dara, Kim McAleese, Alissa Kleist and Ciara Hickey invited seven artists and an experimental theatre group Skinnybone to contribute to the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast,2013. … Continue reading

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Mineki Murata

Mineki Murata: No Comments, performance at PS Squared, Belfast, 13 April 2013 Rarely, a performance has a clean beginning and end. By clean, I mean not polluted by hesitancy of theatrical or political statement.  On a table a pristine hard … Continue reading

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It’s Performance at PS squared, Belfast, 13 April 2013

Hugh O’Donnell presented Erratic Memory, a one hour performance as a discursive platform for a variety of conundrums signalled by the selection of objects, tools.  In the company of a table, a hammer, a hand saw, a white fat packet, a vacuum cleaner, … Continue reading

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Ronnie Hughes

Ronnie Hughes in conversation with Slavka Sverakova after his show, Synthesis, at Sligo Art Gallery, August – October 2006 Hazily, I recall that there was a painting called Synthesis early on. The title now embraces a body of work from … Continue reading

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Susan Connolly

Slavka Sverakova in conversation by e-mail with Susan Connolly SS: Your focus on the visual force of hue and tonality is a principle known to me from early abstraction. I have in mind Kandinsky’s belief that colours possess the power … Continue reading

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Chris Wilson

Slavka Sverakova interviews Chris Wilson by e-mail, February 2008 SS: The paintings I saw at the Mullan Gallery in 2007 were different from your previous dark images drawn over multicoloured maps. You have mentioned a residency that inspired that departure. … Continue reading

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Mark McGreevy

Slavka Sverakova interviews Mark McGreevy by e-mail (2008 / 2009) SS:Your paintings are a web of memories, associations and signs. It is worth repeating what you said once about the rainbow motif. Mark McGreevy: 20000 Suckas in the bottom of the nugget, … Continue reading

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Stephen Conlin

Slavka Sverakova interviews Stephen Conlin by e-mail SS: Born in Armagh, educated in Belfast – what higher degrees have you graduated from? SC: Born in Co Armagh, graduated in Classics from Trinity College Dublin, and then took the Advanced Diploma at … Continue reading

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Dougal McKenzie

Slavka Sverakova and Dougal McKenzie: an e-mail conversation, October/ November 2009 S: For a more than a decade you have been dividing your energy between your art practice, teaching art and family life with Patricia, two daughters and the recently … Continue reading

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Gary Shaw

Gary Shaw: Art on the Seafront, Bangor, June – August 2004 Gary Shaw: The Color in my Painting by Josef Albers (detail); courtesy the artist North Down Borough Council has exhibited art on gables of the buildings near the sea harbour twice … Continue reading

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Paddy McCann

Paddy McCann at the Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast, 29 July – 27 August 2004 Paddy McCann: I was somewhere else , oil on canvas, 2004, 61 x 50 cm; courtesy the artist During late July and August 2004, Gallery Two of Belfast’s Fenderesky … Continue reading

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Keef Winter

Keef Winter: I had no idea, Platform Arts, Belfast, 7 – 28 February 2013 In three days time there will be a three-hour-long event, “Demolition  and Whiskey Sours” to mark the end of the exhibition, turning it into a participatory … Continue reading

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Drawing

First published  in the catalogue The 43 uses of Drawing, 2011:6-9 Recently, a curator chastised Richard Serra for saying “in terms of drawing – ideas, metaphors, emotions, language structures result from the act of doing”; she insisted that drawing was … Continue reading

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Sharon Kelly

Sharon Kelly: The Liminal Space of the Runner The Gallery, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, January 25 – February 16, 2013 Ninety works on paper  and a video are comfortably and beautifully displayed in the three rooms of the  gallery at … Continue reading

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Craig Cox at Satis House

Satis House is a “school of missing studies” (with apologies to Bik Van der Pol, see http://www.bikvanderpol.net) that provides for both an  artist and a viewer a learning space for important competencies to deal with ideas. In some way it … Continue reading

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Mary McIntyre

Mary McIntyre: A Contemporary Sublime MAC, Belfast, 16 Nov 2012 – 20 Jan 2013

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Sandra Johnston

Sandra Johnston: The Shadow of a Doubt Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 13 December 2012 – 2 February 2013 The title refers to the terminology of barristers and judges, zooming on the impossibly nuanced degree “beyond which guilt or innocence may … Continue reading

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Catalyst Arts, Belfast, September – December 2012

When Karen Vaughan, Derval FitzGerald and Aine Nic Giolla Coda issued their Invitation to an open discussion on Monday 25th October 1992  the venue was described as Temporary Art Space, Temple Court, North Street (next door to Tourist Information), Belfast. … Continue reading

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DAS 2012

Curated by the talented Dr Angela Halliday, the 48:45 minutes of  digital art raised strongly one question, that of appropriate duration.  It may seem secondary, unnecessary, insufficient issue, in the context of the differences in talent, subject matter, mode of … Continue reading

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Peter Richards

Peter Richards: An Elective Family Tree The Naughton Gallery, Belfast, 30 August – 7 October, 2012 On entry, a large, strange looking assemblage insisted on primacy and intimacy of viewing: Corrective Perspective (2012) allowed one viewer at the time, to … Continue reading

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On Intentions

This year resounds with memories of John Cage. His methodology of posing questions and using chance operation to find answers faced the possibility of infinite number of answers with steady honesty about not knowing. Indeterminacy, Cage writes, is the possibility … Continue reading

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