Category Archives: review

Susan MacWilliam: Kathleen, 2014, video, 33 minutes

To view online: http://vimeo.com/susanmacwilliam/kathleen An approximation of a video by still images and citation from the archival sources has its disadvantages. For example: loss of the rhythm at which each image stays on screen, the uncertainty that words and images … Continue reading

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Angela Halliday, Topographies: Smithfield, Belfast, 2013

This archival image from 2011 presents the new Smithfield Market  replacing the one the perished in the fire during the so called Troubles. The disappeared one is still cherished in  a charming web of stories, histories and tales, with a … Continue reading

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Cathy Henderson, Ebb and Flow. at the ADF Gallery, Belfast, 17 January – 7 March 2014

Cathy Henderson exhibited  twenty images  aiming “…to capture the transience of the coastal view: a sense of shifting skies, and the persistently fluctuating mood of weather.” (News Release January 2014).

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MOMENTUM at Catalyst Arts Belfast, 24 – 31 January 2014

Ten postgraduate students of the MFA at the University of Ulster  presented interim exhibition  in the both exhibition spaces of the CA gallery. The image on this poster is a screen grab of a video by Jonny McEwen (b 1966).Nothing moves … Continue reading

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Equilibrium? Royden Rabinowitch at the GTG Project room, 09/01/2014 – 25/01/2014

The drawing  above carries the instruction for the sculpture that appears in this exhibition. Organised in partnership with Politics Plus (www.politicsplus.com, launched on February 2oth, 2013) it aims at an elusive instrumental value of art while focusing on one work … Continue reading

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Michael Hanna, Behaviour Setting, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, 7 December – 25 January 2014

Delightful generosity of spirit and academic erudition of Dr Declan Long, who wrote the catalogue essay, have not prepared me for the visual beauty of the animation of patterns in Gallery One, nor for the  immersive environment in Gallery Two. … Continue reading

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An afternoon at MAC, Saturday, 11 January, 2014.

At  three o’clock, in front of approximately fifty viewers, Hugh O’Donnell started his performance in front of the projected video. Its subject was the weeping face of a Dutch artist who disappeared, later, in 1975, attempting to cross the Atlantic … Continue reading

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Shiro Masuyama, Borderline Project, 2013/2014

This is not a museum vitrine – it is a kind a table top at the front window of a caravan which

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FIONA LARKIN, BACKSTORY, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 6 December 2012 -17 January 2014

The idea that something commonplace can be transfigured into exceptional has been habitually compulsorily twinned with reason and consent. Both appear at the preparatory stages of this  exhibition.

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Distributed through Space and Time, Golden Thread gallery, Belfast, December 5 2013 – January 19 2014

Curated by Sarah McAvera the exhibition takes its title from one line in Canto 1 of Pale Fire(1962) by V Nabokov. The curator limited the number of artists to three, possibly in relation to the small size of the Project … Continue reading

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SHARON KELLY and ROBIN PRICE, Process Lab, Rehearsal Room PS2, Belfast, Nov 18 -22nd, 2013

I visited this installment of Rehearsal Room series on its last day. On the wall opposite the window a continuous video of animated drawings easily competed for attention with three  large charcoal drawings on the right and  one exquisite work … Continue reading

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FORCES, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 8-29 November 2013

Curated by Rob Hilken  the exhibition offers a chaste view on relationship of art and science. Five artists zoom on nature’s forces e.g. radiation, gravity, electricity, and magnetism, traditionally subjects of scientific investigation, appropriating them for sculpture, video and installation, … Continue reading

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John Robinson, Rehearsal Room, Part 1, PS Squared, Belfast, 30 October – 2 November 2013

The artist kindly emailed me some  images and his comments (here in a purple text colour) to compensate me for not seeing his installation. In recent work I’ve used dark spaces to create immersive atmospheres; at first I thought about … Continue reading

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TONY HILL, New Works at Fenderesky, Belfast, October 17 – November 16, 2013

This Mondrian is in a private collection, thus it is very unlikely that Hill saw it while he formulated his idea of visual art. I have included it to provide evidence for an aesthetic order many artists in Europe, two … 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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A SUBTLE MATTER at Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 3 – 25 October 2013

Curated by Amy Brooks it has her aesthetic sensitivities all over, with the exception of a rather massive box housing Emmanuelle Negre’s fantasy in light. The above image indicates

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John Brown at Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast, October 17 – November 16, 2013

Gallery Two  has an inbuilt corner, on each side of which was one image of an open book. In this photograph they are next to each other, the larger one on the back wall, the small one as if in … Continue reading

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Charles Tyrrell at Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast, 12 September – 12 October

Since 1983 the Fenderesky  Gallery developed a strong profile through single, groups, and themed exhibition.  Led by a highly educated philosopher with  discerning eye and unfailing determination to support all generations of artists, the gallery has presented  painting, sculpture, prints … Continue reading

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Hugh O’Donnell, A Passing Thought, ADF, Belfast, October 11 – November 22 2013

The Arts Disability Forum  keeps developing its exhibition program along the criteria prevalent in the contemporary art practices, while making use of social links, in this case, the 7th Outburst Queer Arts Festival. As if reading Lessing’s Laokoon, they avoid … 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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Ursula Burke

URSULA  BURKE Hope for a better past, MAC Belfast, 30 August – 13 October 2013-09-03 The title of this exhibition reminds me of the last verse in  a poem by Seamus Heaney:..”.hope and history rhyme” . In a gentle manner … 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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MAC Belfast – July/August 2013: L. Gotz, M. Cotter, K. Burke

Reminiscent of  the geometric abstraction of Josef  Albers (1888-1976) and El Lissitzky(1890-1947) the  Double-Take painting  hopes to evoke an immersive narrative that is both stable and changing depending on view point s of the moving viewer.

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Precursor

Precursor, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 1 – 9 August 2013 Information about Catalyst Arts on www.catalystarts.org.uk Veni, vidi 81 artworks from 81 artists, one, John Ryan, invited, the rest all paying members of Catalyst Arts. It was founded twenty years ago, as … Continue reading

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Laura Graham

Laura Graham: Whitewash, FMcWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, 2013

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Long drawn out

Long drawn out, Catalyst Arts, 4 – 27 July 2013 Curated by Alice Clark (2011, MFA University of Ulster) the display of drawing in a continuous space engages with discoveries and new tools, in a pronounced contrast to the academic … Continue reading

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Mary Morgan and Gerard Carson

Mary Morgan and Gerard Carson: A Passing Breeze, Golden Thread Gallery, 4 – 27 July 2013 In the gallery’s project space, an installation of objects by Gerard Carson and of lens-based images of objects by Mary Morgan has been curated … Continue reading

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Brian J Morrison

Brian J Morrison: RIPPED, CHISELED, AND ROCK HARD, Platform Arts, Belfast, 2013 I have not seen this exhibition. The following email conversation with the artist supported by photographs by Jason Higgins and the artist, aims to trace the intention and responsiveness to … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography

Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography, Belfast Exposed, 10 May – 7 July 2013 The exhibition of 200 photographs by 36 photographers in two venues, Belfast Exposed and Metropolitan Arts Centre, has been curated by Karen Downey  to “present photography … Continue reading

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Karine Talec

Karine Talec: Drawing In the Light, 2013, University of Ulster Degree shows, Belfast Her gestures as drawings in the air are readily understood. In the above frame  it appears as if she is  responding  to someone in the audience. In … 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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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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A Seed of Zero

A Seed of zero, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, December 2006 – January 2007 The Golden Thread Gallery has moved to the Switch Room, near the Flax Arts and on the other side of the dual carriageway that passes near the … 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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East-West Performance Art – Portale Internazionale d’arte Huma3

1st published by Huma3.com in 2009 As a founding member of Bbeyond (www.bbeyondperformance.org) Brian Patterson juggles his profile from art to organizing art events. This time he got a helping hand from Boris Nieslony who built up a large network … 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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Fiona Ní Mhaoilir: What-Ifs

Fiona Ní Mhaoilir: entrance to What-Ifs; courtesy the artist The physicist David Deutsch (The Beginning of Infinity, 2011) commented that we do not know yet how to ask exploratory questions. And the one question we do know how to ask, … Continue reading

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Household, Ormeau Road area, Belfast, 24 – 26 August 2012

Household map Within a square mile between Ormeau Park and Rosetta Park, over one weekend, five young curators set up events, exhibitions, performances in private homes. Alternative spaces for exhibitions is well versed an idea, even in Belfast. Around the … Continue reading

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Allan Hughes: Enemy Blue, Belfast Exposed, Belfast, 31 August – 12 October 2012

Allan Hughes: Enemy Blue, 2012, installation shot; courtesy the artist A three-screen video installation conflates several stories: Edward Hunter’s Analysis of Jane Fonda Activities in North Vietnam – a Committee report to the United States House of Representatives – Misleading … Continue reading

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