Gallery draws on a clever notion
NINE-YEAR-old Miriam Pyrz traced curving lines on an easel. Her mother, Kasia, drew a rounded gent on an A3 sheet taped to her daughter’s back, moving slowly so that her daughter might follow her movements on paper.
The idea is inspired by Dennis Oppenheim’s 1971 movie Two Stage Transfer Drawing, which was screened on a running loop around the corner.
Sketches complete, the pair compared works. Miriam’s jaw dropped when she saw how her piece differed from her mother’s and the two collapsed into giggles.
“It’s fantastic,” Kasia said, though she and others seemed a little disappointed they didn’t get free rein to redecorate the walls and floor of Cork’s Glucksman gallery, as the guide blurb had indicated.
Paper, crayons and half-finished masterpieces strewn everywhere: entering the gallery last night was a bit like walking into playschool during art class.
Meanwhile, the chance to go backstage at the Druid Lane Theatre and see the costumes and props which have helped turn the side-street theatre into a global success was one of the highlights of Culture Night in Galway.
The doors of the theatre were thrown open for three hours from 6pm and members of the public were allowed to go backstage.
There was a special screening of a documentary on the life and work of playwright Tom Murphy as part of the festivities.