The best art shows this week – From modernist abstracts to sculpture, installation, neon and video
Rodney Graham at Imma, Dietrich Blodau retrospective and Emma Finucane’s work inspired by nursing and midwifery
Rodney Graham’s ‘The Gifted Amateur’, from a private collection, curtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photograph: Ken Adlard
One of the Emma Finucane works at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
‘Havana’ by Dietrich Blodau, part of the ‘A Life of Observations’ exhibition at the Hunt Museum
Rodney Graham: That’s Not Me Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin Until February 18 imma.ie
Canadian artist Rodney Graham is the joker in the pack of an influential group of Vancouver artists who emerged in the 1980s, centering on conceptual photographers including Jeff Wall and Stan Douglas, both previously seen at Imma. With a satiric edge, Graham’s work – lightboxes, film, music, and more – often undercuts the history and conventional perceptions of modern and contemporary art. From the mid-1990s he plays a major role in his own work, including in The Gifted Amateur from 2007, in which Graham creates modernist abstracts in a notional 1962 domestic setting: art about art about art about . . .
Miguel Martin: Let the dead leaves fall
Millennium Court Arts Centre, William St, Portadown, Co Armagh Until January 24 millenniumcourt.org Mindfulness in a digital age in works that range from video to sculpture, still life drawings to industrially fabricated signage. The artist is Miguel Martin (born in Belfast) and his title is from 13th-century poet and mystic Rumi’s words “Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop”. If you avoid social media platforms, Martin asks, might stillness and mindfulness and related meditation programmes be a better means to self-awareness and fulfilment?
Emma Finucane Mermaid Arts Centre, Main St Bray, Co Wicklow Until January 27 mermaidartscentre.ie
An exhibition based on responses to a research project initiated by Emma Finucane in 2014 in the UCD school of nursing and midwifery with Dr Maria Healy and Teresa McCreery of Domino Midwives. Finucane’s work is usually developed through dialogue, negotiation, participatory processes and collaboration with others. Based in Greystones, she is a founder member of Outpost Studios in Bray, Co Wicklow.
Dietrich Blodau: A Life of Observations The Hunt Museum, Custom House, Rutland St, Limerick Until January 14 huntmuseum.com
Dietrich Blodau came to Ireland to set up the print department of Limerick School of Art and Design, which he then headed for many years. An admirable, independent spirit, he was still in his early 30s when he arrived in Limerick, he was struck by the historic fabric of the city and many of his works respond to his new environment with great skill and veracity. The title is accurate: he is an inveterate, careful observer, and his scope had widened over the years to encompass the landscape beyond the immediate, built environment. This retrospective show marks his 80th birthday.
Dissolving Histories: A Moment in Time Golden Thread Gallery, 84- 94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast Until January 20 goldenthreadgallery.co.uk
“Five artists whose diverse practices seek to capture, explore and explain moments.” An elastic concept, encompassing group interactions, duration, subjective immersive experiences, notions of one thing ending and another beginning. The artists are Liam Crichton, Erin Hagan, Dorothy Hunter, Kevin Killen and John Rainey, showing sculpture, installation, neon and video.