Concrete and steel: This week’s visual arts highlights
Siobhan O’Connor’s robust structural works; Carol Hodder’s light-infused landscapes
Siobhan O’Connor’s works on view at the RDS in 2016
Inflow – Carol Hodder
Solomon Fine Art, Balfe St, Dublin Until September 22nd solomonfineart.ie
Carol Hodder muses on place and memory in her atmospheric, light-infused landscapes. They might seem to verge on abstraction but are always anchored to the palpable realities of land, sea and air.
Susquehanna River Series – Patricia Hunsinger
Damer House Gallery, Roscrea, Co Tipperary Until September 26th
Patricia Hunsinger’s interest in the transformation of living forms was spurred by the growth of her children. “The time that one grows from childhood to adulthood is fascinating.” In her recent print works, often using photographic processes, she considers a different kind of transformation, exploring the endangered and extinct species of the Susquehana River area on the eastern coast of the US.
A Single Nest – Shabnam Vasisht & Cathy Dillon
Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow September 4th-16th signalartscentre.ie
Emerging from an artistic collaboration between Indian-born visual artist Shabnam Vasisht and Irish writer Cathy Dillon, this exhibition includes textile works, collages and prose poems in which Vasisht and Dillon respond to each other’s work, developing a cross-practice, cross-cultural conversation. The title derives from the motto of Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal founded by Rabindranath Tagore. Its motto reads: “Yatra visva bharati ekanidam” – “Where the whole world meets in a single nest”.
A Structural Force – Siobhan O’Connor
Oonagh Young Gallery, 1 James Joyce St, Dublin From September 6th oonaghyoung.com
Siobhan O’Connor uses robust structural materials such as concrete and steel in ambitious architectonic sculptural works that use ides of “suspension, compression, weight and balance” in expressing almost paradoxical states of precariousness and fragility.
nagOffsite – Group Exhibition
Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham, Dublin From September 6th nagallery.ie
Works by several artists long associated with nag, late of Francis Street, beautifully installed in the handsome setting of Rathfarnham Castle. With pieces by Gareth Jenkins, Ian Charlesworth, Kohei Nakata, Marie Hanlon, Masashi Suzuki and Roseanne Lynch.