Five must-see visual art exhibitions this week
Face to Face, Life at the Edges, View from Donegal, School of Looking and 6am
Light Painting Orange, Catherine Owens, Oliver Sears Gallery
Face to Face
Group show curated by Hendrik Driessen; Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, South Anne St, Dublin; Until August 18th; kerlin.ie
Twenty-four artworks by 12 artists, from the collection of the De Pont Museum in the Netherlands, curated by the museum’s director Hendrik Driessen, who has built the collection by targeting key works by a relatively small number of artists. The noteworthy line-up includes Ai Weiwei, Marlene Dumas, Roni Horn, Thomas Schütte, Fiona Tan, Luc Tuymans and Jeff Wall, and the work spans painting, sculpture, video, photography and work on paper, with an emphasis on representations of the human body.
Life at the Edges
Coping with extreme conditions; The Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Pearse St, Dublin; Until September 30th; sciencegallery.com
Projects examining the human drive to explore and test the limits, such as Andy Gracie’s attempts to breed a species of the fruit fly, Drosophilia melanogastor, that could survive on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon; Cloud Architecture Office’s proposal for high-rise tower places in earth orbit and anchored to an asteroid; and future smells, such as that of bacteria breaking down plastic.
Derek Hill and the View from Donegal
Highlights from Hill’s fine collection of artworks and objects; The State Apartments, Dublin Castle; Until August 20th; dublincastle.ie
Derek Hill lived in Donegal from the early 1950s and left his home and collection at Church Hill to the Irish people. This show explores his time in Italy in the 1950s and his association with the Tory Island painters. It features many works from his collection.
School of Looking
Cleary Connolly; South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Co Tipperary; July 2nd – 7th; southtippartscentre.ie
Cleary Connolly (Anne and Denis), under the auspices of this year’s Junction Festival, present a programme of interactive artworks “that will change your relationship to time and colour”, a summer school on art and science for younger visitors and a chance to experience their extraordinary Meta-perceptual Helmets.
Catherine Owens; Oliver Sears Gallery, 29 Molesworth Street, Dublin; oliversears.com
Nineteen paintings and two site-specific drawings by New York-based Catherine Owens consider the passage of time and the experience of change, focusing on “the light of sunrise and the sounds of the dawn chorus”. Owens is a veteran of five world tours as a creative director “of key visual content” for U2.