Hero raised from the sea: The best visual arts shows to see this week

Helen Robbins, Yanny Petters, Frieda Meaney and this year’s art graduates

Winter which was not there, Vajiko Chackiani

Winter which was not there, Vajiko Chackiani

 

Vajiko Chackiani: Winter which was not there

Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork.

Until December 8th, crawfordartgallery.com
In Vajiko Chackiani’s ambiguous, mysterious film, an heroic sculptural figure is raised from the sea, observed by a pick-up driver, who then sets off on a long journey into the landscape, towing the monument behind him as it gradually disintegrates. Shedding the burden of the past, Or losing touch with the past?

Helen Robbins: Deep in the Dark, Dark Forest

The Courthouse Arts Centre, Main St, Tinahely, Co Wicklow.

Until November 1st, courthousearts.ie
In celebrating the beauty of woodlands, Helen Robbins aims to address a range of our imaginative, narrative connections with it, in fairytales, myths and history, as a realm of enchantment and the unknown and perhaps threatening. But underlying everything is her sense of the forest’s fragility, its precarious position in an environmentally destructive era.

Origins: Selected works from 2019 undergraduate shows in Ireland.

St Carthage Hall, Chapel St, Lismore, Co Waterford.

October 13th-November 10th, lismorecastlearts.ie
Lismore’s annual distillation of the undergraduate work features 16 artists from shows throughout Ireland. This year “a theme began to emerge, including living off the grid, of reinvestigating our relationship with nature and the landscape, of life in rural communities, of isolation and community, and how the individual survives day to day in the real world”.

Yanny Petters: Hedgerow, Stories from a linear world

Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark St, Dublin.

October 13th-November 10th, oliviercornetgallery.com
Yanny Petters’ latest, botanically exact and beautifully made work explores the incredible rich, vibrant, detailed world of hedgerows – her local hedgerows, in fact, close to her home and studio. Depleted by mechanised farming practices and as a result of indifference, rural hedgerows, bastions of organic diversity, are under continual threat.

Frieda Meaney: After

Lavit Gallery, Wandesford Quay, Clarke’s Bridge, Cork.

October 17th-November 16th, lavitgallery.com
Work in paint, print, chine collé and video installation arising from the artist’s residency with the Guna tribe in the Panama rainforest. Frieda Meaney has a long-term interest in environmental issues and extinction events and here she considers the current pressures on indigenous peoples.

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