The best visual art shows and exhibitions this week
From the Burren College of Art to the Digital Hub and Roscommon Arts Centre
Rav’ning stone, Melissa Cayford, THIN PLACES, Burren College of Art
‘this is not a table’Robin Price, The Digital Hub
Ciaran Óg Arnold from In, Around & Aftereffects, Roscommon Arts Centre
MFA/MA Graduate Exhibition 2018. The Gallery, Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, until April 27th. See burrencollege.ie
In her mixed-media work, Canadian MFA graduate Melissa Cayford “explores how the environment affects the body.” Running concurrently with THIN PLACES, Leave It At That is the end-of-year undergraduate exhibition and the MFA 1 Past Baccalaureate also features.
‘this is not a table’ Robin Price. The Digital Hub, Digital Exchange, Crane St, Dublin April 17th-28th. See robinprice.net
Robin Price began creative work in nightclubs and making electronic music. Here, referencing Rene Magritte, he has designed an interactive ping-pong table incorporating 4000 RGB LEDs under frosted polycarbonate so that every bounce of the ball triggers an audio-visual reaction. Among his several academic qualifications is an MPhys in theoretical physics.
In, Around & Aftereffects: Three Perspectives on the Midlands
Ciaran Óg Arnold, Martin Cregg, Mark Duffy. Roscommon Arts Centre, Circular Road, Roscommon. Until June 1st. See roscommonartscentre.ie
Three fine photographers explore the Midlands state of mind in explorations of “social, cultural and psychological landscapes”, all taking different individual approaches. From Arnold’s compelling, intimate slice of local life to Cregg’s poised documentation of the making and unmaking of infrastructural frameworks, and Duffy’s cinematic feeling for landscape. Under the auspices of PhotoIreland Festival 2018
Alison Pilkington: How we roam & Marcel Vidal: Silverfish Two solo shows, the Dock, St George’s Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim. Until June 2nd
How we roam through fictional environments, that is, in Pilkington’s paintings, but fictional environments charged with a certain tension and uncertainty. Vidal’s sculptures, meanwhile, are manifestations of “assembled chaos and combative insistence”. By contrast, his paintings are made with a gentle aesthetic, but, as radically reworked statements of found digital images, perversely aim to frustrate interpretation.
Eoghan McGrath. The Molesworth Gallery, 16 Molesworth St, Dublin Until May 1st. See molesworthgallery.com
Eoghan McGrath sources his images in everyday local scenes from which one element has been excised – hence Elisions. In his paintings the residue, an incomplete image, is superimposed on to a background of randomised abstraction. McGrath, who originally studied medicine, has in mind the mechanics of perception and comprehension, how we construct rather than simply perceive the world around us.