This week’s best art exhibitions
Shows by Conor O'Grady, Yuko Mohri, Patrick Horan, Robert Ryan and the Irish Architectural Archive's artists in residence
Damnatio Memoriae, Conor O'Grady
Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, Co Mayo
Until October 26th
This survey show highlights the core of Conor O’Grady’s “projects and research topics”, coming from a relational aesthetics perspective, in the form of sculpture, moving image works, drawings and more, made since 2009. He addresses the process of the damnation of memory, or perhaps banishment from memory – that is, the systematic erasure from public record of a person, organisation or ideology. He sees this happening to many minorities and marginalised groupings today.
slower than slowly
Mother’s tankstation, 41-43 Watling St, Usher’s Island, Dublin
Until December 14th
As Leonard Cohen sang: “Thank you for those items that you sent me… the monkey and the plywood violin”. The items, in this instance, include a trumpet, ostrich feather dusters, some tools and electrical bits and pieces, all shipped from Tokyo to Dublin by Yuko Mohri. From these things, plus additions garnered on forays to (charity?) shops and warehouse retailers – a lot of electrical cable – she has assembled her unpredictably kinetic exhibition, with unpredictable sounds, including the sea.
Sunburst Gallery, Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards, Co Down, Northern Ireland
Until September 26th
In Patrick Horan’s meticulously made, asymmetrical diptychs, one painting represents two nude figures, male and female, lying intimately together amid bed sheets; the other is a close-up view of a section of earth. In each case the latter is an almost all-over composition of organic, interconnecting forms. But then, he seems to imply, that also describes his paintings of couples.
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
John Carson, Patrick Hough, Fiona Marron and Stuart Whipps
Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Sq, Dublin
Until November 1st
Curated by Michele Horrigan, Simon Lincoln and Sean Lynch, the title is from R Buckminster Fuller’s 1968 book. Hough (who explores the neo-pagan Fellowship of Isis founded in Carlow in 1976) and Marron (a video on the instinct to build, looking at Craigavon) are the IAA’s inaugural artists in residence. Also included are some of Carson’s 1977 conceptual projects and Stuart Whipps delves into the tangled weave of human interactions with the landscape.
Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo
Until October 12th
Previously on view in Limerick, a survey of the paintings of Limerick-born Robert Ryan. In resplendent landscapes, “generic creatures wander like lost souls.” He is describing the mystery and strangeness of the way living beings find themselves in the world, in images charged with a sense of wonder, and a feeling of inherent fragility against the vastness of space and time.