Critique | Els Dietvorst ‘Adrift’
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by Thomas Pool
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Uillinn: West Cork Art Centre 16 March – 11 May 2024  Curated by Catherine Bowe and Karla Sánchez Zepeda, Els Dietvorst’s ‘Adrift’ at Uillinn: West Cork Art Centre is an exhibition that reveals itself slowly. At once minimalist yet monumental, there is a sense of interconnectedness through the sea to people and places, both near and far. Natural and manmade totemic objects form a resonance that aligns with a universal, impersonal power that has become weakened and obscured in our Western society. Dietvorst is a Belgian interdisciplinary artist who has been living in Ireland for the last 1 ..read more
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Critique | Niamh McCann ‘someone decides, hawk or dove’
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by Thomas Pool
1w ago
The MAC, Belfast 8 December 2023 – 7 April 2024 Curated by Belinda Quirke, Niamh McCann’s solo exhibition ‘someone decides, hawk or dove’ fills all three galleries at the MAC, and includes sculpture, furniture, photography, and montage. The Sunken Gallery introduces the show (and its narrator, Colin the blind dog) in the video, titled The Hairline Crack (Belfast Edit) (2023), referencing Ciaran Carson’s poem of the same name, looking at uncertainties and absurdities thrown up by ‘The Troubles’. The title of the exhibition is taken from a line in the poem: “Someone decides, hawk or dove. Ambush ..read more
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International | When Forms Come Alive
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by Thomas Pool
1w ago
VARVARA KEIDAN SHAVROVA REVIEWS THE CURRENT SCULPTURE EXHIBITION AT HAYWARD GALLERY LONDON.  Currently showing at the Hayward Gallery in London until 6 May, ‘When Forms Come Alive: Sixty Years of Restless Sculpture’, presents a substantial survey exhibition, under the curatorial direction of Ralph Rugoff, and assistant Katie Guggenheim.  Presenting over 50 artworks by 21 international artists across three floors of the gallery’s brutalist interior, the exhibition features expanded sculptural works that originate in the natural world and interrogate sculpture as a methodology of trans ..read more
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Critique | Lorraine Tuck, ‘Unusual Gestures’
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by Thomas Pool
1w ago
Roscommon Arts Centre  2 February – 29 March 2024 Lorraine Tuck’s exhibition ‘Unusual Gestures’ elevates the depiction of family life to an artform, and, in the process, extends the boundaries of what is made visible. A documentary photographer, Tuck photographs what surrounds her: her family, her environment, her reality. My first encounter with ‘Unusual Gestures’ was during its premiere at Galway International Arts Festival in 2023. Recently seen again at Roscommon Arts Centre, ‘Unusual Gestures’ is still an emotive viewing experience. A highly personal body of work, it is a photographi ..read more
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An Arrow Shot Through Time | Waylon Gary White Deer
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by Thomas Pool
1M ago
THOMAS POOL INTERVIEWS WAYLON GARY WHITE DEER, A CHOCTAW ARTIST WITH A STRONG CONNECTION TO IRELAND, ABOUT HIS ARTISTIC BACKGROUND, PRACTICE, AND THE ENDURING INFLUENCE OF THE CHOCTAW NATION’S GIFT TO THE IRISH PEOPLE DURING THE GREAT FAMINE. Thomas Pool: What can you tell us about your artistic background? How did you come to be an artist, what motivates your work, and how has your practice evolved over the years? Waylon Gary White Deer: My first motivation was my father. There’s an almost lost genre. I’m one of the few practitioners that’s still alive, doing Traditional Indian Art, also call ..read more
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Irish Animation | Cartoon Saloon, Nora Twomey
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by Thomas Pool
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Thomas Pool: For the past 25 years, Cartoon Saloon has been at the forefront of Irish animation. Nominated for several Oscars® and Golden Globes®, as well as picking up BAFTA® and Emmy® wins, your studio has brought Irish animation to audiences around the world. Can you walk us through your history, your mission, and where you’re going next? Nora Twomey: Having met while studying animation at Ballyfermot College in the 1990s, a dozen of us animators really gelled as creatives, and wanted to draw together and make stories for the screen. We didn’t want to emigrate, as many of our peers were doi ..read more
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Irish Animation | Elk Studios, Aisling Conroy
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by Thomas Pool
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Thomas Pool: Elk Studios is part of Ireland’s fast-growing animation industry. What can you tell us about the organisation, its history, mission, and where it’s going? Aisling Conroy: We are a boutique animation studio, nestled in the heart of Dundalk that brings a wealth of experience from other high-profile studios and projects. The studio was founded by Producer Ian Hamilton in 2017 with the team growing its core to nine people since then. Ian wanted to do something a little different and setup a studio away from the usual animation hubs in the country. Elk is a studio that emphasises work ..read more
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Ireland at Venice: ROMANTIC IRELAND, Ireland’s Representation at the 2024 Venice Biennale
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by Noel Kelly
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From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. 18 April 2024. Ireland’s Representation at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – opened today Thursday 18 April. The exhibition, ROMANTIC IRELAND by artist Eimear Walshe, is curated by Sara Greavu with Project Arts Centre. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council. Director of Culture Ireland, Sharon Barry and the Director of the Arts Council, Maureen Kennelly, today opened the exhibition, which presents a multi-channel vide ..read more
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Critique | Kate Cooper, ‘Ground Truth / Fírinne Bhunúsach’ 
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by Thomas Pool
2M ago
Project Arts Centre  15 December 2023 – 10 February 2024 “God created man in his own image…” – Genesis 1:27  In machine-learning, a ‘Ground Truth’ is the original image from which an artificially intelligent system trains itself – it is a given reality one seeks to model. On one wall of the Project Arts Centre gallery space, we see projected Untitled (After Sensory Primer), the computer-generated viscera of a human anatomy, beginning with the muscular cycles of a foot taking a step. The sounds of synths, of drones, of a child babbling, resonate across the room. Through a pale glow we ..read more
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Project Profile | Freelands
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by Thomas Pool
2M ago
THOMAS POOL INTERVIEWS THE ARTISTS FROM THE FREELANDS ARTIST PROGRAMME AT PS² AND THE  FREELANDS STUDIO FELLOW. Thomas Pool: How has your participation in PS2’s Freelands Artist Programme helped you grow and evolve your practice in ways that wouldn’t have been possible without it? Christopher Steenson: That’s a difficult question to answer. After two years being on the programme, it’s now difficult to imagine an alternative version of reality, where it wasn’t part of my life. I’ve just been trying to keep my head above water, making the work I need to make. I suppose being part of a progr ..read more
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