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Overblown: Flowers in Contemporary Art

Overblown Flowers in Contemporary Art

Michael Canning, Anya Gallaccio, Ori Gersht, Michael Landy, Mairead O'hEocha, Alan Phelan, Kathy Prendergast, Marcel Vidal

Saturday 4 April – Friday 12 June

(Closed Thursday 21 - Saturday 23 May inclusive)

Overblown is a themed group exhibition which explores varied representations and meanings of flowers by a range of Irish and international contemporary artists. The exhibition explores the temporality and aesthetics of flowers, the genre of still-life and flower painting in the history of art, and its associated cultural narratives, and works inspired by nature. The exhibition includes established and younger generation artists who explore the meaning and language of flowers in their practice in intriguing and different ways. 

The exhibition includes paintings and sculpture by Michael Canning, Mairead O'hEocha, Kathy Prendergast and Marcel Vidal, photographs and film by Ori Gersht and prints by Michael LandyAnya Gallaccio’s installation Preserve Beauty ‘Monica’ comprised of 168 fresh red gerberas, which will decay over the course of the exhibition, will be re-made for OverblownAlan Phelan will also exhibit a new body of photographs ‘Red Lines’ which reference historic flower paintings and were made in collaboration with Dunboyne Flower and Garden Club.  Alan Phelan and Dunboyne Flower and Garden Club are recipients of Meath County Council Creative Ireland Programme.

Overblown will be closed Thursday 21 May - Saturday 23 May inclusive.



Saturday 4 April, 2:30pm

Admission free, no booking required.
To mark the opening of the exhibition, join Brenda McParland, Solstice Arts Centre Project Curator, for an informal chat to discuss the work on display.


Associated Events:

Wed 8 April – Overblown Blooms in Stitch (Family Workshops)

Sat 18 April – An Introduction to Botanical Art with Yanny Petters (Adult Workshop)

Fri 1 May - Floral Inspiration (Adult 55+ Workshop)

Wed 13 May - Joly Screen Inspired Dutch Golden Era Flower Arranging Demonstration (Adult Workshop)

Wed 21 May - Joly Screen Pressed Flowers Workshop (Adult Workshop)

Thurs 11 June - Spontaneous Sculptures (Primary School Workshop)

Thurs 4 June - Dare to be Wild (Special Screening)







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