3rd November 2016 - 7th January 2017
A SECOND WORLD - any gven day
A SECOND WORLD – any given day is a new body of work by Bernadette Kiely featuring large scale charcoal drawing, painting on canvas and moving image.
Bernadette’s recent work, continuing on her theme of the passage of time and the transient, fragile nature of the physical world, evident in her work to date – shifting landscapes cloaked in fog and mist, the burning of fields, flooding on the river Nore, plant life and the sea - references memories of her parents, the life they lived and the life that has died with them.
The title A SECOND WORLD – any given day suggests other worlds, the unknown world of the dead, the shadow world, where objects are visible, yet don’t exist in reality, the memory of things and people which exist in the memory but not in the real world, the psychological impossibility of recapturing people and things that have passed out of our living world.
Also including reference to the world of art making and thinking, she implies the difficulty of seeing reality as it apparently exists in the real world. The imagery she depicts is shrouded in mist and shadow and suggests memory, distance, desire and the melancholy inherent in the longing for people and things that have faded into the realm of the past.
Referencing her own photography and drawings, her work also draws on existing imagery of ancient and historical Irish architecture, archaeological and topographical drawings, plant life, the geography and anatomy of landscape and religious architecture.
1st September - 21st October, 2016
Just Left Of Copernicus (The Pastoral)
Just left of Copernicus (The Pastoral) is the third and final manifestation of Niamh McCann’s touring exhibition Just Left of Copernicus produced by Solstice Arts Centre. Each of its previous manifestations, at both Visual, Carlow (Roof of the Story) and Limerick City Gallery of Art (A Prologue) were individual to each space. McCann collaborated with architects Jack Byrne and Séamus Bairead to develop the large scale structure/object Copernicus for Now. This aspiring structure/object is made of industrially produced cardboard tubes and plywood. A section of background landscape in the infamous photograph of Armstrong on the moon, as well as ideas contained within B Fuller’s ‘Spaceship Earth’, are amongst references for the work. Copernicus for Now is both object and event, a crater-like landscape for visitors to occupy and events to take place.
The interchange and flow of fact and fiction, and the overlapping layers of history and fable within the work of German architect Hans Poelzig is of particular interest to McCann. Poelzig is perhaps best known for his design and build of the Poelzig Building (IG Farben building), Frankfurt Germany, a site of dramatic historic 20th century importance. Poelzig was also a painter and scenographer of the influential silent horror The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920).
1st September - 21st October, 2016 (Foyer)
Aileen Hamilton considers ecological cycles and organic processes within her drawings. Here she explores the delicate balances and repetitive patterns that bind the natural world to form. Isolated landscapes appear suspended or floating in a fragile or exposed state. Hamilton bends her landscapes akin to a space-time continuum through exploratory folds. This process underpins the artist occupation in searching for existential meaning in both micro and macro environments.
14th April – 4th June, 2016
WHEN THE DAWN IS COME: 1916 & MEATH
When The Dawn Is Come is presented by Solstice and Meath County Council Library Service as part of Meath County Council’s Centenary Programme 2016.
The exhibition includes marching banners of a Meath branch of the Irish National Volunteers, the Navan branch of Irish National Foresters, the Navan branch of the Gaelic League, photographs of Meath Volunteers, official Town Council and County Council minutes, and artefacts from Oldcastle Civilian Internment Camp (1914-1918).
This is the first time these artefacts have been shown together and they provide an insight into the revolutionary period in the county. Guest performances in the gallery during the exhibition will provide another way for visitors to interact with the material and to reflect on the period.
20th January – 11th March 2016
DUALITY OF FORM
Eleanor Duffin/Caoimhe Kilfeather/ Barbara Knezevic
Curated by Mary Cremin
Duality of form is a philosophical inquiry into the nature of objects and how their meaning comes into being. The artists explore the subtle relationships between the material and the immaterial through sculpture, photography, drawing and text.
Caoimhe Kilfeather’s photographic work looks at the properties of a defunct object that reflects outmoded practices as well as form and aperture. Her interest in architecture is means to explore façade and everyday spaces that we inhabit. Her sculptural work delineates space and outlines a boundary that alludes to drawing and perhaps a space that objects are contained.
Barbara Knezevic through her sculptural pieces traces possible meanings that are trapped in material objects that conspire to elude us through their presence and absence. The interconnectivity between the pieces allows us to decode possible interpretations of the works.
Eleanor Duffin creates a fictive space; using text and graphic images she creates a narrative that explores parallels universes and allows for a manifestation of imagined sculptures that will be exhibited with an accompanying text.
Their sensitivity to materials is both poetic and intangible in terms of how the work translates meaning to the viewer and also how the work responds to the architecture and flow of the gallery space.
29 October – 04 December, 2015
In Darkness Let Me Dwell
Gary Coyle, Patrick Jolley, Paul Nugent
The title of this exhibition is taken from a through-composed lute song by early baroque composer John Dowland (c.1610). The musical form implies a deep melancholia, originally appearing in the 1606 song collection Funeral Teares by John Coprario. A flourishing sorrow is intricately formulated by musical dissonance and harmonic instability of which there is no concluding resolution. In Homer’s Odysseus flitting purposeless spirits inhabit the Asphodel meadows. In Darkness let me dwell similarly voyages through contemporary shadowlands, and encounters within, inferring a modern, isolated habituation.
Opening reception with concert performance - SEAVEN TEARES
Curated by Benedict Schlepper Connolly with Belinda Quirke
In correlation with the work, Seaven Teares presents traces and connects echoes of melancholia across four centuries of music. Vocalist Michelle O’Rourke joins composers Garrett Sholdice (piano, synthesiser) and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly (guitar and sound design) to stage a continuous forty-five minute performance, in which each fragment blends seamlessly into the next. Framed by new arrangements of music by the seventeenth-century composer John Dowland, Seaven Teares envelops its listeners in a dark and luscious atmosphere where contemporary composition meets early-nineteenth century German song, the Irish bardic tradition, and opera aria.
03 September – 09 October 2015
We Were Promised Anarchy, But What We Got Was Chaos - Alan Butler
We Were Promised Anarchy, But What We Got Was Chaos is an exhibition of new works by visual artist Alan Butler. The body of work brings together numerous approaches that lament the potential of the world wide web as a platform or device for free expression and democracy. Through the use of an assembly of new and traditional media, Butler’s work here presents the current state of the Internet as a giant surveillance machine-cum-shopping mall.
The Solstice galleries are transformed into a realm of psychedelic colour, headless bodies, bodiless heads, frenetic moving images, and bombastic waffle. Manipulated pieces of seemingly unconnected information and online discourse are melded together into artworks. These attempt to critique the nature of image production, consumption and technological infrastructures. Utilising artefacts from Internet history, the works see this territory as profoundly connected to how power operates on a global scale.
Perhaps the centrepiece to the exhibition continues with Butler’s oeuvre of creating immersive, dizzying installations. The three-screen, surround-sound video artwork ‘Modern Postism. Chapter: Aubergine Emoji’ (2015) takes forms from video games, science fiction cinema and vlogging to bring together a interweaving of moving image that depicts young men from around the globe who rose to notoriety after mistaking the Internet as a forum for free speech. YouTube posts and chatroom transcripts from male journalists, activists and intellectuals are re-contextualised and displayed in a sort of virtual limbo resembling a malfunctioning ‘holodeck’-cum-collective memory bank.
This notion of collective memory and its relationship to power is a recurring theme in this exhibition, none more so than in the seemingly benign stack of books that were ‘curated’ through the online browsing habits of Tamerlan Tsarnaev (the elder of the Boston bombers). In *Surprise Party Breath* (2015), Tsarnaev’s entire Amazon wish-list has been purchased and stacked neatly in the gallery, meditating upon the relationships between the corporate web and surveillance.
Shopping as a medium resurfaces in many of the works. The act of trolling takes physical dimensions in another video, ‘Add to Basket Activism’ (2015), which documents the artist sending a ‘gift’ to a well-known Australian dissident, reducing the act of protest to a financial transaction.
We Were Promised Anarchy, But What We Got Was Chaos is a collision of misanthropic narratives, passive aggressive trolling, pop-culture, geo-politics, morose internet existence and cyber-warfare. This exhibition takes a comprehensive, if not subjective look at the function of Reality, as mediated by screen-based interfaces and algorithmic forces in the 21st Century.
Meath Arts Group - Decay
6 August – 21 August
An exhibition by members of the Meath Arts Group. The group was formed in 2006 to allow participating artists to share ideas, collaborate on themes and learn new skills. At regular intervals over the past 12 months the artists have met to share ongoing work which, unavoidably, shapes and shifts how the theme is being read. The art work creates a tapestry of all the individual artists’ interpretations of Decay
20 June – 24 July, 2015
This annual exhibition documents and explores contemporary visual arts practice in the county. Solstice invited artists living in, or from the county of Meath to submit works of all disciplines for inclusion in our fourth SURVEYOR exhibition.
A Parchwork of The Vegetable Garden
29 April – 9 May, 2015
An exhibition of work by Meath based Artist, Annabel Potterton. This is the first of 3 exhibitions on the Foyer wall at Solstice over the next 7 weeks.
Born in Stroud, UK, Annabel Potterton obtained a degree in Ecology after leaving school. In 1993 she began her art studies, first with a diploma in Ceramics in London then later a diploma in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.
Currently living in Co. Meath, Annabel is a member of Meath Arts Group and the Pastel Society of Ireland. Since April 2015 as part of ‘The Place’ collective, she has been awarded an ‘Opportunity Bursary Award’ from Dublin City Council for the Incubation Space at The Lab, Foley Street.
Annabel’s current practice is multi-disciplinary involving drawing, mono-printing and painting. Through this practice she investigates the dynamic of growth and vigour of vegetable matter in the garden outside her studio and seeks to portray a chaotic random patchwork of colour.
Going Solo 2014
18 December - 16 Janruary
Meath County Council Arts Office, in partnership with Solstice Gallery, presented Going Solo Award 2014, an exhibition providing a professional platform for final year students and recent arts graduates in Visual Arts, living in, or from County Meath.
In March 2014, Meath County Council Arts Office invited full-time third-level art students and recent graduates, living in, or from Meath, to apply for the Going Solo Award. Running since 2001, this annual award is commissioned and curated by Meath County Council Arts Office and also awards a bursary of €650.
Meath County Council Arts Office announce Going Solo Award winners 2014 as: Diarmuid Corkery, Navan; Kate Byrne, Ratoath and Kevin Ledwith from Ashbourne, Co. Meath.
Diarmuid Corkery is a recent graduate from NCAD, Dublin. Diarmuid’s work is largely installation-based and is heavily influenced by film noir graphics which is typically reminiscent of comic-books with an emphasis on black and white colouring. In Going Solo, Diarmuid’s work explores the effect of UV light on various objects and mediums, specifically paper. Now living in Navan, Diarmuid has an upcoming exhibition of paintings in Iontas Arts Centre, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan in April 2015.
Artist, Kate Byrne is also a graduate from Dublin’s NCAD (2013). Kate has always been fascinated by remnants of the past and exploring trails of memory. Her latest body of work is rooted in the places that carry memories and she has found inspiration in derelict buildings, abandoned homes and ghost towns that have revealed themselves during recent times. Kate explores the melancholy attached to these places. Working across a number of disciplines including painting, photography and writing, Kate’s style of painting is built upon layers of paint and fragmented imagery. Kate is delighted to be part of Going Solo and presents ‘Invisible Cities’ as part of this three-person show.
Artist-portrait painter, Kevin Ledwith from Ashbourne Co. Meath adds another dimension to Going Solo 2014 as his focus is that of a subject’s inner most character through portraiture. An IADT graduate, Kevin’s work portrays the human being and explores the subject’s inner most character and thoughts. His aim is to encourage the audience to form their own views and opinions of the person staring back at them from the canvas. Kevin’s love for art and portraiture developed in school, when he attended Ashbourne Community School, where he studied art until his Leaving Cert year. Currently, Kevin is a full-time artist, renting and an artist studio in Dublin. Previous shows include the Emerging Artists Graduate Show in The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely (2014) and The Drawing Project in Dun Laoghaire (2014).
Everything We See - Marie Hanlon
23 October - 6 December, 2014
This exhibition deals with the complexities of seeing and our understanding of what it is we see. Through a diverse range of work encompassing installation, video, drawing and sound, Marie Hanlon presents pieces which engage the viewer in questions of perception: what is real, what is fiction, can we 'know' based on what we 'see', and, do our assumptions hide the truth.
Each artwork requires the viewer to dwell on the act of seeing or to renegotiate existing perceptions. Everyday objects, studio props, bits of plastic and wire, are utilized here. In a new context they become elegant. The work rests on the tension between opposites: high and low, humour and seriousness, the commonplace versus the poetic.
The influence of the Belgian surrealist artist, Rene Magritte, is especially evident. The opening words of a quote from Magritte " Everything we see" provides the overall title for the exhibition as well as an individual work within it. Increasingly Marie Hanlon's work mixes visual elements with sound, specific pieces of music have provided the starting point for some works. What matters is the complicity between the art forms, the ability of one to intensify the other and to open possibilities of saying something new by means of the subtlest pairings.
In A Landscape
4 September - 11 October, 2014
‘In A Landscape’ was a wonderful group show, bringing together three artists; photographer Paul Gaffney, object-maker Emma Donaldson and drawings-based artist, Michael Wann. Borrowing the title from a John Cage composition (1948), the work exhibited documented the artist’s experiential observation and response to a diverse terrain, both physically and meditatively.
21 June - 9 August, 2014
This was the third Surveyor exhibition celebrating artists living in and from Co. Meath. 38 artists - across disciplines - contributed to this exhibition which explored and documented the visual arts in county Meath.
Margaret Corcoran - 'Return to Cythera'
24 April - 7 June, 2014
'...There’s a lightness of touch, a very appealing playfulness. When she veers towards abstraction with, say, expanses of saturated colour or flurries of calligraphic brushwork, it’s beautifully judged...'
Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times on "Return to Cythera", Solstice Arts Centre.
Corcoran's exhibition referenced 17th - 19th century paintings, where the artist weaved a 'pattern map' to highlight both current and universal themes. Her painting moves from a preoccupation with emphatic traditional methodology to an increasing freedom, where the significance of her practice allows the paint and process 'to speak for itself'.
13 February - 5 April, 2014
This exhibition was an amalgamation of the Craft Council of Ireland exhibition Costume: Behind the Scenes - curated by Angela O’Kelly, and the collection of Countess Ann Griffin Bernstorff of Berkeley Forest House, Co. Wexford - curated by Belinda Quirke.
Meath Arts Group
11 January – 1 February, 2014
The members of Meath Arts Group explored the idea of ‘Text to Visual’ through a series of workshops. The exhibition included resulting work in a variety of mediums; Including Installation, Sculptural, Contemporary and Traditional artworks.
Three Degrees of Painting
7 November – 6 December, 2013
Selected from its national call and curated by Carissa Farrell, 'Three Degrees of Painting' juxtaposed the work of three different painters - Jennifer Trouton, Judy Carroll Deeley and Susan Connolly.
The Work of Micheal Farrell
August 22 - October 19, 2013
Born in Kells, Micheal Farrell is one of Ireland’s best-known artists. This retrospective highlights the scope of Farrell’s skill. Produced by Solstice, this exhibition will then tour to Crawford Art Gallery and the RHA. Funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon Touring Award.
June 22 - August 4, 2013
Solstice Arts Centre proudly presented its second Surveyor exhibition following an open call to artists living in or from County Meath. Selected work included a range of media from painting, photography, print-making and sculpture to installation and felt. The exhibition demonstrated the diversity of talent and expression amongst artists living and working in Meath today.
Surveyor 2013 was curated by sculptor Ann Meldon Hugh.
No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
18 April - 15 June, 2013
Mark Durkan presented a solo exhibition which borrowed from TV science fiction and exploring a built & human environment in an imaginary post-apocalyptic world. Taking hte form of architectural installations, Mark imagined how to start a new way of surviving in re-configured social structures and an ecologically altered environment.
Out of the Marvellous
9 February - 6 April, 2013
Out of the Marvellous exhibited work by some of Ireland's foremost makers and poets, co-curated by Maureen Kennelly and Ann Mulrooney. The show traced connections and shared sources of inspiration between poetry and visual art, through selected pairings of poets and makers. Featuring poetry, sound and objects, it sought to create a moving and immersive environment in which the poetic beauty of both art forms can be enjoyed and appreciated. The exhibition was a co-production with The National Craft Gallery and Poetry Ireland.