Visual Art: Gallery Friday 11th January – Saturday 16th February
Markus Davies’ paintings are an abstracted, interpretive response to the built environment through which he travels. They are a personal evaluation of his daily surroundings, addressing the simple experience of the transitory moments he lives. His colours are chosen intuitively - often lifted and re-contextualised as he discovers them within daily life, and his distinct geometric compositions are informed by anything he encounters, from buildings and road signs to commercial packaging. Davies strives to capture the impressions and memories of existing in his everyday spaces. Developed from his understanding and experience of the urban landscape, his paintings combine a multitude of fragments of visual and emotional data and distill them into controlled, sensitive, beautiful objects. Markus’ work has been exhibited and published in Ireland and the UK. In one of his most recent projects he collaborated with 12 national and international artists in Dublin, raising awareness of disused spaces within our cities.
Adm. FreeOfficial opening on Friday 11th January at 7.30pm. All welcome.
Visual Art: Foyer Thursday 28th February - Wednesday 27th March
The Art Department in the school is a vibrant environment with on-going projects in a variety of crafts such as Printmaking, 3D work in clay modelling, wire construction and plaster of Paris. The work in the 2019 exhibition will include examples of Linoprinting from both Senior and Junior Visual Art students. Linoprinting involves design skills with simplification of a drawing, transfer of design to lino and then carving and cutting the lino to achieve a variety of marks. The lino is then inked and printed to achieve a series of prints. The Linoprint works on exhibition are evidence of the students’ design, cutting and planning skills combined with creative choices. In St Geralds College, students of all ages are encouraged to express their creative side and to develop their art, craft and design skills.
Official Opening on Thursday 28th February at 1.30pm.
Visual Art: Gallery Friday 22nd February - Saturday 30th March
Louise Peat’s current body of work examines how the development of the online social world is affecting identity and social behaviour. She focuses on communication and specially alludes to the way people today keep in touch by interacting through a screen - via social media and internet networks trying to perpetuate social bonds, relations and intimacy, and believes that there is a disconnect occurring. She expressly asks - are we losing meaningful connection within the process? Louise employs multiple approaches and strategies in her art practice and is open to an investigation through painting, drawing, print, installation, sound, and computer software to create and inform her work. This new body of work includes computer-generated drawings constructed in virtual spaces, scanned paintings and screen shots, which she makes physical through the medium of printingmaking. Louise Peat was born in Dublin where she lives and works. She has a MA in Fine Art in Painting from NCAD, has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and her work is held in many public and private collections.
Official opening on Friday 22nd February at 7.30pm. All welcome.
Visual Art: Gallery Friday 5th April – Saturday 11th May
Photographer Nathalie Daoust’s Korean Dreams is a complex series that probes the unsettling vacuity of North Korea. The images reveal a country that seems to exist outside of time, as a carefully choreographed mirage. Daoust has spent much of her career exploring the chimeric world of fantasy: the hidden desires and urges that compel people to escape from reality. Here, she explores this escapist impulse not as an individual choice, but as a way of life forced upon an entire nation. Daoust deliberately obscures her photographs during the development stage, as the layers of film are peeled off, the images are stifled until the facts become ‘lost’ in the process and a sense of detachment from reality is revealed. The photographs, like the North Korea people, are manipulated until the underlying truth is all but a blur. The resultant pictures speak to North Korean society, of missing information and truth concealed. Nathalie Daoust is a Canadian photographer and contemporary artist. She first broke onto the scene in 1997, and her conceptual projects that have taken her all over the world, both thematically and through her many exhibitions.
Official opening on Friday 15th April at 7.30pm. All welcome.