It’s like when you sit in a coffee shop and enjoy looking at the people passing by. Some of the people capture your attention. You follow them with your eyes and you reinvent their stories. And yet the only thing you know about those people and their lives is their image standing in front of you. And that is what you try to do when then you draw and paint: you try to capture and reproduce those interesting images. Nothing more nothing less, because the image seems already to have everything you need within it.
Mario Sughi, was born in Cesena in 1961. His father was the artist Alberto Sughi and it was in his studio under his guidance that Mario started painting and drawing. Towards the end of the seventies in Rome he published his first cartoons and illustrations for Il Male and Zut, two popular satirical magazines of the time. In 1986 he graduated from La Sapienza University with a degree in Art and History. Three years later he moved to Dublin where in 1995 he completed a PhD in Medieval History at Trinity College. In 1996 in Queen’s University, Belfast he prepared for the Irish Manuscripts Commission an edition of a Latin medieval text.
On his return to Dublin he went back to his original occupation, working as an illustrator for a commercial company of archaeologists. It was during this time that he started to use digital techniques for his drawing. In 2007 he turned to producing his own art and illustration on a full-time basis.
In that year he had his first group exhibition in Dublin at the Loft Gallery in Lombard Street, followed by his first solo exhibitions, at the Green Room, in Manchester in 2010, and then at the Exchange Gallery in Temple Bar and The Complex Studios in Smithfield Square, in Dublin in 2011.
His reputation has grown quickly and his work now features in both public and private collections, including the Municipal Gallery of Waterford, the Contemporary Art Museum of Cassino (CAMUSAC), and the Absolute Art Collection. Solo exhibitions include Waterford (2012), Rome (2012), Vicenza (2013), Mannheim (2014 & 2015), Aberdeen (2016) and Turin (2016).
Siobhan McDonald – A Change in the Signal – Crystalline| Highlanes Gallery and Droichead Arts Centre | 7th October – 25th November
Highlanes Gallery is delighted to present a new exhibition by artist Siobhan McDonald, first shown in Paris, in the Centre Culturel Irlandais, earlier this year.
Artist Siobhan McDonald reflects on the creative processes and formative energies in nature contained within atmospheres, molecules, sounds and seeds. Positioning her work within geological history, Crystalline explores our understanding of time and our relationship with a continually changing environment. The deep history of materials, their changing states and the fragility of bodies and landforms exposed to the elements, are themes that animate Crystalline throughout the exhibition.
McDonald’s research and preparatory work included an expedition to the Arctic Circle in 2015, collaborative work with the European Space Agency and an ongoing studio residency in the College of Science at University College Dublin.
For Highlanes Gallery, this new iteration of Crystalline brings together a customized selection of works related to the substance of ancient and historic natural forms, a set of Arctic plant pressings from the 1825 Franklin Expedition. This is complemented on film by the ghostly spectre of an expeditionary ship in the very waters where the Franklin ship sailed over 150 years ago, with the retrieved sound of the glacier and a score specially composed by Irene Buckley.
Oil paintings are based on photographic plates found in the remains of several Arctic expeditions during the 18th century. Cyathea australis (2017), four photogenic drawings that narrate the changing state of the Earth’s atmosphere, contain light and atmospheric carbon dioxide to recreate conditions of the Triassic, Cretaceous, and Devonian Periods, as well as the Anthropocene epoch.
Crystalline has prompted a number of reviews in English-language and French media, including the Apollo art magazine and the French weekly Télérama, which said the show was ‘beautiful and intelligent: two adjectives rare(ly strung) together.’ Apollo’s Tom Jeffreys added “McDonald commemorates the vast diversity of the environment we inhabit and explores our equally diverse responses to it. She does so deftly and with an aesthetic that is at once coherent, understated and quietly powerful.’
Crystalline: Siobhan McDonald is curated by Helen Carey, Director of Firestation Artists’ Studios.
Collaborative Partners: European Space Agency; The Millennium Seed Bank; UCD Parity Studios, University College Dublin, The National Botanic Gardens Dublin, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
Exhibition Opening: Saturday 7 October 2017 from 3.30-5pm
In-Conversation Saturday 7 October 2017 at 3.30pm where the artist Siobhan McDonald is in conversation with the exhibition’s curator, Helen Carey.
Children’s Mid Term Workshops Wednesday 1, Thursday 2 and Friday 3 November, each day from 11.30am-1.00pm
Guided Tours: Lasting 40 minutes and available Monday to Saturday, with pre-booking advisable. Rate of €1 per person.
Monday – Saturday 10.30am-5.00pm, Closed Sunday
Highlanes Gallery is open Sunday 29 and Bank Holiday Monday 30 October from 12.00pm-5.00pm.
‘Out Too Far (Wishing Too Many Things)’ – Thomas Brezing
Creative Spark, Dundalk presents an exhibition of work from the Creative Spark Residency Programme 2016-2017 (supported by Create Louth).
The artists involved in the 2016 – 2017 Programme at Creative Spark were Michael Stafford (Louth); Thomas Brezing (Dublin); Olga Danilova (Russia); Chiara Leto & Giulia Vetri (Italy) and Hazel Egan (Dublin).
The exhibition will bring together new works completed during the residency programme in the medium of printmaking, mixed media and painting.
A parallel exhibition of work by Creative Spark print studio members will run adjacent to the exhibition.
Opening Wednesday 11th October at 7pm
Children’s Workshop – Thomas Brezing: Waste, Environment & Monoprint workshop
Saturday 21st October | 11:30-1:00pm
Free but booking required
School Group Workshop Hazel Egan: Children’s Printmaking Workshop
School group to visit Exhibition and take part in a print workshop. Group Size (12-15)
Wednesday 25th October | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Free but booking required
Adult’s & Children’s Workshop – Michael Stafford: Stretch Your Imagination
Paint & Print from your imagination using the work in the exhibition to inspire the process
Saturday 28th October | 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Free but booking required
Booking through creativespark.ie