Showing at the NCAD Gallery, Dublin, the artists in Kipple, Natasha Conway, Daniel Jackman, Eveleen Murphy, Andrew Simpson and George Warren all graduated from the Painting Department at NCAD in 2013. They were part of a truly dynamic group of BA and MFA students. They see themselves as having “more in common with the intimism of early 20th century European painting than with the heroics of the Abstract Expressionist generation”. However their work reflects a deep connection to European and American painting, past and present. Interestingly the catalogue for their show is dedicated to Raoul De Keyser who died during their degree year; someone whose critical reception in America came late in his career.
Sharon Butler, the New York based artist and critic (Two Coats of Paint), writing in the catalogue quotes F. Scott Fitzgerald who wrote that the “test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function”. The opposing ideas for these Irish artists include the intimate and the heroic, the figurative and the abstract, and not least, their geographical situation on the edge of Europe but looking towards America in an increasingly internationalized art world.
‘Kipple’ is a fictional word coined by author Philip K. Dick in his 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? to describe a proliferation of material ‘things’ that exist and multiply regardless of a character’s presence, or absence. In this instance, kipple is used as metaphor for the thought processes comparable to the materiality of the studio where material accumulates outside of one’s immediate consciousness.
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