Category Archives: Painting Research

Jane Rainey – MFA Graduate, 2016

Jane Rainey, oil on canvas, 2016

Jane Rainey, Toxicity, oil on canvas, 40 x 50cm, 2016

 

The paintings often describe no specific events, with the beginning, the end and the transgressive or progressive middle, often folding in on each other. The works are always in a state of flux, living somewhere in-between representation and abstraction, depicting things that are of this world but also not of this world. Tangible things that you can almost touch collide with unrecognisable abstract marks that are very much involved and about the act of painting. The worlds are suspended in time, with no sense of gravity, living within a liminal space that is neither here nor there. Bright in colour the works pulsate against each other causing harmonious connections as well as uneasy clashes. A sense of overwhelming uneasy and awkwardness occupy the painting, alluding that all is not what it seems.

Jane Rainey, oil on canvas, 2016

Jane Rainey, In Response to the infinite Scream of Nature,oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm. 2016

Jane Rainey, oil on canvas, 2016

Jane Rainey, Witches Broom,oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm, 2016

Jane Rainey, oil on canvas, 2016

Jane Rainey,The Man behind the Curtain, oil on canvas, 90 x 120 cm,2016

Jane Rainey website

Joseph Heffernan – MFA Graduate, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, Cityscape, oil on canvas, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, Cityscape, oil on panel, 40 x 30 cm, 2016

The Paintings are about the day-to-day activities of being in the studio and the Quixotic nature of the working process. The characters in the paintings are ones that I chose to bring in to the studio for narrative reasons. This narrative involves a theatrical conflict between abstraction and figuration, play-fullness and melancholy, hopefulness and despair, and is used as a vehicle or stage for exploring the absurdity of things.        Joseph Heffernan

Joseph Heffernan, Flume, oil on panel, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, Flume, oil on panel, 25 x 20 cm, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, Crusade, oil on canvas, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, Crusade, oil on panel, 30 x 40 cm, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, The Comedian, oil on panel, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, The Comedian, oil on panel, 25 x 15 cm, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, The Rehearsal, oil on canvas, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, The Rehearsal, oil on panel, 90 x 70 cm 2016

Kiran Riaz – MFA Graduate, 2016

Kiran Riaz, East meets West, digital print on canvas, 8' x 5', 2016

Kiran Riaz, East meets West, digital print on canvas, 8′ x 5′, 2016

Kiran Riaz grew up in Pakistan and moved to Dublin for her MFA. Her practice revolves around the counterbalance between Western and Eastern cultures. The work deals with cultural perceptions and her own experience of living between East and West. Riaz explores beauty, terrorism, religion and stereotypes of Eastern men as adversaries post 9/11. She has combined the Pakistani textile motif of Ajarak with Irish lace patterns in a mosaic format, using Photoshop software and traditional miniature painting. The work alludes to the mysteries and layers of visual storytelling from both societies, by revealing and concealing our combined histories.

Kiran Riaz, Untitled, acrylic on canvass, 12 x 12 inches, 2016

Kiran Riaz, Untitled, acrylic on canvass, 12 x 12 inches, 2016

Kiran Riaz, performance, sketch printing on T-shirt, (Austin Hearne), 2016

Kiran Riaz, performance, sketch printing on T-shirt, (Austin Hearne), 2016

Kiran Riaz, Who am I, colour pencil, on canvas, 2016

Kiran Riaz, Who am I, colour pencil, on canvas, 2016

Kiran Riaz, Untitled, acrylics on canvas, 20x20 cm, 2016

Kiran Riaz, Untitled, acrylics on canvas, 20×20 cm, 2016

www.kiranriazart.com

Pat Byrne – MFA Graduate, 2015

Pat Byrne, 2015, 'The New Baal Fires', Oil on canvas, 57x40cm

Pat Byrne, 2015, ‘The New Baal Fires’, Oil on canvas, 57x40cm

My practice explores superstitions and folklore. Superstitions have always held a core place in Irish culture but as time progresses the mischievous and malevolent spirits that once occupied the spoken word and imagination are being forgotten only to be seen as figures of parody.

Pat Byrne, 2015 'Industrious', Oil on Canvas, 41x31cm

Pat Byrne, 2015 ‘Industrious’, Oil on Canvas, 41x31cm

I take mythological humanoids and fairies and attempt to portray them in a more realistic and contemporary fashion, wanting to render them as somebody who could possibly pass us by on the street giving them invisibility through their normality. This is achieved by depicting them in everyday, casual attire such as hoodies and tracksuits, clothes surrounded with misperceptions of shady character that serve to amplify their reputations as tricksters. I work very figuratively because it creates an interesting contradiction to the make believe subject matter of the paintings.

Pat Byrne, 2014, 'Now, Look Around', Oil on Canvas, 21x17cm

Pat Byrne, 2014, ‘Now, Look Around’, Oil on Canvas, 21x17cm

I’m interested in how we rationalise events that could be the results of otherworldly actions with an explanation due to a lack of belief, a refusal to believe or possibly to keep this supernatural spectrum secret. Using this lack of fear towards fairy folk combined with the clothing is something that I use to reflect the contemporary human condition. Leprechauns are no longer needed to mend shoes and nor are banshees an omen of death, these characters of superstition are effectively unemployed.

Pat Byrne, 2015, 'One Who Holds November Sacred', Oil on Canvas, 38x28cm

Pat Byrne, 2015, ‘One Who Holds November Sacred’, Oil on Canvas, 38x28cm

Pat Byrne, 2015, 'Masquerading', Oil on Canvas, 25cm x 18cm,

Pat Byrne, 2015, ‘Masquerading’, Oil on Canvas, 25cm x 18cm,

In order for the light and shadows to fall as accurately as possible and heighten the level of realism I build props that are added as prosthetics such as an oversized clover for the leprechaun or horns for the pooka. All of this has inadvertently given the early stages of each painting an element of theatricality.

Pat Byrne, 2015 'Leaves', Oil on Canvas, 55x35cm

Pat Byrne, 2015 ‘Leaves’, Oil on Canvas, 55x35cm

Pat Byrne, 2015, 'Half in the World of Form', Oil on Canvas, 55x35cm

Pat Byrne, 2015, ‘Half in the World of Form’, Oil on Canvas, 55x35cm

Pat Byrne, 2015, 'The Result of Solitude', Oil on Canvas, 36x25cm

Pat Byrne, 2015, ‘The Result of Solitude’, Oil on Canvas, 36x25cm

Aisling Ní Chlaonadh | John Busher – Transferrals

 

Aisling Ní Chlaonadh

Aisling Ní Chlaonadh, ‘Bubbleswatch 2’, acrylic on board, 2014.

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John Busher, 'Sunburn , (9pm), oil on canvas, 2014

John Busher, ‘Sunburn (9pm)’, oil on canvas, 2014

john busher install

 

Aisling Ní Chlaonadh and John Busher, two Art in the Contemporary World students at NCAD recently showed their work in the Project Space at Pallas Projects/Studios. The accompanying text describes: ‘Transferrals is a reference to the unknown, how this is marked with both uneasiness and hesitation. Both practices of John and Aisling share a mutual concern in relation to painting within a contemporary context. This ranges from preoccupations that question the role of photography within contemporary painting discourse, to the exploration of phenomenological interests that inform their practice.’

Aisling Ní Chlaonadh’s website can be found here.

John Busher’s website can be found here.

Posted by Kristina Huxley

Ann Marie Webb – MFA Graduate, 2014

Anne Marie Webb, Minding the Stone, acrylic oil and enamel on canvas 165x198 cms

Anne Marie Webb, Minding the Stone, acrylic oil and enamel on canvas 165×198 cms

When I start to paint I don’t think of the piece as an image. I start through action, fighting against the edge towards the centre. I have a compulsion to see beyond the frame – figure and ground are equal. By layering movement through the physicality of paint, a space forms. The frame becomes a fixer or locus for a particular perspective.  Abstraction is for me a language of reality, which acts on a subatomic level, not fixed through a namable form but one that goes beneath what we see.   The image is complete when the image floats and becomes unfixed.

Anne Marie Webb, Nocturne, oil and enamel on board, 25x31 cms

Anne Marie Webb, Nocturne, oil and enamel on board, 25×31 cms

Anne Marie Webb, Untitled, acrylic oil and enamel on canvas, 70x100 cms

Anne Marie Webb, Untitled, acrylic oil and enamel on canvas, 70×100 cms

Anne Marie Webb, Tempered, acrylic, oil and enamel on canvas, 244x165 cms

Anne Marie Webb, Tempered, acrylic, oil and enamel on canvas, 244×165 cms

Posted by Anne Marie Webb

Neo mannerism?

The theme of November’s MFA Painting seminar was Jerry Saltz’s article on neo-mannerism, Art’s Insidious New Cliché, published in http://www.vulture.com .

Read the text here.

Saltz berates artists for producing an ‘ever-expanding assembly of anaemically boring artistic clichés squeezing the life out of the art world right now.’

The question for us was, is this the case? If so, is Salz’s argument limited to New York? As one of the comments on his post states, ‘maybe you are not looking in the right place.’

In reference to painting, Saltz states, ‘Nowadays we see endless arrays of decorous, medium-sized, handsome, harmless paintings. It’s rendered mainly in black, white, gray or, more recently, violet or blue. Much of it entails transfer techniques, silkscreening, stencilling, assemblage, collage, a little spray painting or scraping and the like. There might be some smooshy blocks of colour or stripes or other obvious open-form abstraction or geometric motif.’ He then goes on to say that much of the current work references mostly male painters like Albert Oehlen, Christopher Wool, Michael Krebber, Wade Guyton, Laura Owens and Sergej Jensen.

Here is a summary of the arguments that were made ‘for’ and ‘against’ Jerry in our seminar. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the painting department or of everyone at the seminar.

FOR

In support of Jerry’s argument, we looked at a painting by Chantal Joffe, ‘Walking’ which was described as ‘dispassionate,’ in comparison to Maria Lassnig’s work. We looked at Sarah Faux, Patrick Brennan and Zachary Keeting.

Image

Chantal Joffe, Walking Woman, 2004, oil on board

Albert Oehlen Piece 2003 oil on canvas

Albert Oehlen
Piece
2003
oil on canvas

Sarah Faux Crawling Man 2012 oil and spray paint on canvas

Sarah Faux
Crawling Man
2012
oil and spray paint on canvas

 

Patrick Brennan Flow and Fade 2011 mixed media on canvas

Patrick Brennan
Flow and Fade
2011
mixed media on canvas

 

 

Zachary Keeting January (3) 2013  acrylic on canvas

Zachary Keeting
January (3)
2013
acrylic on canvas

 

Another group of works were shown: Luc Tuymans, Daniel Richter, Damien Hirst, and Thomas Hirschorn. The argument around these works is that they were ‘cynical.’ For example, that Tuymans seeming ability to paint any historical figure, here Condoleezza Rice, in monochromatic tones has become a mannerism.

Luc Tuymans, The Secretary of State, 2005, oil on canvas

Luc Tuymans, The Secretary of State, 2005, oil on canvas

Thomas Hirschorn

Thomas Hirschorn

We looked at the blog  structureandimagery.blogspot.ie, a contemporary art blog by Paul Behnke, which showed images of recent shows in Lower Manhattan and it was proposed that from the work shown, Saltz did have a valid criticism to make of current shows in New York.

AGAINST

Against Saltz’s argument, we looked at Scott Stack, Richard Roth and Tomma Abts, all influenced by artists such as Christopher Wool, mentioned in the article, but not falling into any neo-mannerist cliché, it was suggested. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, seen in this year’s Turner Prize, was also cited as an artist whose work, at least, challenged the viewer’s assumptions about what contemporary figure painting could be.

Christopher Wool Untitled 2010 screen printing ink and enamel paint on paper

Christopher Wool
Untitled
2010
screen printing ink and enamel paint on paper

Scot Stack City of the Future 2011 oil paint on canvas

Scot Stack
City of the Future
2011
oil paint on canvas

Richard Roth  Shandy 2010 acrylic on MDF

Richard Roth
Shandy
2010
acrylic on MDF

Richard Roth  As Is 2011 acrylic on birch plywood

Richard Roth
As Is
2011
acrylic on birch plywood

Tomma Abts, Zebe, 2010, acrylic and oil on canvas

Tomma Abts, Zebe, 2010, acrylic and oil on canvas

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Chris Martin’s work has many influences from music, literature and film. He paints large-scale canvases and ‘paints on records, slices of white bread, pillows, aluminium foil, and uses copious amounts of glitter- materials that seem immune to artspeak’. In a recent interview by Ross Simonini, he was asked, “What’s your definition of ‘bad’ or ‘unsuccessful’?”

CM: ‘Well, that’s a wonderful question, because as an artist it’s very interesting sometimes to say, I’ll try to make a bad one. And often the kind of energy around the bad one is actually great.’

Chris Martin at Mitchell-Innes and Nash Gallery

Chris Martin at Mitchell-Innes and Nash Gallery

We also showed a group of works from the ‘Invisible- Art about the unseen, 1957-2012’ exhibition that was held at the Hayward Galley in 2012. The works were Jeppe Hein’s Invisible Labyrinth, Yves Klein, in the void room, 1961, Tom Friedman, 1000 hours, and Tino Seghal. The argument here was that if mannerism was a result of too much, an excess, then these works would offer some relief. They are visually low-key works, which invoke invisibility to underscore and direct our attention towards the unwritten rules that shape our understanding of art. A contrast to Jerry’s ‘post- formalist formal arrangements of clunky stuff, sticks, planks, bent metal, wood boxes, fabric old furniture, concrete things and whatnot leaned, stacked, piled or dispersed around a clean white gallery.’

Yves Klein in the Void Room (Raum der Leere). 1961

Yves Klein in the Void Room (Raum der Leere). 1961

 Tom Friedman. 1000hrs. 1992

Tom Friedman. 1000hrs. 1992

 Jeppe Hein, Invisible Labyrinth 2005

Jeppe Hein, Invisible Labyrinth 2005

Tino Sehgal

Jerry mentions Bjarne Melgaard at the beginning of the article and we examined his work. He works, sometimes collaboratively, on large-scale expressionistic paintings. His works are said to be created from ‘authentic impulses.’

Bjarne Melgaard and Erik Di Bella

Bjarne Melgaard and Erik Di Bella

Bjarne Melgaard and Ruben Lopez

Bjarne Melgaard and Ruben Lopez

We also looked at images from NCAD Painting department recent graduate, Sam Keogh,’s 2013 show at the Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, ‘Mop.’ The exhibition takes its premise from the character of Oscar the Grouch in the children’s television series Sesame Street, a character who collected dirty, messy and useless objects and whose presence in the programmes was to teach children to tolerate non-normative behaviours. The show consists of a vinyl floor covering, printed from Keogh’s drawings spliced together, spread across the entire floor of the gallery, on which are placed an array of images, sculptures and found objects. Although the presentation of the show ticks several of Saltz’s boxes, the way forms merge in and out of the background of the floor covering, and the way the viewer discovers the show over time and spends time with it and on it, the subtlety of the shifts in scale and consideration of detail and materials , all counteract Jerry’s argument.

Sam Keogh, Mop, 2013

Sam Keogh, Mop, 2013

Sam Keogh, Mop, 2013

Sam Keogh, Mop, 2013

Posted by Madeleine Moore