The best art exhibitions this week – from 2°C in Dublin at Olivier Cornet Gallery
“Olivier Cornet has a knack for curating good thematic shows, allowing artists to affiliate their work to a subject – in this case climate change – without distorting their customary practices. Here he elicits thoughtful, nuanced responses from a number of fine artists including Jordi Fornies, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Freda Rupp, Aisling Conroy, Vicky Smith and more.”
Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, 10th December 2017
“Huge congratulations to Claire Halpin who is the winner of ‘Arrival’, the open exhibition of works by artists from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County. Claire is pictured with her works, Raft I and Raft II at the launch of ‘Arrival’ last night at dlr LexIcon.”
2° C, a group show on climate change at Vue Art Fair 2017, RHA (2-5 Nov) & at Olivier Cornet Gallery (16 Dec-15 Feb 2018)
VUE, Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair and yes it does takes place at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
For Vue 2017, The Olivier Cornet Gallery and their artists will be presenting ‘2° C’, a group show on the theme of climate change, supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Responding to the theme of Climate Change I developed a new work related to a previous series of work on the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Our reliance on fossil fuels has impacted on the greenhouse effect and climate change. The quest for fossil fuels in the form of global oil corporations and conglomerates has had some of the most disastrous manmade environmental impact – both at sea, on land and animal and marine life.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill killing eleven people, it is considered the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. The US Government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels. After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on September 19, 2010. Reports in early 2012 indicated that the well site was still leaking. The spill was also notable for the volume of Corexit oil dispersant used and for application methods that were “purely experimental.” Scientists concluded that mixing oil with dispersant increased toxicity to ecosystems by 52 times and made the gulf oil spill worse.”
In September 2014, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that BP was primarily responsible for the oil spill because of its gross negligence and reckless conduct.
The Deepwater Horizon I-III series of paintings refer to the grand tradition of marine painting – documenting great seafarers and nautical heroics and explorers.
2° C a group show on climate change at Vue Art Fair 2017, RHA (2-5 Nov) & at Olivier Cornet Gallery (16 Dec-15 Feb 2018)
Last chance to get to see Concerning the Other exhibition with the Artist Panel Talk on Friday 6th October at 6.30pm at Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street.
This panel discussion with the curators and some of the collaborating artists will explore various elements of the project – how the artists dealt with each other’s work, how they found the process of having their work altered, how the public engaged with the process week by week, how people responded to the final works, what effect (if any) the works had, and many more questions that have arisen since the beginning of the project.
It promises to be a very interesting evening as they will be talking about their experience during the project and answering any questions you might have. This free event will be chaired by Michael Coyne who is currently undertaking an MA in Visual and Critical Studies with the Dublin School of Creative Arts at DIT.
Concerning the Other a collaborative art project which involved ten contemporary artists working together on one hundred pieces of art, to promote diversity and concern for minorities in these days of mounting racism and intolerance.
The Artists: Brian Fay, Claire Halpin, James Hanley RHA, Joanna Kidney, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Miriam McConnon, Kate Murphy, Ben Readman, Gail Ritchie and Susanne Wawra.
The Curators: Olivier Cornet, Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn
Concerning the Other: https://www.facebook.com/ConcerningtheOther/
Olivier Cornet Gallery: http://www.oliviercornetgallery.com/