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Citadel Series: Fort Leavenworth at Elevation – Winter Group Show at Olivier Cornet Gallery until 29th January

 

Fort Leavenworth I – II, Oil on Gesso, 37cm X 57cm, 2016

The two paintings above are from the Citadel Series of paintings I began working on in 2016 – in this series of  paintings, images and locations are isolated from source and context like sets and props suspended in time through paint without context as to their significance as elements in a complex narrative of our contested history. Rendered in a dreamlike aesthetic as if viewed through the lens of a surveillance drone, the indefinite liminal locations of three notorious whistleblowers were explored – Julian Assange in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Edward Snowden in a Moscow airport and here above Fort Leavenworth the military prison where Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment for leaking diplomatic cables to Wikileaks, one of the largest breaches of classified material in US history.

In a timely development and welcome decision – today Barrack Obama in the last days of his presidency has commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence. She had been scheduled to be released in 2045 and now will be released on 17th May 2017. President Obama in his final press conference said Manning had served a tough prison sentence and that “justice had been served”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38667163

The exhibition Elevation – Winter Group Show at Olivier Cornet Gallery has been extended to Sunday 29th January.

 

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Curators Visits to Talbot Studios December 2016

A group of the artists in Talbot Studios came together to invite a range of curators for scheduled visits to the individual artist’s studios. We had a great uptake on the invitation and over two days – Thursday 8th December and Friday 9th December – seven curators including – Olivier Cornet (Olivier Cornet Gallery), Seán Kissane (IMMA), Mary Cremin (Temple Bar Gallery), Eoin O’Dowd (Eight Gallery), Sheena Barrett (The LAB), Niamh Brown (Ormston House) and Michelle Doyle (Independent) visited the studios.

The artists involved were : Harry Burton, Jane Fogarty, David Lunney, Gráinne Tynan, Emer Tynan, Susane Wawra, Andrew Simpson and Claire Halpin.

The event was a great success with very positive feedback from all the curators and great conversations and critiques on the diverse range of practices in the studios over the two days!

We hope to arrange a similar event for curators in Spring 2017.

Dublin Gallery Weekend – Friday 25th- Sunday 27th November 2016

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Following a phenomenally successful inaugural year, Dublin Gallery Weekend is returning in 2016 with more galleries taking part. The visual arts festival will be taking place in Dublin from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November 2016. Over one weekend, 36 art galleries across the city will throw open their doors and invite visitors old and new to experience the exciting and inspiring art on offer in Dublin art galleries.
What’s on at the Olivier Cornet Gallery?
Friday 25th November: 3-4pm, Parnell Square Tour: Meeting Point at Hillsboro Fine Art continuing to Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Olivier Cornet Gallery.
Olivier will present our current show: Adrienne Symes’s ‘Seeds of life’
Saturday 26th November:pm : Mulled Wine and a talk. As part of our series of talks around Adrienne Symes’s exhibition – Robert Moss, An Taisce’s Flag Award for Parks Manager, will deliver a talk about the newly introduced Green Flag Award for Parks scheme that was only launched nationally this year. It is an important environmental improvement programme that seeks to accredit and award those parks which are managed sustainably. The talk will take place in the gallery so work by all gallery artists will be on view including new work from my recent solo exhibition at the gallery – Glomar Response.

Olivier Cornet Gallery at VUE Art Fair at the RHA – 3rd-6th November

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Olivier Cornet Gallery is participating at VUE – Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair will take place at Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin from Thursday 3rd November to Sunday 6th November 2016.

18 of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries will participate in this year’s fair, representing some of the best-known names in Irish visual art.

Galleries participating in Vue 2016 include Cross Gallery, Molesworth Gallery, Stoney Road Press, Hillsboro Fine Art, Green on Red, Eight, Peppercanister, Graphic Studio, Fenderesky, Kevin Kavanagh, Gallery of Photography, Solomon, Olivier Cornet, Gormleys, Jonathan Ellis King, Gibbons and Nicholas, Oonagh Young Gallery and Art Box.

Ireland’s most talented visual artists will compete for the biggest prize in Irish contemporary art at Vue 2016. The €5,000 Vue Contemporary Art Prize presented by Savills will be awarded to the artist who has produced an outstanding body of work in the last year or made some other substantial contribution to the visual arts in Ireland.

Olivier Cornet Gallery and its artists will be presenting a themed group show for Vue 2016 inspired from the very famous poem ‘Elevation‘ by French poet Charles Baudelaire who in March 1866, 150 years ago, suffered a massive stroke and that year marked the end of his creative genius. He was to die a year later. The poet inspired so many other artists of his generation, poets, musicians and painters like Manet.

Artists: Annika Berglund, Hugh Cummins, John Fitzsimons, Jordi Fornies, Conrad Frankel, Bradley Gray, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Miriam McConnon, Yanny Petters, Kelly Ratchford, Freda Rupp and Adrienne Symes.

Opening hours are 6-8pm on Thursday, November 3, 11am-8pm on Friday, November 4, 11am-7pm on Saturday, November 5, and 12-6pm on Sunday, November 6.

VUE Art Fair                        http://www.vueartfair.ie/

Olivier Cornet Gallery      http://www.oliviercornetgallery.com/

 

Drawing Installation and Video Projections at Olivier Cornet Gallery until 2nd October

Last weekend of Glomar Response – my solo exhibition at Olivier Cornet Gallery. Alongside the new series of paintings  there is a stop-frame animated video – Drone Test – a drone flight test created using a semi-autonomous drone constructed by the artist using micro-aviary which is the study of the flight patterns of birds informing the current development of micro semi-autonomous surveillance drones.

There is also a drawing installation site-specific and integrated with the Georgian architecture of the Olivier Cornet Gallery which references an ancient Greek painting contest…

According to the Naturalis Historia of Pliny the Elder, Zeuxis and his contemporary Parrhasius (of Ephesus and later Athens) staged a contest to determine the greater artist. When Zeuxis unveiled his painting of grapes, they appeared so real that birds flew down to peck at them. But when Parrhasius, whose painting was concealed behind a curtain, asked Zeuxis to pull aside that curtain, the curtain itself turned out to be a painted illusion. Parrhasius won, and Zeuxis said, “I have deceived the birds, but Parrhasius has deceived Zeuxis.” This story was commonly referred to in 18th- and 19th-century art theory to promote spatial illusion in painting.

Olivier Cornet Gallery, Denmark Street, open this weekend:

Saturday 12.00-5.00pm

Sunday 12.00-5.00pm

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Glomar Response Solo Exhibition at Olivier Cornet Gallery continues until 2nd October

 

 

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My solo exhibition Glomar Response opened at Olivier Cornet Gallery on 11th September with a great crowd of assembled artists, friends and family. Brian Fay, Artist and Head of Fine Art at DIT officially launched the exhibition and both eloquently and insightful responses to the new work. See images above.

The exhibition continues at Olivier Cornet Gallery until Sunday 2nd October.

Olivier Cornet Gallery
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Opening hours:
Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Monday closed, by appointment only.

About the exhibition title: GLOMAR RESPONSE
In United States law, the term Glomar Response refers to a “neither confirm nor deny” response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The Glomar Explorer was a large salvage vessel built by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for its covert Project Azorian – an attempted salvaging of a sunken Soviet submarine in 1974. Aware of the pending publication of a story in the LA Times, the CIA sought to stop the story’s publication and devised the “Glomar Response”. So as not to divulge to the Soviet Union either what the CIA knew or did not know, the response read: “We can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the information requested but, hypothetically, if such data were to exist, the subject matter would be classified, and could not be disclosed.”. The original text was written by Walt Logan (pseudonym), Associate General Counsel at the CIA.The Glomar Response precedent still stands, and has bearing in Freedom of Information cases today.
“Glomar” is the abbreviation of Global Marine, the Howard Hughes company commissioned by the CIA to build the Glomar Explorer.