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Somewhere between perception and reality – Exhibition Opening at Olivier Cornet Gallery – 9th December at 3pm

Somewhere between perception and reality

An exhibition first presented at VUE 2018, Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair ( RHA, Dublin)

Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1  (beside Belvedere College)

Exhibition Opening Sunday 9 December 2018 – 3pm

Afghan Tour, Diptych, Oil on Canvas, 60cm X 150cm, 2016






The show features work by gallery artists


The exhibition also features works by our AGA members, namely

‘Somewhere between perception and reality’ is an exploration of the world of appearances, of surface scratching and the way we have to read between the lines -or images and layers- to get to the core of things.


Sometimes we have to look within to understand what’s without, but are we really looking? In the current climate of fake news, half-truths, rushed verdicts and online knee-jerk reactions, maybe art can help us navigate the tortuous roads of reality by asking us to look again and again, to consider how others perceive our world. Then we might see theirs or at least find common ground…


Opening hours

Tue-Fri  11am-6pm (till 8pm Thu)  Sat-Sun  12-5pm

Monday closed, by appointment only.

This exhibition runs until 17 February 2019.

The gallery will be closed from Sunday, 23rd December 2018 to Friday, 4th January 2019. Our show will resume on Saturday, 5th January 2019.

image: Claire Halpin, ‘Afghan Tour’, oil on canvas, diptych, 60x150cm


Olivier Cornet Gallery
3 Great Denmark Street (beside Belvedere College, off Parnell Square), Dublin 1

Opening hours:
Tues to Fri: 11am to 6pm (till 8pm on Thursdays), Sat & Sun: 12 noon to 5pm, Closed on Mondays (or viewing by appointment only)
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Concerning The Other – Opening at Olivier Cornet Gallery – Sunday 10th September at 3pm

Glomar Response – Claire Halpin – Solo Exhibition at Olivier Cornet Gallery – Opening 11th September

Citadel I, Oil on gesso, 37cm x 57cm, 2015

Citadel I, Oil on gesso, 37cm x 57cm, 2015

11 September-2 October 2016

The Olivier Cornet Gallery requests the pleasure of your company for the official opening of
a solo exhibition of new work by Claire Halpin

Official opening: Sunday 11 September 2016, 3pm, Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1.
Guest speaker: Brian Fay, Artist and Head of Fine Art DIT

Artist Statement
“My work explores themes and concepts around contested territories and histories through painting, drawing and installation. This new body of work attempts to navigate the complexity of the contemporary theatre of war as battlefield expands to battlespace in the information age. The means, methods and technologies of modern warfare from mass clandestine surveillance programmes to unmanned warfare and its real time reporting through the lens of the media.
The paintings employ imagery from the media, surveillance, military history, maps, archaeology, early civilization, bible stories and from the canon of art history of Byzantine and Early Renaissance to weave together a narrative through painting. I am influenced by the complex compositions of space and time in Renaissance paintings allowing multiple narratives to co-exist in the same picture plane and use these compositional devices in my work with reference to the aesthetic of gaming and virtual reality. In the Citadel Series the images are isolated from source and context like props suspended in time without context as to their significance as elements in a complex narrative of a contested territory.
The themes in the work concern the perception and interpretation of images. – how the reading of images and their resonance is influenced by how they are created, depicted and the context in which they are viewed. I strive to create work that raises questions about how we choose to record history and the veracity of painting, photography, and the media in documenting future history.” Claire Halpin, August 2016

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.

Olivier Cornet Gallery
3 Great Denmark St, Dublin 1
+353 (0)87 288 7261

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

Email Invite_GLOMAR RESPONSE by Claire Halpin

The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project at The Pearse Museum


The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project
at The Pearse Museum was officially launched by Mr. Simon Harris T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works on Saturday 6th September. Following on from the presentation of this collaborative art project at Artisterium VI in Tbilisi in October 2013 and at An Gailearaí, Gweedore in July 2014 the eight participating artists were invited to create an individual artwork responding directly to the themes and context of The Pearse Museum. The eight participating artists were: Colin Martin ARHA, Brian Fay, Mary A.Fitzgerald, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Aoife McGarrigle, Kate Murphy and Nuala Ní Fhlathúin. The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project is curated by Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn.

The exhibition continues at The Pearse Museum until 30th August. We are planning to programme an artist talk as part of the exhibition in November. Details to follow.

Here is a link to related posts on the exhibition on Eoin Mac Lochlainn’s blog:

Link to short video on the development of the collaborative artworks in The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project: