11th September – 17th October
On September 11th, So Fine Art Editions will present two contemporary applied arts exhibitions at its South Anne Street gallery; Amárach features contemporary Irish goldsmiths and jewellery designers while Interplay will focus on studio craft and in particular, ceramics. This exhibition is also part of the Dublin Craft Trail, which takes place in conjunction with the International Academy of Ceramics 2014 General Assembly. This event is being held for the first time in Dublin and will take place from 8th – 13th of September.
The theme of Amárach, the title for the Irish goldsmiths and jewellery designers’ exhibition, is of cultural identity. It was conceived by musician and artist Gavin Friday who chose two prominent visual artists as inspiration for the work; Louis Le Brocquy and his ‘Tain’ series and Ireland’s true modernist Mainie Jellett. Working together on a common theme, the makers Da Capo, Eimear Conyard, Helena Malone, Moritz Schurmann, Natasha Heaslip, Rudolf Heltzel, Sean Osborne and Tuula Harrington have created a collection of unique high-end jewellery pieces emphasising not only the valuable materials employed but also the skilled workmanship and creativity inherent in Irish culture.
Looking at the notion of the juxtaposition of objects and their relationship to each other, a number of primarily ceramic artists were invited to submit an installation or grouping of objects for the second exhibition; Interplay. This exhibition focuses on the interaction of groups of objects – how these objects respond to each other and what happens when a grouping of objects begins to talk to each other. Does it change their meaning? Exhibitors in Interplay include Jack Doherty, who is developing a group based on his recent harbouring theme especially for the exhibition, Derek Wilson, Owen Quinlan, Liam Flynn, Mandy Parslow and Julie Scott, Alison Lowry.
Ruth O’Donnell’s and James McCreary’s fine art etchings and mezzotints will also feature in this exhibition. In her new series of blue and white etchings of vases and vessels, O’Donnell focuses on the beauty of natural form, colour and geometry. McCreary employs the complex print medium of mezzotint for its luxurious quality of tone and texture. McCreary’s suite of images emerges from the darkness to portray vibrant colours and form.
To see work from Amárach/Interplay please click each thumbnail below.