Pop-Up gallery to showcase Kilkenny art

A POP-UP gallery showcasing an exciting collection of contemporary visual art and design opens on Thursday (June 7) as part of the Eigse Carlow Arts Festival.

A POP-UP gallery showcasing an exciting collection of contemporary visual art and design opens on Thursday (June 7) as part of the Eigse Carlow Arts Festival.

Gallery 43, located opposite the library on Tullow Street, Carlow, will include a research collective from IT Carlow’s DesignCORE, featuring new collaborations with local designers. Key among the pieces are the work of two Kilkenny artists –Richard Warner and Paul Mosse.

DesignCORE is IT Carlow’s Centre of Research and Enterprise in Industrial Design and Product Innovation. One of its research themes is in 3D Visualisation and it has engaged with local designers for this exhibition with stunning results.

Artists featuring at gallery 43 include: early work from Kilkenny artist Paul Mosse, including a number of mono- prints and early abstract line drawings on paper which share some of the ideas and may be a forerunner to later work such as MAKE.BREAK.MAKE. shown last year in the Butler Gallery.

Kilkenny-based watercolour artist, Richard Warner, with his landscaped based paintings will also feature in the exhibition. Warner lures the viewer in with a false sense that these paintings are simply beautifully painted landscapes but the viewer then finds himself in an upside world full where nothing is as it seems.

According to Elinor Kavangh, who is curating the exhibition, gallery 43 will be a space for all art lovers, and even those not particularly into art, to enjoy. “This is a very exciting exhibition as lots of the work is a fusion of modern design techniques, including 3D, with more traditional technique and the results are outstanding and innovative.”

Elinor is a freelance visual arts curator who lives and works in Borris, Co Carlow. Past exhibitions have included The Field Show, Borris House, 2002, Histories, at the Ballroom, Borris House (which included the work of Liadin Cooke and Paul Mosse) and House of Fiction, a solo show from Swedish artist Jonas Liverod. The exhibition runs from June 8 to June 18.