Garter Lane Arts Centre is thrilled to present Three x 3 by Andrea Spencer, Sean Campbell and Scott Benefield in the main gallery and I’m the Memory of Mannix F. by Ewa Fornal in the FOH Space. These stunning shows will open on June 6 at 6pm with special guest speaker Tony Hayes, Master Glass Maker at The Irish Handmade Glass Company.
Three x 3 is a show by three glass artists who banded together with the aim of exposing a wider audience in Ireland to contemporary studio glass. They were three artists working with three different techniques and addressing completely different subject matter, but found a common ground in the relative scarcity of artistic glass on view. Their strategy was to present a range of wide work to the widest possible audience, and their tactic was to stage a series of exhibitions around the country. Each of the artists employs a different method of working with glass; Andrea Spencer’s finely detailed hollow sculptures exploit the material properties of transparency and fragility characteristic to flameworking, whilst also addressing form, content and qualities found in the nature. Sean Campbell’ s work references wall mounted artwork, such as painting and printmaking, by fusing together multiple layers of coloured sheet glass into thick panels and Scott Benefield’s intricately patterned blown vessels are closely tied to the forms of functional glass objects, and engage the history of the medium through their innovative application of traditional Italian glassblowing techniques.
Running alongside Three x 3 is I’m the Memory of Mannix F. by Ewa Fornal in the FOH Space (kindly sponsored by AIB Waterford). Referring to a wall in Dublin it is a celebration of the meaning of the place and the stories hidden behind the walls; tracing, observing, recording, witnessing stealing, saving. It explores human presence through the places where the materials have been sourced, the role of surroundings traces the human existence through artefacts. Ewa Fornals work deals with dislocation of the urban surface and the its reconstruction to create and reclaim new body of the street. Removing, dislocating, reclaiming and adapting dying surface of the walls the peeling paint and plaster that appear on them subverts the idea of the graffiti artist.
Whilst graffiti art paints/sprays/stencils on surface Ewa dislocates the surface itself and reconstructs the various component parts to create a type of collage based. By transferring and manipulating man-made artefacts she is attempting to build new system of references.
Three x 3 and I’m the Memory of Mannix F. will run until Weds 24 July along with a very special outdoor exhibition by The Irish Handmade Glass Company in Garter Lane Arts Centre as part of a vibrant summer programme.
There is free admission and it is open daily from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5.30pm and during performances. For more info see www.garterlane.ie.