Visual art throughout Callan for Abhainn Rí

A VARIETY of art exhibitions will be on display during the 10-day Callan’s Abhainn Rí Festival, which starts this Friday and runs until July 31.

A VARIETY of art exhibitions will be on display during the 10-day Callan’s Abhainn Rí Festival, which starts this Friday and runs until July 31.

KCAT artists will feature in the exhibition ‘George McCutcheon and Friends’ in The Long Hall of The Workhouse, including works by Francis Casey, Karl Fitzgerald, Jack Foskin, Andrew Pike and Jason Turner; and in ‘Mary Cody – Sky, Stones, Sea’ in the L’Arche Café.

Paul Bokslag’s ‘Papercuts’ will be displayed in the Macra Na Feirme Hall. Paul’s fascination with papercuts evolved from cutting paper snowflakes with children. In his own work he tries to move away from direct representation, with often not more than the hint of a horizon or the title of a piece as a reference. Working freehand with a knife allows him to move away from the physicality of the line and to focus on exploring the language of gesture, movement and form.

The exhibition ‘Peter Somers – Making Art Is What I Do’, curated by Catherine Marshall and Joe Lee, will be on display in the old Co-op at Green Street. The exhibition covers the late 1970s to the present and incorporates examples of Somers’ technique of combining large-scale-wooden cut-outs with other collaged materials to make three-dimensional ‘paintings’, work from his Dick Treacy series, inspired by a child’s sticker-book, paintings for topical events such as the papal visit to Ireland in 1979 and the Northern troubles.

Also in the old Co-op building will be ‘Commonage’, the architectural strand of the festival. Following on from a summer school from July 13-22, it will include a series of commissioned architectural and artistic interventions in the public realm (July 23 to August 14) and a seminar (August 6).

A seven-minute video, The King’s River by Vanessa Daws, will be shown from the window of King TV on Main Street. The DVD was made during the artist’s residency at Endangered Studios as part of her on-going quest to find the perfect swim spot in the King’s River.

A collaborative project, ‘The Trans Formidable’, will be featured at the festival box office at Green Street and Dunnes Bakery on Bridge Street. The show “seeks to open a dialogue about curatorial roles and representation, self-organisation, location and the significance of technology in sharing and disseminating contemporary art”.

Dunnes Bakery will also host an exhibition by Bridget O’Gorman and Magnhild Opdøl. Filmed within various installations or interactive sets, ‘Fit For Purpose (Domesticated Dog Portrait)’ 2011 by Bridget O’Gorman forms part of a series of sculptural and video based narratives entitled ‘Material Culture’. At the core of Magnhild Opdøl’s work is the poetics of the dead, and her drawings show an investigation into the nature of death.

Fennelly’s Festival Club, Bridge Street, will host an exhibition by Mary Butler. Her work fluctuates between site-specific installations using non-traditional materials, textiles, collage and printmaking; and over the years she has tended to work within the realm of the everyday world reacting to people, places and domestic and public environments, involving people in their past and provoking memories.

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