MA18, FEATURING the work of 12 visual artists and film makers, all graduates of the new MA in Creative Practice, opens tomorrow [September 21] in the Connacht Printworks Gallery, Middle Street.
The participating artists are sculptors Alejandra Plaza and Andreas Keonig, who explore interactions between specific materials and spaces. Koenig works with traditional and contemporary weaving techniques in willow, while Plaza explores everyday objects such as tables and chairs within a gallery setting.
Umesh Maharjan, Stephanie McLaughlin, Nuala Hiney, and Bernard Dooley create paintings using symbolic objects and seek to capture arresting moments in life. Katie Moore [one of her works is piectured below] is a textile artist whose work explores empathy and memorialisation. Martina Passman, Eileen Lydon, and Brigid Mulligan are installation artists. Passman uses found and inanimate objects; Lydon explores the impact of colour and light on human experience; while Mulligan examines grief and loss through the sentimental object.
There will also be work by film-makers Paul McDonnell, whose work evokes nostalgia and memory through use of hyper realistic sculptures and projections; and Risteard Ó Domhnaill, who is exploring currency, debt, and bitcoin, and their environmental impact.
The opening is at 7pm. The guest speaker is James Harrold, Galway City’s Arts Officer. All are welcome. Gallery opening hours are 11am to 6pm. The exhibition runs until September 30. Admission is free.