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The LAB Gallery is pleased to present two new exhibitions opening on 30th April 2015 6pm to 8pm

Susan Connolly When the Ceiling meets the Floor

Preview 30th April 6-8pm

until  Saturday 13th June 2015

Susan Connolly’s practice explores the ‘extendable paint surface’ and the provisionality this causes within traditional notions of painting. Playful exploration of the mediums established traditions are explored by imposing questions derived from art historical references which are then allowed, through the making process, to find new means of capturing, sampling and constructing paint within a framework exploring notions of space, gravity and content.

In this exhibition Connolly developed work around the idea of a sitelessness of paint and how the process of ‘Making itself’ can be examined and proposed as a way of thinking and proposing painting installation within the gallery environment.

Using the gallery as a form of investigation, the walls, architectural features and interior become a site for ‘painting’, which will be developed and positioned directly upon, within and around the gallery space. The gallery will be transformed from its white cube status to a carefully considered (painting) installation which the viewer will investigate and activate through their viewing of the space being destabilized, doubled,  suspended and as Donald Judd intended, ‘experienced as a totality’. This exhibition explores ideas within contemporary thinking of how much of installation art professes contempt for painting, but nonetheless embodies the pictorial within its spaces.

Susan Connolly is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design, Degree in Fine Art-Painting (1998), she holds an MA in Fine Art from the University of Ulster (2002), a first class honours MA, Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, Dublin (2013) and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Ulster (VC Scholarship).
Recent exhibitions include a solo show at The Sunken Gallery, The MAC, Belfast (2014), a two person show Persona, at ArtBox, (2014), group exhibitions include What Is, and What Might be, Highlanes Gallery, Drogehda (2015); The Trouble with Painting, The Pumphouse Gallery, London (2014); Essays for the House of Memory, Ormston House (2013), Limerick; Three Degrees of Painting, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan; Detonate, Limerick Arts, Limerick (2013); Urban Interventions, NCAD/UCD (2012); Connections Rua Red Gallery, Dublin (2011); Airports for Shadow; The Cross Gallery, Dublin (2010); Consellations, EIGSE, VISUAL, Carlow (2010).
Recent awards include; Arts Funding, Kildare County Council (2014/13/11); WARP artist residency, Belgium (2010); Travel and Training Award (2009); DCR Guesthouse Residency, Den Haag, Holland (2009)
Since 2006 Connolly has lectured in the Fine Art Department at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), she formerly lectured in the Painting Departments at Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD), 2002-2003, and Dun Laoghaire IADT, 2006-2009.

The exhibition is accompanied by a specially commissioned text by Eoin Dara, Assistant Curator, The MAC.

Gabhann Dunne
Magenta Honey

Until 13 June 2015

Informing Gabhann Dunne’s practice is a widespread of literature, social commentators and ecologists such as John Gray, Mark Rowlands and Emma Marris. Painting is not used analytically but to interrogate how different forms or techniques can be used with each other to create tension, power and the sacred. Imagery leaks from the canvas onto walls and floors, anchoring the work in the space of its showing, a loop of flowers, a small pillow to break the fall of a painted animal. While the subject of the work may seem overly dark and nihilistic there is humour here, compassion, apology and a desire to protect. Magenta Honey is the result of Dunne’s Residency on Bull Island, which has been designated since 1981 by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. It is the only Biosphere Reserve entirely in a capital city in the world.
This exhibition is accompanied by a specially commissioned text by Nathan Hugh O’Donnell, writer and editor of Paper Visual Arts Journal.


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