Review: “Are We There Yet” Exhibition 2013

AWTY Director and CCAD Student, Mr. Eamonn Shanahan introduces the Guest Speakers and opens the exhibition to the art viewing public.

 A.W.T.Y Director and C.C.A.D. Student; Mr. Eamonn Shanahan introduces the Guest Speakers and opens the exhibition to the art viewing public. http://www.awty2013.com/about.php

This collaborative art exhibition held at a vacant building next to Boots Pharmacy on Half Moon street opposite the rear of the Cork Opera House and Half Moon Theater, is now housing the works of third year students from the C.I.T. Crawford College of Fine Art and Ceramic Design(C.C.A.D).

The exhibition open from may 31st to June 7th has been accredited to the hard work and dedication of 64 senior students.

Mr Eamonn Shanahan with the support of his arts administrative committee chose the venue as a suitable place for the seven day exhibition. He says, ” The current state of the economy sees newly built developments evolve into eye-sores and with this in mind our primary objective was to use this to our advantage.”

 Lord Mayor of Cork gives brief speech and opens exhibition.

Lord Mayor of Cork gives brief speech and opens exhibition.

The opening night, Friday 31st of May the viewing public were in a vibrant mood, arriving on time  in anticipation of the speeches. Many of those that turned out in support of the artists were friends, family and acquaintances .

Spectators listen to speeches given

Spectators listen to speeches given

Curator for the AWTY exhibition, Jennifer Marshall assigned a fair section for each artist to show their work in the layout of the floor plan. With the current state of public spending it is good to see quality art work with an affordable price tag.

Maud Cotter gives speech congratulating the collaborative efforts of CCAD stage 3 students.

Maud Cotter gives speech congratulating the collaborative efforts of C.C.A.D stage 3 students.

On entering you are instantly aware of the sheer volume of work as you take the tour around each section.

The Phoenix  by Louise O' Shea

The Phoenix
by Louise O’ Shea

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The Phoenix is a wonderfully vibrant Abstract painting. The colors are uplifting and the lines invoke energy and movement.  Subliminal iconography is very much present, representing the Mythological bird of legend and sacred numerology; the shapes used could be considered to add elements of both cubism and a surrealist  style. The contrast of Gold and burnt umber colors give rise to darker lines of movement as the  bird takes flight and settles, while exhaling its magical qualities.

Realm  by Louise O' Shea

Realm
by Louise O’ Shea

Realm by Louise O’ Shea is an interesting painting. first for the brave variety of  chosen colors.  This is a thought-provoking piece which on reflection is conscious of states of mind. The brush stroke lines are representative of a deeper set of churning ideas; very individualistic yet symbolic of introversion.

Louise O’ Shea says ” I am working with paint, dye and worked surfaces, looking at a space; both meditative and within emotional states. My work here is a place to rest, imagine and dream in the here and now. A comfort zone where all is right with the world.”

Pat Galvin section exhibiting his Ceramic works. Mr. Galvins concept for this exhibition he defines as: "The relief of the early medieval times and to re-interrupt it into a modern context"

Pat Galvin section exhibiting his Ceramic works. Mr. Galvin’s concept for this exhibition he defines as: “The relief of the early medieval times and to re-interrupt it into a modern context”

Ceramic winding trees

Ceramic: ‘Winding trees’

Winding arch trees

‘Winding arch branches’

Ceramic: 'Winding branches'

Ceramic: ‘Winding branches’

Installation by Bridget Loughnane

Installation by Bridget Loughnane

This installation by Bridget Loughnane is fascinating, it curiously invites the viewer to question the materials used. It is impressive and gives a subtle impression of falling leaves in time.

'Out-laws' : the work of Kevin O' Sullivan (A.W.T.Y. Assistant Director)

‘Out-Lawed’: the work of Kevin O’ Sullivan (A.W.T.Y. Assistant Director)

by Kevin

by Kevin O’Sullivan

Powerful Nature, Fragile Nature:  by Maggie O’Malley-brown
She says, “In my work the tactile textures of fabrics and thick brush strokes play with perspective, the colors bright or sombre express emotions and life. Foregrounds are emphasized with hessian solidity and strands of silken and plant fibers bring forth horizons of settling clouds; underwater worlds are portrayed with muslin mesh. The themes are always from within nature, with all it’s moods and beauty-nature powerful in the aftermath of a storm, nature glowing with an autumn sunset, or nature in space with the trajectory of a burning comet.”

"Dystopian gas masks" by Ethan Carthy

Dystopian gas masks” by Ethan Carthy

Paintings by Constance Roberts. She says, " Having always been fascinated by portraiture, my work certainly reflects this, and through a combination of painting and drawing, I explore traces of my loved ones in an introspective manner. Using the images of the women who have influenced me most in life, I attempt to explore my own qualities though them."

Paintings by Constance Roberts. She says, ” Having always been fascinated by portraiture, my work certainly reflects this, and through a combination of painting and drawing, I explore traces of my loved ones in an introspective manner. Using the images of the women who have influenced me most in life, I attempt to explore my own qualities though them.”

Girl with Pink hair by Constance Roberts

Girl with Pink hair by Constance Roberts

Girl with Mustache by Constance Roberts

Girl with Mustache by Constance Roberts

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Paintings by Deirdre Hurley

Paintings by Deirdre Hurley

The work of Deirdre Hurley is culturally significant on first glance. She says, “In this era of individuality,I’m taking a nostalgic look at unity and camaraderie which appeared to happily exist in the 1950’s especially with women who were steadily gaining independence.   She accomplishes this through the simple use of four main colors.

by Deirdre Hurley

by Deirdre Hurley

The white cloud like object hovering above the faces of the women enveloped in a blanket of pinky red expresses the emotion within her concept. They look as though they are exposed to a nursing environment. On closer inspection their faces reveal personal expression, reflective of life experience.

by Deirdre Hurley

by Deirdre Hurley

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