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