More amazing work produced by Fire! Pictured above is artist Oksana Afonina collecting her sublime visuals for Unseen Dreams, her exhibition with artist Varvara Perekrest at FilmBase Gallery (Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2) running from 8th July to 14th July 2013 as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2013.
Inspired by Esref Armagan a Turkish artist who is blind since birth, all the artworks in Unseen Dreams are based on the dreams of real people who are blind since birth and have no visual memories. This collaborative project was conducted in ChildVision, a centre that provides educational opportunities for Ireland’s blind and partially sighted children and young adults in a safe and nurturing environment.
Image credit: Oksana Afonina and Varvara Perekrest, from the series Unseen Dreams.
Our featured artist this week is the goddess of mixed media and found art - Catherine Ryan! Having studied glass design at the National College of Art and Design, Catherine’s artistic interests include street art, fine art sculpture, photography, pop culture, comic illustration and street theatre, having made props for Macnas and participated in comic making.
Her painting-collages are a fusion of these influences, believing all art forms to be relevant and inter-connected. Using materials that would otherwise be considered waste, she raises issues concerning the environment and consumption with flair and originality. Think Phoebe Buffay meets Hannah Höch in a sherbet palette.
Her work has been shown in selected group exhibitions including the RHA annual exhibition, Rua Red Arts Centre, The Mill Theatre, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, county Offaly, as well as many venues around Dublin city. Or just go see for yourself - Catherine Ryan's Funkytown, an exhibition celebrating the spirit of Dublin city, as part of 10 Days In Dublin Festival, taking place at Avenue Road Gallery, Portobello Dublin 8, on July 4th - 7th inclusive!
We do love Rowlf, a classically trained graduate of Ruff Barker's Obedience & Music School where he majored in "piano playing, punning and fetching." This creative canine has jammed with The Electric Mayhem Band, was resident pianist with The Muppet Show Orchestra and rocked some barbershop quartet with Sam the Eagle, Beaker, and Link Hogthrob in The 2011 Muppet Movie.
A fan of classical music, particularly Beethoven and musicals, this vintage Muppet Show clip showcases Rowlf's inventiveness with the song I Got Rhythm, from George and Ira Gershwin's Broadway musical Girl Crazy, with a little (ahem) help from Fozzie Bear.
Our featured artist this week is the immensely talented Dorje de Burgh. One of our brilliant 2011 Fire Propeller finalists, Dorje's esthetic considers the nebulous and cerebral, fine-tuned to a pure emotional core.
Dorje de Burgh's work Nothing Lasts Forever is featured in the PhotoIreland Festival publication New Irish Works and is also exhibited as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2013 at the National Photographic Archive (NPA), Meeting House Square, Dublin 2, exhibition runs until 3rd Aug 2013.
Featured image Sk (Shower) by Dorje de Burgh.
We've been receiving lots of feedback from artists and photographers recently that making finished work is getting tougher and that exhibitions are increasingly difficult to fund and stage.
It's also a tough environment for artists making multiple and edition prints and one that we've been determined to overcome.
Well, we were wondering how best we could reduce costs to give lower prices and we had one of those lightbulb moments that was a complete game changer.
A leading paper manufacturer is now making paper by the mill reel for us so we're receiving our own 'private label' range of fine art papers directly from their mills, taking delivery of 2 huge reels of paper last week. The reels look kind of boring but what's inside them is electrifying for the likes of us!
The really great news is that we can now offer our own label Fire fine art papers and significantly reduce the price of our archival pigment prints whilst maintaining and improving the quality of our prints.
Perfect result, fabulous work for artists and photographers for far less spend!
Equally exciting are the huge reductions our own label papers allow us to offer on multiple and edition prints, these now being a fraction of the original price.
We're thrilled by these innovations and will be publishing new price lists for our new and existing papers shortly.
Please call in for a sample and a tour, we're keen to show off.
These mill reels are normally supplied to paper converters who package and brand them for the manufacturers so we're having to design and manufacture our own equipment and will be posting the story of the new Fire papers and their development on our Facebook page.
We are delighted to announce the 10 finalists for the Fire Annual Photographic Award for Graduate Students, Propeller 2013 in association with Source Magazine. The standard this year was exceptionally high and we wish to thank all of the entrants.
The ten finalists will have their work hung as part of the Propeller 2013 Finalist's Show, which launches Thursday 27th June 2013 at The Copper House Gallery. We will be announcing the overall winner of the Propeller 2013 Award during the prize giving.
So without further ado, our congratulations to Propeller 2013 finalists!
Catherine O'Toole (DIT)
Ciaran Cummins (St Kevin's College)
Claire Duggan (Griffith College)
Deirdre McGing (DIT)
Derville Conroy (Griffith College)
Gavin Mullan (University of Ulster)
Gwen Wilkinson (NCAD)
Lewis Rankin (University of Ulster)
Maciej Pestka (DIT)
Robert McCormack (DIT)
Drum roll please! Our featured Copper House Gallery artist this week is in fact a featured illustrator- Eoin Coveney take a bow!! Would you believe The Copper House Gallery are launching Attitudes the first solo exhibition by illustrator Eoin Coveney, 6-8pm Thursday 13th June 2013, just so as you know. Artist and activist Will St Leger will open the exhibition.
Eoin Coveney's work has been informed by a passion for comics, horror films and science fiction. His distinctive storytelling ability and bold figurative work are underscored by an elegiac, cerebral and neo-noir beauty. Oh so David Lynch meets Judge Dredd with a hint of Aubrey Beardsley.
Attitudes, an exhibition of illustrations by Eoin Coveney, runs at The Copper House Gallery from 13th June 2013 until the 29th June 2013. We are delighted to promote Attitudes, an exhibition of illustrations by Eoin Coveney, in association with The 2013 Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival. Admission is free and all are welcome.
We've loved working closely with Kate to make this image, as well as the works for her series 'Nobody photographs me anymore' which was commissioned by curator Aoife Ruane in 2009 for West Cork Arts Centre.
Recently, we've made the new works for Kate's show 'I am here, you are there' which is currently showing at the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda and which has been extended to run until June the 24th. The exhibition contains eight large-scale portraits of eight women, linked by a lifetime living in the peninsula of Howth, Co. Dublin and explores ideas of ageing and beauty in contemporary western society.