Here is some information about the current exhibition in The Highlanes Gallery.
Samuel Walsh: The Coercion of SubstanceJanuary 20 - February 29, 2012
Artist’s Talk and Exhibition Opening: Friday 20 January at 6.15pm, and 7.00pmTo be opened by Medb Ruane, Writer and psychotherapist, UCD
The Coercion of Substance is a new body work by the artist Samuel Walsh who describes his practice as one that emerges “from endless dualities: drawing and painting, line and colour, art and audience, seeing and drawing and poetry and prose.”
For this exhibition at Highlanes Gallery the work of Samuel Walsh will fill the main Lower Gallery space with a spectacle of dualities. Meeting the challenge of this unique gallery space, a former Franciscan Church, the artist has created a considered environment of canvases which will play with a further polarity: intimacy and exposure.
The title of this exhibition is taken from Seamus Heaney's poem The Artist. Multitudinous square canvases will fill the gallery; vivid colours are criss-crossed with the heavy black lines. These paintings, made between 2008 and 2011, are influenced by places, experiences and colour memory.
Each work has its' own pattern of line interspersed with pockets of colour suggesting aerial field patterns, stained glass windows or sun shining through branches. This exhibition will be a merging of painting and drawing through which Samuel articulates memory and experience.