Thursday 2nd February 2017
Five noted practicing craft and design artists have come together to create this fascinating body of work.
Five artist metalsmiths have come together through a shared passion for their material - metal. In an era steeped in technology, meet five artisans who have their hearts and hands firmly engaged in the world of the physical and raw. They forge, etch, draw and open out metal into three dimensional and two dimensional works, combining contemporary practices with ancient techniques.
This exhibition will illustrate the diversity of metal and showcase its myriad possibilities, from the delicate tracery of Jane Murtagh’s work, to the solid architectural forms of Moss Gaynor, to the subtle lines and sensual curves of Michael Calnan’s, John Hogan and Gunver Anhøj ‘s work.
The essence of these artists’ work concerns the movement of metal and the story it evokes. The story behind each piece is fundamental and each one is almost as exciting as the work that is created in response to it. The artists’ ideas and stories are inspired and visualised through a combination of interests in the natural world, the world of architecture and industrial design.
From large scale welded metal constructions to delicate, highly finished objects - the sculptures portray the material and the makers behind it, and this unique exhibition will reveal their stories through the dynamism of metal in a way that will challenge the viewer’s notions of the material.
Exhibition dates (2017):
Fri 3 March - Sat 1 April. glór Gallery, Ennis, Co. Clare. Opening on Fri 3 Mar with The Ennis Book Club Festival. Opening remarks by John Tynan of The Crafts Council of Ireland. Visual Arts @ glór
3 April - 30 June. Burtown House Gardens & Gallery, Athy, Co. Kildare. burtownhouse.ie Opened on the 16th May by Brian Fallon - the son of the poet Padraic Fallon and one of Ireland's foremost art critics.
13 July - 6 August. The Custom House Gallery, The Quays, Westport, Co. Mayo. www.customhousestudios.ie
2 - 27 October. Siamsa Tíre Arts Centre, Tralee, Co Kerry. www.siamsatire.com
Michael Calnan & Gunvor Anhoj are husband & wife blacksmiths. We met in blacksmithing college back in 1998, we have two kids and live and work in the grounds of Co. Wicklow's Russborough House.
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