Back in the half-hearted swing of the Dublin social scene and I feel the need to see some half-decent art this evening after the visual abuse I suffered from the woeful Fine Art students in Manchester. As tends to happen on the first Thursday of the month, there is a pile of openings happening tonight. Regular creativity-juicers Kevin Kavanagh Gallery and Project Arts Centre are both hosting shindigs, while perennial favourite Monster Truck will be inviting people to come see what wonders the inaugural Monster Truck Award Winner, Magnhild Opdøl, has created in the year since she claimed the imaginatively titled award. Magnhild’s work is of such a consistently fantastic standard that I feel like learning some Norwegian expletives just to describe it properly. Puling dødelig. Her drawing skills are a bit terrifying but it’s the surreality and sense of humour that makes her work worthwhile. The show, entitled ‘Om Hundrede Aar Er Alting GlemtVenue’ runs from 2 – 14 July.
Representing the northside tonight is Bombhouse, a recently opened gallery and studio facility in an old warehouse at Five Lamps. Located at the end of the laneway beside The Strand House pub, Bombhouse was set up earlier this year by a group of young artists looking to take advantage of the seemingly endless supply of vacant factories and warehouses. I didn’t make it to their launch show a while back, so I’m going to make the effort to see this show. I was down in the space the other week and it’s pretty much what I expected. It’s big, bare and old. The kind of place that’s so rough around the edges you aren’t even sure if it has edges. But they seem an energetic bunch and this new exhibition has generated a fair bit of interest around Dublin. Artists were invited to apply for ‘Scribble Box’ and were then sent a cryptic crossword clue which they were invited to respond to in any medium they liked, so long as the finished piece was square. 83 artists will be exhibiting, responding to 32 different clues. Now, there’s a challenege for you. Try to spot which ones got the same clue (presuming the clues aren’t displayed with the work). The show continues until the 16th.