This week I will be mostly… on paper.

Oisin Byrne's Paper Ball
Oisin Byrne's Paper Ball

After a pretty quiet Thursday around the Dublin art scene, Friday arrives with all sorts of gusto! In the earlier part of the day, I’m hoping to catch one of the screenings of Oisin Byrne’s “Paper Ball” (pictured above). The film was shot in Castletown House last November and features a huge cast tearing about the luxurious surroundings in equally impressive outfits which were individually sculpted from paper. The 16mm-projected screenings are taking place all day today on the hour until the last screening at 5pm and it’s all happening in another fine building, Cambridge House, near Collins Barracks and the Museum Luas stop. Later in the evening there are two fine exhibition openings vying for the attention of your eyes and ears. ‘Talking Heads’, unfortunately has nothing to do with the band and more to do with the style of media reportage that informs this collection of video pieces. Taking place in IMOCA, off Baggot Street, the show places projections of work by Omer Fast and Oraib Toukan (previously unseen in Dublin), a special 16mm screening of Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests and works by Stephen Sutcliffe, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard around the huge, spacious building. The exhibition, curated by the bucket of ideas that is Claire Feeley, opens tonight from 6-9pm and runs until 28th March (Fri-Sun, 12-5pm). Not far away on Harrington Street (certainly not so far that you can’t visit both), the Tiesan Café is showing new work by Francis Quinn. The Monaghan-born painter is as talented as he is elusive and this will be his first exhibition of work in Dublin for some time. This precursor to a larger show in March opens at 6:30pm and promises fine wine and delicious food as you would expect from such a location.

Omer Fast and Oraib Toukan previously unseen in Dublin, a special 16mm screening of Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests as well as recent works by Stephen Sutcliffe, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.
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