Mental Debris

Alan Butler - I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant

Alan Butler. He’s a strange one. Difficult to be around. Difficult to describe without using obscenities. Though at times his art can be fairly harrowing to experience too, it is almost always worth the effort. ‘I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realise that what … Continue reading

Kultyar Nyt

Culture Night Dublin 2010

You must surely have noticed this year’s mightily improved poster design and realised Culture Night is almost upon us again. Sure, it’s not perfect, but it’s getting there. It’s spreading to more and more towns and counties around the country this year and if you’re unfortunate enough to live in one of those places, you … Continue reading

Revolting Together

Arthur’s Day. It returns this year to celebrate the momentous 251st anniversary of something or other to do with Arthur Guinness or the St. James’ Gate lease… only it’s not on the same date as last year’s event. No matter. What better way to commemorate the hugely important 251st anniversary (I think that’s the fibre-optic … Continue reading

State Photography Exhibition

State Photo Exhibition

Let reasonably normal service resume. This one has been a long while in the pipeline. Given the startling amount of talent crammed into the digitised pages of State Magazine, it was only a matter of time before it became necessary to let some of it’s richness burst out into the physical world where images can … Continue reading

This week I will be mostly… square.

Scissors Cuts Paper - Zine #2

Hey, art stuff! Remeber that?! So there’s a fair bit going on at the moment in case nobody told you. The 180th annual RHA show opened last Sunday evening. I’d write a review of it but it’d just be a waste of time. Google some reviews of the last two years’ shows instead. There’s very … Continue reading

This week I will be mostly… victimised.

Along comes Thursday with some fairly daycent exhibitions for your enjoyment. Rather than swanning about a crowd of know-nothings ignoring the vacuous creations of soulless fools (it happens) you have the opportunity this week to visit a few shows that are a bit more purposeful. The first of which is a venture with such a … Continue reading


I promise promise promise this will be the last time I mention this. I gave a little heads up a few weeks ago when the Ireland & Northern Ireland at Venice shows opened in the NCAD Gallery and at Farmleigh, but I wanted to give another reminder that the second of the two shows hosted … Continue reading

Sailing down Thomas Street

Tomorrow evening the annual road-trip for the Irish participants in the previous year’s Venice Biennale rolls into Dublin with the work from both the Irish and Northern Irish pavillions of 2009 going on display. The exhibitions by Sarah Browne & Gareth Kennedy and Susan MacWilliam will be installed in both the NCAD Gallery on Thomas … Continue reading

This week I will be mostly… on paper.

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 … Continue reading

This week I will be mostly… spinning the wheel.

Some recommendations for your art-devouring pleasure this week. Thursday night is busy as always with a good few shows opening. ‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow Today’ is a collaborative show between Leslie Cullinan and mega-celebrity artist Helena O’Connor. The show deals with several questions relating to time and ultimately (the one we’ve all asked since we were 4) … Continue reading

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