• Wednesday , 12 December 2018

Earth, Wind & Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary

Alex Pentek - Folded Space, RHA gallery, Dublin 2018. Image credit -The Voyage Out
Alex Pentek, Folded Space, RHA gallery, Dublin 2018. Image credit: The Voyage Out.

Earth, Wind & Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary will present the work of six internationally acclaimed artists Anne Kiely / Mary Palmer, Nuala O’Donovan, Alex Pentek, Eoin Turner, and Joseph Walsh in the Crawford Art Gallery.

From ancient time-honoured processes to new (machine) technologies these six artists demonstrate the nature and extent of ground-breaking work that is currently being produced by artists based in Cork.

The artists’ work ranges from the breath-taking intricacy of Nuala O Donovan’s ceramic work and the graphic poetry of Mary Palmer and Anne Kiely textile pieces to the wildly imaginative and expansive sculptural works of Joseph Walsh, Alex Pentek and Eoin Turner.

Curated by Anne Boddaert of The Crawford Art Gallery, the exhibition aims to illuminate the synergetic relationship between artistic excellence and technical skill.

A central focal point of the exhibition is the aspect of ‘making’ – of actively doing, modelling, altering things in a mode which simultaneously engages thinking and ideas about future worlds as well as the practical transformation of present materials. The artworks on display share an organic existence, visible within the artists’ response to form and their appreciation of nature. 

The Crawford Art Gallery’s previous exhibition Made in Cork: the Arts and Crafts Movement from the 1880s to the 1920s, curated by Vera Ryan, examined the Arts and Craft movement and its influence in the Munster region. This exhibition will demonstrate the nature and extent of the stimulating and exhilarating work that is being made by Cork-based artists in the twenty-first century.

Earth, Wind & Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary is supported by Arup.

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