Upcoming Exhibitions //
Exhibition Runs May 1 - May 12
Jo Lyona & Kate Lyons-Dawson
A waypoint helps tell you where you are, not necessarily where to go or how to get there.
Two sisters. Two journeys. Intersecting waypoints.
A waypoint can establish your current position when time and space run away from you. Sometimes a landmark by which to check your bearings, it presents a chance to pause on the path and breathe.
Jo Lyons and Kate Lyons-Dawson have chosen this waypoint, here at gaffa gallery, to mark down what they observe and experience and make it visible to others.
Cradled between the mountains and the sea, their early home and family gave them clear navigational markers and featured in the formation of their identities. As adults, their lives continue to interweave; this exhibition and its preparation become their most recent intersection.
Each artwork is itself a waypoint, both at the time of conception and during the process of its creation.
ARTISTS AND OTHERS
“There is nothing more astonishing than the Human face” – Gilead.
Human faces have been the sole interest of my art practice for the past few years. The exhibition traces this interest. The work deals with issues of belonging, connection and identity. It is my aim to portray the subjects of my portraits with empathy and ‘truth’ as I see it. The earlier portraits are of people around me, who through shared experience I have felt connected to in some way. My current work concentrates on my peer group and is a year long project I am undertaking for my Honours year at the National Art School.
This current work, entitled 23 Artists, involves painting a portrait of each of my fellow painting students. I am interested in the way people come together in groups either voluntarily, for example through friendships, or involuntarily through circumstances such as those in my current body of work. 23 Artists are a cohort in a particular school in a particular discipline within a broader subgroup – artist. This group is like a ‘tribe’ existing within the greater community. Artists are a group whose creative endeavors may seem foreign or inaccessible to people outside the tribe. I aim to facilitate an insight into the individuals of this tribe, by presenting aspects of their psychology. At the same time, there is a documentary aspect to the work.
Artists are people who engage in the ‘act of looking’. In this series the tables are turned as they become the looked at. Unlike the photographs the portraits are based on, painting is subjective and raises the question - How will the subject feel about the way in which they have been ‘seen’?
Gillian Lavery’s art practice sits at an intersection between drawing and contemporary textiles. Her subtle and often minimal work emphases materiality and the act of making. She approaches the territory of drawing with an emphasis on repetitive making processes, familiar to her from her background in textiles. Lavery transforms mark-making investigations back and forth between textile and drawing mediums. Recently she has investigated the possibilities of translating her textiles pieces through digital processes, emphasizing notions of control and lack of control. This has resulted in work which is simultaneously intimate and abstract. It contains evidence of the hand and yet is almost unreadable. Lavery uses the drawing process, be it with thread, ink, pencil or digital tool, as a means with which to explore objects and ideas. She considers her mark-making in conjunction with language, the use of marks as both sign and index.