Niamh Clarke – lucent – West Cork Arts Centre
QSS artist Niamh Clarke is showing work in the group show lucent at the West Cork Arts Centre
Exhibition Dates: 29.07.2023 > 09.09.2023
lucent opens on Saturday 29 July at 2.00pm with a talk by curator David Quinn, followed by a Q&A where the audience will have the opportunity to find out more about the individual artworks from the artists Niamh Clarke, Hiroyumi Hamada, Jamie Mills, Helen O’Leary, David Quinn, Seamus Quinn and John Van Oers who will be present on the day.
‘Although I have curated quite a few exhibitions, I am first and foremost an artist and not a curator. This exhibition is a very personal project. The work I have included is by artists whose work and progress I am always keen to see. I think there is a lot of truth in Robert Motherwell’s quote ‘every intelligent painter carries the whole culture of modern painting in his head. It is his real subject, of which everything he paints is both a homage and critique.’ To a greater or lesser extent, the artists in this exhibition have been inspirational to me or sometimes it is just as Emerson said ‘in every work of genius we recognise our own rejected thoughts’.One of the common threads through the work of these artists for me is a sensitivity for materials and for the quality of line. Most of the artists here also blur the distinction between painting and sculpture. Their sculptures can be quite painterly and there is a subtle tactile element even to the works on paper. The other thing that interests me is that it is often hard to pin down exactly what the works are about (if that is what one is inclined to do). There is an inherent ambiguity in lots of the work, a vague open-endedness. Also the scale that these artists often work on is intimate and personal. The works are memorable rather than monumental, suggestive rather than didactic, playful rather than strict. Where there is order it is often subverted and generally an air of gentle irreverence. Ultimately though the thing that draws these works together for me is that I find them beautiful.’ David Quinn, 2022
Address:West Cork Arts CentreUillinn, Marsh, Skibbereen, Co. Cork P81 VW98, Ireland lucent is supported by an Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Touring Award and will tour to Highlanes Gallery Drogheda (February to April) and Wexford Arts Centre (June to August) in 2024.