There's quite a lot of good art on view in Dublin this month. Mark Francis has an excellent exhibition of paintings at the Hugh Lane. Some of the works take diagramatic images of sound as their starting points. These are developed to take on a more organic quality.
Slavek Kwi has a sound installation at Broadcast the new gallery in DIT on Portland Row. The work uses recorded sounds of animals such as dolphins and cicadas but the artist is interested in the abstract possibilites of working with these sounds.
Denis Mc Nulty is another artist working with sound. His show Framework/Rupture at the Green on Red consists of sound, sculpture, animation and photographic images. the show deals with "relationship between constructed space and the experience of time". He uses archive material, has created a raised platform using scaffolding, has made sculptural objects with sound elements, and sited a work outside the gallery on the roof of a building opposite.
The Kevin Kavanagh has a group exhibition that is a bit out of character for the gallery but is a similar approach to 2005's "was du brauchst" which also included Ulrich Vogl. Most of the work is is not particularly sellable. It features work by Karin Brunnermeier, Graham Hudson, Gereon Krebber, Eamon O'Kane and Ulrich Vogl. Its not a great show but the piece by Graham Hudson is kind of interesting (pictured below). There are also interesting sculptures by Gereon Krebber illustrated in a catalogue though the work he has in this show isn't great.
Kerlin Gallery have a really good show on at the moment called PHOENIX PARK which is also a little of of character for them. Its an exhibition of work by six young artists from or living in Ireland. They are Aoife Collins, Vera Klute, Eoin McHugh, Clive Murphy, Seamus Nolan, and Sonia Shiel. I'm guessing the title in an illusion to the fact that the artists work all involve some element of the natural and the artificial. I was particularly impressed by Eoin McHugh's work which I've seen before but never liked it that much until now. For this show he has covered one end of the gallery with wallpaper printed with various drawings as well as showing a number of works on paper. Clive Murphy showed a piece of found audio tape which delineated a simple drawing of a landscape on the wall and passed through a modified tape player integrated into a plynth which played the music into the gallery. The show had a vibrant feel and it is good to see the Kerlin working with some young artists.
Eoin Mc Hugh, 2007, Romantic Science pt. 1, mixed media on paper, 35 x 56 cm
Seamus Nolan is also showing at the Lab. The show features a cardboard caravan as its centrepiece (he's got a police van made of bales of crushed boxes at the Kerlin). My work is on show at the same time in the exhibition space upstairs (more on that below).