Five of my recent ink on paper works were part of In:Sight, a celebration of the arts in Callan at the wonderful Fennelly’s of Callan: one in the window and four in the snug. The work will remain in Fennelly’s until the end of July. Check out their five star coffee, breakfast and lunch.
I am delighted to be artist-in-residence in the Butler Gallery during the exhibition around Cartoon Saloon’s film the Breadwinner.
I will be in the gallery on Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-4pm until 12 July and visitors will be able to make their own cut-out designs inspired by the papercut style of the Story World in The Breadwinner. I will also run a workshop as part of National Drawing Day (Saturday 19 May 12-4pm) and children’s workshops on three Sundays: 27 May, 10 June and 24 June (5-7 years: 11am-12.30pm and 8-12 years: 2pm-3.30pm).
I have two works in the Dunamaise Open Submission Exhibition 2015. This year’s exhibition features works of art by 25 artists from around the country and was selected by Eamon Colman, Aosdána. Official Opening Friday 13 November, 7pm. Runs until Saturday 19 December. Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5.30pm, Saturday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm and one hour prior to curtain on the evening of a performance. Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, 06 February – 28 March 2015, Paul Bokslag, Sarah Browne, Gareth Kennedy, Sarah Lincoln, Fiona McDonald, Studio Weave
The Pattern Exchange is an exhibition, guest curated by Rosie Lynch and Hollie Kearns, which presents existing work from Irish artists Sarah Browne, Gareth Kennedy, Sarah Lincoln and Fiona McDonald, with new commissions by Paul Bokslag (IE/NL) and architecture practice Studio Weave (UK). Taking pattern as a point of departure, the exhibition explores patterns of knowledge, material production, labour, and patterns of movement and change within urban and natural landscapes.
I have installed a large scale paper cut for The Pattern Exchange and also developed the display font for this exhibition. The Pattern Exchange font can be downloaded for free from the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios website.
I am very happy to have work in the Dunamaise Open Submission Exhibition 2014, which will open on Friday 14th November 2014 at 7pm. The exhibition was selected by guest curator Geraldine O’ Reilly of Aosdána. It will run until 19th December 2014. Opening times: Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5.30pm and Saturday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm. Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
My papercut design for Callan’s 5th annual Abhainn Rí Festival of Inclusion and Particpation.
I will exhibit a number of paper-cuts in Waterford Regional Hospital as part of the exhibitions programme curated by Waterford Healing Arts Trust. The title of the exhibition, Waking Up in Waterford, refers to my hospital admission after a traumatic accident many years ago. Through a series of more figurative paper-cuts I have tried to revisited my stay as a patient in the hospital and the visual narrative that runs through the exhibition follows a journey towards recovery.
Waking Up In Waterford will run from Thursday 10th April, 2014 until the 6th June, 2014. For further information please contact the Waterford Healing Arts Trust on 051-842664 or e-mail WHAT@hse.ie
The Full Circle exhibition at the Watergate Theatre Upstairs Gallery has been extended until 28th December 2012!
Rock Paper Scissors, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford
Rock Paper Scissors, an exhibition of papercuts by Paul Bokslag at Garter Lane Arts Centre, O’Connell Street, Waterford
Opening reception Tuesday 12 June 2012 at 7 pm. The exhibition will be officially opened by Mary Grehan, Arts Director Waterford Healing Arts Trust
Exhibition continues until Saturday 21 July, Tue- Sat, 11am-5.30pm
The papercuts in Rock Paper Scissors are part of a continuing exploration of movement, gesture and form and the possibilities of the medium. The works are the result of a slow subtractive process of accumulated freehand marks, using ordinary sheets of paper and simple blades. They play with the contrast between line and plane, foreground and background, positive and negative space, order and disorder and both the fragility and strength of paper.
182nd RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin
Nest was selected for the RHA Exhibition: Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2: 29 May-19 Aug, Mon-Tue 11am–5pm, Wed–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun 2–5pm
Civilizing the Wilderness, Eigse Carlow Arts Festival
Although they didn’t make it into the final selection, two small papercuts were shortlisted for Civilizing the Wilderness and are exhibited as part of the Eigse Carlow Arts Festival’s Open Submission: Friday 8th – Sunday 17th June 2012
Carysfort Gallery, Kilkenny
In May two papercuts were included inA Selection of Kilkenny’s Finest Contemporary Artists 2012 at the Carysfort Gallery’s outreach exhibtion in 7 Patrick Street, Kilkenny
Guest artist 2012 – Eugene Conway with 10 new works of art, together with over 30 works from artists including Paul Bokslag, Aileen Ann Brannigan, Janet Brabazon, Brock Butler, Liam Butler, Gerard Casey, Elizabeth Cope, Maeve Doherty, Mary Ann Gelly, Daithí Holohan, Kathleen Holohan, Sonja Landweer, Paula Minchin, Ani Mollereau, Carmel Mooney, Paul Mosse, Tony Oakey, John O’Connor, Ann Mulrooney, Alan Ragget, Ross Stewart, Francis Tansey, Stephen Vaughan, Supporting Cois Noir, Kilkenny Cancer Support
The Wood between the Worlds, Occupy Space, Limerick
Three large circular pieces were exhibited as part of The Wood Between the Worlds exhibition at Occupy Space, Thomas Street, Limerick in May 2012.
The exhibition was curated by Noelle Collins and included work by Paul Bokslag, Fiona Burke, Gerard Carson, Marie Connole, Aoife Flynn, Marilyn Gaffney, James L. Hayes, Christine Mackey and Eimearjean McCormack
The Wood between the Worldsis an exhibition of works from contemporary artists using paper as a fundamental material in their practice. Through both invitation and an open submission call, artists working in sculpture, printing, collage, painting and mixed media explore the transformative quality of paper. The Wood between the Worlds as described in the writing of C.S Lewis is a transitional space between alternate realities. Upon arrival in the Wood you are susceptible to amnesia, but once you have been transported there, other Worlds are accessible through pools of water. The potential to see different versions of the World we inhabit seems an abstract reference in relation to artists using paper, but it is that sense of possibility and escapism that informed the selection of work.
- Paperwork, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Tuesday 13th – Sunday 25th March 2012; see Signal Arts Newsletter
- Full Circle, Watergate Theatre Upstairs Gallery, Kilkenny, 26th October to 30th November 2012