What an honour to be showing my vinyl floor and wall drawing alongside large prints of My Carlow, a graphic novel by Studio Weave and an architectural structure by Todo Por La Praxis, as part of Town Planners in the Studio Gallery at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art. A big thank you to producers Ann Mulrooney of VISUAL in Carlow and to Eilis Lavelle and Rosie Lynch of Workhouse Union for asking me and to Jon for helping with the install.
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.