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.
A big thank you to Kilkenny Arts Office for awarding me a residency bursary for the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig. I had an inspriring and productive week in this amazing place in the beginning of December. I am very much looking forward to another week in the new year and hope to show some of the work in a gallery next summer.
My papercut design for the Abhainn Rí Festival 2015 in Callan, Co. Kilkenny.
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
I was delighted to find out that five of my fonts were selected for Typodarium 2015, the typographic tear-off calendar. This year it features 365 fonts by 223 designers from 31 countries. The fonts are solituda (25 januari), Switchboard (23 July), Playroom (8 April), Hide & Seek (25 September) and Pelicano (21 December). Typodarium 2015 is for sale through a number of bookshops and on amazon.
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
Time for the annual Ballytobin Open Day and time for another paper cut poster.
About fifteen years ago I designed a logo for an initiative group wanting to start a hospice in Leiden, the Netherlands. Now, celebrating its tenth birthday, Hospice Issoria moves to a bigger home at Burggravenlaan 11. I am delighted that as part of this I was asked to exhibit a number of papercuts. The exhibition can be viewed during the Open Day on Saturday 21st September from 11.00 – 16.00.
Over the last year I have experimented with the online font-building tool Fontstruct and the font design software Glyphs Mini, building a number of experimental typefaces, three of which I used on the posters for the Paperwork, Rock Paper Scissors and Full Circle exhibitions.
Another of my typefaces Crazy Fredericka (named after the pangram Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.) was one of three winners in Fontstruct’s Stencilfont Competition.