John Kindness, Oxen of the sun, lime fresco on re-inforced plaster, 70 x 35 x 18cm
John Kindness, Aristotle Contemplating Laundry (after Ibn Bakhtishu), Enamel, oil and gold leaf on steel washer panel, 60 x 62 x 6cm
John Kindness, The Death of Herakles, engraved car bonnet with oil scumble, 110 x 133cm
John Kindness, Battle of Gods and Giants (after Pergamon frieze), Enamel, oil and gold leaf on steel computer panel, 35 x 40cm
Catherine Barron, Chip, acrylic ink on bakelite records, 30 x 16cm
Catherine Barron, Rough diamonds, acrylic ink on playing cards
Catherine Barron, Not quite the same, acrylic ink on playing cards
Catherine Barron, Ghost story, acrylic ink on vintage book cover, 35 x 24cm
Norman Mooney, Carbon on paper no. 32, smoked paper, 112 x 198cm
Norman Mooney, Close your eyes no. 7, pencil on aluminium panel with clear coat, 69 x 79cm
John Kindness, Drowning sailors, engraved ox bone with oil scumble, 10 x 24cm
Catherine Barron, Kids on a car, acrylic ink on aluminium, 28 x 39cm
John Kindness, Odysseus head, enamel, gold-leaf and oil on steel table top, 80cm in diameter
John Kindness, Catherine Barron & Norman Mooney
November 5th -28th, 2015
___Surface Tension brings together the work of three artists, John Kindness, Catherine Barron and Norman Mooney, for whom the surface they work on and work with is an integral part of the aesthetic and conceptual underpinnings of their practice.
___Kindness and Barron have made drawing, painting and engraving on unusual surfaces an intrinsic part of their work, as though harking back to our primal instinct to make images on whatever is to hand. As Kindness points out, “drawing on paper and painting on canvas occupy a relatively brief period in the history of creativity”. Kindness will be showing works on ox bone, car bonnets, washing machine panels, aprons and toilet seats, while Barron will show paintings on Bakelite records, antique book covers and playing cards.
___The exhibition also features the work of New York-based Irish artist, Norman Mooney, whose lustrous surfaces of mirror-polished steel and clear-coated aluminium panels interact with and distort the world around them. In addition, the show features works by Mooney on the more traditional support of paper where is image is imparted onto to the surface by smoking it, a process that just stops short of damaging the paper's delicate fibres. The tension in Mooney’s case comes from the quivering, almost kinetic presence of the work that ripples and shimmers, even in the peripheral vision of the viewer.
___This is the first showing in Dublin for a number of years by the London-based Kindness. His career to date includes solo exhibitions at the Ulster Museum and the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, while his work is the collections of the British Museum, The V&A Museum, IMMA and the Hugh Lane.
___Catherine Barron has had three solo exhibitions at the Molesworth as well as one at the Panter & Hall Gallery in London. She has been an invited artist at the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition in Dublin and at The Royal Academy Summer Show in London. One of her portraits on a Bakelite record has been shortlisted for the 2015 Hennessy Portrait Prize and will go on view in the National Gallery of Ireland from November 14th.
___Having graduated from NCAD in 1992, Norman Mooney was awarded the Third Degree Programme at the IMMA from 1992 to 1993. In 1994, he moved to New York where he is represented by Waterhouse & Dodd. Recent museum exhibitions include, 1, 2, 3 Volume at the Siqueiros Museum in Mexico City, Beyond Borders in Abu Dhabi and Close your Eyes at Martine Chaisson in New Orleans.
Listen to the podcast HERE of John Kindness talking about the exhibition on RTE Radio One's Arena on Friday November 6th.