24th February – 18th March, 2017
Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to present ‘Fresh Print’, an exhibition of new work by recent winners of the Graphic Studio Graduate Award – exciting emerging artists. They include many of the best fine art graduates working in the medium of print.
This exhibition highlights new work made by five recipients of the coveted award, since receiving the prize in 2015 & 2016.
We would like to thank Mason Hayes & Curran for sponsoring one of our Graduate Awards, and Jameson Irish Whiskey for sponsoring the exhibition reception. You can learn more about the firm here.
Vaida Varnagiene etchings observe cultural, philosophical and environmental issues. Her work is an exploration of the contemporary, myth, and fantasy conveyed through mixed media and printmaking. Her ideas extend the boundaries between reality and imagination: utopias and dystopias, heterotopias, alchemy and illusion to present a fictional landscape informed by the real world.
Aaron Smyth’s figurative lithographs are concerned with investigating the division between the corporeal and metaphysical nature of being; the conflict that lies between interior and exterior identities and the duality in human nature. Through exploring these dynamics and dualities of ‘lived experience’ he touches upon themes of identity, intimacy and emotion, simultaneously posing questions about power and gender.
Ria Czerniak’s black and white etchings demonstrate a concern with memory and the mind’s creation, maintenance and the distortion of memories. Recollection is viewed through a lens – recalling a space, is informed by the photo or video instead of the real experience.
She depicts a fragmented perspective, exploring the interplay between the real and the remembered image.
Ria's Graduate Award is sponsored by Mason Hayes and Curran.
Melissa Ellis’ intriguing new work is an inspection of natural and imagined foliage - that hovers between the weird and the sublime. Hints of a submerged terrain, providing an element of movement, an underwater world of curiosity.
James Dunne’s new series of mezzotints examines an involuntary interaction between objects - a red door is opened and its reflection passes across the inactive screen of a television monitor. The work highlights one objects visual change as an outcome of the displacement of another.
Images of opening night, 23rd February:
Ria Czerniak, recipient of the Mason Hayes & Curran, Graphic Studio Graduate Award giving a print demo, and discussing her practice, on the 10th of March.
About the Awards
The Graphic Studio Graduate Award, provides an extended period of membership, to Ireland’s largest fine art print studio, as well as materials and expert technical guidance. The Prizes are awarded to 2-3 students annually, chosen from graduates of The National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT).
We are very grateful to Andrew Folan, Head of Print, National College of Art and Design, for launching the show, at 6pm on 23rd February.
The gallery is closed on St Patrick's Day, 17th March.
'FRESH PRINT' continues to 18th March, 2017.