RELIEF - curated to coincide with Temple Bar’s Tradfest
Opening Saturday 20th January, 2018
The word RELIEF comes from the Latin term relevo meaning ‘to raise’. Relief, as it relates to printmaking, involves a matrix that has areas which are cut away and /or textured to create an image – the uncut areas that remain in relief are inked and laid with paper – pressure is applied and the paper is peeled back to reveal the imprinted design. In music, relief relates to the tensioned curve or profile of a stringed instrument fingerboard. In both, the traditional material of wood is crafted / manipulated to create art.
This Graphic Studio Dublin exhibition – curated to coincide with Temple Bar’s Tradfest – brings together artists from diverse backgrounds. Some are full-time printmakers, for others printmaking forms part of their practice, allowing them to experiment, to see in different ways.
The relief printed image has existed for more than 600 years in Western art. It became the art medium of the commoner – woodcuts of popular subject matter were disseminated across classes and creeds. The woodcut is also closely associated with popular music – naïve, bold relief designs illustrated popular ballad sheets – visualising the narratives and rhythms of traditional music.
Inspired by these shared folk histories, Graphic Studio Dublin welcomes audiences to engage with the prints of Alice Maher, Jenny Lane, Louise Leonard, Maser, Michael Lyons, Gerard Cox and Mary Plunkett. It is a unique opportunity to see and to delight in works that draw on, but re-envisage, past traditions, or to engage with those that present new forms of expression.
Exhibition images to follow shortly, detail of works sampled above.
Live Print Demonstration
Saturday 27th January, 2-3pm.
Join us to watch respected printmaker Mary Plunkett live printing at the gallery, as she discusses and reveals the mystery behind some of the work in our ongoing ‘Relief’ exhibition. Attendance is free.
Friday 26th January, 6pm
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Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to announce an intimate gig, by the amazing Frankenstein Bolts, to coincide with Temple Bar’s Tradfest.
A Dream-Pop/Folktronica duo from Wexford, Ireland. Frankenstein Bolts are Justin Cullen and Dan Comerford. The band take influence from a broad array of genres including the indie bands of the early 90s, and 80s synth-pop acts.
Since the band’s debut single ‘Up To The Root’ was released in February 2015, they’ve featured positively in Hot Press, and other publications, including multiple ‘Rising Acts’ articles. Brilliant live, they’ve played multiple festivals - including Main Stage at Castlepalooza, and the Body & Soul Main Stage at Electric Picnic - in the lead up to which they featured in Goldenplec’s ‘Top 15 To See’ list, and received a ‘Go’ listing from The Irish Times. They’ve also performed numerously at Dublin’s annual Hard Working Class Heroes festival. In early 2016 they released their EP ‘Cinematic Views’, and have opened for David Kitt, Tír na nÓg, Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers) and Malojian.
The band's second album, titled 'Aglow & Spark', was released in August 2017. Released to glowing reviews, the first single taken from it, is the fleeting guitar pop number, 'Anatomic Major'. A busy summer ensued, with the band playing at Castlepalooza, Body & Soul at Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes Festival, as well touring their new album.
DATE: Friday 26th January, Doors Open 5.45pm for 6.15pm start (Standing Only)
"Will there be a better, smoother radio-friendly album released by an Irish band this year?"
- TONY CLAYTON-LEA, THE IRISH TIMES
"Part alt folk part synth pop – all gorgeousness”
"soothing synths and a devotion to tender folk rock is the order of the day and Cullens captivating voice is the ace up the sleeve. Debut LP Slow Season was a bright quiet start to last year - dig it out now to impress your mates when everyone sits up and takes notice later"
- HOTPRESS HOT FOR 2015
Gallery Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday & Sunday: Closed
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