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Visual Arts Outlook (23/3)


In the first of a new weekly feature, Mary Stevens delivers a weekly Visual Arts Outlook, featuring an Stuart Brisley’s Headwinds, an exhibition by Niall de Buitléar and Get In Lane at Belfast’s Catalyst Arts, which refers to “the stifling necessity for graduates to decide on their future direction.”

The Mac Belfast
Stuart Brisley – Headwinds.
Panel Discussion: The Cenotaph Project & The Public Sphere. Thursday March 26 – 7.30 – Booking Required.

It’s refreshing to see the Mac opening an academic discussion around the current show Headwinds by Stuart Brisley. This event invites Stuart Brisley, Maya Balcioglu, Dr Sanja Perovic, Dr Colin Darke and Tony White to discuss one particular work currently on show in the Tall Gallery. The Cenotaph Project is a collaboration between Brisley and Mary Balcioglu exploring the symbolism of the Cenotaph which is a scaled down model of the Whitechapel London Memorial. The participation of this touring project in the Mac will be marked on the wall of the next instalment of the Cenotaph installation, cementing the participating galleries like the lists of the fallen brave seen on so many war memorials around the UK.

Brisley who is perhaps most well known for his performance works shows the true breadth of his practice in this seminal exhibition. The Mac benefits from the presence of such a directional and ground breaking artist and the varied work of his esteemed career, though Brisley’s connections with Belfast have long preceded the short history of this new cultural hub. A new publication, commissioned by the Mac will also be released on Thursday titled Stuart Brisley – Performing the Political Body and Eating Shit. 

Exhibition continues until the April 29.

Pallas Projects Dublin
Niall de Buitléar – Beneath That Darkness There Was Another.

Opening on Wednesday night at Pallas Projects Dublin is Niall de Buitléar’s new exhibition of painting, sculpture and engravings. De Buitléar’s incredibly light touch combined with the labour intensive intricacy of his work gives these new drawings and sculptures a polished conversation in mathmatical geometry. He is beginning to experiment with new media, combining the artists hand with the mechanical perfection which merges the patterns to an almost optical illusion. Niall de Buitléar is a visual artist based in Dublin. There have been four solo exhibitions of his work to date including Out of Order at the Lab in Dublin and Structures at the Wexford Arts Centre.

Opening Thursday March 26. Exhibition continues until Saturday, April 11.

Catalyst Arts Belfast
Get In Lane – Student and Recent Graduate Show.

Featuring from across the UK and Ireland including Nuno Direitinho, Rachel Marum, Corie Denby McGowan, Brian O’Shea, The Edinburgh Nude Historical Re-Enactment Society, Cate Smith (featured work, pictured above), Louise Concannon and Deirdre Canavan. Get In Lane (pictured) refers to the stifling necessity for graduates to decide on their future direction. Aiming to break these boundaries Catalyst encourages artists to experiment with their work in the space, creating new freedoms in a professional context. Selected through a UK and Ireland open call, seven artists show the breadth and variety of work being made in universities today.

Exhibition continues to March 28.