Mark Beatty: An Open Envelope and a Blaze of Ornament

If you missed Mark Beatty’s recent exhibition at the Clonakilty Community Art Centre, then you missed an absolute gem. Beatty’s work has a rare, living vibration: raw yet refined, open-ended, yet delineated, infinitesimal yet whole, genuine yet subtly ironic. Stepping into the gallery I immediately felt a quiver of visual delight, an instantaneous flood of…

Hymns of Steel: The Art of Moss Gaynor

A band of stainless steel is wrapped tightly, like a fist, around a shaft of burnt larch, the ‘body’ from which the steel band comes, a semi-circular disc of the same, finely incised, drilled and cut – three segments of burnt larch sit snugly within the disc, juxtaposing starkly against the bright metal. Its title…

The Delicate Edge: The Panoramas of Michael McSwiney

Bands of melancholy blue bleed across and down; soft and sudden rivulets of oil find their secret, yet random way. One feels nature being disclosed to it-self, the paint breathing with delicate, subconscious power. A build up of dark paint crud, coarsened with various ground substances acts as a permeable wall, both allowing and disallowing…