We’re blessed in North Mayo to continuously have the opportunity to engage in high-quality arts content on our doorsteps in Ballina Arts Centre, and the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle. Coming up this month are two wonderful exhibitions featuring artists Jean Carabine, Betty Gannon, Sarah Lundy and Chris Doris for art lovers to savour – details below.
L I N E is an exhibition looking at different approaches to drawing, featuring the work of three artists, for whom drawing is essential to their practice. Each artist approaches drawing from a different perspective, but all of their work is contemporary and grounded in a conceptual framework. This exhibition runs until 27th October. Admission free. All welcome.
Chris Doris is an artist and psychotherapist. His practice is unusually diverse. It includes groundbreaking “public inquiries” which import modes of seeing from meditation, psychotherapy and neuroscience into an art context. These works began with the iconic 40 Days and 40 Nights on Croagh Patrick (99), which investigated the relational nature of mind.
Doris’ painting, printing and drawing also places inquiry at the heart of his approach. The public inquiries and the studio works have consistently investigated the nature of selfhood, being, consciousness and mind.
His work has won much acclaim and many awards. The Ballinglen Art Foundation exhibition, ‘Object Relations’, follows a large exhibition in Limerick City Gallery. It precedes a major show, ‘The Empty Field’ in The Model, Sligo, which opens on November 17 with a new inquiry, ‘Songs of Being Seen’, which headlines Sligo’s choral festival.
Object Relations refers to the British school of psychology with its emphasis on the relational basis of self-forms. Doris uses it also to refer to a function of mindfulness and art, as well as the juxtaposition of 2d and sculptural objects of variety in the exhibition.
The exhibition will be opened by author and novelist Helen Falconer.