Age of Exploration- Fion Gunn

Fion Gunn, Age of Exploration no2, 2017 76x76cm, canvas, acrylic, collage 探索时代 2号,2017年76x76cm厘米帆布,丙烯酸漆,拼贴画 Age of Exploration offers scintillating perspectives on seafaring travel , reflecting on global resettlement from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The solo exhibition by Fion Gunn continues at He Gallery Laipeng Golf space until June 3rd.  Continue reading

Excavations at He Gallery, Laipeng Golf Space

 

Excavations is currently showing at the He Gallery Laipeng Golf Art space until June 3rd 2018 .

 

This rendition of Excavations opened on Sunday 22nd April and I would like to thank Gallery manager Liu Meijun, Mr Zhou Chen of Chen Gallery, Mr Huang Zhongjin of Laipeng golf grounds. Many thanks to curators Jia Jingjing and Liu Meijun for all their hard work. Sincere thanks to deputy Head of Mission Tim Harrington who came to officiate the opening along with cultural attaché Aoife Fleming of the Embassy of Ireland. Thank you to Dublin City Council for sponsoring this project celebrating the twinning programme between Dublin and Beijing . 

The opening was very special as five of the six participating artists were present : Fion Gunn, Gulistan, Monika Lin arrived from Shanghai and Lee Sheungha came from Korea and myself. Sadly Audrey Mullins could not be present .

 

 

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Mortgaged Time – the Artworks

NIAMH CUNNINGHAM/瑞莲, Bachmann Girl 巴赫曼姑娘, 2017, Acrylic on canvas 布面丙烯, 100 x 100 cm

 

Anti War Poet Ingeborg Bachman spent her life’s work often using death as a motif, reflecting on the hidden forces of violence and oppression in society. She was appalled and yet fascinated by the fact that crimes against humanity were being committed on such a large scale even outside the boundaries of war.

The Aryan poet came to despise her father (a bona fide fascist) and began to identify with the Nazi Jewish victims.  Bachmann witnessed the Nazi troops march through her town when she was 12 years old of which she wrote “the pain came too early and was perhaps stronger than anything since … the monstrous brutality , the yelling, singing and marching, the first deathly anxiety attack .” The portrait above is based on a photograph of the poet as a young girl.

 

Li Xinmo and Amy Grubbs performing at The Red Gate Gallery Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Mortgaged Time is an international group exhibition at the Red Gate Gallery in 798 , Beijing. The artworks and performances pay homage to the post WWII poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan.

The exhibition is curated by Raimund Rosarius who is also a theatre director and the project is produced by Susanne Matz. It was these two stellar people who conceived the project. Huge thanks also to Brian Wallace and the wonderful Red Gate team including Feibi, Hongmei and Han Chunhai for hosting this special dialogue and also to the Austrian embassy for their support of the project.

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Mortgaged Time at The Red Gate Gallery

Please join us for a very special exhibition on Saturday 21st at The Red Gate Gallery , 798 . Exhibition produced by Susanne Matz and curated by Raimund Rosarius . Impressive live performances in the afternoon and various events , guided tours and performances throughout the week. 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Artists: 

Fred Dufour, Fion Gunn, Gao Ping, Li Chao, Li Li, Li Xinmo, Ben Mcmillan, Shameera Wiest, Tami Xiang, Niamh Cunningham 

Performance Artists:  Amy Grubb, Fen Ni, Gao Yuan, and Li Xinmo

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Excavations

Huiyuan Water City Oil on Canvas 2017 100x 300cm Niamh Cunningham

Excavations is an exhibition of work by six artists Gulistan, Fion Gunn, Monika Lin, Lee Sheungha, Audrey Mullins and Niamh Cunningham celebrating the twinning of the cities of Beijing and Dublin. Curated by Jia Jingjing and Fion Gunn.Excavations is an exhibition of work by six artists Gulistan, Fion Gunn, Monika Lin, Lee Sheungha, Audrey Mullins and Niamh Cunningham celebrating the twinning of the cities of Beijing and Dublin. Curated by Jia Jingjing and Fion Gunn. This post will look at some of my artworks. 

 

Showing two renditions with different bodies of work the exhibition initially opened at Enjoy Museum, 798, April 12th-17 th .and will be at Art Golf Space, He Gallery from April 20thto 29th.

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Excavations – group exhibition at Enjoy Museum , 798

We hope you can join us for the opening at Enjoy Museum 798 for this exciting group exhibition with artists : Gulistan, Fion Gunn,  Lee Sheungha, Monika Lin , Audrey Mullins and myself.  exhibition celebrating the cultural and commercial twinning of Beijing and Dublin. Artists include : Gulistan, Fion Gunn, Opening April 12th 2018. Sponsored by Dublin City Council, the exhibition is curated by Jia Jingjing and Fion Gunn.   There will be bilingual guided tours and other events throughout next weekend.

A time of gifts – the people at Guanlan

 

Some photos from Guanlan Printmaking Base Shenzhen where I had the good fortune to meet impressive artists in residence and other wonderful people based at the Printmaking workshop. This must be one of the most unique printmaking bases in the world located in a scenic 300 year old Hakka village. 

http://www.chinaresidencies.com/residencies/guanlan-original-printmaking-base

 

Here with Rahman Mohamed, Ulrich Wolff, Teruyo Sonoyama, Harumi Sonoyama, Radka Hrabovska, Igor Baranov, Tomas Zemla and I. 

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Guanlan Printmaking Residency – The woodcuts and other prints

 

I have just returned from Shenzhen after a very special five week artists residency. This post will look at the work I made. The next post will take a look at the printingmaking base, the people and also a look at the Printmaking Museum .

I worked in the wood cut department reworking a previous painting (Huiyuan Water City). The area is of my old neighbourhood near Olympic park with the Birds Nest in the background.

(4/30) Huiyuan woodcut , Niamh Cunningham 2018 40x 120cm

5/ 30 Step One woodcut 2018 40 x 80cm paper size Niamh Cunningham

The next work was made in response to a call for an exhibition on WB Yeats Poetry. (More information to follow)

6/6/ Impulse of Delight x3 on Yellow Niamh Cunningham 2018 35 x 90cm

Both ‘Huiyuan’ and ‘Step One’ were reduction woodcuts with 3 colours. This technique uses the same wood board for printing each colour, in this case the first cut is the darkest colour working to medium and light. The photos below show the last colour for ‘Huiyuan’ .

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