Niamh O'Malley

2 June - 25 August 2019 at St Carthage Hall.

Preview Saturday 1 June, 4-6pm.

In-conversation with the artist and Isobel Harbison, 3.30pm.

Lismore Castle Arts is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Niamh O’Malley at St Carthage Hall. The exhibition features a series of new works seen here for the first time.

Niamh O’Malley works with drawing, sculpture, painting, video, and more recently glass. She is drawn to familiar materials that display traces of their own making, laboring the surfaces and edges of polished wood and graphite panels.

Originally trained as a painter, the artist’s interest in the construction and composition of images has extended spatially through the medium of glass. Rather than treating it as an invisible barrier, O’Malley emphasizes its physicality – its thickness, its surface, its opacity – giving attention to properties that might more usually be overlooked.

Her sculptures are partly reminiscent of furniture; shelves, canopies, panels, and bulk. They also function as ballast, solid weights to create a space of form and attention. Through her body of work, the artist continually reminds us of the directed and mediated image - from bench, to view, to landscape.

Please join us for an informal conversation with the artist at 3.30pm on Saturday 1 June, with Dr Isobel Harbison, an art critic, and Lecturer in the Department of Art, at Goldsmiths, University of London, her recent book ‘Performing Image’ is published by MIT Press, 2019. Free event, no booking necessary.

For further information please contact Paul McAree

St Carthage Hall is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12 - 5 pm. Admission free.

This exhibition is funded by the Arts Council.
Featured image: Niamh O'Malley, Shelf, 2017, Oil on glass, coloured glass, beech, courtesy the artist.
Image top: Niamh O’Malley, Handle, research still, 2019. Image courtesy the artist.
Images above: Niamh O’Malley, 2019, installation views at St Carthage Hall. Images by Ros Kavanagh. Courtesy the artist.

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