A few weeks ago I was passing by The Instituto de Cervantes in Dublin and was attracted by the poster in the window. I decided to walk in a check the exhibition called Collection of Wonders. At first thought, it was an exhibition of few different artists as the artwork, in my opinion, was quite versatile.
The exhibition Collection of Wonders gathers a selection of the most significant works by Isidro Ferrer, one of the most remarkable designers and illustrators from Spain known for his originality and genius. The show has a great number of his poster design work and book illustration and has been curated by Tina García, specialised in cultural management and illustration from Asturias, Spain.
Isidro Ferrer(Madrid, 1963) is currently one of the most representative artists in Spain in the fields of design and illustration. He has worked for international firms as a commercial artist, graphic designer and in animation and storyboarding for TV. In Spain, he has received the National Design Award in 2002, the National Illustration Award in 2006. He has also been granted a European Design Award in the Posters category in 2008 and gained the Silver in the Golden Label Awards in 2013. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo shows in Spain, France, Chile, Mexico or Portugal, among other countries. (text source Collection of Wonders)
I was studying graphic design here in Dublin for two years and I wish in the course I was doing they would encourage students more to use different media. Like in Isidro Ferrer artwork. Handmade props in combination with photography and software for layout design. The posters are unique and very expressive while transferring the visual message.
The Science Gallery in Dublin is located on the ground of Trinity College. It is an independent non-profit gallery and the world’s first university-linked network dedicated to public engagement with science and art. The gallery occupies two floors with a coffee shop, gift shop and an auditorium for lectures. I try to visit the gallery few times a year, the exhibitions are always very educational at the same time the viewer is asked a lot of questions. You can always get a full explanation from dedicated students involved in the show at the time. The gallery also offers lectures on various scientific topics.
In Case of Emergency is the most recent exhibition which is nearly coming to an end. I like the innovative and interactive way the facts are presented. Made a short recording of it, the display unit is a book with a projected images.
Wall covered with clocks showing specific times around the world as an expression of political and historical events such as nuclear weapon tests, revolutions, massive changes. Took a photo of the one that felt the most personal.
Year: 1990 Minutes to midnight: 10 Difference from the previous setting: -4
European countries like Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania free themselves from Soviet control with no resistance or retaliation by Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. In late 1989, the Berlin Walls falls, symbolically ending the Cold War.
Words coming out from those visuals projects will give you chills. Summary of the world we live in today. It helps to understand our confusion. The macroeconomic, social and financial emergency – can we do anything to stop the decline?
At the National College of Art and Design, graduates show the space occupied by Eva O’Donovan artwork called Metropolitan Girl was rather small in relation to all the paintings featured. Yet, the room was filled in with the female energy. The very intense energy of a strong very classy woman. The paintings were in a dialogue with the viewer or in that case with me … that’s what it felt like. Each was whispering something else to me and each had a different personality, character and the mood. I had an impression of being on the stage, surrounded by the characters from the paintings that were focusing and paying a lot of attention to me too. I was taking something from them and they were taking something from me. Exchange of an energy. Very theatrical and very clever, if that was an intention of the artist than it worked very well.
The entire mood of the Metropolitan Girl showcase reminded me of the scene in the movie with Geoffrey Rush called Deception (also known as The Best Offer). The character admires the private paintings that are locked in a large room of his house. A massive collection of female portraits possessed by their private collector and the collector possessed by the paintings.
‘An interpretation of portraiture. Oil painting on printed heritage fabrics with references to ideas of beauty appropriated from print media. Paint is applied in a controlled manner with background fabric playing as much of a role as the figure painted on it. A figure emerges out of the background with a sense of cinematic drama.’says Eva O’Donovan www.evaodonovan.com
Coming into the room full of butterflies within a second I was under an impression that I was covered in them! Even though they were not flying it felt that they were. There was so much to look at, I felt excited as a child who is chasing butterflies on a hot summer day.
Like if I was dreaming one of my abstract dreams where I am feeling happy and hyper. Stimulated by images appearing in front of my eyes, knowing I would wake up in a good mood because of the mad, colourful dream. Even if it was hard to find a story and a connection between one artwork and another, all together it made a perfect sense. Freakshow is like a dream wrapped in a warm blanket of all shades of brown colour.
‘Surrounded by ideals of perfection, my interest lies in the feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt; resulting in fantasies of escape and evolution to compensate. Using a variety of mixed media and textile techniques, I explore and imagined a narrative that borrows from a dark but humorous aesthetic informed by a freak show of hybrid creatures. A celebration of the imperfect has resulted in an installation that takes a classroom as the stage for an eerie metamorphosis.’ says Lauren Hoey
LAUREN HOEY AT WORK
Friday afternoon doodles…I wish the pace of this time lapse was the reality of it all. ✍🏻💭⏳
Apologies for being dormant on Facebook. Here's a little clip of 1 out of 70 paper cut butterflies I've been working on. In total, the 70 butterflies took approx. 12 hours, 7 scalpel wounds, 3 tears and a dash of blood.
The exhibition is taking place each year at the end of June and usually, it lasts for ten days. Among Dublin art colleges it is the most creative graduate’s shows.
The origins of the College date from 1746 and by 1924 the National College of Art and Design was fully established. The campus is located on Thomas Street in around the area of Guinness Storehouse. The College has four Schools; Design, Education, Fine Art and Visual Culture.
The School of Design is the largest in the College and comprises ceramics, glass, metals, fashion design, industrial and product design, textile design and visual communication. In design, the emphasis is on solving specific problems set by the project. While students are expected to master the relevant technologies, the aesthetic design factor is stressed equally. There are many links with industry and students often work on competitions sponsored by commercial firms. The College aims to promote a broad education in design which can be the basis for a variety of careers either as part of a team in industry or by working individually in a studio or small business. (source http://www.ncad.ie/about)
I had taken a large number of photographs on that day and unfortunately was unable to take the names, titles and the contact details of the artists. If any of the artists will come across this article, please contact me and I will provide a relevant link to your work.
The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death is the inspiration for this display. I have chosen Hamlet as the character for my window display proposal.
Denim was once again the trending fabric of Spring/Summer 2016 and as a sustainable 100%, a cotton material has a long history and tradition which dates back to the 17th century. In styling the denim products, I wanted to design a display for male customers creating a contemporary look mixed with the presence of Shakespeare’s character and the versatility and long tradition of denim (black jeans) as a fashion material.
The display shows the character on a stylised stage, and we, the audience, watch the ‘dramatic’ moment when Hamlet contemplates death and suicide in his conversation with the excavated skull of Yorick. The style of the scene is contemporary, set in a monochromatic environment of the theatre stage, creating a Gothic and mysterious feel.
THE MAKING OF
Initially, I had a different idea for the window but some of the props were rejected during the process. The SketchUp software helped me to visualise the design in the Gallery Space.