Futures, an exhibition selected by Patrick T. Murphy, Director and Ruth Carroll, Exhibitions Curator, makes a reappearance at the RHA following a five-year absence.
“We had shown four in a row and wanted to rest the form to allow a new generation of artists to arrive”. Patrick T. Murphy.
Futures introduces to the public seven young artists around whom a consensus has begun to grow whether by their inclusion in studio residency programmes, exhibitions in alternative spaces or bursary awards. The artists in 2009 Futures are Aideen Barry, Kevin Cosgrove, Maria McKinney, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Seamus Nolan, John O’Connell and Mark Swords.
What binds these artists together is a fascination with making – an inventive and creative engagement with their material. With each artist the nuance of the handmade and in some cases the homemade is evident. Their self-spun creations tackle mythic, scientific and humanist themes, uniting ambition to communicate with the labour of the studio.
These artists display an intelligence and sophistication in their approach and commitment and with work ranging from painting, drawing, sculpture and installation, this exhibition offers an exciting opportunity for visitors to see what is happening in contemporary Irish art today.