RHA Friends Event

RHA Friends Gallery Walking Tour – Kevin Kavanagh & Kerlin Gallery
27 Nov 2021
Time: 2pm

Exhibitions: Diana Copperwhite RHA, Vanishing Apertures at Kevin Kavanagh and Isabel Nolan, Spaced Out at Kerlin Galleries.


Begins at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.

We are delighted to finally return to the RHA Friends’ Gallery Walking Tours and for the first of these we will visit two wonderful exhibitions of large and small scale, paintings and tapestries.

We will begin with RHA Member Diana Copperwhite’s exhibition Vanishing Apertures at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin where we will receive a short talk about Diana’s work and view the show. Afterwards we will make our way to the Kerlin Gallery for an introduction and viewing of Isabel Nolan’s exhibition, Spaced Out.

Two highly accomplished Irish artists, these shows are very much a highlight of this year’s exhibition calendar in Dublin.

Numbers are very limited and bookings are on a first come, first served basis.

Find out more below.

Diana Copperwhite – Vanishing Apertures

Isabel Nolan – Spaced Out


On Blurring Text written by Sue Rainsford

Aperture: an opening which allows for the passage of light. As it widens and narrows inside a camera lens or human eye, rays scatter thin as mist or gather thickly in a luminous cone.

Expansion, recession. In the movement between them, blinking discrepancies take hold. Blurrings occur.

Diana Copperwhite’s paintings make a kind of feast of these blurrings.

The paintings’ kinetics make them seem, at a first glance, transitional: what they catch is the shift from one state to another. Invisible toward visible, emergent toward dispersal.

It’s perhaps truer to say these opposing forces are enmeshed and entwined. What we see in the moment between rigid and yielding, between murky and pellucid, has become a thing in itself.

This vagueness, this confusion, this blurring; it has resolved into painterly swathes and daubs and is very much of the world. As such, as much as these works are subject to the rules of paint, they also feel beholden to the raindrops that loosen the oily film of the street—the iridescence that thereafter lines the soles of your walking feet.

Even when an aperture is firmly closed, elsewhere—the light itself endures.

When an aperture is not only closing, but vanishing; the terms by which we’ve previously perceived light are altering.

A vanished aperture: an unmediated flow.

A partial torso, a curve of cheekbone—pulsing, neon strobes.

A pair of eyes—streak of rainbow.


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Spaced Out, is an exhibition of new work by Dublin-based artist Isabel Nolan. Reflecting the artist’s multifarious practice, Spaced Out will comprise of a selection of new water-based oil paintings and two immersive hand-tufted tapestries.

Isabel Nolan has an expansive practice that incorporates sculptures, paintings, textile works, photographs, writing and works on paper. Her subject matter is similarly comprehensive, taking in cosmological phenomena, religious reliquaries, Greco-Roman sculptures and literary/historical figures, examining the behaviour of humans and animals alike. These diverse artistic investigations are driven by intensive research, but the end result is always deeply personal and subjective.

Exploring the “intimacy of materiality”, Nolan’s work ranges from the architectural – steel sculptures that frame or obstruct our path – to small handmade objects in clay, hand-tufted wool rugs illuminated with striking cosmic imagery, to drawings and paintings using humble gouache or colouring pencils. In concert, they feel equally enchanted by and afraid of the world around us, expressing humanity’s fear of mortality and deep need for connection as well as its startling achievements in art and thought. Driven by “the calamity, the weirdness, horror, brevity and wonder of existing alongside billions of other preoccupied humans”, her works give generous form to fundamental questions about the ways the chaos of the world is made beautiful or given meaning through human activity.


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