Vera Klute ARHA & Barbara Knežević – 6 – 7 St. Stephens Green.
IPUT Real Estate and RHA are delighted to present works by Vera Klute ARHA and Barbara Knežević in the windows of 6 – 7 St. Stephens Green, on one of the busiest thoroughfares just off Grafton Street. IPUT’s vision is to set the benchmark for excellence in Irish Real Estate and positively shape the future of our city. By supporting art and design initiatives, IPUT remain connected with the creative forces in our city and can help share their work with a wider audience. They see initiatives which enhance the public realm, both physically and culturally, as a way of delivering upon their placemaking strategy.
Vera Klute ARHA’s work, Plunge is exhibited alongside Barbara Knežević, mineral bodies.
Vera Klute ARHA, Plunge
The sculpture consists of a multitude of limbs that are plunging towards the ground. Based on the dynamic shape of Olympic platform divers, the sculpture is carved from high density foam, painted and covered in silicone. The boundaries between bodies become blurred and a collection of limbs merges into an assemblage that has no face or even head, but is all movement. The sculpture freezes this spinning and spiralling leap at a moment where the dynamic has taken a life of its own, fully committed and braced for impact.
Barbara Knežević, mineral bodies
Mineral bodies is a work adapted from the recent exhibition pleasure ‘scapes at the RHA. It is a habitation comprised of a network of bronzed structures, backdropped by glistening printed lycra, anchored by rounded, curved bodily stone forms, studded with resin future fossils, draped with chain, and inset with ceramic vessels. Objects hang from uprights, snake plants quietly respirate, cotton cords span lengths. A television transmits the text of a future history, a story of objects, bodies and matter in relationships of deep time and kinship.
This iteration of this artwork and its siting in a disused retail window offers a strange and seductive détournement. These objects and their arrangement in this context are like retail display and reference museology but ultimately perform neither of these functions; the items cannot be bought, they do not advertise anything. Instead the artwork inhabits the glass fronted shop windows with mysterious objects of desire. Embodied, affective and sensory objects, that are just out of reach, artworks that are out of place, an ecosystem of surfaces and textures, forms, shapes, histories, futures, references and symbols that can be viewed in passing, through the lens of the window.
IPUT Real Estate are a proud supporter of the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), which promotes Irish artists, and art in the community. We fund a schools’ arts initiative as well as exhibitions and events. In partnership with the RHA, we began a new Artist in Residence Programme to provide support and studio space for up and coming Irish artists.
Vera Klute is a multi-disciplinary artist. She was born in Germany but is based in Dublin since 2001. She has had solo exhibitions at the RHA, the Butler Gallery, Limerick City Gallery (2-person show), the Molesworth Gallery and the LAB. Her work is part of public and private collections including the National Gallery, the National Self-Portrait Collection, the Arts Council, the Office of Public Works, Trinity College and The Butler Gallery. Most recently she won the The Solomon Fine Art Award for sculpture (2020). Other awards include the Hennessy Portrait Prize at the National Gallery and the Hennessy Craig Scholarship at the RHA (both 2015), the K+M Evans Award (2013) and the EVA Award at Wexford Arts Centre (2009). She has been awarded several Arts Council Bursary Awards and was elected Associate Member of the RHA in 2018. Recently, Klute completed her first public art commission, a large stone sculpture of Luke Kelly situated in Dublin 1.
Barbara Knežević is an artist and educator living and working in Dublin. Her work has been shown internationally in museums, public and private galleries such as Woman in the Machine, VISUAL Carlow; pleasure ‘scapes, RHA, Dublin; Immurement, STATION Gallery Melbourne; The MAC, Belfast; Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin; EKKM, Tallinn; Gallery Augusta, Helsinki; HIAP, Helsinki. She has been commissioned for public art projects and her work features in National and Private Collections. She is a lecturer in Fine Art at TU Dublin.
Photography IPUT Real Estate Dublin.
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