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‘Celebration’ by Tom Molloy
Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, exhibition opening on April 13th 2017 at 7pm
Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘Celebration’, a solo exhibition by Waterford-born artist Tom Molloy.
Molloy’s work foregrounds highly charged social and economic issues, with subtlety and impartiality, using existing or found material downloaded from the internet, from newspapers and other mainstream media. Central to this solo exhibition is Protest (2012) a 10m long installation in which Molloy rounds up a miniature mob of protesters in a collective meta march. Detaching them from their original context, Molloy bands them together in a heterogeneous micro- procession of picketers from various periods in history.
Tom Molloy received his MA in Fine Art from The National College of Art & Design in 1992. Widely exhibited nationally and internationally, he is represented by Rubicon Gallery, Ireland. His work is included in various public and private collections including; Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, National Self Portrait Collection Limerick, The Zabludowicz Collection, London and Princeton University Art Museum, USA.
‘Behind the Vitrolite Shopfront’ by Albert Walsh
Garter Lane Arts Centre also presents ‘Behind the Vitrolite Shopfront’, an exhibition of photographic works by Albert Walsh which examines how traditional and emerging ways of being coexist in contemporary Irish society.
Vitrolite, an opaque pigmented fire-toughened glass, was widely used as cladding for shopfronts, beginning during the Art Deco period and continuing until the late 1950s. Hogan Hairdressers, established in Waterford in the mid-1950s, is a distinct example of a Vitrolite shopfront from that decade.
‘Behind the Vitrolite Shopfront’ invites the viewer beyond this façade and into a world where traditional practices have changed very little- a glimpse of how a little piece of Americana was brought to 1950s Waterford. This series of photographic works documents how business traditions have remained steadfast in the face of societal and economic pressures for change and how consistent change renders the once mainstream unconventional.
Albert Walsh has been Head of the Department of Art & Design Education in Crawford College of Art & Design since 1997.
Both exhibitions open in Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, on April 13th 2017 at 7pm and continue until June 10th.
Gallery Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am- 5.30pm and during evening performances.
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