Outside and Between examines how perceptions of artists from Northern Ireland are informed by the context in which their work is seen, categorized and discussed. Taking in to account not only subject matter, genre and materiality but also preconceptions about antecedents, practice and platform, the exhibition examines how artists relate to and are identified with Northern Ireland.
The exhibition features works by Michael Alcorn, St. Claire Allen, Betty Brown, Gerard Devlin, Philip Flanagan, Willie Heron,Tony Hill, Terry McAllister, Mark McGreevy, Rory Moore, Philip Mussen, Eddie Rafferty, Martin Wedge & Derek Wilson.
Shân McAnena is an art historian and curator, director of the The Naughton Gallery and the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s.
The exhibition continues until 24th November 2012 and the Gallery opening hours are: Tuesday – Friday 10.30 am – 5.30 pm & Saturday 10.30 am – 4.00pm
The exhibition stems from numerous visits to Kearney in County Down.
In the paintings I suggest rather than describe the topography of the landscape, the paintings are a contour of my feeling or response to the setting, an inscape as opposed to a landscape.
I am using colour as a means of expression. Form and light are achieved by working over coloured grounds, patterns of colour creating energy. The strength of the colours is held in balance by structure, which emphasises their vibrancy, but resolves it into an overall calm.
The compositions create a sense of simplicity and purity, built on formal principles of firmness and balance, proportion and structure. I am interested in the plastic space of a flat plane, such as a canvas: perceived rather than real space.
There is an image from Apollinaire that conveys the beauty of light -
The window opens like an orange / the beautiful fruit of life.