The Time of Our Lives
(After Hugo Williams)
Gallery & guest artists
14 April - 17 July 2020
"The future can go and be bloody terrifying on its own for all I care"
The last few weeks have brought us, humankind, to a rare inflection point in our collective history. Rather like our ancestors, who tried to measure the future of their lives at the outbreak of World War, we too find ourselves speculating about a future that seems unknowable. So it is to the past that we turn, either in nostalgic recollection or for a familiarity that is simple in its certainty, to cast the anchor and keep our wits.
It’s unsurprising that more of us than ever now turn to art, music and literature to interpret our new strange daily lives. Hugo Williams, whose poem The Time of Our Lives, has given us the title of our new exhibition says that poets are different because they are inconsolable. They understand that suffering is at the core of the human condition and are compelled to find meaning in the face of this truth. Williams' seemingly pithy poem is powered by alternating future and present tenses which is an intriguing device to talk about the past; a place where we are having the time of our lives.
We have asked our artists to provide a work of art and if they so choose, to include a few lines of commentary on the poem. We hope you remain safe and healthy during this current crisis.
Artists Katherine Boucher Beug, Sophia Campbell, Michael Canning, Barrie Cooke, Claire Curneen, Jason Ellis, Paul Gaffney, Liam Flynn,
Sarah Iremonger, Stephen Lawlor, David Eager Maher,
Ed Miliano, Nick Miller, Hughie O'Donoghue, Laurence Riddell, Jeff Schneider, Amelia Stein, Sasha Sykes, Donald Teskey, Corban Walker, Sarah Walker, Samuel Walsh, Keith Wilson.
By Hugo Williams
One White One Acrylic on canvas 61 x 51 cm 2020 €4,500
Stolen Spring Oil on canvas 40 x 30 cm 2020 €650
Black Oval III Oil on wood panel 24 x 18.5 cm 2013 €950
Punakaiki Rocks V Oil on canvas 30 x 35 cm 2010 €1,500
The Lovers Porcelain & gold lustre 45 h 2020 €3,500
Self Isolating Day Seven Oil on paper 42 x 29.7 cm 2020 €3,200
Rue Saint Jacques Slate 30 x 25 cm 2020 €3,000
Oak Fluted Vessel Broken Line Series #1 29 x 21 cm Ref 135 €4,200
Untitled #43 Archival pigment print 49 x 61 cm Edition size: 6 + 1 AP 2012 €1,250
‘3 Vessels’ Thailand 250BC; North America 1000AD; Sudan 3500BC Watercolour on paper 38 x 29 cm 2020 €350
Back in Time Acrylic on aluminum 22 x 26 cm 2020 €650
Dawn Chorus Mixed media on four wooden panels Each panel 30 x 30 Overall 120 x 30cm €3,000
The Sea 7-1-20 Watercolour on paper 30 x 40 cm 2020 €2,800
Lavender Field Oil on linen canvas 46 x 46 cm 2018 €12,500
Infinite Yellow Oil on canvas 30.3 x 25.5 cm 2020 €3,000
Platform Oil, acrylic, fabric on canvas 106 x 170 cm 2018 €5,000
Garden, Laragh Archival Pigment Print on Bamboo Paper 49 X 38 cm Edition of 5 2020 €950
Caliology XXX Mistlethrush nest & resin 24.5 x 24.5 x 18 cm 2015 €5,000
A Shout Out to Spring Oil on canvas 70 x 80 cm 2020 €17,500
Untitled (2 x 3 @30˚ Aluminium stack) Rectilinear Aluminium tubing, 116 pieces 40.6 x 50 x 50 cm 2019 €9,600
Wind-burnt tree Oil on paper 150 x 150 cm 2020 €4,500
Tea Acrylic/oil/canvas 80 x 80 cm 2019 €3,750
Light Above, 1 Oil on board 20 x 21.5 cm 2020 €950