“ReViewed”, an exhibition of the work of Dublin-based artist, Seán Hillen, will be shown until Christmas at An Gailearaí Gweedore.
The exhibition launch is scheduled for 7-9pm, Saturday, Oct. 13th, at An Gailearaí, which is located on the ground floor of Áislann Ghaoth Dobhair in the Gweedore Business Park.
Also in the coming months, An Gailearaí will host local artist Nora Duffy as artist-in-residence. Nora will be in residence at the gallery from Oct. 6th to Dec. 14th, where she will be making prints and will be available to show members of the public the etching process.
Seán Hillen was raised in Newry, County Down, and studied at the Belfast College of Art, London College of Printing and the Slade School of Fine Art. He has been recognised for his photomontage work made in the traditional scalpel-and-glue technique and he has exhibited extensively.
The exhibition of his work at An Gailearaí features a new edition of large-scale prints generated from extremely high-resolution scans of his montage work. The extensive amount of detail revealed gives a new look at Seán’s work and gives the show its title. The prints were produced in cooperation with the Copper House Gallery in Dublin and first exhibited there earlier this year.
The An Gailearaí show will also include smaller and more affordable prints and a number of rarely seen original collages.
In 1993 Seán began a new series, “Irelantis”. At first glance a hybrid of familiar postcards of Irish landmarks, mixed into a fantastical ‘other world’, these collages are themselves little bigger than postcards and were often actually assembled under a microscope. Often based on the famous picture postcards of John Hinde, Seán adapted the nostalgic images to create an altogether different and more complex result. “Irelantis” has since become part of the Irish cultural landscape, appearing on more than 25 book covers, pastiched in advertisements and the subject of academic theses.
Seán and landscape architect also Desmond Fitzgerald designed the Omagh Bomb Memorial, which was unveiled in 2008 at a 10th anniversary event. His latest and most provocative body of pictures: “What’s Wrong?” with “The Consolations of Genius”, first exhibited in 2011.
An Gailearaí moved from Falcarragh to the new Aislann Ghaoth Dobhair last year along, with the new Leabharlann Ghaoth Dobhair. To be included on the gallery’s mailing list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“ReViewed” runs until Christmas and is free and open to the public. The gallery is open 1pm – 5pm, Tuesday to Friday.