A Kite Festival

by sarahartonsherkin

Kite festival, Gujarat, India with Sarah Schwartz

Kite festival, Gujarat, India with Sarah Schwartz

 

 

http://www.helenoleary.com/kite-festival-with-sarah-schwartz-2006/pcqvwgcbw668v0wgcxp2mtrwnycfoy

 

I recently visited the newly situated Catherine Hammond Gallery in Skibbereen, where I came across the work of Helen O’Leary who writes that her work delves into her “own history as a painter, rooting in the ruins and failures of my own studio for both subject matter and raw material. I have disassembled the wooden structures of previous paintings—the stretchers, panels, and frames—and have cut them back to rudimentary hand-built slabs of wood, glued and patched together, their history of being stapled, splashed with bits of paint, and stapled again to linen clearly evident. The residual marks on the frames, coupled with their internal organization, begin to form a constellation of densities, implying an idiomatic syntax of organic fluctuation where compact spaces coexist with the appearance of gaping holes where the rickety bridges have given way. Formal and structural concerns become inseparable, the slippery organization of their fluctuating grids showing a transparency both literal and historical. With both serenity and abandon, these structures imagine the possibility that painting might take root and find a place to press forward into fertile new terrain.”

 

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http://hammondgallery.com/

Helen O’Leary in conversation with Diana Copperwhite:

“There was an innocence and curiosity in the physical world of the world of the farm that I find again and again in the studio. It was a time with little use for sentimentality, where pragmatism and lyricism was hand in hand. I try to keep that alive in the studio and life.”

“I also think of the multiple ways of using or seeing an object, of re-doing something that already exists in another form in the language of painting. I gather up everything; nothing is ever wasted. I collect the ends of the sticks or paint, or jars, and they in turn become the next accumulated gesture.”

https://painttube.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/helen-oleary-in-conversation-with-diana-copperwhite/

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http://www.helenoleary.com/refusal-igness-outawack-wherethingssettle-b/2013/11/4/refusal

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