Mary FitzGerald in Conversation with Sarah Glennie by info


Mary FitzGerald in Conversation with Sarah Glennie

Date: December 10, 2015 

Time: 13:15

Green On Red Gallery, Park Lane, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1.

Sarah Glennie, Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, will engage in

conversation with Mary FitzGerald on the occasion of her exhibition ‘STILL” in 

the Green On Red Gallery.

Mary FitzGerald’s solo exhibition, which runs until 12th December 2015 at the 

new gallery space in Spencer Dock, Dublin, is the artist’s most ambitious to 

date. The use of live video projection, reflective materials, oil on canvas, photo 

collage and half-hidden installation details constantly question and shift the 

viewer’s perception of time and space. The exhibition represents at once a 

very personal journey, peppered with fine and refined references to East and 

West, and a philosophical coming to terms with the here and now. Few have 

brought these opposites together with such cool sensibility. 

Mary FitzGerald has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally. Her work  

is represented in all national collections and in many private and corporate 

collections around the world. In 1990 she was elected a member of Aosdána.

Sarah Glennie, formerly the Director of the Irish Film Institute and the Artistic 

Director of the Model Arts Centre, has written numerous texts on the work of 

Irish and international artists and has been a force for innovative curatorship 

and fresh critical thinking in contemporary Ireland.

Paul Rosser ( DIT ) will make a short performance work in the gallery at 2pm
using drawings and musical score by John Cage as instruction.

All welcome.

Mary FitzGerald

12 November - 12 December 2015

Gallery Talk With Nigel Rolfe by info

Green On Red Gallery 
inConverstion Series

Gallery Talk with artist Nigel Rolfe

Thursday 15 October at 7 pm

Green On Red Gallery, Park Lane, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1.

Green On Red Gallery inConversation series
Gallery Talk with artist Nigel Rolfe 
Thursday 15 October, 2015, at 7pm.
All Welcome.
As part of his current Green On Red Gallery solo exhibition The Burning FrameNigel Rolfe will be present for a talk in the gallery on Thursday 15 October at 7pm about the current exhibition and the artist's live works.  
Red is the newest live work by the artist and was first performed on September 11, 2015, in Green On Red Gallery.  The many materials, vessels, utensils, pigments, etc. employed by the artist during the 55 minute run of this live event remain in place as a trace of the original and ephemeral performance.  The concrete floor of the gallery, like a fresh canvas, points to the core concerns of Rolfe's practice.  It is an intriguing testament to an art-form practiced and perfected by the artist over a 40 year period.  Evidence of the slow dance of pouring, dragging, pushing and drawing of Red are still discernible, but tauntingly remote.
The artist first exhibited in the gallery in 1994 and has been the subject of 7 solo exhibitions since in Green On Red Gallery. Titled The Burning Frame Rolfe’s current exhibition consists of new and double-dated photographic works and, for the first time, pure pigment drawings by the artist.  
On the occasion of Burning Frame and Red, the artist has produced two small, editioned prints for €100 + VAT each.  They will be for sale during the show and on the night of the gallery talk.
The exhibition will be closed by a second live performance in the gallery.  Further details to be announced on the authorship and nature of the closing performance work.  Watch this space.
The Burning Frame runs until 24 October.

Caroline McCarthy at Dismaland by info


by Caroline McCarthy

Featured as part of Banksy's show Dismaland in Weston-Super-Mare

‘Promise’ created by Caroline McCarthy is like a candlelight vigil to nature; staged on the manufactured madness we now call food and, as with most art, the interpretation is up to you. 

Installation view of Promise, featured in Green On Red Gallery, Dublin (2006)

Installation view of Promise, featured in Green On Red Gallery, Dublin (2006)

Straight from closing USELESS at Green On Red Gallery this summer, Caroline McCarthy’s work is now part of Dismaland, Banksy's Bemusement Park: 'a festival of art, amusement and entry-level anarchism', which runs from 22nd August - 27th September 2015 near Bristol, UK. The project has been installed on a 2.5 acre site of the disused 'Tropicana' lido on the Weston-Super-Mare seafront.

Dismaland, features the work of 58 international artists and includes 10 new Banksy sculptures. Caroline is the only Irish artist included in this display which features artists such as Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jimmy Cauty, Nettie Wakefield, and David Shrigley. Her featured work, entitled Promise (2003), is made from over 200 different ready meal boxes, where the garnish on each is cut from its packaging and folded to stand up in the centre of individual plant pots. The plant pots are arranged according to garnish species, the display at first resembling a garden, but at close range the seedlings are seen to be cut from a bed of wholly manufactured produce.

"There's been a great response to Promise, and the whole show. It's one that embraces a huge audience, not just the artworld. It's just been amazing to be part of!" - Caroline McCarthy talking about being part of Banksy's Dismaland.

Caroline McCarthy was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971. She studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, 1989 – 1994 and is based in London since completing an MA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London in 1998.

Past awards include the Allied Irish Bank Artist Award in 2001; Open Award at EV+A 1996 and 2001; and a Multi-Annual Bursary award from the Arts Council of Ireland, 2007/2008, with works included in the collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Allied Irish Bank, Arts Council of Ireland, Zabludowicz Collection and many private collections.

She recently co-curated Group Coordination, in collaboration with the Irish Museum of Modern Art and her work is currently touring internationally in Nature Morte, in association with Thames and Hudson. Solo exhibitions include USELESS (2015), Green On Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; From One End To The Other, various venues, Norwich, UK (2013); Made to Measure, Parker's Box Gallery, New York, USA (2011); Arrangements, Green On Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2011); Hoet Bekaert Gallery, Ghent (2008); Gimpel Fils Gallery, London (2008); Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf (2007); Void, Derry (2006).

Below are some further links to Caroline's Work at Dismaland:

Banksy's Dismaland: mean - and a little bit green

Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Banksy's Dismaland - 'A themepark unsuitable for children' - in pictures

Welcome to Dismaland. Banksy's dystopian theme park

Dismaland: The artists doing cooler things than Banksy at his 'bemusement park'

Entry to Dismaland is by ticket only, and they are snapped up fast. They can be purchased online via the Dismaland Website

Caroline McCarthy in conversation with Catherine Marshall by info

Caroline McCarthy in conversation with Catherine Marshall

Thursday, July 9th. 13:15-14:00
Green On Red Gallery

Disaster Waiting to Happen  (2015), Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 x 5cms

Disaster Waiting to Happen (2015), Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 x 5cms

Please Join Us for Our Second Summer Lunchtime Talk 

Catherine Marshall will be in conversation with Caroline McCarthy to discuss some of the ideas behind the new works in the current exhibition, USELESS, in the Green On Red Gallery and to situate her work in a broader context.

Caroline McCarthy is based in London and has exhibited internationally since graduating from NCAD Dublin, followed by her MFA in Goldsmiths College, London, in 1997. Most recently she has exhibited it the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; i8 Gallery, Reykjavik; Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; and her work is currently touring Norway, Sweden, Belgium and the UK in Nature Morte, an exhibition in association with Thames and Hudsonwith accompanying Nature Morte publication.

Catherine Marshall is co-editor of the recent publication  20th Century: Art and Architecture of Ireland (Vol.V), and the former Head of Collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. 

The Trouble with Light, a Lecture by Mark Joyce by info

The Trouble with Light 

Lecture by Mark Joyce

Thursday June 4th, 13.15-14hrs

All welcome.  Refreshments served. 


The Trouble with Light is the title of a lecture to be delivered by Mark Joyce, Director of Art for Yale National University - Singapore, next Thursday lunchtime, June 4th, in the new Spencer Dock gallery.  Previously Mark was Lecturer in Fine Art at IADT, Dun Laoghaire and was responsible for the establishment of the experimental Drawing Gallery, Dun Laoghaire .

Since the artist's solo exhibition  The Newtonians (2008), if not before, Joyce has been taken with the evidence and representation of light in a material means, fully aware of an inherent contradiction in the challenge.  After a working trip to Iceland in 2012, small fields of solid colour turned to stripes or zig-zags of finely tuned and elegant colour arrangements which in turn became crystalline compositions, sometimes aperture-like with varying interiors or depths beyond with titles such as CopernicusHindu KushSkelter, etc.

Joyce was an obvious choice for the Light Falls exhibition where his work is shown alongside recent works by varying generations of artists from Bridget Riley and Marcia Hafif to recent-graduate Sofie Loscher.  His lecture on contemporary art issues and ' the trouble with light ' is eagerly awaited.  It is the artist's third lecture in the gallery, once described as " the weatherman of painting ".

'OPEN' Event by info

Wednesday 29th April - 1st May, 2015

This is an opportunity for clients, collectors and professional bodies to view a selection of exquisite works from the gallery's storage with information and advice provided by the gallery director. 

The Green On Red Gallery is delighted to invite you to our three day OPEN event.  We would like to welcome you to our new premises in Park Lane, Spencer Dock for the unique opportunity to view a selection of works by our internationally esteemed gallery artists. 
Artists include Alice Mahar, Bridget Riley, Caroline McCarthy, Tom Hunter, John Cronin, Fergus Martin, Mark Joyce, Damien Flood, Mary FitzGerald, John Graham, Arno Karmer, Niamh McCann, Rona Mc Crea, and Nigel Rolfe.
OPEN aims to introduce clients, collectors and professional bodies to some choice treasures from the galleries collection in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
Gallery director Jerome O Drisceoil will be on hand to provide insight into the individual works and give details about the gallery’s upcoming calendar of events
Please let us know in advance what visiting time slot you would like. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be supplied.

The Art of Collecting gallery lecture by Dónall Curtin by info

The Art of Collecting gallery lecture by Dónall Curtin on occasion of solo exhibition Axis Mundi & Bathing Places, Dublin Bay by Tom Hunter,  

Thursday, March 12th, 2015, 6-7pm
Booking advisable.

Tom Hunter:   Bull Wall  2006 C-type print Edition of 4 84 x 106 x 4cms

Tom Hunter: Bull Wall 2006 C-type print Edition of 4 84 x 106 x 4cms

Dónall Curtin, Senior Partner in BCK Certified Public Accountants and Former President of Chambers Ireland will deliver the first lecture, The Art of Collecting, in a series of lectures on contemporary art topics at the Green On Red Gallery, Spencer Dock, next Thursday, March 12, 6-7pm.  Attendance is free but booking advisable.

Dónall Curtin has broad experience of contemporary art through his ongoing attendance at and support of galleries, artists' events and art fairs over a period of 10-20 years.  He has become a passionate champion and afficionado of contemporary art in its diverse media in Ireland and abroad.  He will speak from first-hand experience of looking at and collecting contemporary over that period, about his changing views and vision.  He will share the benefit of his experience and his adventure with all interested private or corporate parties in the gallery this Thursday.  

Dónall will tackle some of the misconceptions around access to contemporary art and prompt some fresh thinking on this engaging past-time which, he maintains, is available to all and sundry. 

Dónall is also a board member of The Abbey Theatre and Visual Arts Ireland.

We look forward to seeing you in Spencer Dock.  To book a place at the lecture please email Jerome at

Paid parking is available at the basement level of The National Convention Centre, North Wall Quay, D. 1.  Follow the P parking signs from the quays to the rear.  The Gallery is 3 minutes walk from here.

Three new Bathing Places, Dublin Bay photographs will be shown for the remainder of the exhibition, including Bull Wall ( 2006 ) ( see image ).

Publications on Tom Hunter's current exhibition available at the gallery as follows :

Le Crowbar Tom Hunter, 2013, Here Press, London
Tom Hunter The Way Home, 2012, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostifildern, Germany 
Tom Hunter Living in Hell and Other Stories, 2006, Yale University Press, New Haven
Tom Hunter DA2 Domus Artium 2002, 2004, Salamanca
Tom Hunter, 2003, Hatje Cantz Publishers, Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany

Gallery Director talk at Green On Red Gallery, Spencer Dock. by info

Gallery Director talk at Green On Red Gallery, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1 at lunchtime, this Thursday

Thurs 12 February, 1.15 - 2pm

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On the occasion of the end of the first group exhibition in the new Green On Red Gallery in Spencer Dock the director of the gallery, Jerome O Drisceoil, will give an introductory talk on the subject of the recent Renew exhibition and on the new gallery.  

We are particularly delighted to be able to welcome our neighbouring residents and businesses to view the gallery, to view the closing Renew exhibition and to learn more about the gallery past, present and future.  The Green On Red Gallery is the latest addition to the expanding and increasingly vibrant Irish Financial Services Centre area in Dublin's Docklands.  The Gallery opened 23 years ago and is excited about its new home in the Docklands.

All welcome.  This event is free.

Artists in the Renew exhibition include John CroninMary FitzGeraldDamien FloodMark JoyceNiamh McCannCaroline McCarthyRonan McCreaAlice Maher and Bridget Riley

Press Release

Renew will feature a new suite of 9 prints by Alice Maher shown here for the first time. These are the first new works by the artist seen since her highly successful solo exhibition, Becoming, in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2012 and her recently published monograph, Resevoir, published in 2014 by ROAD Publications, Dublin.  The new works are marked by a riot of colour and play with motifs of corporeal and symbolic metamorphosis.  In God's little helper the female protagonist is overcome with a coat of human hair, as Magdalene was before ( or after ? ) her.

Mark Joyce presents two new paintings on panel that recall some of his earlier '90's oil on canvas paintings.  Their playful shapes echo letters and numbers but never spell out their message, as a Mel Bochner might.

Damien Flood's new paintings are stripped back with a fresh and exciting economy.  They hang on a knife-edge between bringing us to familiar and mysterious, unknown worlds.

Mary FitzGerald uses hard-edge and fragile materials that make the most of their reflective qualities and expand the moment of perception.  The viewer is involved and engaged in unexpected twists and turns.

In anticipation of her forthcoming solo show at the gallery, Caroline McCarthy presents Woods in November ( 2014 ) acrylic on canvas.  This is a dazzling trompe l'oeil rendition of the most inconsequential subject brought centre stage.  We are made to question our own belief systems and moral code in an upside-down world so convincingly portrayed.

Ronan McCrea will exhibit new photographs from his " reprographic " project that meditates on current questions about the fin de siécle, as he sees it, of the photographic era in late or post Post-Modernism.  These works have an authority borrowed from the conventions of the medium but can point to new conclusions.

Large Fragment by Bridget Riley has an undeniable elegance and mastery that, while harking back to the cut-outs of Henri Matisse, is both fresh and compelling.

The Gallery is open to the public from Wednesday-Friday10-6pm and on Saturdays11-3pm.

We look forward to welcoming you to the new gallery, to Renew and to the Director's talk.  Bí linn.