Chris O'Brien Shanahan
Waterford Slow Art Day
The story behind
Slow Art Day, a global annual event run by volunteers, celebrates the joy of looking at art slowly. It was conceived in 2009 in response to research that found people leave galleries tired not inspired … The aim is to facilitate engagement with art in a new way … ‘if you look slowly, your experience will be transformed.’
The Slow Movement, which includes ‘slow’ food, travel, and gardening, supports a cultural shift toward slowing down life's pace… www.slowart.com
Waterford volunteer host :
Chris would like to thank Waterford City Council Arts Office and the staff at Garter Lane Arts Centre for their cooperation.
This year’s international ‘Slow Art Day’ event takes place at Garter Lane Arts Centre on Saturday April 27th between 11am and 1pm. www.garterlane.ie
The idea is simply – look at two or three artworks, relax with a coffee, reflect and discuss what you have seen with others – slowly.
Selected artwork from Kathleen Delaney's 'L'Armoire' and Sarah Edmondson's 'Entr'acte'
L'Armoire; Wardrobe, in furniture, a large cupboard, usually equipped with drawers, a mirror, and other devices for storing clothes. In L’Armoire, there is a dialogue between the inner and the outer worlds, the external reflecting the internal, a mirror in time. These works investigate the armour worn out into the world. Kathleen Delaney takes the image of a wardrobe merged and entwined with a living root system that serves to ground the object. In her series of drawing/collages she uses the written word along with a reworked image of a Chippendale press. Images of clothing appear in some of the pieces, where in others there are descriptions of clothing.
Entr'acte by Sarah Edmondson. Inspired by the philosophical writings of Gaston Bachelard (The Poetics of Space, 1958) her work is an investigation into the narrative capacity of empty spaces. It explores the symbolic value of architectural structures and the ability of furniture to personify the inhabitants of a household or an interior setting.
For more info see www.sarah-edmondson.com.
|© Chris O'Brien Shanahan 2006- 2014, all images, paintings, photographs © Christine O'Brien Shanahan|