Over two galleries at Garter Lane, you now have five artists on display and it makes for a typical cross-section of art on exhibition nationally.
Four artists make up Inside Out in the Theatre building, where taking a left turn you meet the lonely isolated and beautiful landscapes of Dolores Lyne, who was a student at WIT once upon an easel. Her two CLEARING SKY and CONNEMARA, have a splash or shock of beauty in a wild place and her delicate REED NOTES show the fragility of straws in the wind or slender marks on canvas.
Declan Breen’s sculpture work, in fascinating miniature, STATIONS, finds a man stationary, secluded, isolated, hiding, curious, standing out in open box-like architectural images suggesting train stations, stationary, place or status in life or stations of the cross, as in spiritual pilgrimage. His clean lines represent different aspects and their placing in the space, allows the viewer to a 360 degree approach and perspective.
Cody is the single name male artist who has seven canvases in his Manhattan series and while I found the work a tad pretentious with geometric patterns against white or black backgrounds, they are cleverly titled and I loved the silver on black horseshow, Statue Of Liberty crown of LIBERTY.
Kathleen Delaney completes the quartet and brings a splash of summer colour to her series of Dresses. Lots of busy detail of decay, ivy, fire, water, transformation and a splendid DRESS OF TEARS. Kathleen also curated these exhibitions and she brings happiness, great smiles and concern to her work at Garter Lane.
In the original Garter Lane gallery you get the mis-titled Sight Unseen by Irish Times art critic, Aidan Dunne. In the opening connecting space, there is a realistic photo image of Charleville train station platform and the front room is taken up by patterns of colour on dense coloured bases where there is intense energy in one eye as it were and sleeping sheep in another.
The photography in the back room has a random, work-as-it-is-now, feel to it but it is as disposable as its €250 price tag allows it be. Sometimes we expect more from art than meets the eye and mostly there isn’t. The back room pieces have that ‘So What!’ about them.