Reforming by Diana Copperwhite and Ciara Barker

Preview Sunday, July 14th from 1 to 4 pm. The exhibition will run from the 15th – 28th of July, 126 will open everyday from 11 am to 6 pm.

For the 2019 edition of Galway International Arts Festival, 126 Artist-run Gallery presents “Reforming” a duo exhibition by acclaimed Irish artist Diana Copperwhite and emerging Irish artist Ciara Barker. Reforming presents an exhibition infused with colour which explores notions of reality, abstraction and our sense of space, while placing two artists at different stages of career together. Admission is free and all are welcome.

“Copperwhite’s work focuses on how the human psyche processes information, and looks at the mechanisms of how we formulate what is real. With her work, she is fully aware that such realities may only hold validity for an instant, and that we are constantly processing and changing what we logically hold as experience and memory. Layering fragmented sources that range from personal memory to science, from media and internet to personal memory, Copperwhite’s canvases become worlds in which the real is unreal and this unreality is in a constant state of reforming.”-Noel Kelly, Director of Visual Artist Ireland, (2011)

Barker is interested in assembling irrational spaces that disengage from stable attachment through movement and distortion. She uses light and light-interactive materials to explore both personal and social experiences of the body. Barker manipulates sensory perception, in order to encourage the viewer to examine the strange within the familiar, and to focus on bodily experience outside of a preconceived self image. Her hope is to make a space to communicate with the body in order to promote self awareness and rebellious acceptance.


Artist Biographies:
Diana Copperwhite (b. 1969, Ireland) lives and works in Dublin and New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Driven by Distraction, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2016), Depend on the Morning Sun, Thomas Jaeckal Gallery, New York (2016) and A Million and One Things Under the Sun, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Last Picture Show w/Mary Heilmann, Chris Ofili, Danny Rolph, Vanessa Jackson, Elio Rodriguez, Jill Levine, Rebecca Smith, Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, New York (2017) and Virtú, inc. Picasso, Giacometti, Henry Moore, Elizabeth Magill and Sean Scully at the Hunt Museum, Limerick, Ireland (2017). Copperwhite’s work is held in numerous public and private collections including: the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Office of Public Works, Contemporary Irish Art Society, Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, Mariehamn Stadbiblioteque, Aland (Finland), Dublin Institute of Technology and The President of Ireland.

Ciara Barker graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2017 with a BA in fine art ‘Printmaking and Contemporary Practice’. As a multidisciplinary artist, Barker continues to practice in Limerick City. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Ormston House. She was the recipient of the twelve month Cork Printmakers’ emerging artist bursary award 2017 and is also a current member of Limerick Printmakers. She simultaneously continues to develop her practice at ‘spacecraft’ Artists’ Studios, an organisation of which she is a founding member and the current director and secretary.
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