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Paul Hallahan / Two solo exhibitions will open in Dublin November 15

we (install)   Royal Hibernian Academy, November 2018

we (install)
Royal Hibernian Academy, November 2018

On 15 November two solo exhibitions will open in Dublin by Paul Hallahan. One titled we at the Royal Hibernian Academy and the second titled the number of value at The Lab Gallery

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we

Paul Hallahan


15 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
Royal Hibernian Academy, Ashford Gallery

Hallahan’s exhibition, we, takes it’s title from the book by Yevgeny Zamyatin published in 1924. The Zamyatin story is set in a world where the population is separated from the natural world by a green wall and citizens are given numbers instead of names. Structure and order are considered the only way of life. Zamyatin’s book is a precursor to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, published in 1932 and George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949.

Hallahan’s works pose questions about humankind’s connection to the natural world. The earth is an ever-changing ecosystem and environment and how humans relate to it in the future will define how life for humankind and all other species will be lived in the short-term, medium-term and long-term future.

The exhibition is made up of a number of large paintings, sculpture, video and a series of watercolours all looking to natural forms and ideas. In 2018 he was awarded the Golden Fleece Award.

Paul Hallahan’s artwork is primarily based in painting and sculpture taking formalistic ideas from the past and assigning them into today’s world, to ask what art can do. His interests are varied but commonly look at how we as humans engage and interact with nature beyond ourselves, both individually and societally. How being part of nature effects humanities perception of ourselves and in a world that has a growing interest in the systems we have built, such as computers and networks ahead of our natural world, and how we as humans see a future on an individual level. He is curious about how we see and interact with what is titled art and how this can affect us within the primordial parts of our brains. Hallahan has always had an interest in how art can transcend the verbal and written languages we use.

Public Talk:

21 November, 5.30pm: Ashford in Conversation, Paul Hallahan with Exhibitions Curator, Ruth Carroll


Supported by

Kildare County Council
&
Hennessy

The Prince, 2018  230cm X 160cm  Acrylic paint and ink on canvas

The Prince, 2018

230cm X 160cm

Acrylic paint and ink on canvas

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the number called value

Paul Hallahan

15 Nov 2018 - 12 Jan 2019

The Lab Gallery
 

How being part of nature effects humanities perception of ourselves and in a world that has a growing interest in the systems we have built, such as computers and networks ahead of our natural world, and how we as humans see a future on an individual level. Hallahan is curious about how we see and interact with what is titled art and how this can affect us within the primordial parts of our brains.

Hallahan has always had an interest in how art can transcend the verbal and written languages we use. Hallahan has exhibited both nationally and internationally, some exhibitions include Paper thin walls, Eight Gallery, Dublin (2017), Periodical Review 7, Curated by RGKSKSRG Pallas Projects and Gallery (2017), This is Water, Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2016), Dumbfounded by Nature, Banff Centre, Canada, (2014), STICK UP FIR-TREE, IRISHISE) FSP, Broadstone Studios, (2014), I want to be your Dog, The Glue Factory, Glasgow (2013) and Watching the river flow, Centro de Artes Visuais in Copimbra, Portugal (2012). Between 2009 and 2012 he founded and ran an artist led gallery called  Soma Contemporary in Waterford City. He is represented by Berlin Opticians Gallery and his work is in Waterford City, OPW and private collections.