Tone as is
We are delighted to present Tone as is - Paul Hallahan’s first solo exhibition with Berlin Opticians Gallery. The title explores the idea of the physicality of sound, its movements through air in waveform’s and the way it affects us physically. It can also read as a reference to the many tints and shades of colour that are so characteristic of Hallahan’s practice.
Horizons and out of focus images dominate the visual aspect of the exhibition that consists of ten paintings and two sculptural works and spans a number of years in the making.
The series of small paintings on raw canvas circulate around a theme of unfocussed perception, when things seem to blur at their edges. Created with many thin layers of acrylic paint and inks, these paintings draw in the viewer with their fresh bursts of colour against the diffused backgrounds.
In his two larger paintings, Hallahan physically bends the canvas to give an illusion of a horizon. This sculptural intervention is further emphasised by stark colours and different paint mediums.
The three small watercolour paintings look closer at the act of mark-making. By using layering and utilizing the material properties of the paint and primed canvas, Hallahan has built up images that are both delicate, painterly and expressive.
Paul Hallahan is a Dublin-based artist. Working with water-based paintings, installation and video, he uses pattern, repetition and chance to look at themes that explore perception and interaction with environment both on micro- and macro-scale. Varying in size: from very small sculptures to large-scale paintings, Hallahan’s work opens up questions of how we see the basics. The primal mind is of huge interest to him as well as the way in which we read and interact with art both now and in the past. In 2018 he won the prestigious Golden Fleece Award. Recent solo exhibitions include: we at the Royal Hibernian Academy and the number called value at The Lab Gallery in late 2018. He was part of a two person exhibition, and the tide was way out in dlr Lexicon Gallery in February 2019, which will also be shown in Cork, Waterford and Belfast in 2019. He has exhibited widely both in Ireland and internationally and his work is in numerous state, institutional and private collections.
Berlin Opticians Gallery presents and promotes the artists’ works with a scheduled programme of exhibitions available through online documentation every six weeks and punctuated with off-site physical exhibitions and projects in various unique spaces around Dublin.
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