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Eight is pleased to present Paper Thin Walls by Paul Hallahan
opening reception wednesday 16th of august at 6pm
exhibition runs till saturday 2nd of september
opening times: monday – saturday 10.00 – 17.30
Eight Gallery is delighted to present Paper thin walls, an exhibition of new paintings and works by Dublin based artist Paul Hallahan. The exhibition will open with a reception on Wednesday 16th of August at 6pm.
Paper thin walls takes its starting point from the domestic living space of renowned minimalist artist Donald Judd in his cast-iron building on Spring Street in New York. Using this as a framing structure for the exhibition, large canvas works will be shown alongside smaller canvas and paper based works.
Centre to the exhibition is a work made up of 900 watercolour on paper paintings stacked in three blocks. The work titled Aimlessly Pretty is presented on a platform based on the first piece of furniture constructed by Judd, his very own bed. The bed is chosen for the exhibition as it is both the first piece of furniture made by Judd and also one of the most personal he could have made for himself and his family. Judd had issues with how his sculptural and furniture objects lived together in the world and in much of his sculptural work he attempted to remove nature and its forms from it entirely, yet with the constructing of a bed he made one of the most intimate and natural pieces of furniture people use daily but within a boundary of non natural forms, straight lines and hard corners.
Hallahan's work Aimlessly Pretty is presented on a remake of the Judd bed, the work was made as an ever changing sculptural work in the form of three blocks of paper very similar to the forms Judd's sculptural work took. Aimlessly Pretty allows you see the entirety of its scale but only allows for one option of its organisation to be seen at one time, the three paintings on top of the stacks. The use of watercolour paint is chosen as a delicate form of painting that can also in great numbers present weight and solidity. Positioned at the heart of the exhibition Aimlessly Pretty is encircled by the other works in the exhibition.
Paul Hallahan has exhibited both nationally and internationally, some include; RHA (Dublin), Visual (Carlow), The Lab (Dublin), Catalyst Arts (Belfast) and The Banff Centre (Canada). Between 2009 and 2012 he set up and ran Soma Contemporary in Waterford city. Alongside his own art practice he has worked on curated projects and events and in 2017 with Basic Space brought artist Martin Creed to Ireland for a series of talks and live performances in Dublin and Limerick. He was recently asked to part-take in a painter-focused exhibition in the Gorey School of Art called Soul-Beating, curated by art critic James Merrigan.
For more information please contact Eoin O'Dowd at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Hallahan at email@example.com
Show concludes September 2nd