To link-in with the ‘Year of the Ram’ in China, the first ‘Irish Wave’ exhibition of 2015, ‘Golden Fleece’, will feature a selection of textile artworks inspired by the Yeats poem ‘Sailing to Byzantium’.
Highlights include a spectacular installation of a porcelain body cast by Mark Revels. Mounted to the gallery wall in a crucifixion pose, it breaks apart with an eruption of colourful woollen virus forms, projecting outwards from the fragmented body and spreading into the exhibition space. The soft virus-like balls are combined with Brendan Jamison‘s wool sculptures of forklift trucks (image provided),animating the gallery floor with vibrant pure yellow. Artist David Turner utilises Hama beads to present atomic detonations in a beautiful aesthetic.
Curated by Fionn Gunn, Niamh Cunningham, Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels
Supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, Shanghai, and Culture Ireland
Exhibition opening speech by Deputy Consul General Eoghan Duffy on 21 March.