Opening Night Pics'

What Hiver

19 – 21 March 2009

Studio 8, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin 2.

19 March 2009.
Opening 6.00 – 7.30

20 and 21 March.
On view thereafter.
2.00 – 5.00

WHAT HIVER is a gathering of works by 17 invited artists – hosted by Cora Cummins in her project studio inTBG&S. The ethos behind the show is one of maximising available resources – in this case, using an empty and pristine workspace (prior to the artist commencing work within it) as a compact and particularly well-appointed exhibition venue.

In these recessionary times of upheaval and uncertainty many questions arise. The works in What Hiver explore our day-to-day coping mechanisms for dealing with the weight of world.

What Hiver’s punning title – echoing the global juvenile retort ‘what-ever’ – seeks to represent a range of positions between ‘not trying to hard’ and while knowing that ‘we should do better’. This encompasses a spectrum of responses and attitudes: from ambivalence; flippancy; humour; escapism; denial; despondency and cynicism – too acceptance, philosophical reflection; deep seriousness, engagement and political action.

The participants in What Hiver were invited to consider these notions. New or existing work could be submitted – and in keeping with the urgency of our times, What Hiver might be thought of as an instance of ‘organised spontaneity’.

Paralleling the approach taken in The Fold – the occasional publication Cora Cummins co-edits with Alison Pilkington – the artists in What Hiver were invited on the basis of a set of informal social bonds – the artist in this show are friends, colleagues and pupils; with the network of affinities further extended in some cases by invitees drawing upon their contacts.

Exhibiting artists: Niamh O’Malley, Jonathan Hunter, Clodagh Emoe, Edel Campbell, Lynda Deveney, Naomi Sex & Sinead McCann, Kevin Doran, Aaron Lowry, Fiona McDonald, Alison Pilkington, Cora Cummins, Marcus Oakley, Carly McNulty, Liam Sharkey, Mark Cullen, Jason Oakley, Gillian Lawler, Anne Kelly, Deirdre Houlihan, Beatrice O’Connell, Wendy Judge, Sam Horler, Roisin Lewis.