Best wishes to all the CIT CCAD graduates exhibiting in Fledglings '17 at the Lavit Gallery, Cork

30 August, 2017

Recent Graduates of CIT Crawford College of Art and Design

5th – 26th September

The Lavit Gallery is delighted to present Fledglings ’17, an exhibition from selected recent graduates of the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design. The exhibition will be opened by Catherine Fehily, Head of CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Tuesday 5th September between 5 – 7 pm and will continue until Saturday 26th September.

This year will include the work of artists Jim, Dana Dempsey, Conor Callery, Cian Carroll, Alexis Campbell Bannerman, Charity Ewamiekhobore, Amanda Lynch, Ciara McCarthy, Helen O Shea, Sarah O Leary, Francesca Castellano, Wilhelmina van der Bent and Sarah Roseingrave.
Working in many varied media, this exhibition shows a cross section of some of the great talent emerging from the art college, here in Cork.
Working in painting, we have works by Jim, whose work explores perception through light and the relationship of its additive colour to the mechanics of perception. Amanda Lynch’s paintings deal with the social and psychological aspects of rural Ireland. While Ciara McCarthy’s examine the role of women within the porn industry. The work’s materiality combines a delicate and rigid aesthetic.
Sculptural works come from Cian Carroll, who works predominantly with sheet aluminium, cutting and folding the sheet metal to achieve structural and linear objects resembling flowers. Helen O’ Shea is working with found and reused material to draw our attention to the disposable habits of our society. O’ Shea is re-purposing these plastics into beautiful objects. While Sarah Roseingrave makes raku fired vessels on which slips and glazes partly conceal images, constructing and ephemeral atmosphere.
Exploring traditional decorative art and design, Charity Ewamiekhobore is using a range of approaches to creating forms in order to capture qualities, abstraction and movement to evoke a sense of repetition of patterns.
Alexis Campbell Bannerman’s drawings are inspired by the writings of Nietzsche, Dada, Christine Battersby and the images of Goya’s Los Caprichos. While Dana Dempsey’s embossed drawings are created by the use of glue and plastics, to create delicately beautiful subtle abstracts.
We will have installation pieces by Connor Callery and Francesca Castellano. Both artists will make site specific pieces, Callery will be working on various surfaces while blending layered imagery with vibrant colours to create a built environment, while Castellano will be casting in latex from nearby buildings.
Wilhelmina van der Bent’s photographic works are performative self-portraits, in domestic settings. Her works investigate the ideals of female beauty. While Sara O Leary’ landscape light boxes focus on the meditative and contemplative within nature.
This exhibition is part of the Lavit Gallery’s longstanding commitment to the arts in Cork, and it is a privilege to continue supporting and to encourage emerging artists through our annual graduate student exhibitions.

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