Following many years developing a proposal to deliver a dedicated visual art space for the Irish north-east region, Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, Drogheda, opened for cultural business on October 4, 2006.
As part of the gallery’s programme of exciting events to celebrate its 10th birthday, it has teamed up with Culture Vultures, a multi-strand contemporary salon-style event curated/presented by Irish Times arts writer/critic, Tony Clayton-Lea to present a very special evening at the magnificent Beaulieu House, Drogheda, Co Louth.
Take a look at the three artists in action, beginning with Alice Maher’s video animation The Music of Things (The Double) from 2009, followed by poet, Colm Keegan performance at the Glór Sessions, and ending with Marlene Enright’s Alchemy from 2016.
Highlanes Gallery ‘Summer Holiday’ Culture Vultures line-up, hosted by Tony Clayton-Lea, features acclaimed spoken word poet, Colm Keegan, West Cork born singer-songwriter, Marlene Enright, and a special public interview one of Ireland’s most respected and influential artists, Alice Maher.
Wednesday 26th August 2015 | 6pm
Studio 6 | Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Free entry, all welcome.
Book your free ticket to this event here: tinyurl.com/prlvm4f
As part of Artist Screen Series Finnish Artist and HIAP/TBG+S Residency recipient Hanna Husberg will present ‘The Free Sea’, a film by Hanna and Laura McLean. Hanna will also discuss her recent work and practice, followed by a short questions and answers session.
‘The Free Sea’ explores the Maldives as a state constituted and unbound by the cultural, political, economic, and material flows of late capitalism and anthropogenic climate change.
Considering the impacts of sea level rise on the low-lying island nation, the film reflects on these islands as geo-bodies of identity, sovereignty, and prosperity threatened by the breaching of coastal and climatic thresholds. The forecast dissolution of these islands represents an ontological loss of definition, and crisis of representation for objects and subjects, registering across local and global scales and systems of knowledge.
As plans are proposed for the future resettlement of a diaspora without homeland, ‘The Free Sea’ traces consequences of this crisis, considering potential positions for new human beings subject to a complex of technological and legal systems, but afforded rights by none.
The film emerges from the Contingent Movements Archive, a research project initiated for the inaugural Maldives Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, and further developed for ‘Adapting in the Anthropocene’ at UNESCO, Paris.
When Moschino designer Jeremy Scott sent models down the runway in graffiti-emblazoned evening gowns for the label’s autumn/winter 2015 collection, no one batted an eyelash. After all, Scott isn’t exactly known for demure creations suited to shrinking violets.
But Vogue reports that one person has a big problem with the decidedly garish collection, and it isn’t some stuffy fashion critic. It’s Joseph Tierney, better known as Rime, a graffiti writer and street artist who filed suit against Scott and Moschino yesterday for allegedly copying an artwork that he did in Detroit in 2012.
“Rime is a well-known artist. Defendants Moschino and Jeremy Scott—two household names in high fashion—inexplicably placed Rime’s art on their highest-profile apparel without his knowledge or consent,” the lawsuit reads.
“If this literal misappropriation were not bad enough, Moschino and Jeremy Scott did their own painting over that of the artist—superimposing the Moschino and Jeremy Scott brand names in spray-paint style as if part of the original work.”
Rime’s graffiti artwork in Detroit Photo: Vogue.
Tierney is especially incensed by the fact that pop star Katy Perry walked the red carpet at this year’s Met Ball in a dress that bears a striking resemblance to his Detroit creation. The dress landed her on several worst-dressed lists for the evening.
“The idea of putting graffiti—or “street” art—on ultra-expensive clothing was meant to provoke and generate publicity for the brand/designer,” the lawsuit posits.
“The Defendants were obviously thrilled with how the episode played out, heavily promoting images of Ms. Perry wearing the clothing in their marketing, advertising, media, and sales materials. The only person harmed was Rime. Not only was his art exploited by Defendants, but his credibility as a graffiti artist was compromised by inclusion in such a crass and commercial publicity stunt.”
Moschino autumn/winter 2015. Photo: Indigital.
Rime is just the latest in a series of street artists who have had their work co-opted by fashion brands from American Eagle to Coach. It’s not just the fashion community that’s the target of fingerpointing—Starbucks was recently sued by an artist for allegedly using her designs on Frappuccino cups—but as mainstream interest in street art grows, brands naturally want to use the popularity of the urban aesthetic to sell clothes.
The question, of course, is why can’t brands who have millions in the bank team up with street artists on licensed collaborations, where creators are paid for the use of their imagery? After all, fashion brands team up with gallery-represented artists and artist estates all the time.
Tierney is demanding that Moschino cease selling the items that he claims infringe his artwork, as well as pay significant damages. Moschino has not yet released a comment regarding the charges.
Iranian star artist Patviz Tanavoli has spoken out against animal cruelty. Photo: http://payvand.com
The killing of Cecil, a well-known protected lion, on July 1 in Zimbabwe at the hands of the American dentist and hunter Walter Palmer, has provoked an international backlash that has even reached the art world.
The latest art world figure to speak up against hunting and cruelty towards animals has been Parviz Tanavoli, one of Iran’s best-known artists.
The 78-year-old sculptor, who has used the lion motif in his sculptures throughout his career, has dedicated his latest creation to Cecil.
Lions are a central motif in Parviz Tanavoli’s oeuvre. Photo: Steven Senne via AP Photo
“The cruel killing of the Zimbabwean lion known as Cecil broke by heart,” Tanavoli told AFP. “In memory of him I will be dedicating one of my latest lions to him in order to keep his memory alive and to help stop cruelty to animals.”
The sculptor, who works primarily in bronze, is part of the Saghakhaneh movement, which focuses on elements of Iranian culture. Tanavoli says he was devastated when lions became extinct in Iran over 50 years ago.
US dentist and big game hunter Walter Palmer reportedly paid $55,000 to kill Cecil the lion. Photo: Bryan Orford / YouTube via The Week
Meanwhile, Zimbabwean authorities have called for Palmer to be extradited to face poaching charges. The hunter went into hiding after he received a slew of death threats and animal rights activists picketed his dental clinic in Minnesota.