Drogheda Arts Festival Launch and Exhibition Opening | Highlanes Gallery | What Is And What Might Be

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We would like to invite you to the official launch of Drogheda Arts Festival 2015.

Monday 27 April Exhibition and Festival Opening | Highlanes Gallery, Laurence St. | 7:30pm |

 Miranda Blennerhassett, Neil Carroll, Susan Connolly, Kevin Cosgrove, Fergus Feehily, Mairead O’hEocha, Mark O’ Kelly, Kevin Mooney, Kathy Tynan, Andrew Vickery

In Jacques Lacan’s [1] The Four Fundamental Concepts Of Psychoanalysis (1964), he refers to Hans Holbein’s[2] painting The Ambassadors (1533). The painting is an elaborately rendered document of a historic meeting between Jean De Dinteville and George De Selve. Holbein famously interrupts the pictorial plane with an anamorphic skull, essentially transgressing the viewer’s experience of a convincingly rendered reality with something more puzzling and ungraspable. Lacan argues that the viewer invests in the painted fictional illusion while simultaneously recognising their former blindness to it, moving from the perspective of what is real and what is speculative within the surface of the painting.

What Is And What Might Be features ten contemporary painters that conceivably share some of Holbein’s concerns – spatial and material illusion, fictional and real space, and movement between a position of doubt and certainty.

The exhibition is co-curated by Colin Martin, visual artist, lecturer and Principal at the RHA School; Cliodhna Shaffrey, Director of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and Aoife Ruane, Director of Highlanes Gallery.