The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art is excited to present a new work by renowned performance artist Amanda Coogan, Deaf artists Lianne Quigley and Alvean Jones with Dublin Theatre of the Deaf (DTD) and students from the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) at Trinity College Dublin. Freude! Freude! is a live exhibition, an embodied performance and installation which translates Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy chorus into Irish Sign Language (ISL) and reinterprets the entire symphony through the lens of the Deaf experience. Using ISL as a choreographic language, Coogan, Quigley and Jones have worked with DTD and students from the CDS to produce an aural, visual and immersive feast that will be presented through a series of performances and exhibition installation.
Katy Moran’s early paintings look rather like small semi-abstract pictures of the 1960s. As well as using generous gestural paint strokes, which seem oddly typical of those days, she often erases and erodes the surfaces, so the images sometimes appear to have been damaged or worn away by time. Besides, she frequently uses old-fashioned shades of glossy cream as ground colours, while vintage frames – grubby, and tarnished – complete the impression. And yet there is much more to them than that. The paintwork is perhaps a little too self-conscious to be completely credible, and the pictures often carry traces of figuration and recognisable subject matter (Moran frequently works with photographic sources), so it gradually becomes clear that these paintings are more complex than you might suppose.
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