Celebrate the Arts this Autumn

Three new solo exhibitions can be viewed at Luan Gallery this Autumn until November 18th. The artists include Susan Buttner, Serena Caulfield and Anne Harkin-Petersen. There is free entry.

On Thursday 21st October the gallery is hosting a Virtual Event (zoom) with MC Eamonn Maxwell in conversation with the three artists, a perfect afternoon event to pop into the diary. Its takes place at 1p.m.

Each artist will discuss their practices, and the concept and themes of their solo exhibitions. Eamonn Maxwell is a contemporary art curator, advisor, and mentor. Having studied fine art at Camberwell College of Arts, he has spent 20 years working with visual arts and organisations including the Arts Council of Ireland, Goldsmiths College of Art, and Lismore Castle Arts. Eamonn has advised some of the leading contemporary art collectors and has served as a board member for many not-for-profit organisations.

Booking in advance is essential as places are limited. To book contact Luan Gallery on 0906442154 or email info@luangallery.ie

Meet the Artists

Susan Buttner

Susan Buttner, a Dublin based multidisciplinary artist presents ‘Orphaned from Belonging’. An exhibition which borrows its title from the 1926 essay “On Being Ill,” by Virgina Woolf, who argues, … in health we maintain the illusion, psychologically and outwardly performative, held in the arms of civilisation and society. Being ill pushes us out, orphans us from belonging…

Driven by intensive research, new sculptures, paintings, performance and sound, undertaken during Covid-19 restrictions give form to fundamental questions about the verbal difficulty of expressing pain, the political and perceptual complications that arise due to this difficulty.

Serena Caulfield

Serena Caulfield, a Wexford based artist presents ‘Flex-ions’. It alludes to reflections on the river, and the nature of the River Gallery space at Luan Gallery.  Flex-ions reflects; on time, on art history, and lots in between. Playing with words, ‘flection’ could be how a child says ‘reflection’, or perhaps points to the flexibility of memory and myth, both of which are often skewed over time. To flex implies movement in a forward motion, and ions are the tiny particles and elements that make up everything in the universe. Taking rudiments from both the past and the present, we push forward. This is never a linear progression, but one, which consistently looks at and examines itself.

Anne Harkin Petersen

Anne Harkin Petersen, a County Galway based artist, presents Evocation. A deeply powerful and thought-provoking body of work. The title of the show means the act of bringing or recalling a feeling, memory or image to the conscious mind, the action of eliciting a response.

Her work is concerned with a world beyond the tangible, opening a portal into a domain that encourages the imagination to go beyond conscious reality, an exploration into possible alternatives to the prevailing influences of a predominantly materialist world.

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