Marcel Vidal | Balcony | 2017 | Expanding foam, spray
paint, wood, watercolour on paper, framed with glass bitumen, zinc fittings,
castor wheels, animal hooves, glue, twine, linen, plaster | 196 x 62 x 62 cm
For Culture night 2022 the Arts Council will
maintain its proud tradition of showcasing a selection of works recently added
to its extensive Visual Art Collection.
This year we are delighted to once again
welcome audiences to share these works in person at the Arts Council’s
buildings in Dublin as part of Culture night.
Works by many of Irelands most distinguished
and celebrated artists will be shown on the night including recently acquired
pieces by: Helen Blake, Vivienne Dick, Eleanor Duffin, Paul Hallahan, Andreas
Kindler Von Knobloch, Vera Klute, Colm Mac Athlaoich, Leanne McDonagh, Rajinder
Singh, Kathy Tynan, Suzanne Walsh and Marcel Vidal.
The works on show from the Collection
showcase the Arts Councils ongoing commitment to purchasing excellent and
ambitious works of art which reflect the amazing standard of contemporary Irish
visual arts practice and which both engage with and represent Ireland today.
In addition to the artworks on display in
Merrion Square on the night the Arts Council Collection can also be seen
throughout the country as part of ongoing exhibitions and long term display in
public buildings such as hospitals, universities and schools.
For those who won’t be able to visit in
person on the night we are sharing some insight on each of the artist and
artworks which will be on display:
Marcel Vidal’s practice includes paintings and
sculptures. He works intuitively with a variety of materials, constructing
distinctive sculptures that often stage and frame his paintings. His approach
to sculpture and its assembled chaos and combative insistence is strongly
contrasted by his paintings. Vidal's paintings are restrained, often
withholding information through rigorous cropping in an attempt to frustrate
interpretation. Vidal is the 2019 winner of The Hennessy Craig Award from
Vidal’s sculptures encompass contrasting and
combative textures and materials: furs, feathers, or deer hooves mixed with
assembled wood, concrete, or industrial metal hardware. Chains, spikes, and
pest prevention devices are rigged up for attack or defence, echoing the
hostility of urban space and inner-city infrastructure.
Since 1962, the Arts Council has been buying
art from working artists. The Collection that evolved tells the story of modern
and contemporary Irish visual art in a unique and fascinating way. Today the
Collection continues to grow and its almost 1,300 paintings, sculptures and
other works are on display in public spaces all over Ireland for people to
experience and enjoy first hand.
Explore the Collection and more on
our website here.