Sunday, June 20, 2010

Art from 'The habit of continuously running'

Michelle Beattie, Depart 3 July, 14 July, 19 December; Arrive 7 July, 19 July, and 28 December, watercolour on paper

Michelle Beattie, Arrive 14 July; Depart 19 July, watercolour on paper

Michelle Beattie, Arrive 19 December; Depart 28 December, watercolour on paper

Michelle Beattie, Arrive 3 July; Depart 7 July, watercolour on paper

Michelle Beattie, Spaces Inbetween #3 and Spaces Inbetween #4, oil on board

Michelle Beattie, Spaces Inbetween #1 and Spaces Inbetween #2, plywood, paint, foliage and glass

Yolunda Hickman, The Ascent of Everest, carved books

Yolunda Hickman, Fingers Crossed, 1000 photocopies

Yolunda Hickman, All consequence aside, altered found book page

Yolunda Hickman, Regular Visitors from Space, watercolour on paper

Yolunda Hickman, Portrait, graphite on graph paper

Yolunda Hickman, Landscape, graphite on graph paper

Rebecca Snelling, I used to think it was a joke but now I take it seriously, C-type print

Rebecca Snelling, Alsatian, graphite on hot press paper

Rebecca Snelling, Keep Right, acrylic on board

Rebecca Snelling, 30 kph, acrylic on board

If you have enquiries about any of the art works from 'The habit of continuously running' please contact us by email.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Opening Night

Thank you again to everyone who made it to the opening last night. We hope you all had a great time with good conversation, good wine and good art!

If you didn't make it, come by and see us this weekend. We are open from 11am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday and would love to see you.

Thanks also to Seona for her help serving drinks and Rachel Boag for photos of the night.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

'The habit of continuously running' Exhibition Statement

The habit of continuously running.

"Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

- Lewis Carroll

There are some things that can neither be explained nor forgotten. In an attempt to understand, or at least place within a context of rationale, man turns things around. He begins by looking in a different direction and pace; above, below, fast and slow. He captures images to unravel meaning. In this exhibition Michelle Beattie, Yolunda Hickman and Rebecca Snelling examine the parallel that runs between motivation and result and the spaces in between.

In Michelle Beattie’s Arrival and Departure series it is not apparent whether one is arriving or leaving. Each painting is an apprehensive pause; an over the shoulder glance at that which is left behind, or the momentary hesitation prior to returning to life on the ground. From above, it is observable that separate places exist at the same time. They are connected by the often inert spaces in between and freed from the limitations of life at ground level. Distance and direction are not rigid. Even time gives up an element of exactness so destiny seems not only possible but also pliant. The world feels feasible from such great heights.

There is an ontological glue which holds a comet in the sky, suspended above the Earth for a brief moment on its course of perpetual motion. Yolunda Hickman’s replicated still image gives a moving object a pattern it does not own and words which place it in time. They freeze that which does not stop in actuality. When written material transpires over time and change is a given constant; a static image enforces an affected pause. The moment of wishing on a comet inspires an instant of promise, of possibility. Superstition and hope satisfy a control over the unknowable and unpredictable. The pretense of understanding and control is a simple gesture or sign, which sedates and stalls the present.

The temporality of running confronts a reality of return. Unlike the natural consummate eternal, man cannot keep moving forever. Although currently concealed, Rebecca Snelling must face the eventual removal of the paper bag from her head. There is a collapse of sentimental illusion when hiding ends; an inevitable moment when one must surrender and reveal oneself. Instead of herself, the artist reveals the pictures of our selves that we refuse to see. The image is more solid than real life, the static form forces confrontation and breaks the habit of movement.

The time and spaces in between leaving and returning are filled with movement. When the inbetween is suspended through image and word, new attention is drawn to the quotidian. Words never quite touch the ground and images are heavy; even though both remain deficient to the experience, they are better than nothing. Better than habitually and continuously running.

Exhibition photos

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Already to go

All in our sunday best. Wish us luck.

Finding The habit of continuously running

When arriving at the exhibition tomorrow night and over the weekend, keep an eye out for the La Gonda painted pillar at the entrance to the arcade to know you've found us!

203 K'Rd, just a few doors along from St Kevins Arcade. Can't wait to see you there.

Hanging and sneak peek!

Art waiting to be hung very close now to opening, hope to see you there.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Posters in the arcade...

These light boxes in the arcade are such a gold mine, I just had to make posters to fit in them! Also the overhead light boxes are so nice as well.

La Gonda Arcade, 203 Krangahape Road.


After meeting the landlord to get the keys yesterday we have all been hard at work preparing the space at La Gonda Arcade, 203 K'Rd.

Cleaning, building, painting and tidying so that everything is ready for bringing in the art. All the hard work is paying off.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The title of an art work can tell the viewer so much about the work and is therefore a difficult and important decision for an artist to make.

Above is a detail of one of four works i have titled "Spaces in between".


From upside down the world looks different.

Scale and orientation become distorted and simplified to an exercise of relativity.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thank you hito...

Wonderful mention of our show on new underground art scene website hito. Check out the article here.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fingers crossed

One week out and everything is going well. Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

One watches on...

Here is a little preview of my drawing (not quite finished - ot oh). Been working on that eye section for quite a extended period of time....

As another canine watches, I feel slightly disloyal that is isn't him.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Delivery of invitations

Over the past few day our invitations have been sent in the post, hand delivered and stuck up around the place.

Only a week and a bit to go.

If you would like an invitation card please email your address to:

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Slow but sure

"Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

Lewis Carroll

Saturday, June 5, 2010


I do love reading. Despite this, it's strange how nonchalant I have become about cutting into books. When going into book stores and libraries, I find myself not looking at books just to read anymore, but books that can dissected. They take on a sculptural form while sitting on the shelf and ask to be art.

But I still take in a deep breath and apologise to the book gods while making the first incision.