Isabel Nolan

This time I promise to be more careful.

17 February - 17 March 2007

This time I promise to be more careful
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

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Kerlin Gallery is pleased to announce it's first solo exhibition by one of Ireland's most talented emerging artists, Isabel Nolan.


Born and currently based in Dublin, Nolan works in a range of media that includes painting, drawing, sculpture, animation and most recently, embroidery and fabric hangings. Drawing equally on traditions of abstraction, figuration and the 'imagetext' the world evoked in Nolan's work is a world of intimacies and oddities, of quiet desperation and compensatory joys. Usually modest in scale these works have little time for bombast or monumentality, preferring to explore by accumulating increments a kaleidoscopic array of wonders and commonplace feelings such as loneliness, tenderness, frustration, fear and hope. The mundane particularities of the real are repeatedly enlivened in her work by the workings of a spirited, off-beat imagination.

Nolan's first one-person exhibition was at the Proposition Gallery, Belfast, in 1998 and since then she has had solo exhibitions at the Goethe Institute (2003), Project Arts Centre (2005), and Four (2005), in Dublin, and in The Studio, Glasgow, as part of Glasgow International 2006. She represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale in a group exhibition, 'Ireland at Venice 2005', which was subsequently presented at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, in 2006. In 2006 she also produced an off-site project 'Together is Enough' for the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including 'How Things Turn Out' (2002) and 'Tir na nog' (2004), both at The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 'Superbia 1 & 2', Cork (2003 & 2005), 'The Yugoslav Biennial for Young Artists', Serbia-Montenegro (2004), 'Coalesce - With All Due Intent', Model Art & Niland Gallery, Sligo (2004), 'Views from an Island (Collection of IMMA)', Millenium Monument, Beijing and Shanghai Art Museum, China and 'If I Can't Dance' De Appel, Amsterdam, 2007. Her work is represented in the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Arts Council of Ireland and in various collections, public and private, in Ireland and abroad.


Isabel Nolan

May 2007

There is more than a hint of the adolescent bedroom to Isabel Nolan’s work, but for the Irish artist the bedroom is a space that opens up directly onto the universe, negating the need for jet propulsion and spacesuits, or the manly evils of the military-industrial complex, in her exploration of the hallucinatory enormous and angrily complex.

- Luke Clancy    

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