Isabel Nolan

Bent Knees are a Give

1st April - 16th May 2015

Isabel Nolan
A lion with a thorn in his paw
2015
polystyrene plaster bandage and papier mache
109 x 59 x 118 cm / 42.9 x 23.2 x 46.5 in 
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Isabel Nolan
Hungry and Thirsty. Sorry and Angry. A flag for John Donne.
2015
cotton and powder coated mild steel flag pole
dimensions variable
 
Produced with the generous support of Black Church Process, an initiative of Black Church Print Studio, Dublin.
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Isabel Nolan
I am wonderfully and fearfully made
2015
archival pigment print framed with clarity glass
edition of 3 + 1 AP
85 x 122 x 4 cm / 33.5 x 48 x 1.6 in framed
Isabel Nolan
Fresh disorder diminishing energy
2015
cotton and powder coated mild steel flag pole
285 x 232 cm / 112.2 x 91.3 in   
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Isabel Nolan
Bent  (detail)
2015
set of 4 colouring pencil on paper
34.5 x 43 x 3 cm / 13.6 x 16.9 x 1.2 in framed
Isabel Nolan
The thrall of gentle derangement
2015
cotton and powder coated mild steel flag pole
368 x 183 cm / 144.9 x 72 in 
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Isabel Nolan
For ever and ever, and infinite and super infinite for evers
2015
archival pigment print framed with clarity glass
73.4 x 110 cm / 28.9 x 43.3 in   
Isabel Nolan
Lion with thorn (after Lippi)
2015
oil pastel and pencil on paper
56 x 43 x 3 cm / 22 x 16.9 x 1.2 in framed
Isabel Nolan
Soft thinking in tall places
2015
cotton and powder coated mild steel flag pole
273 x 189 cm  / 107.5 x 74.4 in   
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Isabel Nolan
Young John Donne I
2015
oil pastel and pencil on paper
42 x 29 cm / 16.5 x 11.4 in  
Isabel Nolan
Jesus (after Bellini) torso
2015
oil pastel and pencil on paper
42 x 29 cm / 16.5 x 11.4 in
Isabel Nolan
Lucretia
2015
oil pastel and pencil on paper
58 x 41.5 cm / 22.8 x 16.3 in   
Isabel Nolan
Bent Knees are a Give
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
1st April - 16th May 2015
Isabel Nolan
Bent Knees are a Give
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
1st April - 16th May 2015
Isabel Nolan
Bent Knees are a Give
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
1st April - 16th May 2015
Isabel Nolan
Bent Knees are a Give
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
1st April - 16th May 2015
Isabel Nolan
Bent Knees are a Give
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
1st April - 16th May 2015
Isabel Nolan
Bent Knees are a Give
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
1st April - 16th May 2015
Kerlin Gallery is pleased to announce Bent Knees are a Give, an exhibition of new work by Isabel Nolan.
 
In this body of work, Isabel Nolan explores the anxieties implicit in the quest for power. Drawing upon eclectic research, Nolan’s practice incorporates sculpture, photography, painting and text-based work.
 
A central motif in the exhibition is the funerary sculpture of the poet and cleric John Donne (1572-1631). Based on a study made in the final weeks of Donne’s life,where he staged his own resurrection, he appears to be joyfully accepting of his imminent death. Donne’s unperturbed countenance is  perhaps belied by the gentle bends in his knees which interrupt the otherwise inviolate, erect statue.
 
The gentle bends in Donne’s knees are echoed and amplified in a series of violently bent flag poles flanking the gallery space. Their banners hang unceremoniously in various states of distress and dishevelment. Nearby, a golden yellow lion offers its paw, punctured by a bronze thorn, awaiting assistance from some surrogate St. Jerome.
 
Bends reveal doubt, signal distress, admit failure – it is the bend that offers us a way into thinking about and against systems that rely on perfection.Pinpointing the weak points in these traditional motifs of power and imperial strength, Nolan exposes the ultimate ineffectuality of concrete objects in the face of time. Donne’s attempt to assert his future existence serves rather to crystallise the transience of his existence, ultimately revealing his vulnerability.
 
Isabel Nolan’s recent solo shows include Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014); Sean Kelly Gallery, New York ( 2014 ); Musée d’art moderne de Saint Etienne, France (2012); the Return Gallery, Goethe Institute, Dublin (2012); and The Model, Sligo (2011). Other solo shows include Goethe Institute (2003); Project Arts Centre (2005); Gallery 2, Douglas Hyde Gallery, (2008) all in Dublin; Artspace, New Zealand (2008); In the Studio, as part of Glasgow International (2006). She represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale in a group exhibition, 'Ireland at Venice 2005'. Nolan recently showed in The Black Moon, curated by Sinziana Ravini in Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013). Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Mercer Union, Toronto in 2015, and CAG, Vancouver in 2016.
 
Bent Knees are a Give was produced with the generous support of Black Church Process, an initiative of Black Church Print Studio, Dublin.

The Irish Times

'Visual Art round-up' by Aidan Dunne

14 April 2015

"The gallery is hung with a succession of coloured banners, but the bid for pageantry falls flat: they trail forlornly. Each flagpole is bent at the 'knee', as though unable to support itself . A lion, the king of the beasts, occupies the centre of the room. But it’s in the form of a cartoonish sculpture and it extends a paw pierced by a thorn, waiting for its St Jerome. It might all sound a little downbeat, but the abiding note is one of gentle melancholy, and there is humour. The show functions extremely well as an overall installation."

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