Siobhán Hapaska & Stephen McKenna

30th November 2012 - 19th January 2013

Siobhán Hapaska
The Recent Incarnation of Two Advanced Souls
2012
aluminium, drop forged scaffold fittings, olive trees, olive tree root balls, motors and various engineering components
97 x 350 x 160 cm / 38.2 x 137.8 x 63 in 
Additional Views
Siobhán Hapaska
Four Angels
2012
selenite, aluminium, forged aluminium fittings, concrete cloth, LEDs and electrical components
150 x 100 x 100 cm / 59.1 x 39.4 x 39.4 in 
Additional Views
Siobhán Hapaska 
For Eyes That Are Full 
2012 
vegetable tanned leather, pheasant feathers, brass and silver solder and waxed linen thread
107 x 50 x 40 cm / 42.1 x 19.7 x 15.7 in 
Additional Views
Siobhán Hapaska
So, Do You Have Any Regrets?
2012
resin eagle skulls, resin eagle feet, rabbit fur, fox tail, Persian lamb skin, leather, aluminium and steel
Additional Views
Stephen McKenna
Berlin Havelsee
1984
oil on canvas
200 x 300 cm / 78.7 x 118.1 in   
Stephen McKenna
Apples
2010
oil on canvas
65 x 50 cm / 25.6 x 19.7 in   
Stephen McKenna
Cairo - in memory of JLB
1997
oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm / 19.7 x 27.6 in  
Stephen McKenna
Details of Two Vases
1989
oil on panel
13 x 18 cm / 5.1 x 7.1 in 
Stephen McKenna
Fig Tree
2012
oil on canvas
80 x 100 cm / 31.5 x 39.4 in   
Stephen McKenna
Goethe Haus in Weimar
1970
acrylic and oil on board
46 x 61 cm / 18.1 x 24 in   
Stephen McKenna
Interior of Sant’ Anna
2010
oil on canvas
70 x 90 cm / 27.6 x 35.4 in
Stephen McKenna
Piranesi I
2012
oil on canvas
135 x 100 cm / 53.1 x 39.4 in   
 
Stephen McKenna
Piranesi II
2012
oil on canvas
135 x 100 cm / 53.1 x 39.4 in   
Stephen McKenna
Stone Map
1991
oil on canvas
80 x 100 cm / 31.5 x 39.4 in   
Stephen McKenna
The Black Portrait (JLB)
1985
oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm / 19.7 x 15.7 in   
Stephen McKenna
The Villa D’Este
1982
oil on canvas
180 x 150 cm / 70.9 x 59.1 in   
Stephen McKenna
Triple Head
2000
oil on canvas
36 x 30 cm / 14.2 x 11.8 in   
Siobhán Hapaska & Stephen McKenna
Kerlin Gallery
30th November 2012 - 19th January 2013
Siobhán Hapaska & Stephen McKenna
Kerlin Gallery
30th November 2012 - 19th January 2013
Siobhán Hapaska & Stephen McKenna
Kerlin Gallery
30th November 2012 - 19th January 2013
Siobhán Hapaska & Stephen McKenna
Kerlin Gallery
30th November 2012 - 19th January 2013
This exhibition with its unlikely combination of two artists, Siobhan Hapaska and Stephen McKenna, provides a timely opportunity to showcase two highly individual positions on contemporary sculpture and painting.
 
Siobhán Hapaska is a mid career artist whose work is charged with a number of cultural and socio-political issues. Often difficult to categorize, her work is a poetic play of imagery and ideas that forge discordant connections. It’s a complex interweaving of narrative that is articulated through a lexicon of materials incorporating extraordinary objects that range from light to magnets, tumble weeds to selenite. Siobhán Hapaska will present three new sculptures each of which resonate with historical references and the contemporary human condition of displacement and loss while crucially retaining her personal signature of humour and hope.
 
Stephen McKenna, now 73, is a painter whose work is equally difficult to categorize. Since long before his influential solo shows at Modern Art Oxford (1983) and Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1985) McKenna has remained impervious to changing art fashions with pictorial references ranging from classical antiquity to the time-honoured genres of the still life, the interior, the landscape and the seascape. McKenna draws on the hard won skills and knowledge of the history of painting to create contemporary works that not only never fail to intrigue and fascinate but not surprisingly have the wherewithal to stand the test of time. Selected paintings from 1970 to the present will form the content of this exhibition.
 
Hapaska has had solo exhibitions in recent years at Andréhn-Schiptjenko Gallery, Stockholm, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Camden Arts Centre, London. She has also participated in various group exhibitions at venues such as Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint Etienne, Musée d’art moderne at contemporain, Toulouse, France, Deste Foundation, Athens and Magasin 3, Stockholm. In 1997, she took part in Documenta X and in 2001 she represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale.
 
McKenna has had major solo exhibitions at the Modern Art Oxford, Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ca di Fra, Milan and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. Most recent exhibitions include The Paradise [36], Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ever Since I Put Your Picture In A Frame, 42 Carlton Place, Glasgow, Brillianfeuerwerk, Haus der Kunst, Munich and Tate Britain, Turner Prize Retrospective. In 1982, He participated in Documenta 7 and his work is represented in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London, the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Staedtische Sammlungen, Rheinhausen, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels and Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

Siobhán Hapaska & Stephen McKenna

Irish Times

December  14,  2012

 
It’s an unlikely pairing, at first glance. Stephen McKenna’s pictorial meditations on Classical European civilisation and Siobhán Hapaska’s spiky, challenging sculptures. Perhaps McKenna’s pastoral can provide the context, the imaginary landscape, for Hapaska’s 3D constructions. It doesn’t quite work out like that, but it does work out.
 
-Aidan  Dunne
 
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