Stephen McKenna & Isabel Nolan, The air between things

OCT Boxes Art Museum, Shunde District, Guangzhou, China

15 May – 12 July 2019

Stephen McKenna,
Man Watching the Moon, 2003,
oil on canvas,
90 x 120 cm / 35.4 x 47.2 in  

Isabel Nolan,
The view from nowhere, 2014,
digital print on paper,
edition of 1 + 2AP,
dimensions variable depending on installation,
350 x 535 cm / 137.8 x 210.6 in  

Stephen McKenna,
Sphinx, 1986,
Oil on canvas,
39 x 49 cm / 15.4 x 19.3 in  

Isabel Nolan,
Section "Sun Comprehending Glass", 2018,
stainless steel and enamel paint,
edition 1 of 2,
321 x 321 x 1.5 cm / 126.4 x 126.4 x .6 in

Stephen McKenna,
Horse Chestnut Leaves, 2012,
oil on canvas,
120 x 90 cm / 47.2 x 35.4 in  

Isabel Nolan,
Interior with fire, 2019,
Pencil and colouring pencil on paper,
21 x 29.5 cm / 8.3 x 11.6 in paper size
16.5 x 12.5 cm / 6.5 x 4.9 in image size


Stephen McKenna,
Camel, 2012,
oil on canvas,
50 x 65 cm / 19.7 x 25.6 in 


Isabel Nolan,
Löwenmensch - spanning earth and sky for forty thousand years, 2018,
hand-tufted 100% New Zealand Wool, 15 mm pile,
320 x 120 cm / 126 x 47.2 in  

Isabel Nolan,
Curling Up With Reality (Paw, 18th June 2015), 2012-2017,
archival pigment print, framed with clarity glass,
edition of 3 +1AP
25.08 x 38.2 cm / 9.9 x 15 in unframed 
27 x 40 cm / 10.6 x 15.7 in framed 


"THE AIR BETWEEN THINGS: Stephen McKenna and Isabel Nolan", curated by Daniel Kennedy, will open at OCT Boxes Art Museum at 10am on May 16, 2019. The exhibition is hosted by OCT Boxes Art Museum and curated by Daniel Kennedy, artistic director of Chateau La Coste.
Boxes Art Museum is a public space run by The Oil Painting Department Curatorial Group of Guanzhou Academy of Art and aims to exhibit a wide range of international artists as well as artists from China. The Museum strives to integrate regional and international resources, manifesting in a high-standard of artistic temperament, relying on the Academy of Fine Arts as both research and educational platform. Opening in September 2017, Boxes Art Museum boasts an expansive exhibition hall with is 508 square meters, including four standard sized halls. Boxes Art Museum have selected the work of Stephen McKenna and Isabel Nolan for an upcoming exhibition, to showcase contemporary Irish art practice. Kerlin Gallery is delighted to assist in the organisation of this public exhibition, to promote the work of McKenna and Nolan in China. 
This exhibition aims to promote the work of Stephen McKenna and Isabel Nolan through an exploration of their practices through genre and medium. The exhibition will look at themes of animal life, celebration and allegory. Though born in the UK, Stephen McKenna had a strong affiliation with Ireland. McKenna frequently visited his father’s native Co. Donegal from the 70s, before settling in Carlow in the late 90s. A former president of the RHA, McKenna and his work have been prominent in the Irish art scene over the past few decades. The exhibition will also highlight the great influence of McKenna’s practice on Isabel Nolan’s work. As an artist of a younger generation, Nolan’s practice draws from the legacy of McKenna and their friendship, while also incorporating diverse media.Nolan’s work is widely celebrated internationally, with previous works exhibited in China, America and Europe. Nolan represents a younger generation of Irish artists working in the contemporary arts.
The exhibition will close on July 12 and will be open to the public free of charge. During the exhibition, OCT Boxes Art Museum will hold several public education activities. The first activity will be held on May 18th, world museum day.

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