Exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Posted 04.05.10 by The Center for Art Education
Flashpoint Gallery presents Solas Nua's First Visual Art Exhibition
Bart O'Reilly: Old Lines from the Luminous State
April 2 - May 8, 2010
Artist Talk: Thursday, April 8 at noon
Bart O'Reilly's '12 (M.F.A. in Studio Art) Old Lines from the Luminous State explores the deterioration of our infrastructure, referencing places such as highways and farms, as well as the industrial tools utilized in their creation. Each piece of artwork is created with a nod to the corrosion of an object or place. Viewers confront the natural and man-made factors that facilitate the decline of the systems that make up our everyday experience.
"It's rare to find an Irish visual artist exhibiting in The States, and Bart is one of Ireland's brightest young talents. We are excited to work with Flashpoint Gallery for Bart's first exhibition in Washington, DC," says Solas Nua Artistic Director Linda Murray.
The exhibition features large-scale drawings, a video, photographs and an installation. O'Reilly invites viewers to interact with the exhibition through the installation: wood and sawdust will be scattered on the floor, creating a visual record of each person to visit the space and demonstrating the interaction between humans and nature over time. His collection of discarded metal objects from an ancestral barn in Hartford County, Maryland inspired the drawing process, wherein the artist utilized water-soaked paper to bleed out the rusty tools. The video explores the effects of a series of car crashes on a highway divider located on Baltimore's Interstate 83.
"My earlier work was painted in real-time; a video projected directly onto the canvas informed my creation. This process began my interest in time and the transient nature of actions. The work in my upcoming exhibition uses found objects - rusty tools and paper subjected to natural elements - to explore the nature of our common experience and how it is tied to the concept of time," says O'Reilly.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Bart O'Reilly graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 2000. He participated in exhibitions in Ireland and Northern Ireland including Group Six at the Rubicon Gallery in Dublin in 2001 and Painted at the Sligo Art Gallery in 2003.
O'Reilly is currently based at Baltimore's Load of Fun Studios has been featured in The Baltimore City Paper, Urbanite Magazine, The Examiner and The Baltimore Sun. In 2005, he had his first solo exhibition Passing Places at Baltimore's Montage Gallery. Since this time, O'Reilly's work has been featured at Philadelphia's A-X-D Gallery, Annapolis' American Contemporary Gallery, and Baltimore's Nudashank Gallery.
O'Reilly directs an art program for adults with developmental disabilities in Anne Arundel County and is currently a graduate student in the M.F.A. in Studio Art program at MICA.
ABOUT SOLAS NUA
Solas Nua is the only non-profit organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts. Solas Nua produces the Capital Irish Film Festival, a critically acclaimed theatre season, Irish Book Day, the DC Irish Writers Festival, visual arts exhibitions, podcasts, hosts numerous Irish artists each year, runs a free monthly play reading series and film screening series, a book club and dozens of special events annually. Founded in 2005 by Dublin native Linda Murray (Artistic Director) and DC native Dan Brick (Producing Director), Solas Nua is a resident organization at Flashpoint.
ABOUT THE FLASHPOINT GALLERY PROGRAM
Flashpoint Gallery is dedicated to nurturing artists, expanding their visibility and encouraging dialogue between artists and arts patrons. As a nonprofit gallery, Flashpoint provides a special opportunity for artists and curators to present new media, site-specific installations, performance pieces and other experimental forms free from the constraints of commercial expectations. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals oversees the programming for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists. Cultural Development Corporation's (CuDC) Visual
Arts Program is made possible in part through a generous grant from Altria Group, Inc. and from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Flashpoint Gallery, a CuDC project, is generously supported by the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, and many other sponsors. Hotel Helix is Flashpoint's 2009-2010 Hotel Partner. Barefoot Wine is Flashpoint's 2009-2010 Wine Partner.
Flashpoint, a Cultural Development Corporation project, is a nonprofit, multi-disciplinary arts space dedicated to nurturing emerging artists and cultural organizations in order to build their professional capacity. Flashpoint provides services and training for cultural organizations to help strengthen their management capacity and offers exhibit and performance spaces that enable arts groups to focus on their artistic goals and expand their visibility. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12-6 pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1310 or visit flashpointdc.org or solasnua.org
Flashpoint Gallery • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001