"Pixelize Me." by Suzanne Trouve Feff

The Gallery Gazetteer

 

Pixelize Me.

 

Be careful the next time you post your pictures on Facebook, you could become a work of art. The Irish artist Enda O'Donoghue had the good idea to paint scenes of daily life inspired from pictures exclusively found on the web. The Irish Art Center of New York is presenting his works until June 19, 2009.

"Apetite" by Enda O'Donoghue. 2008, oil on canvas. Photo by Irish Arts Center.

Since the creation of photography, it has become quite common for artists, professional or amateur to use pictures as a model. You may wonder if it is legal to use a picture found on the web and reproduce it more or less realistically. The answer is no, but, reassure yourself, O'Donoghue always found the owner of the picture, and made sure to have his/her authorization before using it. He is thus respecting the copyright of the picture.

Having studied first computers, then art, Enda O'Donoghue has exhibited since 1997 in Europe, notably in Germany, Ireland and France; but also in China and in the United States. Irish born, he has lives and worked in Berlin since 2002.

Detail of "Apetite" by Enda O Donoghue. 2008, oil on canvas. Photo by Irish Arts Center.

This thirty-something artist succeeds in creating a link between technology and fine art. With his "pixelise" style, he renders banal scenes of our lives in little squares, representing the pixels of a computer screen. What was impressive about those paintings is that if you get closer, they seem to be just an amazing mix of bright colors and small squares. When you move back, you can see the scene being formed. It's a form of expressionism that would not be possible 20 years ago.

The artist used to speak about his work as "In between," especially when he refers to the locations represented on his work. The coffee shop, an airport corridor, or the queues in a fast food restaurant, all banal spaces, are for him neither public nor private.

For me, redrawing anecdotal events of the daily life brings a special importance to those moments. They seem to be banal, but actually are not. As the Egyptians drew their hieroglyphs, O'Donoghue expresses himself about our civilization, our habits, and our virtual lives.

The creation process of his artworks is quite complex. The photographs found are modified and corrected on software, and then painted on the canvas.

The mission of the Irish Arts Center, since 1972, has been to promote Irish Art and culture in New York. The center has a little gallery and a theater as well. Note that the gallery is open only by appointment, and they will be delighted to open for you the door to the fantastic virtual-artistic world of Enda O'Donoghue. Call 212-757-3318. [Suzanne Trouve Feff]


Suzanne Trouve Feff, a native of Paris, is a contributor to the Museum Gazeeter. Curator's Choice: Museums and Exhibitions in New York City and Vicinity: http://www.nymuseums.com/sf09052t.htm

Opening Thursday April 30- exhibition: "Fragments" in New York

"Fragments" An Exhibition of Paintings by Enda O’Donoghue at the Irish Arts Center in New York April 30-June 19| Gallery Open by Appointment Monday-Friday 10am-6pm

Enda O’Donoghue is known for his work in painting, photography, video, installation, public art and interactive media. His most recent paintings depict banal scenes of everyday life such as packed subway cars, travelers waiting at airport gates and fast food checkout counters. Rather than being based on live models, O’Donoghue’s subject matter is drawn from snapshots he finds on the Internet. The artist refers to the subjects of these works as “in-between” spaces, which are neither public nor private. The same could be said of his work, which is neither the original product of his imagination nor a direct copy. Using the ancient art form of painting to comment on contemporary phenomena, he challenges the viewer to think about the connections between fine art and technology as forms of self-expression. O’Donoghue has been living and working in Berlin since 2002.

For more information about his work, visit www.endaism.com. Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51 Street, New York, NY 10019 http://www.irishartscenter.org

This exhibition is supported by Culture Ireland, promoting Irish arts worldwide.

Tease Art Fair Cologne

 

The third Tease Art Fair in Cologne Opened on 22 April and will run will from 23th to 26th April, 2009 Galerie Hunchentoot is presenting work from Tobias Becker, Philipp Hennevogl, Enda O'Donoghue, Tom Schmelzer and Gregor Stephan. Located at the RheinTriadem, Konrad Adenauer Ufer 3 am Rhein. For further information about the Tease Art Fair visit the website www.tease-online.de

Hunchentoot Revisited

Opening on Friday, 20th Feb at 7pm The exhibition features works from: Tobias Becker Philipp Hennevogl Thomas Kutschker Enda O'Donoghue Gregor Stephan Tom Schmelzer The exhibition runs from the 21.02.2009 - 14.03.2009. Hunchentoot, Galerie für zeitgenössische Positionen, Choriner Straße 8, 10119 Berlin E-mail: kontakt@galerie-hunchentoot.de, Homepage: www.galerie-hunchentoot.de Gallery opening times: Tues-Fr1 16:00-19:00, Sat 11:00-18:00 and by appointment

LAN

 

T.A.O.M.A.C. Vol.1

at Gallery 33, Grosse Hamburger Strasse 33, Berlin

Featuring artists:
Juan Arata Simone Bilgram Johann Don Daniel Anke-Madlen Jaeckel Enda O’Donoghue Bettina Semmer Alana Yee

curated
by
LAN Hungh

Exhibition runs from 06-31 dec. 2008

Presence in Limerick

Exhibition continues until 19th Dec 2008
Limerick City Gallery of Art welcomes you to the second edition of Presence, featuring twenty one artists associated with Limerick. This annual series of Christmas exhibitions celebrates the wonderful range of talent and diversity in contemporary Irish art. Limerick City offers many opportunities to artists; to study, live, work and exhibit.
Early in the selection process last year it became obvious that to represent the city a series of exhibitions was necessary. In this year’s Presence there is an amazing array of differing styles and approaches to contemporary painting, drawing and photographic media. As well as artists based here in Limerick there are artists living and working in Dublin, Belfast, London and Berlin.
The range of the artists’ experiences and activities are extraordinary. The influential educational ethos of Limerick School of Art and Design is apparent in this exhibition. It is wonderful to include several of our senior artists Tom Fitzgerald, Charles Harper and Jack Donovan, all of whom have had a significant role in their careers at the Limerick School of Art and who have made important contributions to Irish Art.
The exhibition also features the work of Lecturers Alan Keane, Suzannah O’Reilly and recent graduates Jennifer O’Connor and Dave Fortune. International opportunities available to Irish artists have markedly increased, both Andrew Kearney and Anne Ryan have carved significant careers in the London art world. Other artists with growing or established international careers include Tom Molloy, Enda O’Donoghue and Michele Horrigan.
Successful Limerick based artists include Robert Ryan, Dave Lilburn, Kate Hennessy, Lorraine Wall and Brian MacMahon. We welcome the young Cork based artist Martin Finnin, whose work is much sought after in the Dublin auction houses. The broad range of the exhibition may be illustrated by reference to three artists: Tom Shortt, well-known Limerick teacher has included several photographs documenting Limerick contemporary youth culture, Nesta Fitzgerald displays a series of quirky illustrations of the City and emerging painter Emma Berkery presents abstract explorations of colour and form.

For further details contact Limerick City Gallery of Art - Tel: +353 (061)310633 / Email: artgallery@limerickcity.ie

WAGNIS WIRKLICHKEIT - Exhibition in Wuppertal

 

Realismus in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, 16 Künstlerpositionen Realism in Contemporary Art, 16 Artists positions Opening: Friday, 28th November 2008 from 19.30 - 21.30, Einführung: Susanne Buckesfeld M. A. Exhibitions runs from 28th November 2008 to 17th January 2009 participating artists: Cornelia Brader, Stefan Bräuniger, Ruth Bussmann, Enda O’Donoghue, Michael Oliver Flüß, Gregor Gaida, Young-Bae Kim, Marcin Kowalik, Markus Lörwald, Thomas Schiela, Kerstin Schulz, Marion Anna Simon, Susanna Storch, Marc Taschowsky, Mathias Weis, Meike Zopf

Galerie Epikur Wuppertal, Friedrich-Engels-Allee 165, 42285 Wuppertal, Germany http://www.galerie-epikur.de/start.html 

Enda O’Donoghue, The Red Shoes, 2004, Öl auf Leinwand, 40 x 60 cm

Upcoming exhibitions in November

Presence 08 – Limerick City Gallery of Art – Nov 2008 participating artists to date are: Emma Berkery, Jack Donovan, Martin Finnin, Nesta Fitzgerald, Tom Fitzgerald, Charles Harper, Michele Horrigan, Alan Keane, Andrew Kearney, David Lilburn, Brian McMahon, Jennifer O’Connor, Enda O’Donoghue, Suzannah O’Reilly, Robert Ryan, Lorraine Wall, The opening reception will take place on Thursday 27th Nov at 7pm. “Abenteuer der wirklichkeit“ – Galerie Epikur, Wuppertal – Nov 2008 participating artists: Cornelia Brader, Stefan Bräuniger, Ruth Bussmann, Enda O’Donoghue, Michael Oliver Flüß, Gregor Gaida, Young-Bae Kim, Marcin Kowalik, Markus Lörwald, Thomas Schiela, Kerstin Schulz, Marion Anna Simon, Susanna Storch, Marc Taschowsky, Mathias Weis, Meike Zopf The opening reception will take place on Friday 28th Nov at 7:30pm. www.galerie-epikur.de

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