I was only away from Ireland for a week before I had another trip over the Irish Sea on Sunday. Rather than just spend the day travelling and checking into my hotel I took the fast ferry that left Holyhead just before midday and arrives in Dublin Port by 2 o’clock. That meant I could spend a few hours in Dublin before driving over to Naas. I hadn’t been to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) for a while, and there were four new exhibition showing, and it’s always pleasant to walk round the gardens onf the old Military Hospital, especially on a sunny afternoon, so i decided to visit.
I managed to see three of the exhibitions – Propositions showing works by the Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980), The weakened eye of day, featuring work by the Irish artist Isabel Nolan, and Conversations
a selection of diverse displays from the IMMA Collection
I must write up my thoughts on the Hélio Oiticica and Isabel Nolan exhibitions, both of which I enjoyed, but the following are a few works from Conversations I particularly liked, in most cases by artists I’d not come across before.
This is Objects of Colour 2 (2008) by Guggi (real name Derek Rowen), an avant-garde Irish artist who used to be a member of the goth/post-punk band The Virgin Prunes.