Curated by Rachael Corcoran as a SOMA Contemporary Project

Ormston House, Limerick City, Ireland
May 3 – 26, 2012

 Adrian McGrath/ Ben Reilly/ Bridget O’Gorman/ Cassie Kirby/ Christian Jankowski/ Isabel Nolan/ Magnhild Opdøl/ Michael Beirne/ Michael Durand/ Rachael Corcoran/ TINKEBELL/ Vanessa Donoso-Lopez


SOMA Contemporary presents Dogs, a group exhibition in Ormston House. On view from May 3 through to 26, this exhibition brings together twelve artists, influenced, inspired and intrigued by the canine animal. Opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 3 at 6-8 pm. Curated by Rachael Corcoran.

Dogs takes as its point of departure the common domestic dog, a theme that openly attests to the status of its role as ‘Man’s best friend’. From prehistoric times to the present day, dogs have been represented in art as the human companion. Dogs are benign entities or playful rogues that animate their surroundings. For a dog, the way to learn about the world is by experiencing it. This exhibition looks at the way artists communicate their experiences of dogs. The reference point for artists was ordinary life, rather than a transcendent realm apart. The participating artists have positioned themselves and their work not as an elite fraternity but as a part of the real world—as exemplified by the accessibility of a domestic dog. Ranging in expression from ironic to sincere, from figurative to abstract, Dogs proposes multifaceted views understood both as material practice and as a conceptual category or idea. This dog lovers’ cornucopia presents the familiar in an unexpected and truly enjoyable way. If you have a dog of your own, don’t forget to bring them along to the exhibition!

A warm thank you to Ormston House, Mary Conlon, Joanna Thornberry, Lisson Gallery London, Sue Crockford Gallery Auckland, Kerlin Gallery Dublin, Emeil Van Der Pol, Torch Gallery Amsterdam, Annabel Storm, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery Dublin, Waterford City Council, Creative Limerick, Madlen Schering and the twelve artists who have kindly exhibited their work so that we can enjoy it.

Visitor Information: Exhibition continues until May 26, 2012. The Gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 6pm and also by appointment. Admission is free. The Gallery is located at 9-10 Patrick Street, Limerick City, Ireland.

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