Home Thu 2nd May Art / Ealaín (Free/Saor in aisce) Art in An Díseart: “IT’S APART OF US” – Gerry Barry, Syra Larkin and Eithne O’Riordan

Art in An Díseart: “IT’S APART OF US” – Gerry Barry, Syra Larkin and Eithne O’Riordan

  • Sub Heading: In addition to the exhibition, Gerry Barry will present a video documentary of the artist at work at 12 midday on Saturday 4th in the exhibition room. This will be  followed by Syra Larkin's 'There is Still Time' slide presentation.
May 02 - 06 2024

Thursday / Déardaoin - Monday / Dé Luain

All Day

Venue / Áit

Seomra Uachtarach
An Diseart, Green Street, Farrannakilla, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland

Three artists have come together for Féile na Bealtaine to exhibit their own work with the intention of supporting each other. This is also the best way, as artists, that we can support the circular economy by sharing time, transport, resources and knowledge!

In addition to the exhibition, Gerry Barry will present a video documentary of the artist at work at 12 midday on Saturday 4th in the exhibition room. This will be  followed by Syra Larkin’s ‘There is Still Time’ slide presentation.

Syra Larkin

The artist’s work is a product, a creative, imaginative response to her surroundings, which she aims to assist others to connect with.  The art portrays the fragility, the complexity, the beauty of our lives and our surroundings, both of which are deeply intertwined.

I am privileged to be able to live in a beautiful environment, one that daily inspires me. It would be good to think that this environment of lakes, mountains, sea, flowers, trees and all the wildlife that inhabits it will be preserved for future generations to enjoy, not only on the surface of a canvas but in reality.

To fully appreciate art like nature we need to immerse ourselves in it, we need to take time out to just sit and see what is in front of us. Art can help focus our attention and intensify our response to what we have and what we might lose, if we do not take care of all we have been entrusted.

I would like to feel in some quiet way that my art portrays the fragility, the complexity, the beauty of our lives and our surroundings both or which are deeply intertwined.

The figures in the work are integrated into their surroundings, many of them form part of it, they are guardians, they are the wise, they are trying to tell us not to turn away. There is Still Time.

“There is Still Time” Video / Presentation. All the art work is loosely connected to the words and music. It is hoped that they will in some small way heighten our awareness of the beauty around us and all we have to lose if we do not nurture it.

The Music is from the album Sanctuary by Niall Fenix who is originally from Tralee Co. Kerry Ireland. Although Niall has sadly passed on I had Niall’s full permission to use his music in the making of this video.

Note this video is very much a work in progress. https://www.syralarkinart.com/

Eithne O’Riordan 

Music, personal experiences and the dramatic, powerful and ever-changing landscape of the Dingle Peninsula all inspire my work. On the edge of the Atlantic, the climate crisis is never far from mind. I returned to painting a couple of years ago after a long absence; it felt like coming home. And now that I’ve started, I cannot stop! I usually begin a painting with an initial plan in mind, but I allow it develop and change organically as I paint. I use oils to evoke depth, stillness, and also movement. https://eithneoriordanart.com/

Gerry Barry

Gerry Barry utilizes organic media to create epic installations on poetic landscapes across the Irish countryside. Barry’s installations often feature circular or crescent shapes, and they enhance the terrains upon which they are built. Using rocks, water, sand and landscaping, he creates ephemeral artworks that can last a day or a decade. With a heavy focus on symmetry, curves, and circles, the precisely arranged installations both stand out from and work in perfect harmony with the poetic landscape. At the mercy of the elements, the land art may be destroyed and reclaimed by nature at any time, adding a fleeting sense of ephemeral beauty to the meditative work. https://gerrybarryartworks.com/