Niamh O’Malley, 2 June – 25 August
Preview 1 June, 4-6pm
O’Malley works with drawing, sculpture, painting, video, and recently also coloured glass. She is drawn to materials that display traces of their own making, labouring the surfaces of polished wood and graphite to the point of distraction.
Originally trained as a painter, the artist’s interest in the construction of images has extended spatially through the medium of glass. Rather than treating it as an invisible barrier, O’Malley emphasizes its physicality – its thickness, its surface, its opacity – giving attention to properties that might more usually be overlooked.
Her sculptures are partly reminiscent of furniture; shelves, canopies, panels, and bulk. They also function as ballast, solid weights to create a space of form and attention. Through her body of work, the artist continually reminds us of the directed and mediated image - from bench, to view, to landscape.
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY 1 JUNE, 4-6PM
ARTIST TALK WITH NIAMH O’MALLEY AND ISOBEL HARBISON, 3.30PM
Dr Isobel Harbison is an art critic, and Lecturer in the Department of Art, at Goldsmiths,
University of London. Free event, no booking required.