In conversation: Eithne Jordan with Sherman Sam by Eithne Jordan

Wednesday 11 October / 5pm

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Join us prior to the opening of Eithne Jordan’s exhibition Tableau when the artist, whose work exploring architectural interiors is a dialogue about the continuity between the past and the present, will be in conversation with writer and artist Sherman Sam.
Free, no booking required.

"Tableau", Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane by Eithne Jordan

12 October 2017 - 14 January 2018

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Over the past three decades Eithne Jordan has worked from her roots in neo-expressionism and developed her practice into a considered and meditative representation of space and light. Whether it is the darkness of a February afternoon, the reflected light of a fresh snowfall, or the distinctive hue of Halogen Street lights, her paintings are charged with content that is either to come, or else is taking place just out of view. Her work in recent years focuses on the contemporary city, looking at places such as Paris, Rotterdam, Madrid, Vienna, and most recently Dublin.

In her new series of paintings depicting interiors, Jordan invites us to look closely at the multi layered histories woven through the spaces of institutions and public buildings in our cities. Many of these are museums, or historic buildings that often contain art as a backdrop to civic or commercial activities. In Jordan's exhibition at The Hugh Lane, Tableau, her works inhabiting the rooms of Charlemont House, once domestic, now public, become a Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art. These paintings, like a strange mirror, are observing us, and reflecting a repetition of lives lived. Jordan is working in the realm of the extraordinary, the humdrum extraordinary, bringing to the fore the details and perspectives of our reality, She creates an idea, not of contrast, but rather of dialogue, an indication of the continuity between the past and the present, between old and modern.

Eithne Jordan was born in Dublin where she studied at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology from 1972-76. She was awarded a DAAD scholarship in 1984 to study at the Hochschule der Künste in West Berlin, where she subsequently lived for several years. Since 1990 she has worked between Languedoc in the south of France and Ireland. Her work is in major public and private collections in Ireland, Europe and the US and she is a member of Aosdana and the Royal Hibernian Academy.

A catalogue on Eithne Jordan's work will be published in November 2017.

Butler Gallery / Eithne Jordan: When walking by Eithne Jordan

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The Butler Gallery was delighted to present an exhibition of new gouaches and paintings by Eithne Jordan, one of Ireland’s leading painters.

This body of work was made during Jordan’s one-year residency at the Tony O’Malley Studio on Bridge Street in Callan, County Kilkenny. Armed with a camera and intrepid walking legs, Jordan captured and recorded what she encountered on her frequent walks about Callan and the surrounding countryside. Carefully studying the assembled images back in the studio, tough decisions were made as to which to dedicate to painting.

Jordan was particularly struck by the vernacular architecture, both the remarkable and the unremarkable, encountered throughout the countryside. This eclectic miscellany of both public and domestic buildings is imbued with character and atmosphere. Familiar bungalows are made singular by their owner’s use of faux Georgian pillars or decorative stone cladding. A melancholic cottage sits abandoned and boarded up, just like so many others throughout this country. Jordan deftly captures a pink-hued sky just before the sun sets; a water tower, a church ruin, leafless trees, each are silhouetted against the late evening light. The unmistakable architecture of a local convent looms tall and makes its presence felt within the landscape. An empty football pitch borders a ghost estate, awaiting the animation of games to come.

Tony O’Malley’s early works captured the essence of his beloved Kilkenny. Eithne Jordan has taken her own path through his familiar landscape, tenderly responding in her inimitable way, distinguished by her particular eye and life experience.

Anna O’Sullivan