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New York View by Abigail O'Brien

New York View by Abigail O'Brien

Peppercanister Gallery, 3 Herbert St, Dublin Tues-Fri 10am-5.30pm, Sat 10am-1pm Until Oct 8 01-6611279

Abigail O’Brien’s photographs stand out in a strong show of lens-based work by seven artists. Perhaps the most photographed city in the world, New York grew up with photography and we are so familiar with it as seen through the lens that it’s a challenge to come up with something new or different. Yet O’Brien has managed to do that with her shimmering images, beautifully complemented by her remarkable Salt Lake studies, featuring blankets of crystallizing salt.

Each of the seven artists included has a persuasive and distinctive voice, including Robert Janz’s records of ephemeral water drawings, Ruth McHugh’s meditations on time and photography, Irene Barry’s take on Ophelia, Aindréas Scholz’s startling distortions of scale, Erin Quinn’s surveillance snapshots, and Mary Kelly’s exploration of commemoration. In all it’s a thought-provoking essay on photographic possibility.