Christmas Group Show in The Irish Arts Review

Christmas 2010

Mainie Jellet at the Peppercanister New work from Andrew Vickery features in the Christmas Group Show at Dublin’s Peppercanister Gallery. Currently working in Berlin, Vickery creates paintings with an appealing immediacy – full of charm, yet with an underlying subversive element. The gallery will also exhibit a collection of drawings and gouaches by Mainie Jellett. Jellett's abilities in pencil and watercolour derived from the brilliant teaching of William Orpen at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin, her time at the Westminster School in London, under Walter Sickert, and finally in Paris with André Lhote. She produced an exceptional body of work in the period 1915 – 22, leading into her abstract gouaches, in the early 1920s. Fine examples from all periods are included (until Dec 17) in the upcoming show. Christmas Group Show: 3 – 23 December. Mainie Jellett: until 17 December

Andrew Vickery in Business & Finance

English-born Dublin-based artist Andrew Vickery has his first one-person exhibition at the Peppercannister Gallery from August 27th to September 12th. Charming, initially appealingly naïve but slightly sinister, these paintings are people-free stage sets or cinema shots waiting for a narrative. Painted from memory in gouache on canvas, themes which recur in Vickery's work include nature, culture, sex and travel, and he describes the work as "a threshold to another reality: a world of enchantment, romance, sex and escape." Peppercanister Gallery, 3 Herbert Street, Dublin 2.

Rosebuds, gouache on canvas, 30 x 45cm

In Praise of Shadows - Andrew Vickery part of Paolo Colombo curated exhibition 'In Praise Of Shadows' at IMMA


A major exhibition presenting some 90 works in the form of shadows, shadow theatres and silhouettes by eight leading contemporary artists opens to the public at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday 5 November 2008. In Praise of Shadows is inspired by the long history of shadow theatre in Turkey and Greece and comprises works that are based on folk tales or simple contemporary narratives. These are being shown alongside films by two master filmmakers from the first half of the 20th-century. Through the work of such celebrated artists as William Kentridge, Jockum Nordström and KaraWalker, the exhibition explores the parallels between the traditions of shadow theatre and the new narrative spirit in contemporary art. It also reveals the influence which this traditional art form has had on the world of contemporary art in recent years. At the heart of the exhibition is the shadow theatre tradition of Turkey and Greece and its main protagonist Karagöz (Karaghiozis in Greece), an ever-hungry trickster who lives through hundreds of adventures and misadventures along with a cast of other characters. The exhibition brings together key works by Haluk Akakçe, Nathalie Djurberg,William Kentridge, Katariina Lillqvist, Jockum Nordström, Christiana Soulou, Andrew Vickery and KaraWalker, selected for their specific affinities with that world. They range from freestanding model theatres, drawings and wall installations to films, photographs, texts and manuscripts relating to shadow theatre. Early silhouettes and stop motion (frame-by-frame) films by Lotte Reiniger and Ladislas Starewitch, pioneers of animated films from the first half of the 20th century, form an important part of the exhibition.

In Praise of Shadows includes a number of key works by the distinguished South African artist William Kentridge, among them his free-standing theatre and preparatory drawing for Preparing for the Flute, an abridged version of Mozart’s Magic Flute. Katariina Lillquist will present two films, The Country Doctor and the Maiden and the Soldier, and the puppets and props she handcrafted for the films. Both owe much to the practice of the Polish theatre director and artist Tadeusz Kantor; also an acknowledged influence on the work of William Kentridge.

The exhibition will feature drawings, silhouette installations, videos and paintings by the celebrated African American artist Kara Walker. Much of Walker’s work is closely related to the original traditions and techniques of shadow theatre, which she employs in her video animations and in real shadow plays to explore issues of race, gender and sexuality, as in … calling to me from the angry surface of some grey and threatening sea. I was transported, 2007. In addition, a 2004 collaborative video by Walker and William Kentridge is being shown for the first time.

The work of the pioneering German filmmaker, Lotte Reiniger, has a central place in the exhibition. In the early 1920s, Karagöz became a direct source of inspiration for Reiniger and her silhouette films became a two-way street between the traditions of shadow theatre and European high art. The exhibition will screen some of her best known works - Die Abenteuer des Prinzes Ahmed, Papageno, Carmen and A Night in the Harem. Related material, including the original silhouettes and storyboards, is also being shown.

Likewise, Polish filmmaker, Ladislaw Starewitch, a master of 1920s and ’30s stop-motion animation, a technique used to make manipulated objects appear to move on their own, is represented with his original treatment of such traditional fireside stories as The Mascot, 1933 and Love in Black and White, 1923. Andrew Vickery, a British-born artist, and long time resident of Ireland, is showing his free-standing theatre – a contemporary Punch and Judy-like presentation, Do you know what you saw?, 2004 – from the IMMA Collection. The name Karagöz is derived from the Turkish kara meaning black and göz meaning eye.

The shadow theatre, of which he was the hero, dates back to at least the 16th century in Turkey where it spread throughout the Ottoman Empire, finding particularly fertile ground in 19th century Greece. In both countries it came to represent the voice of the disenfranchised and to act as a source of political critique. Over the years in Greece, a number of plays relating to a specific local context were introduced. At times, these stemmed directly from classical theatre, while others reflected current social and political situations - from the German and Italian occupation during the Second World War, to more contemporary political commentaries involving prime ministers and politicians in the 1970s. Only in the second half of the 20th-century have they become a vehicle for children’s theatre and for family orientated narratives. Karagöz/Karaghiozis stories are still performed today by many puppeteers who have adapted his adventures to today’s public and to contemporary subjects.

The exhibition is curated by Paolo Colombo, formerly Curator at the MAXXI-Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome from 2001 to 2007, and Director of the Centre d’art contemporain in Geneva from 1989 to 2001. Following its opening in Dublin, the exhibition will travel to the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and the Museum Benaki, Athens.

Discussion On Tuesday 4 November at 5.00pm Paolo Colombo will discuss the curatorial ideas behind the exhibition with IMMA Director Enrique Juncosa. Admission is free, but booking is essential. Online bookings can be made on or by telephone on +353 1 612 9919.

In Praise of Shadows is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue designed and produced by CHARTA, with texts by the following authors: Metin And, Evamarie Blattner, Paolo Colombo, Lewis Hyde, Enrique Juncosa,William Kentridge, Carolina Lopez, Francois Martin and Lotte Reiniger.

In Praise of Shadows continues until 4 January 2009.

Christmas At The Galleries - Christmas Exhibition in The Irish Arts Review

The Peppercanister Gallery's Christmas Exhibition puts the spotlight on small to medium sized contemporary works from artists including Basil Blackshaw, Brian Ballard, Liam Belton, Neil Shawcross and Andrew Vickery. There will also be sculpture from Robert Janz, Eileen MacDonagh and Breon O'Casey, and jewellery by Duibhne Gough and Sonja Landweer.

Exhibitions RHA Gallagher Gallery II & III - Andrew Vickery at the RHA

Andrew Vickery 19 Jan - 25 Feb 2007

Andrew Vickery creates paintings that are full of charm, memory and subversion. By employing nostalgia and familiar cultural references, he offers an invitation to the viewer to participate in creating a narrative to accompany his paintings. The works are without figures, only the tracings of a past event remain, the scene of some unknown happening or circumstance. The viewers immediately use their own history to participate in Vickery's story.

Beyond the Sea (2006) comprises 24 small paintings organised into a sequence to suggest a story line. Vickery amplifies and focuses the dramatic element by transforming these paintings into a slide presentation, back projected onto a miniaturised theatre stage. This exhibition will consist of two of these slide installations: Theatre (1999) and Beyond the Sea (2006), along with the works on paper and larger works on canvas.

'There is a dynamic oscillation in our perception of the paintings as 'painting' and the paintings as 'scenes'. On the wall the paintings act as individual mnemonic devices, evoking recollections of childhood from the sixties and early seventies.

Theatrical sensibility is evident in the organisation of space into foreground (front of stage), mid-ground and background. It is as if the artist perceives how the event is blocked out (in a directing sense) by the props that surround the action. In that way the paintings appear to have a naive sense of spatial composition. Though unlike some of his peers who use a faux naivety to create an ironic distance from their subjects, Vickery's deployment of this technique suffers no irony but adds a childlike poignancy to these recollected moments. Extract from 'Vickery's Jackanory' by Patrick T Murphy. Full essay published in exhibition catalogue.

Born in Devon, Vickery now lives and works in Dublin. Recent exhibitions include a solo show, 'Do you know what you saw?' at the Douglas Hyde Gallery 2 and group shows; Permaculture, Project Gallery, 2003; The Holiday Show, RHA Gallery, 2002 and Utopias, Douglas Hyde Gallery, 1999. Vickery's recent installation at the Douglas Hyde Gallery now resides in the collection of The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

A full colour catalogue will accompany this exhibition.