John Hansard Gallery welcome a new commissioned work by Niamh O’Malley, a contemporary Irish artist known for her highly crafted sculptures and moving image installations.
Niamh O’Malley uses steel, limestone, wood and glass to create a considered and purposeful sequence of forms. From polished wooden handles and sanded slivers of glass to stretched lines of steel, there is an assurance in O’Malley’s work of something still and solid.
A series of sculptures occupy the gallery at varying heights and scales, yet their proportions and configurations are vaguely familiar. A polished handrail protrudes and subtly prompts you around a corner, a shelter of grey glass hangs overhead – these aren’t quite objects of use or architecture.
O’Malley also presents a new work commissioned by John Hansard Gallery, a series of shaped and scored slabs made from fossil-rich limestone that occupy the end of the ground floor gallery. In 2022, O'Malley will represent Ireland at the 59th Venice Biennale.
The exhibition has been made possible through generous support from Dr Alison Steele, Stefan Cross QC, Culture Ireland, and Henry Moore Foundation.