Review Of Christmas Crackers Exhibition
13th December 2002
Following on from the successful Martin Quigley exhibition Suaimhneas, Joan Clancy Gallery at Ring have a seasonal show
aptly named Christmas Crackers, with new work from newcomers to Ring, Ruth Lockhart and Almha Roche as well as Dungarvan
favourites Ann Dunphy, Danny Cunningham, Rayleen Clancy, Blawnin Clancy and Martin Quigley.
Quigley has three miniatures of acrylic on paper Landscapes encapsulating the poetry of his work. Danny Cunningham has a
beautiful and restrained sense of detail in Cliffs at Dunmore East, where yellow tones give an autumnal effect that enhances
the depths of the seascape.
A strong selection of Rayleen Clancy's work is on offer but it was a small acrylic and charcoal on canvas that caught my
interest. Tucked into an alcove, Tom and Liam at the Races is like a snapshot of present and past, living and gone before us
- a family memory - a shared memory.
Ann Dunphy's Helvick Head is another of this artist's heavy gold layers of mixed media aerial shots of a wild coastline with
orange dots like a trace memory to move the eye around the landscape.
Almha Roche, a Dublin-based performance artist, has a set of severe scraped austere images, framed within frames like shadows
within shadows. Her The Stranger reminded me of the Metal Man framed within a canvas where colour is pared and scraped back
to a colour impression. Her work has a grey cold quality. My favourite was July by Blawnin Clancy with a striking pose of
children on the rocks above the sea in a cove. The skewed perspective caused by working from a photograph puts the sea
uppermost like the sky, but the timeless sense of summer innocence more than compensates for this.