Pictured here is one of the art installations at the Kaleidoscope exhibition, held in Summer 2013 at the Farmleigh art gallery in Dublin's Phoenix Park.
The gallery is part of the grounds of Farmleigh House, a luxurious Georgian mansion situated in the park and which is a temporary home to visiting dignitaries and royals who visit the country.
The reason for this exhibition was a celebration of art from all member states of the European Union. Farmleigh was used as a HQ for diplomatic visitors during Irelands 6 month hosting of the EU presidency in 2013, so to coincide the adjoining gallery was used to exhibit these works, one from each of the 27 member states.
This exhibition had been organized by the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht and the Office of Public Works in collaboration with the Embassies and various cultural organizations throughout Europe. The exhibition formed part of Culture Connects; an initiative of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and which is a wide and varied programme involving the engagement of Irish artists in Europe and European artists in Ireland.
The artworks on display represented work in a variety of mediums including videos, drawings, paintings and sculpture and the idea was that that this showed the range and diversity of new art being created in Europe.
This work is called "Behind the I" by Irish artist Abigail O’Brien. It portrays the human eye from both the exterior and the reverse. The part of the eye that is visible to all is precise and composed while the part that is hidden from view is chaotic and jumbled.
In creating ‘Behind The i’, The artist took a
photographic image of her own eye and embroidered the pattern onto fabric. A photograph print of either side was then made and mounted behind an acrylic
Thanks for looking!
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Romano46 (18472) 2013-09-13 13:40
un ottimo spunto per fare una composizione ricca di suggestione, ed eppure piena di incredibile semplicità con il nulla che riempe gran parte del fotogramma, lasciando che questi due occhi dipinti in maniera piuttosto stilizzata creino una illusione piena di mistero.
Una bella idea ed una eccellente composizione che confermano il tuo ottimo spirito di osservazione e la tua capacità di interpretare in modo pieno di sensibilità il mondo che ti circonda.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
carlo62 (46475) 2013-09-13 14:12
l'artista che ha fatto gli occhi è sicuramente molto bravo e il risultato della foto deve molto a lui.
Tu sei stato molto bravo a comporla, l'effetto ottenuto è quasi terrificante.
thebest (4276) 2013-09-13 18:07
Hi dear Noel,
The things we take photo's of... I was @ an exhibition in Tasmania & took a few photo's of eyes - I may post one later on - MAYBE - your photo is terrific has such an impact because of the strong colours on the off white background...
I like it.
serp2000 (43800) 2013-09-13 20:04
Good morning, Noel,
It makes me smile. Simple but very nice and positive composition, good presentation of the art work.
Have a great WE!
jcpix (13914) 2013-09-13 20:34
Allow me to be a bit self indulgent for a moment, but I just can't resist my own previous title as it applies to this shot, "You eyeballin' me?" Sure glad your note helped describe what's going on here, I was afraid that maybe the artist was either distracted or bored while painting the eye on the left!? An interesting and thought provoking concept by the artist...certainly one that makes you not only take a second look, but really makes you think about the visual.
I really don't understand much to do with the art world, but this is rather intriguing. I guess he's accomplished his objective with the likes of myself. Brilliant composition with this particular subject, the negative space leaves a blank canvas for the mind to create the rest of the facial expression. I don't quite know how else to describe it either, but the gallery lighting and your execution of exposure has made the plain wall rather "dreamy." I like also that the frames are just a bit wonky, another quirky little element. :) Enjoy the day ahead.
Cheers from Arizona,
jjcordier (79297) 2013-09-13 23:00
Bonne mise en image de ces deux œuvres originales qui composent un regard qui attire le nôtre!
bukitgolfb301 (41056) 2013-09-14 1:06
Hi dear Noel
Wow you have developed your new areas! So eye-catching and also sensetional image at all.
All the best and have a good Saturday! TAKERO
willperrett (10387) 2013-09-14 8:21
Quite disturbing, and quite wonderful: both Abigail O'Brien's original artwork, and your photograph of it. The interior view is a bit gruesome - I'm pretty squeamish about such things - but it's very effective. As for your photograph, it's the framing you've chosen which adds to the overall effect, as you've left space where we can imagine the rest of the face.
abmdsudi (53051) 2013-09-14 8:42
An interesting artwork on display, an amazing feat to mess with one's mind and very impressionist in style. Red and black certainly caught my eye perfectly with much contents of and layers which certainly impresses many visitors and artists alike. Well done, Congrats
macjake (67060) 2013-09-14 11:08
I've gotta say, I didn't expect to see this photo in your gallery today!
what the hell is this? lol
As with alot of people, i'm not going to even try to pretend i know anything about modern art, or any art for that matter. Its fun to view art, but understanding it is another thing!
Did you have to think long and hard to compose this one? because this compo wouldn't come to my mind right away - i like that you left so much space along the bottom and kept the eyes so close to the top.
seems to work out well, smart idea.
see you around
Sonata11 (33763) 2013-09-14 12:04
Wow! I love it. Fantastic composition and fantastic observation. Wonderful composition of this eyes. Wonderfully executed. I love the snapshot and its effect. Very beautiful photo job. Awesome ! Love it.
All the best and have a great WE,
ourania (44326) 2013-09-14 14:09
you've found the perfect distance and composition for a very effective presentation of this original work of art. You did very well with the light management and captured the very intriguing textures and colours in a stunning way. These eyes that are so similar and so different surely captivate us with their intense look and with their mystery. I'm very intrigued by the idea to swop the characterizations "precise and composed" and "chaotic and jumbled" between the two eyes. Great presentation, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great Sunday,
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-09-15 1:00
love it!For me everything is superb about this picture.Its concept,execution and finally its simplicity,that makes it so eye-catching and also expressive!
Beautiful and evocative shot!
Have a nice sunday
marabu61 (10775) 2013-09-15 3:36
Very pleasing minimalistic composition, giving the wall a face. I feel quite observed just looking at it.
The idea to show an art installation both from front and behind is original and intriguing.
have a great sunday
Fis2 (96065) 2013-09-15 6:36
jemaflor (96057) 2013-09-15 8:55
Original and well presented, good idea, impressive glance, light is perfect, tfs.
cornejo (41395) 2013-09-15 11:44
Hi Noel, a warm greeting after a few days of absence for a week getaway north of Portugal, sister country on the Iberian Peninsula. Very good picture of this beautiful and interesting work of art, beautifully captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Kugart (1778) 2013-09-15 13:35
Not your usual type of post but a very interesting one nonetheless,you must have an "eye" for this type of thing. A very clever composition Noel with the eyes at the top of the frame and the right amount of space at the bottom with the lighting providing tonal quality in the picture.
nikkitta (17066) 2013-09-16 14:10
I don't know if Abigail O’Brien is a well considered artist, I enjoy going to museums and galleries so I can say I like the work presented here, a creative one, interesting the way it was made
Also good is your work, giving same distance and lots of space to best appreciated the pictures
Good work, like it
Indrasish (2939) 2013-09-17 7:17
Wonderful shot.. Very creative idea.. I like the positive composition.. also nice artwork.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. and thanks for attaching an interesting note with it.. Very well done..
good night and best wishes from Kolkata..
mjw364 (842) 2013-09-22 10:44
This looks like my eyes after a good night out! Nobody ever looks at me and calls me a work of art the morning after though!
I love this kind of art and you have given me a sense of being there so that I can appreciate it. But where's the nose and gob? It's only half a face - I would have asked for my entrance fee back - showing us half finished portraits like that! The cheek of it!
Miguel82 (27674) 2014-02-06 9:09
Noel, good report from an art gallery of Dublin and that splendid artwork holds your attention, excellent presentation with the paintings on the upper part of the frame, clear picture, all the best, greetings