Saturday, 2 October 2010

'..........prettiest thing you’ve ever seen’

Sonia Shiel Exhibition: ‘Compared to the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen’

Presented by the Black Mariah
Mon 4 – Sat 30 October
ESB Substation, Caroline Street, Cork

Preview on Saturday 2 October, 8pm

Sonia Shiel's work exerts a comical agency over the earnest notions it describes, combining sculptural and painted objects, paintings and videos - in small scale vignettes and larger, unashamedly faux installations. She regularly uses the idea of the artist and his pursuit beyond make-believe as her central muse, positioning him in apparently lawless environments: the Wild West, outer space, cartoon territories and anarchic streets.

Sonia Shiel has had solo exhibitions at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, The Royal Hibernian Academy, the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Roscommon Arts Centre, and the Cable Factory, Helsinki.

She has completed a number of international residencies, facilitated by the Helsinki International Artists Program Award, TBG&S, The Arts Council Travel and Mobility Award, Culture Ireland, the Tony O’Malley Award and the Ard Bia Residency among others.

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