June 16, 2012 - The Model - Up the Walls
June 16, 2012

Up the Walls

Etienne Zack, Nothing To Something, 2011. Oil on linen, 42 x 48 inches.

Up the Walls
An exhibition of contemporary
painting at The Model featuring
seven Irish and international artists
30 June–30 September 2012

The Model
The Mall, Sligo, Ireland

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This summer, The Model presents Up The Walls, an exhibition exploring painting in new, exploratory, and innovative ways. A collective of seven painters brought together for this unique show form a representation of contemporary international painting practices.

Quebecois painter Etienne Zack lives between Los Angeles, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Etienne’s paintings appear abstract in quality, however they often represent landscapes and make visible histories associable with these landscapes.

Based in Berlin, Carsten Fock makes full-room painting installations. Fock will be this spring’s Artist-in-Residence at The Model, kindly supported by Goethe Institut. While on-site, Carsten Fock will make a full-room installation painting in his manner of combining different materials and painterly gestures based on his situation in Sligo.

Based in Ireland, Mairead O’hEocha produces unique, rich, and textured oil paintings of landscape and urban settings. Also based in Ireland, Sonia Shiel has used painting in an exploratory and painterly fashion—transforming human scenarios or subjects into quirky, surreal, and dream-like images.

Two Scandinavian artists feature in the exhibition. Swedish painter Anna Bjerger produces figurative paintings that are imbued with nostalgia while appearing highly concentrated on the present. Danish painter Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen produces paintings of figurative, urban, and landscape subjects, sometimes referencing the history of painting in his work.

Based between Berlin and Bucharest, the Romanian artist duo Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor present a series of painted depictions of the world’s revolution—from the Romanian overthrow of Ceausescu in 1989 to the more recent Arab Uprising.

The exhibition opens on 30 June at 6pm with a public reception and will run until 30 September.

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