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Breda Lynch & Dee Mc Donnell

Breda Lynch

Breda Lynch Moon Gazer Digital Print 2009

You are warmly invited to Song to the Siren
A solo exhibition of new work by Breda Lynch
Opened by Vivienne Dick, filmmaker and lecturer

Dee Mc Donnell

Dee McDonnell  Looking back to see if you were looking  digital print on Fabriano paper 2009

here’s nothing…hold it tight, A solo exhibition of new work by Dee McDonnell
2008 recipient of the Galway Arts Centre / Galway City Council and Galway County Council Graduate Award.
Gallery 3 On Thursday 3rd September 2009
At 6pm in Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick St, Galway
Exhibition runs until 3rd October 2009

Dee McDonnell, the 2008 winner of the Galway Arts Centre and Galway City and County Councils Student Award will exhibit ‘here’s nothing…hold it tight’ in Gallery 3 and Limerick based artist and printmaking lecturer Breda Lynch will exhibit a large new body of work entitled ‘Song to the Siren’.

The exhibition 'Song to the Siren' is comprised of a body of new drawings and photographic works by Breda Lynch. This solo show explores and draws inspiration from areas of the Gothic that examine gender identity within art, literature, film and more contemporary influences such as Goth street style, music and subculture. It also includes a specially made for Galway Arts Centre video/sound installation titled 'The Kiss', which is a collaborative piece by Breda Lynch and Cork based artists Not Abel.

Other art works presented in ‘Song to the Siren’ are a series of drawings that celebrate the appearance and strength of image of 70's Punk/Goth music icon Siouxsie Sioux to the street savvy girls in typical Goth, Post-Goth attire, which in turn describes a type of 'freakish' beauty or the display of physical appearance that assumes the position of 'outsider'. Indeed the Goth sub-culture has been based on making the badge outsiderdom a proud rejection of conventional society. This series of drawings amalgamate these current dialogues with more historical areas of Gothic literature referring to descriptions of young women caught up in stituations about unrequited love, forbidden love, or doomed love scenarios for example 'Carmilla' by La Fanu or 'Christabel' by Coleridge

Lynch’s video/sound installation ‘The Kiss’ appropriates clips from the 1931 German b/w film 'Madchen in Uniform', which was deemed controversial at the time and was censored for various reasons. This inspired film based on a true story describes love that was considered dark or ill-advised - the 'love that dares not speak its name'.

‘here’s nothing… hold it tight’ is the title of Dee Mc Donnell’s new body of work which opens in Galway Arts Centre in Gallery 3, on September 3rd, 2009. Employing everyday domestic and found objects from nature, Mc Donnell playfully engages the viewer in a dance that gently carries us through a world of hidden narratives where buttons and coathangers can come to life in humorous and unexpected ways.


Fragments of emotion are revealed through the range of materials and the process of making. Bird’s skulls expel atmospheric shadow and combine with carefully selected and sited objects to create situations of meaning that evoke notions of the uncanny. The meaning of the work lies in the experience of it, the place where engagement occurs.

Both exhibitions open on Thursday 3rd September, with Breda Lynch’s exhibition being opened by Vivienne Dick, filmmaker and lecturer in film in GMIT. The exhibitions run until October 3rd 2009.

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