A new exhibition featuring the work of composer Rhona Clarke and visual artist Marie Hanlon opens in Draiocht Art Centre, Blanchardstown


Entitled DIC TAT, the exhibition runs from 17 July to 6 September and comprises synchronised video, a suite of drawings, six electronic sound works and photographic documentation of sound sourcing.

The artists explain the background to the project:

‘The title, taken from the video piece, explores variations of mark making while drawing to the pulse of a metronome. Here the metronome ʻdictatesʼ the pace, beating out precise measures for the drawing hand to follow. Generally in music the function of a metronome is to regularize a players timing, here the opposite applies. Split seconds between beats allow choices in direction and placing. The drawing tool may be handled differently, a line can be longer, shorter, curved or straight, while still observing a strictly measured beat. Given such restrictions, the markings are notably varied, expressive and irregular.

The sound works were mostly composed using a metronome, either as a sound source in itself or as a background pulse, often eliminated in the final mix-down.’

Dublin-based Marie Hanlon has worked as a professional artist since 1990. Although known as an abstract artist she now uses a broader range of media. Video, projection and installation have resulted from joint projects and collaborations, especially with contemporary composers.

A member of Aosdána, Rhona Clarke currently lecturers in Music at St Patrickʼs College, DCU, and she has received commissions from Cork International Choral Festival, Concorde, Music Network, the National Concert Hall, among others. Her commission for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, SHIFT, was selected to represent Ireland at the 2014 International Rostrum of Composers.

The exhibition will be opened at the Draiocht Art Centre, Blanchardstown on 17 July at 7pm by Evonne Ferguson, CMC Director.

Further information: www.draiocht.ie

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