Diana Copperwhite, Six Degrees of Separation
Diana Copperwhite - Eclipse of a Title
28. November, 2008 - 18. February, 2009
Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery is delighted to announce the solo exhibition of painter Diana Copperwhite on the occasion of her winning the AIB Art Prize, 2007. This is an annual award worth €20,000 which identifies a promising Irish visual artist. The award is dedicated to financially assisting the production of a significant solo exhibition and a relevant publication at a pivotal point in a young artist's career.
Diana Copperwhite is a painter based in Dublin and Berlin whose work is about painting first and foremost. Diana Copperwhite's work deals primarily with memory; both the subjective and the collective. Her concern, though, is not the recreation of a specific image or moment, but the creation of something informed by the act of remembering; an act which, subject as it is to it's own shifting vagaries, renders past instances as ephemeral, untrustworthy, constantly in flux, resulting in works which themselves perpetually shift; their images lyrical, ghostlike, ethereal, though often checked by a single element of solidity, a sharpness, the overall aim of which is to suggest an instance where "reality, memory and fantasy collide".
In his catalogue essay Colm Tóibín says that "she allows the world into her paintings in ways which are at times muffled and subtle and covered over" - he continues "digital images which freeze and fragment an original image fascinate her, but such images in themselves are not enough, they provide a way into the painting. It is their visuality which inspires rather than any precise sense of a blurred or fragmented reality. Because she physically likes making paintings, everything is subservient to what the paint will achieve. The work is not - in the way structure is broken or made, in the way images are added or blurred or broken up - a metaphor for anything."
A major publication on Diana Copperwhite's practice with essays from writer Colm Tóibín and Skye Sherwin, Deputy Editor of Art Review will be produced during the run of exhibition at Highlanes Gallery.
Highlanes Gallery has produced a limited edition print on the occasion of the exhibition. The image Remote Time Lapse is printed on paper stock Hahnemühle's Museum Etching, a 350gsm paper made from 100% cotton rag. It is a traditional, natural-white etching paper. Both the paper and the pigment inks are of archival, museum standard. The paper size is 43cm x 33.5cm. The unframed print will be available to purchase for €150.
In conversation: Sunday 18 January, 2009 - Diana Copperwhite discusses her work practice in conversation with painter Graham Crowley.