On the occasion of International Sculpture Day, The Douglas Hyde Gallery highlighted the work of Isabel Nolan, a Dublin based artist whose practice includes sculpture, textiles, paintings, drawings, photography and writing.
Available in the Gallery’s online bookshop is a new book surveying the artist’s work over the last decade, published by Launchpad, London and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin in association with the Douglas Hyde. Curling up with reality looks back at her show Calling on Gravity in DHG’s Gallery 1 in 2017, as well as exhibitions at Kunstverein Langenhagen (2018); EVA International, Limerick (2018); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2016) and Irish Museum of Modern Art (2014). The book also features twenty pieces of Nolan’s writing, touching on the work of fellow artists Willie Doherty and Garret Phelan, atomic aesthetics, personal musings about the fictional Tony Soprano in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, and more.
You could join in on the Douglas Hyde Gallery Instagram on Saturday 24 April for further insight into Nolan’s expansive and generous way of thinking about the world
A Dublin based artist, Isabel Nolan’s work includes sculpture, textiles, paintings, drawings, photography and writing. Approaching very large ideas at an intimate scale, her work focuses on the fundamental question of how humans bring the world into meaning. How we make, (through science, politics, agriculture, religion, etcetera) reality happen. Examining the knees of a sculpture, the status of a Neolithic artefact, or a solar storm in the 19th century, Nolan looks for the ways we can like, or even love, the difficult and complex human world we’ve made. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; London Mithraeum/Bloomberg Space, London; Mercer Union, Toronto, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.