Artist Talk: Kevin Cosgrove in conversation with Aidan Dunne

15 February 2017

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Kevin Cosgrove will discuss his practice with Aidan Dunne, visual arts critic of the Irish Times and extensive writer on Irish art.

Wednesday 15 February 2017 | 6pm
Studio 6
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Kevin Cosgrove will discuss his practice with Aidan Dunne, visual arts critic of the Irish Times and extensive writer on Irish art.

In the last number of years Cosgrove has continued to pursue his interest in motifs depicting work-spaces and workshops. Painting in oil on linen, he examines his subject through a lens of painterly and representational traditions, cataloguing the workings, forms and thought processes of everyday manual logic.

The work-spaces are empty of people, often with a bright exterior light extending into a dim interior world. The traces of recent activity - tools lying about or a scrap of timber remaining in a clamp - invite us to ponder the actions of the worker. Still-life elements offer the viewer a painterly analogue of a familiar workspace object or tool. A thoughtful balance is maintained between process and narrative, naturalism and materiality.

Cosgrove’s focus regularly wanders outside of the interior narratives of depiction. Where early themes were concerned about the value of artistic work, recent paintings reference historical and cultural perspectives on spaces for religious worship.

"The brilliance of Cosgrove’s painting is that they are just that... [his] recent paintings move in close to his habituated places of work, empty, waiting, yet full of life, care. Order that looks like chaos; personal, taxonomies of things placed to hand – that get the most regular use – with the attendant, decreasing cycles of distance equals disfunctionalism."

Kevin Cosgrove
Born Ireland, 1984, lives and works in Dublin.
Cosgrove’s work has been shown nationally and at a number of international art fairs such as; Frieze Art Fair, London (2012), Art HK and Art Basel Hong Kong, (2012 and 2016). He has had three solo exhibitions with mother’stankstation limited, Dublin (2014, 2011 and 2008). Further exhibitions include A Peening Sound, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny (2016); Some kind of real, The Dock, Leitrim (2016); Don’t shoot the painter, Villa Reale’s Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan (2015); What Is And What Might Be, Drogheda Arts Festival, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2015); 40/40/40, travelled to Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, Warsaw, and Pallazo Della Farnesina, Rome (2013) and Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2012). Cosgrove was shortlisted for the Jerwood Contemporary Painters Prize in 2010.

Kevin Cosgrove occupies a Membership Studio at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.