Kickstarter in the can with 594 backers pledging €47,634 towards their new space in Blackpitts. And the flag is foisted over their new home on this opening weekender, with requisite splendour, by Niall Sweeney. I am the Cosmos in their new gallery explores dark matter, space deities and the electromagnetic push-and-pull of the forces that bind us. Featuring a series of eight prints and two silk scarves, Sweeney says “Silk scarves are sensual, beautiful things, but even in conservative circles they can be the one canvas where anything goes, where play and subversion can roam – they are very egalitarian in this respect. The prints have been inspired by the designs for the scarves, depicting each of the deities in their natural habitat – the dark – but they also explore the event horizons of desire. There’s more than a hint of Egyptian gods and Japanese Shinto, of animism and the inherent spirit in all objects, and, of course, the cosmological universal field!”.
Hen’s Teeth, The Tannery, Blackpitts; Thursday November 7 until Wednesday December 11.
Photo: Dark Matter by Niall Sweeney [silk scarf]