This year's PERIPHERIES focuses on Irish contemporary painting told through the lens of film. Extended from four to nine days, PERIPHERIES 2017 will bring together 13 Irish artists on the ground floor of Gorey School of Art (GSA). In the buildup and over the course of the nine consecutive days of the exhibition, GSA will be activated by film screenings, artist talks, online texts and one rotation of paintings midway through the exhibition. Titled 'Soul-Beating', the curator of the exhibition, James Merrigan, borrowed the title from the biographically intimate essay of the same name by the American painter David Reed, who had the strange aspiration to be a "bedroom painter". Reed heard the phrase from his college tutor Milton Resnick, whom he studied under at the New York Studio School in the 1960s: “It was a phrase that Resnick used to describe the method and difficulties of an artist changing his or her work”. The notion of ‘Soul-Beating’ will be tackled over and over again in the paintings, the public talks, the film screenings and the writing that is produced online in the buildup to the exhibition.
Artists: Robert Armstrong — Susan Connolly — Diana Copperwhite — Colin Crotty — Brian O’Doherty — Damien Flood – Paul Hallahan — Mark Joyce — Mark O’Kelly — Sheila Rennick — Emma Roche — Mark Swords — Kathy Tynan