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MASER Exhibition Opening of ‘Mirror Door’
July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
You are invited to the Exhibition Opening of Mirror Door on July 27th @ 6pm
Exhibition Runs to 24th August
Gallery Open Wednesday – Sunday 1-6pm
* Free Admission or Donation Welcome – See Tickets below.
Curated by Matthew Nevin.
For this large scale exhibition ‘Mirror Door’ at CIACLA, Maser will transform the main exhibition space into a fully immersive hand-crafted installation. Taking inspiration from one of the great natural beauties of Ireland – Glendalough Valley in County Wicklow – the installation will reinvent the valley’s expansive landscape for visitors to the gallery.
On a daily basis in Ireland, hundreds of locals and tourists travel to Glendalough to marvel at its rugged landscape and to trek its journey. It is a place of rural beauty and a place that deeply resonates with the artist.
Through Maser’s signature use of vibrant colours, flowing patterns and playful shapes, the installation at CIACLA will pay homage to the valley’s breathtaking views, and will play on the idea of differing perspectives and organised view-points. The artist will create a site specific, immersive installation that is bursting with colour and encourages visitors to become fully captivated by the valley’s abstracted landscape.
Having lived in Arkansas for many years, Maser has a close relationship with the United States – while also holding his Irish roots close to his heart. He travelled extensively around the globe, yet the Irish landscape is a place that distinctly evokes a sense of home for the artist and is strongly rooted in his identity. With the installation at CIACLA, Maser strives to create an inclusive and authentic experience for visitors to engage with his representation of contemporary Ireland.
Gallery 2: The Irish Short Reel Film Series
On July 27 at 6pm, CIACLA will present the premiere of the first of a four week short film reel series, with a new one hour reel of short films presented each week! The Irish Short Reels Series is presented in association with Irish Screen America and will highlight a selection of contemporary short films with a revolving program.
A full list and schedule of films can be found here. Irish Short Reels is made possible is made possible with thanks to the support of Screen Ireland and Irish Screen America.
About the Artist:
Maser truly embodies the centric spirit of contemporary visual art in Ireland today. Having created artwork since 1995, over the last 24 years, Maser has earned much respect professionally and has generated a large and dedicated following in Ireland and abroad – through his seamlessly imaginative and unique graphic style.
Maser is ambitious and is unafraid to experiment with any artistic format.
Since the outset, Maser has continuously progressed his artistic style and practice, which is now firmly rooted in the gallery space, and moreover, in the realm of contemporary Irish Art. Having credited his origins in street art for the initial evolution of his personal style, his artistic practice today comprises of his unique typographic style combined with photorealistic elements, which usually convey an uplifting and socially conscious message to the viewer. The content of his work is inspirational and offers the viewer an opportunity to become fully immersed in an almost hypnotic state, through his use of contrasting colours and the use of repetitive patterns. With the underlying ideals that ‘We are all in this together’ woven throughout his work, Maser’s art unifies him with the viewer by conveying the love he has for his environment and the people that live in there.
Boasting an impressive list of exhibitions at high-end art galleries, Maser has created original artwork for many prestigious arts organisations including, Lazarides (UK), the National Gallery of Ireland (IRL), the National Library of Ireland (IRL), Tandem Press (USA) and more.
He has collaborated on projects with the Irish band U2, TED prize winner JR, globally recognised muralists Fintan Magee and Connor Harrington, and he has even collaborated with the president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins on a limited edition print series.
To date, Maser has created work extensively throughout Ireland for a variety of well-received exhibitions and art events, as well as creating commissioned artworks throughout London, Paris, New York, Chicago, Florida, California, Australia, Uganda, Liberia, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Prague, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
In 2018, Maser established Atelier Maser an art studio and gallery space located in the heart of Dublin that is dedicated to emerging visual artists. The Gallery boasts an exciting programme of artist residencies and exhibitions developed to nurture talent and provide guidance for young artists to showcase their skills.