‘The Middle Watch’, the title of Cian McLoughlin’s first solo show at the J Cacciolo Gallery in New York, refers to the sea watch from midnight to 4am, during which those assigned to deck duty must be particularly vigilant. The notion of accommodating at your station the seen, the partly seen and the unseen resonates with McLoughlin, who is invigorated by the uncertainty in the creative process. In November, the J Cacciolo Gallery, in collaboration with the Molesworth Gallery, also presents the work of three leading contemporary Irish artists, Blaise Smith, Aideen Barry and Mick O’Dea, in an exhibition entitled ‘The Art of War’. For the exhibition, Smith re-visits the subjects and themes of his 2009 exhibition, ‘Weapons’. Barry, a multi-disciplinary artist, works across a number of artistic fields while O’Dea re-imagines Ireland’s struggle for independence, drawing on archival photographs to create vivid images.
Read more about ‘The Middle Watch’ in the current edition of the Irish Arts Review.
The Middle Watch: Cian McLoughlin
Image: Cian McLoughlin
2 October – 15 November
The Art of War: Blaise Smith, Aideen Barry & Mick O’Dea
6 November – 24 December