KARIN HAWKES SIDESTEPS

OPENING RECEPTION
THURSDAY 26TH MARCH.   6PM.
OPENING SPEAKER
MAREN PALM, ARTIST
EXHIBITION
FRI 27TH MAR – WEDS 1ST APRIL.   1 – 5.30PM.
CLOSED SUNDAY.
 
German artist, Karin Hawkes revisits Dublin for her first Irish solo exhibition at The Ireland Institute in March.
 
An expressionist painter, Karin’s art is characterised by extreme dynamics: it is noisy, wild and rousing, at times almost aggressive. Bewildering contours mix and interlock. Recent works show a more violent brushstroke, scratching techniques and hazy shades bury the purely formal approach, at the same time keeping a tense strength and balance. Strong colours and contrasts, movement and rhythm, spontaneity and chance cause a continuous variation between representational stylizing and abstract forms. The proximity to music and poetry is also evident in her practice.
 
Born in December 1950, Hawkes grew up in West Berlin amidst the worldwide mood of optimism of the 1960’s with the exciting pop-cultural impulses of that time. She studied Graphics and Photography, Art History, Islamic Art History and Languages in West Berlin and London. As co-founder of the renowned Antique Arts Gallery Neiriz Berlin (1980 – 2014), she came into direct contact with Archaeological finds, nomadic weaves, Japanese wood-cuts, Chinese objects d’art, as well as African masks and sculptures. Hawkes lives and works in Berlin.
 
The Ireland Institute is an Historical and Cultural Centre located in what was the family home of Patrick and Willie Pearse.
 
CURATED BY TONY STRICKLAND
 
PARKING AT FLEET STREET CARPARK
 
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Tony Strickland
Independent Art Curator

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