AtHomeStudios meets every two months at the VAI Offices, Dublin 8.

Next Meeting 10.00 – 12.00, Tuesday 17th September 2019

Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Text for discussion ‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel’ and ‘I used to Live Here Once’ by Jean Rhys.

Our text for discussion for our September meeting is two short stories about ageing and death by the brilliant Modernist writer Jean Rhys. Taken from ‘Till September Petronella,’ (Penguin Modern:13), and like all of Rhys’s work, these essays look at women slightly at odds with their environment or time.

Previous Meetings

Tuesday 16th July 2019

VAI offices, Windmill View House, 4 Oliver Bond St, Dublin 8

Visiting guest curator Mary Conlon, from Ormston House Limerick.

Our first visiting curator session is with Mary Conlon from Ormston House. We will have a group discussion followed by a number of one to one, speed curating meetings. Delighted to be introducing Mary to the workings of AtHomeStudios and to the practices of some of our individual members.

Tuesday 14th May 2019

VAI offices, Windmill View House, 4 Oliver Bond St, Dublin 8

Talk on Topology by guest speaker mathematician Mercedes Jordan Santana.

Mathematician Mercedes Jordan Santana will give us an introductory Topology. Topology is an area of mathematics that looks at the spatial relations and geometric properties of shapes and how they are unaffected by changes or distortions in the size of the shapes, through stretching, twisting and bending etc. Delighted to host our first invited speaker and very excited to hear more about topology!

Tuesday 12th March 2019

Text for discussion ‘The Artificial Divide Between Fine Art and Textiles is a Gendered Issue’ by Amber Butchart

Our text for discussion is an article from Frieze November 2018 entitled ‘The Artificial Divide Between Fine Art and Textiles is a Gendered Issue’ by fashion historian and author Amber Butchart.  It looks at the current revaluation of textiles as a Fine Art medium in the context of the recent brilliant Anni Albers show at Tate Modern.

Link to Frieze Article

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Text for discussion ‘The Company of Wolves’ by Angela Carter

Our text for discussion is the short story ‘The Company of Wolves’ by the writer Angela Carter. It’s from her brilliant collection The Bloody Chamber, which is a feminist reworking of traditional folk and fairy tales exploring some of their darker themes and investing female characters with their own  desire, agency and power.

Link to PDF of The Company of Wolves

Tuesday 13th November 2018

Text for discussion ‘Imagination and Reality’ by Jeanette Winterson

Our text for discussion is the essay ‘Imagination and Reality’ by the author Jeanette Winterson. It’s from her 1995 collection called Art Objects- Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery.  With objects being a verb rather than a noun!

Link to PDF of Imagination and Reality

Tuesday 18th September 2018

Text for discussion, an excerpt from ‘What Color is the Sacred?’ by Michael Taussig

Our text for discussion is chapter one ‘The Face of World History’ from the brilliant book on colour by anthropologist Michael Taussig. In ‘What Color is the Sacred?’ Taussig explores the history of colour in relation to colonialism,  mythology, chemistry and literature. It’s a great read, cover to cover!

Tuesday 17th July 2018

Text for discussion, ‘I Genius, I Robot’ by Dave Beech. 

Our text for discussion is a conversation between Dave Beech and Matt Hale on the Art Monthly Talk Show, based on Dave Beech’s feature article “I Genius, I Robot” in the April 2018 issue of Art Monthly Magazine. Beech explores ideas of the genius, the artist, the aristocrat and the robot in terms of labour, freedom and agency.

Link to Dave Beech on Art Monthly talk show.

Tuesday 15th May 2018

Text for discussion,”The Economy of Painting – Reflections on the specific Value Form of the Painted Canvas” by Isabelle Graw. 

Our text for discussion is a talk by leading international art critic Isabelle Graw, which was presented at the Irish Museum of Modern Art earlier this year. The talk entitled ‘The Economy of Painting- Reflections on the Specific Value Form of the Painted Canvas’ was part of the IMMA Lucien Freud talk series and included a conversation with Curator Christina Kennedy afterwards. Graw is a writer and lecture in art theory at the Stadelschule in Frankfurt. She has written books about conditions of contemporary painting and its medium specificity in the post medium condition. In this talk she discusses ‘vitalist fantasies’ and the commodity value of painting.  I wasn’t able to attend the talk so it’s great to be able to hear it on IMMA’s Soundcloud.

Link to Audio of Isabelle Graw talk at IMMA

Tuesday 13th March 2018

Text for discussion,” The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges 

The Aleph is a short story by the famous Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.  Borges produced collections of  short stories which often explored themes of time, infinity, philosophy and writing. The Aleph has all of these, with magic and revenge mixed in too.

Link to the a PDF of  The Aleph

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Text for discussion, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” by Linda Nochlin 

Linda Nochlin was a leading feminist art historian who passed away recently, so I thought it would be fitting to revisit her most influential text; ‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?’ The essay, written in 1971, questions concepts of greatness and considers the position of women artists in history and the societal forces which have prevented women artists from achieving success. I am adding two links. The first is a shorter excerpt for us to discuss, the second is the full essay with illustrations if you you have more time to read before the meeting.

To download the shorter excerpt for discussion please click here

To download the full text with illustrations please click here

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Text for discussion,  an excerpt from “The Passion According to G.H.” by Clarice Lispector.

The Passion is According to G.H. is a brilliant, unsettling novel by the late Brazilian author Clarice Lispector. All set in one room of an apartment, it sees an existential crisis unfold which dismantles  the narrators idea of herself and the world around her. Haunting and inspiring, it’s a personal favourite.

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Text for discussion “How can we think about Abstract Painting?” by Simon Bill, an essay in two parts from Turps Banana, 2016, Issues 15 and 16.

Turps Banana is a full colour magazine which concentrates exclusively on painting and is written by practicing painters. ‘How can we think about Abstract Painting?’ by Simon Bill was printed in issue 15 (part 1) and issue 16 (part 2) in 2016. In part one, Simon Bill outlines current trends in art theory and looks back at Formalism and Neo Geo painting. Part two looks in particular at the neuropsychology of visual perception, exploring ideas about visual perception which should also be of interest to artists working in other media.

For a PDF of the essay click below:

How can we think about abstract painting part 1

How can we think about abstract painting part 2

Tuesday 4th July 2017

Text for discussion “A Room of One’s Own” by Virginia Woolf.

This classic feminist essay by Virginia Woolf is as relevant today as it was almost a century ago.  A  brilliant piece of writing which looks at the conditions necessary for creative work to occur. It’s a short book, about 100 pages long, so I’m posting this in plenty of time. It’s available for free download here :

Audio recording of text:

Tuesday 9th May 2017

Text for discussion “Space” by Georges Perec, from Species of Spaces and Other Pieces.

Tuesday 7th March 2017

Text for discussion “Will It Be a Likeness?” by John Berger.

It seemed fitting to select a text by John Berger as our first AtHomeStudios text for discussion. His writings on the everyday, art, nature and humanity have been a huge personal influence and treasured source of inspiration.

“Will It Be a Likeness?” is a radio play, written by John Berger and directed by artist Juan Munoz. It was published in Berger’s collection of essays “The Shape of a Pocket” in 2001. It was also performed by John Berger in Das Tat theatre in Frankfurt in 1996 and broadcast on BBC radio. You can hear the performance here.

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