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Dan Shipsides

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The Status of the Object

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Dougal McKenzie

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Michael Hogg

Lorraine Burrell

Maud Cotter

Alistair Wilson

the third space moves to new premises

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Cassie Howard

Christopher McCambridge

Mary McIntyre

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Sandra Johnston

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Willie Doherty

David Wilkinson

Peter Liversidge

Alistair Wilson

Cian Donnelly

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Darren Murray

Aisling O'Beirn

Cassie Howard

Benjamin de Búrca

Seamus Harahan

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Common Culture

Mary McIntyre

Inaugural show: Mark McGreevy, opens Sept 14th

dougal mckenzie – hot and cool

dougal mckenzie – hot and cool
private view
Friday 1st April 6-8pm
Exhibition continues 02.04.11 – 07.05.11

The third space gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition of paintings by Dougal McKenzie entitled hot and cool. The title of the exhibition can be read on a number of levels, referring to both the form and content of the paintings.

All pictures have colour temperatures at play- more often expressed in terms of warm/ cool relationships. At certain stages in the process of making/ looking the painter may focus more on these formal values, with the ‘idea’ behind the work being put to one side for a time. This balancing act is perhaps more precarious for the painter when ideas of ‘history’ come into play.

McKenzie continues to be interested in the possibilities of history as a subject in painting, and how this relates to our world of proliferating screen imagery. He offers the following propositions in support of the work:

Proposition 1: We live in a heightened state of ‘image consciousness’. In 1979, whilst briefly in opposition, the Canadian politician Pierre Trudeau was advised by media studies guru Marshall McLuhan that by growing a beard he had ‘cooled his image by a few degrees.’ Hot and cool were terms that McLuhan used to distinguish between different forms of media communication (his use of ‘hot’ and ‘cool’ took on very different meanings to those outlined in Proposition 2.) In the McLuhan sense, is painting today a hot or cool medium?

Proposition 2: By the early 1970s the use of ‘hot’ and ‘cool’ in youth terminology was sounding outmoded. It was the time of Modernism’s dying embers, embodied in Otl Aicher’s geometric designs for the Munich Olympics and his sliding scale of warm and cool colours. It was also the last significant period of the protest song and mass youth demonstrations.

Proposition 3: In the terminology of Proposition 2 the distance runner Lasse Viren was cool, and also iconic. Training alone in the forests of Finland, rumours persisted that he engaged in ‘blood freezing’ to boost his RBC levels before a race.

Proposition 4: Paintings can still effectively co-habit the world of RGB screen imagery, with the painting’s ground providing a type of pixel structure. Painting potentially carries as many meaningful layers of narrative, when dealing with history’s events, as the screen does.

Gallery Opening Hours- Thurs – Sat, 11am-5pm or by appointment For information please contact; Hugh Mulholland on 0044 (0) 2890 237757 or hugh@thethirdspacegallery.com www.thethirdspacegallery.com