Russborogh House is showcasing ‘Art in the Garden’, a Sculpture exhibition of 120+ works hosted by Gormley’s Fine. On the green lawns in front of the Palladian Mansion you will find the large sculptures, which are provided with ample room to walk around. This location is a thoughtful space, surrounded by mature trees and the Wicklow mountains. So even in the drizzling rain, my experience was not dampened. The enclosed hippodrome arena houses the smaller pieces. And as anticipated the Dali sculptures draw the crowds along with Irish and International Artists. You will find many different representations of the human figure, horses and all sorts of creatures and combinations, many with a surrealist edge. They are made from a variety of durable materials including bronze, wood, wire and ceramics, using different construction techniques. In short, this exhibition provides something for everyone to enjoy.
Seo Young Deok presents a life-size stainless-steel lady whose contours are formed by steadfast chains. These chains create a pattern of links and holes. He leaves her face completely open showing her as a hollow shell, empty and punctuated. She faces downward compelling you to crouch and look into the void. This piece is called Despair 205.
I have always been fascinated by Scarecrows in their natural habitat, and so was happy to see their kin at the prestigious sculpture event. ‘Frank and Frank Junior’ by Hugh McGlinchy are sophisticated representations constructed in mild steel. These pieces have a jig-sawed feel to their construction, where cut-out metal shapes are pulled and pushed into position and joined by dotted welds.
Mel French exhibits ‘Tend’, a weighty bulk of torso that is cast in jesmonite and marble. The figure is sitting with her muscles relaxed and the rolls of flesh on her abdomen are so natural they give the illusion of breathing. ‘Tend’ draws me into my internal body by amputating my concerns with the mind, action and movement.
The show runs until the 2nd June 2019 in Russborough House.