Red and Black
GalleryX – 65 South William St, Dublin. From December 3 – 23.
What are two years in the life of an fledgling art gallery? Barely time to learn how to walk – the life of an art gallery is measured in generations. But GalleryX, situated on Dublin’s South William Street, have learned so much in such a short space of time.
This bijou gallery, with an appetite for the weird and a thirst for art macabre, presents Red and Black – a collection of work that is, at times, surreal and spectacular or verging on chocolate box kitsch with conspicuous or encrypted nods to the abnormal. The show takes visitors on a roller-coaster of horror and delight, a journey of discovery of the dark underbelly of Irish and international art.
X is for transgression, it’s X rated, it’s a blank space where you can place your own emotions. Red and Black; sex and death. There is not much else to talk about.
“Our selection criteria is simple but firm. We only like art that is beautifully made, that connects emotionally with its audience, which challenges our received views on the important aspects of our life – death, sex, innocence and joy”, says Giovanni Giust, gallery curator. “By celebrating the emotional connection of artwork and audience, and by cherishing the skill of the artist – something which today almost seems revolutionary – the art promoted by GalleryX places itself straight on a line that links the Baroque and contemporary Surrealism”.
This December, GalleryX celebrates its second anniversary with another eclectic collection of works from a variety of artists – some Irish, some Irish-resident, and some from as far afield as Italy, Chile or Canada.
Red and Black runs from December 3 – 23.