The Olivier Cornet Gallery has been involved in Bloomsday celebrations since its owner moved to the Dublin 1 area in 2014. Last year, they collaborated with Dublin Sketchers to create a visual response to Ulysses through sketching on location in the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, resulting in an exhibition. The collaboration continues this year, but this time the Olivier Cornet Gallery has invited five professional visual artists to participate in the Joyce trail sketch crawl alongside Dublin Sketchers. The artists have been drawn from various contemporary practices including abstract and figurative art in various media such as 3D, print-making and painting. The five artists have charted Dublin, mapping the fabric of the city, to seek traces of Joyce’s multi-layered novel.
These artists are Nickie Hayden, whose current practice explores the everyday difficulties and historic traumas experienced by people affected by dyslexia, master printmaker Robert Russell, poet Paula Meehan, Olivier Cornet Gallery artist Eoin Mac Lochlainn, who has created a series of night paintings, and internationally known street artist Maser, who has created work from multiple line drawings and collages based on his experience with Dublin Sketchers.
In addition to the exhibition launch on 10 June, a series of events will take place in the gallery throughout the week of the Bloomsday Festival, where participants will be invited to respond to their visual experience of the show through other art forms such as poetry and music.
The exhibition runs from 10 - 30 June.