Issue 12

For this edition of Paper Visual Art Journal we decided to consider an aspect of life that has, over the last eighteen months or so, entered into the strangest sort of flux – touch. We invited a range of artists, writers, and a sportsperson to give a sense of what touch means in their field of study, work, life. We attempted to look at extremes of touch from the violent to the gentle, from broad to detailed, from human to robotic. What became apparent as this publication came together is that both the idea and the feeling of touch are difficult to elucidate – an adequate description always seems out of reach.

With contributions by David Beattie, Kevin Brazil, Niamh Campbell, Adrian Duncan, Máiréad Enright, Sophie Gorman, Colin Graham, Andy Lee, Rebecca O’Dwyer, Mairead O’hEocha, Alice Rekab, and Emmett Scanlon.

August 2021
Design: an Atelier project
Kindly supported by the Arts Council
ISSN: 2565-6376

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Issue 11

For this edition of PVA, alongside three essay-length reviews, we have published a series of texts and images that gather around the theme of music in contemporary art. Here, the term ‘music’ is also extended into the directions of sound art, performance art, sculpture.

The publication of this edition also coincides with our tenth birthday!

With contributions by Karl Burke, Liam Cagney, Don Duncan, Emma Dwyer, Francis Hallsall, Sarah Hayden, Ian Maleney, Gabrielle Schwartz, Christopher Steenson, Jennifer Walshe, and Emma Wolf-Haugh

December 2019
Design: an Atelier project
Kindly supported by the Arts Council
ISSN: 2565-6376

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Issue 10

Comprised of a selection of essays and reviews Paper Visual Art, vol. 10, focuses on the theme of borders and their connection to contemporary art and a shifting cultural landscape.

With contributions by Kevin Brazil, Garrett Carr, Laurence Counihan, Wendy Erskine, Peter Geoghegan, Declan Long, Rebecca O’Dwyer, Rachel O’Reilly, Kathy Prendergast, Andrey Shental, and Guy Woodward.

March 2019
Design: an Atelier project
Kindly supported by the Arts Council
ISSN: 2565-6376

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Issue 9

Alongside reviews of exhibitions in Ireland and elsewhere, Paper Visual Art, vol. 9, comprises a series of texts and contributions focused on craft and its relationship to contemporary art.

Contributions by Niamh Campbell, Helen Carey, Adrian Duncan, Deirdre Feeney, Francis Halsall, Kevin Gaines, Mandi Keighran, Declan Long, Emer Lynch, Sabrina Mandanici, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Rebecca O’Dwyer, Niamh O’Malley, Sinead Phelan and Rosie Lynch, Killian Schurmann, David and Sally Shaw-Smith, Olga Tiernan, Claire Walsh, and W. B. Yeats.

Autumn 2018
Design: Atelier Projects
Kindly supported by the Arts Council

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Issue 8

Paper Visual Art, vol. 8 includes a series of essays focused upon art and education, as well as reviews of contemporary art in Ireland and internationally.

Contributions by Rob Doyle, Colin Graham, Sara Greavu, Jennie Guy, Caomhin Mac Giolla Leith, Eoghan McIntyre, Maeve Mulrennan, Nathan O’Donnell, Morgan Quaintance, Joanna Walsh, Colin Ward.

Winter 2017
Design: Atelier Projects
Kindly Supported by the Arts Council

Winner of the ICAD bronze bell for design. After seven ‘individual and unique’ issues of PVA, volume 8 was the first of a new and consistent editorial identity that rolls across all future editions. The design refresh of the journal implemented new typographic standards, a larger format, and a new cover design. Predominantly produced in two colours the journal is printed using a special mix of fluo ink, customised to improve legibility in different lighting/reading conditions.

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Issue 7

Paper Visual Art, vol. 7 includes essays and reviews on contemporary art in Ireland and internationally. PVA 10 was awarded the ICAD Silver Bell for design, along with Having a Kiki (ed. Emma Haugh), and was accepted into the 100 Archive 2016.

Contributions by Claire-Louise Bennett, Miranda Driscoll, Adrian Duncan, Sara Greavu, Michele Horrigan, Sarah Kelleher, Karen McGann, Anne Mullee, Kirstie North, Rebecca O’Dwyer, Deirdre O’Mahony, and Pádraig Spillane.

October 2016
Design: Atelier Projects
Kindly supported by the Arts Council
ISBN 978-0-957335-05-9

Awarded the ICAD Silver Bell award for design
Accepted into the 100 Archive 2016

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Blueprint

Paper Visual Art Journal: Blueprint (vol. 6) includes several invited responses (visual and textual) by critics and artists in response to the idea of the future, as well as several reviews of contemporary exhibitions in Ireland and internationally.

Contributions by Nuit Banai, Colin Darke, John Graham, Ruth Hogan, Sarah Kelleher, Emer Lynch and Tracy Hanna, Rebecca O’Dwyer, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, Jonathan Mayhew, Eoghan McIntyre, and Lee Welch.

October 2015
Design: Peter Maybury
Kindly supported by the Arts Council
ISBN 978-0-9573350-3-5

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Issue 5

The fifth volume of Paper Visual Art Journal was the third in our sequence of city-specific editions, focused on Dublin, with a supplement on art and education featuring a number of essays on the subject.

June 2013
Design: Atelier Projects
Kindly supported by the Arts Council

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Issue 4

The fourth volume of Paper Visual Art Journal was the second in our sequence of city-specific editions, focused on Cork.

April 2013
Design: Atelier Projects
Kindly supported by the Arts Council

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Issue 3

The third volume of Paper Visual Art Journal was the first in our sequence of city-specific editions, focused upon Limerick.

August 2012
Design: Atelier Projects
Kindly supported by the Arts Council

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Issue 2

The second Dublin-based issue of PVA was launched at the Joinery in Stoneybatter in 2011, and made possible with the generous support from all of the contributors.

Contributions by Karl Burke, Louise Brady, Adrian Duncan, John Gayer, Francis Halsall, Barbara Knezevic, Stephen McGlynn, Davey Moor, Rebecca O’Dwyer, Seán O’Sullivan, and Suzanne van der Lingen.

November 2011
Design: Niamh Dunphy and Adrian Duncan

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Issue 1

Our very first, hand-made, hand-stitched edition of PVA was produced during a two-week residency at the Guesthouse in Cork.

Contributors: Adrian Duncan, Niamh Dunphy, and David Upton

August 2011
Design: Niamh Dunphy and Adrian Duncan
Kindly supported by the Guesthouse Residency

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Being a Border

Border thinking has become a defining feature of the global social order in the twenty-first century. In Being a Border, art historian, critic, and theorist Nuit Banai writes on the technics of the border in contemporary art and culture.

Edited by Francis Halsall and Declan Long, Being a Border examines a wide span of artists’ practices and political concerns, exploring how border thinking has been cultivated and engineered as well as how it has been critiqued. Looking at a range of art practices – including Richard Mosse, the Centre for Political Beauty, Vedovamazzei, and Grada Kilomba – Banai considers how artists have found ways to subvert these increasingly pervasive biopolitical and necropolitical technologies and systems.

The first in a new book-series, Transmission Sites, Being a Border is a co-publication by Paper Visual Art and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. This book was written following Nuit Banai’s participation in the Art in the Contemporary World (ACW) / IMMA Visiting Critic-in-Residence programme in 2014.

Transmission Sites is a cross-disciplinary book series, featuring extended critical texts on current concerns by key theorists or writers. Each book is devised and co-published with a partner educational or cultural institution.

Design: an Atelier Project
10.5 × 15 cm, 52 pages, 8 colour ills, softcover
ISBN 978-1-9161509-2-8
Price €15.00

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You & i are Earth

You & i are Earth brings together texts by a wide range of Irish and international writers, all of whom share painting as a starting point. These texts take several forms: artists’ writing, personal essays, analytical and critical accounts of paintings that range from Renaissance masterpieces to the work of contemporary avant-garde artists.

Taking its title from the enigmatic inscription on a seventeenth-century Dutch-made plate, discovered in a London sewer, You & i are Earth follows a set of poetic associative patterns that derive from Feehily’s artistic practice, exploring serendipitous connections and recovered histories, attending thoughtfully and with care to what might seem incidental. Like the inscription on the found object, paintings contain moments, feelings, obsessions – traces of life preserved in layers of pigment. In the artist’s words, ‘This is a daybook, a commonplace, an anthology of shared attention.’

Contributions by Annie May Demozay, Fergus Feehily, John Graham, Jack Hanley, Mary Heilmann, Naotaka Hiro, Rebecca O’Dwyer, Paul P., Eleanor Ray, Luis Sagasti, Carole Seborovski, Mark Swords, Stephen Truax, and Joost van den Bergh

Accepted into the 100 Archive (2020).

March 2021
Design: an Atelier Project
Kindly supported by the Arts Council
12 × 18.9 cm, 112 pages, 8 b/w and 14 colour ills., softcover
ISBN 978–1–9161509–1–1

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Everything Is Somewhere Else

The things and processes we often categorise as ‘infrastructure’ occupy a zone beyond the limits of our cognition; and yet this zone is buried in our everyday lives. Infrastructures operate below the average thresholds of human awareness while subliminally dictating the permissible flows of the everyday. To engage creatively with them is to go back to first principles. To think critically about them is to think about the ways in which realities are sculpted, about politics and power.

Everything Is Somewhere Else, edited by Dennis McNulty, presents an innovative cross-section of the infrastructural turn in contemporary art and comprises a heterogeneous mix of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, documentary materials, and images. Each contribution reflects directly or indirectly on infrastructure, on the interwoven mesh of systems that inhabit our lives, affect our thoughts and beliefs, and play a key role in how we live and move in the contemporary world.

“… meticulously edited …”
– Ingrid Lyons, Visual Artist News Sheet, Jan/Feb 2021

Contributions by Maeve Connolly, Matthew De Abaitua, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Jessica Foley, Gabriel N. Gee, Cliona Harmey, Nancy Holt, Shannon Mattern, Eva Richardson McCrea, Dennis McNulty, Jennifer Reut, Matt Packer, Charlotte Prodger, Anne Tallentire, Dan Walwin

June 2020
Design: Peter Maybury
Kindly supported by the Arts Council
96 pages, 24 colour ills., softcover, fold-out
ISBN 978-1-916150-90-4

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One Here Now: The Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland Project

In the Centre Gallery of Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, County Cork, lay, until recently, behind layers of liner paper and white emulsion, a very well-kept secret: a nine-part series of floor-to-ceiling paintings by the New York–based Irish artist Brian O’Doherty, created under his pseudonym Patrick Ireland. The brightly coloured abstract wall paintings, titled One Here Now: The Ogham Cycle, were completed in 1996 using the system of codes and inherent structures of the ogham language, an early Irish alphabet. After their initial display, the paintings were covered over. For the next twenty-two years they went unseen.

In 2018 Sirius Arts Centre Director Miranda Driscoll organised an ambitious project to uncover and temporarily restore the paintings, with the expertise of the conservator Don Knox. To coincide with this restoration, she also commissioned a year-long programme of artworks, compositions, performances, and talks that would respond to O’Doherty/Ireland’s work. One Here Now: The Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland Project, co-published by Sirius Arts Centre and Paper Visual Art, comprises essays on O’Doherty’s wall murals and on each of the exhibitions and events that took place at Sirius Arts Centre from 2018 to 2019. The contributions in this book re-examine and re-interrogate the wall paintings and reflect on a project intended to preserve the legacy of these important artworks for future generations.

Contributions by Alexander Alberro, Chris Clarke, Miranda Driscoll, Emma Dwyer, Luke Gibbons, Francis Halsall, Sarah Hayden, Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Sarah Kelleher, Prem Krishnamurthy, Eoghan MacIntyre, Ian Maleney, Brenda Moore-McCann, Peter Murray, Kirstie North, Brian O’Doherty, Nathan O’Donnell, Jenny Roche, and Mary-Ruth Walsh.

The book was launched at Sirius Arts Centre by Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, in April 2019.

April 2019
Design: Daly + Lyon
Kindly supported by the Arts Council
25 cm × 30 cm, 194 pages, 24 colour ills., softcover

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Having a Kiki: Queer Desire and Public Space

Having a Kiki: Queer Desire and Public Space, edited by artist Emma Haugh, presents an unprecedented examination of public space and the built environment through queer, dyke, and transgender perspectives.

“Given the interdisciplinary nature of Having a Kiki, its appeal will surely be as broad as encompassing as the experiences relayed within it.”
– Stephen Moloney, Totally Dublin, February 2017

Contributions by Oreet Ashery, Claude Cahun, Faye Green, Emma Haugh and Suza Husse, Frankie Hucklenbroich, Libida Club Archive, Sally R. Munt, Kaj Osteroth and Lydia Hamann, Sideroom (Amal Alhaag and Maria Guggenbichler), Neo Sinoxolo Musangi, and Eimear Walshe

Awarded the ICAD Silver Bell award for design.
Accepted into the 100 Archive (2016).

October 2016
Design: Atelier Projects
Kindly supported by the Arts Council
17 cm × 24 cm, 96 pages, 24 colour ills., softcover, 2 inserts
ISBN 978-0-957335-06-6

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Nevsky Prospect

Nevsky Prospect, edited by Adrian Duncan and Niamh Dunphy, considers the ‘sci-fi turn’ in contemporary art practice through essays, fiction, and images.

Contributions by Nina Canell, Adrian Duncan, Hu Fang, Francis Halsall, Declan Long, Dennis McNulty, Brenna Murphy, Isabel Nolan, and David Upton

October 2015
Design: Peter Maybury
Kindly supported by the Arts Council
16 cm x 23 cm, 72 pages
ISBN 978-0-9573350-4-2

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