Chihuly in Dublin
The Irish public will have a unique opportunity to see the work of one of the world’s most renowned artists when two exhibitions open in Dublin on June 19th 2104. Dale Chihuly’s vibrant coloured glass installations and opulent Chandeliers hang in many of the world’s most prestigious museums and public spaces including the Victoria and Albert museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre in Paris and the Corning Museum of Glass New York. A world premier of ‘Ulysses Cylinders’ inspired by James Joyces's Ulysses, opens in Dublin Castle this June.
This collaborative exhibition combines the alchemic artistry of Dale Chihuly with painter Seaver Leslie’s pen and ink drawings to create a unique collection of golden glass Cylinders.Chihuly’s and Leslie's love of Ireland and Irish literature inspired an earlier series Irish Cylinders over forty years ago. The series was completed in anticipation of a lecture tour inEngland and Ireland focusing on the artwork’s literary connections. As fate would have it, adevastating auto accident in England a few weeks later prevented the artists from reaching Ireland and left Chihuly blind in one eye.
In the summer of 2013, Chihuly and Leslie, together with Flora C. Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick decided to revisit this body of work focusing on Joyce’s Ulysses as the sole inspiration.
Working with Leslie’s drawings on paper, artists Mace and Kirkpatrick constructed fragile glass drawings, which Chihuly’ s team studio amalgamated into individual Cylinders of glass wrapped in gold leaf. Each drawing offers a visual trigger into selected narratives of Ulysses as recounted by Joyce.
By applying Leslie’s adapted drawings to simple cylindrical forms, Chihuly uses the Cylinder as a canvas to create a series of visual portals into the novel. This new work is a revelation in its simplicity, which pays homage to an intricate narrative.
Simultaneously at the Solomon Fine Art a selection of Chihuly’s signature artworks will be on view. This enchanting and awe inspiring exhibition will be open to the public from June 19th to July 31st.
• The exhibition is installed in over 2,300 square feet of the exhibition space in the Coach House at Dublin Castle
• There is a dedicated book being published with essays by Irish writers
• Chihuly will be in Ireland to celebrate both the exhibition and a gallery show of his signature work at Solomon Fine Art June 15 – June 20th, 2014
• Chihuly and Leslie will present a public lecture, followed by a conversation on Ulysses,
chaired by Dr. Conor Farnan in George’s Hall at Dublin Castle on June 17th from
6:00pm – 7:00pm followed by a public book signing from 7:00pm – 8:00 pm