to Jul 30

Looking for Peace - An Exhibition of Analogue Photography by Simon Prunty @ The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre

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Exhibition statement: 

Simon Prunty is an artist from Dublin, Ireland. He is a graduate of NCAD (The National College of Art and Design) with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art Media.

          Simon’s photographic work focuses on a passionate revival of traditional analogue photographic practices and darkroom printing. His most recent body of work is based entirely in traditional black and white 35mm and Medium Format analogue photography; entitled, “Looking for Peace”. Each image is hand-printed by the artist in the darkroom on archival silver gelatin fibre based paper. The work explores a quiet, minimalist and mysterious aesthetic, assuming no concrete answers about the world it depicts, but rather observes scenes with an almost agnostic eye and acknowledges the unknowable. Throughout the creation of this work Simon was influenced by photographers such as Josef Sudek, Harry Callahan, Saul Leiter and Ralph Gibson; photographers that appear to take on the role of devoted observers of some beautiful abstract mystery all around them.   
          Simon has also taught traditional darkroom skills to students at DUPA (Dublin University Photography Association) in Trinity College, Dublin.

         This exhibition will be displayed in the Easter Snow Gallery in The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre throughout June and July from 10am to 4:30pm daily.

The Seamus Ennis Arts Centrehttp://www.tseac.ie 

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to Sep 28

Looking for Peace - analogue photography by Simon Prunty @ RUA RED Cafe space, Rua Red Arts Center, Tallaght, Dublin

Exhibition statement:

Simon Prunty is an artist from Dublin, Ireland. He is a graduate of NCAD (The National College of Art and Design) with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art Media. Simon’s most recent work (exhibited here in the Rua Red Cafe) is based in traditional black and white 35mm and Medium Format analogue photography, and is entitled: ‘Looking for Peace’. This body of work was brought together to reflect the artist’s search for still, minimal, meditative scenes during a period when ordinary life was growing stressful and demanding. The work could be viewed as a gentle reminder that in spite of the increasingly chaotic world of human affairs, balance and calm are still a possibility.

            Simon is devoted in his photographic work to analogue techniques and each of these works has been hand-printed by the artist in the darkroom on Ilford Fibre Based Warmtone archival paper.

            Simon also teaches traditional darkroom skills to students at DUPA (Dublin University Photography Association) in Trinity College, Dublin.

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to Nov 13

THE END - at SOMA Contemporary Gallery, Waterford

THE END is SOMA Contemporary Gallerys first annual group show. (October 6th to November 13th )

I am delighted and honoured to have a piece included in this eclectic group exhibition. 

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/178284582613248/

Artists include:
Ian Hickey, Adeline Gaudefroy , Elizabeth Archbold, Anna Moore, Sarah O Brien, Mark Buckeridge, Mick Fortune, Richard Phelan, Alan Boardman, Louise Murphy, Sean O Neill , Audrey Reilly, Roisin Lewis, Simon Prunty, Flavia Bernardes, Stephen Burke, Zane Sutra, Claire Scott, Joseph Heffernan, Liz Walsh, Maxine McDaid, Egle Gureviciute, Ruth Flynn, Glen, McGuigan, Ger Kelly, Ben Hennessy Soul3, and Peter Nash

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to Jul 21

OBSCURE STREET - Group Exhibition at In-spire Galerie - July 8th - 21st

I am very proud to have one of my images featured in the Obscure Street exhibition this July. Obscure Street is an International & Irish Street Photography Exhibition taking place from Friday 8th - Thursday 21st July as part of the PhotoIreland Festival at In-Spire Galerie Dublin ( 3 min walk Connolly Station Dublin )

The exhibition will feature some of the Worlds Best Modern Day Street Photographers Exhibiting in Ireland for the first time: 

Richard Sandler New York - Tatsuo Suzuki Japan - Jessie Marlow Austrailia - Dougie Wallace Scotland - Gabi Ben Avraham Israel - Nick Turpin London - Sarah Choi Hong Kong & many more..

I am delighted and honoured to be exhibiting a piece alongside some of the most renowned and brilliant talents in the world of photography. See you there!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/994533387330766/

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to Apr 5

'Protests Come and Go' - a solo exhibition by Simon Prunty (OPENING NIGHT: 23rd of March)

Protests Come and Go... – Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, televised RTE interview, October 15th, 2014.

‘Protests Come and Go’ is a visual arts exhibition of analogue photography by Dublin-based artist, Simon Prunty and has been developed from photographic works shot at public protest rallies in Dublin City throughout 2015. The show is hosted by In-spire Galerie and will run from 23rd of March (Opening Night) until the 5th of April 2016.

Envisioned as a response to Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan’s remark that “protests come and go,” the work effectively hijacks his point of view and creates at times a grim, melancholic aesthetic in order to condemn the very idea it embodies. In this sense, the project is a form of dark parody. Above all other artistic intentions, the work was primarily created to be an ironic visual companion to the minister’s sentiments and in many ways could be considered a conceptual view of public discontent from the window of the very powerful and indifferent.

The project does not take a familiar documentary-photography approach to a social-political issue, challenging its target in a purely representational manner, but instead the work was influenced by a variety of artistic disciplines as well as contemporary photography and was created with a more painterly, expressive style in order to explore more conceptual territory, this being a common feature of Simon's work. In reality the camera was pointed at the protesters, but the true picture in this work is of those they are protesting against. 

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'Write-On'  Photography Exhibition
to Apr 16

'Write-On' Photography Exhibition

In collaboration with the 'Write-On' project of 2013, AXIS BALLYMUN presents an exhibition of photo work inspired by the words of the 'Write-On' participants of writer/poet Colm Keegan's creative writing groups.

This photo exhibition features work by Ste Murray, Aidan Kelly, Dave Lackan, Ciara Corrigan and myself. The work will also be feature on city-wide distributed postcards due to launch in the later half of April. Watch this space.

- Simon Prunty


Ste Murray: http://www.ste.ie/

Aidan Kelly: http://www.aidan-kelly.com/

Ciara Corrigan: http://ciaracorriganphotography.wordpress.com/

AXIS BALLYMUN: http://www.axis-ballymun.ie/

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to Oct 9

'Playground' Exhibition - Axis Centre, Ballymun, Dublin.


As part of 'PLAYGROUND' axis' artists mentor scheme, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaion

From ominous waters to paint brushes and coffee spoons, I only miss you when you're gone explores how these artists grapple with absence in their day-to-day life, and the weight and importance it has on them and their lenses. This exhibition is an investigation and exploration under the mentorship and guidance of Aidan Kelly in collaboration with five photographers, Andrea O'Carroll, Philip Mc Mahon, Ciara Corrigan, Dave Lacken, Frank Scalzo and Simon Prunty over the last 6 months.
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