The 6th annual IRISH WAVE festival is showcasing large-scale artworks from over 20 Irish artists in four cross-cultural exhibitions in Beijing and Shanghai in March.
The exhibitions unite contemporary artists from China with leading practitioners from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
As a tie-in to the “Year of the Ram” in China, the first IRISH WAVE exhibition of 2015, ‘Golden Fleece’, features a selection of textile artworks inspired by the W.B. Yeats poem ‘Sailing to Byzantium’. It was officially opened March 15 in the Inter Art Center in Beijing, by Alan Kelly TD, Irish Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, accompanied by the Ambassador for Ireland, Paul Kavanagh.
Highlights include a spectacular installation of a porcelain body cast by Mark Revels. Mounted to the gallery wall in a crucifixion pose, it breaks apart with an eruption of colorful woolen virus forms, projecting outwards from the fragmented body and spreading into the exhibition space. The soft virus-like balls are combined with Brendan Jamison’s wool sculptures of forklift trucks, animating the gallery floor with vibrant, pure yellow. Meanwhile, artist David Turner utilizes Hama beads to present atomic detonations in a beautiful aesthetic.