Meditation on Plates
OPW, the Office of Public Works in Ireland, and the Casino Marino present the exhibition ‘Meditation on Plates, Inspired by Lord Charlemont’s Casino’ in July 2014 in one of Ireland’s most highly regarded historic buildings, the Casino at Marino, Dublin. This miniature building is regarded as both unique and one of the finest representations of eighteenth-century neoclassical European architecture. Thirty-eight esteemed Irish, Italian, and international artists, designers, and architects were invited to respond to the Casino Marino building in a personal drawing. The drawings were then transferred onto porcelain plates and reproduced in a limited edition of sixteen plates per artist. The resulting collection is astonishing for the variety of interpretations and the beauty of the work. ‘Meditation on Plates, Inspired by Lord Charlemont’s Casino’ pays homage to Lord Charlemont, to his love of art, and to his passion for Italy.
A perfect architecture in a perfect setting. The perfect opportunity to realise a series of perfect souvenirs. The collection of plates inspired by the Casino Marino is truly exemplary. Lord Charlemont’s Casino is an inexhaustible source of symbols, signs, decorations, proportions, shapes, and environments full of meaning. And all the authors immersed themselves with excitement in this small magical architecture as a great neoclassical gem, and every interpretation turned into poetry. An extraordinary collection of round drawings, rich in memory and nostalgia. And you can understand how aesthetic pleasure has played a part in all of these inventions, so different from one another but all developed under the hypnosis of the perfection of this architecture. Each author found his personal charm, his joy, his meditation. No one could avoid the sense of strength and protection emanating from this small, perfect metaphysical colossus. So they have designed it and relieved it with the intellectual and physical pleasure of making it their own, many indeed wished to draw the building itself. A collective performance, an unexpected movement, choral and cathartic, such was the charisma of this secular temple. So, not just as series of plates based on a single theme, but a rhythm, a summary of vibration, the perfect gift, indeed.
Use the arrows to the left and right to explore the collection of plates that featured in this exhibition.
Nigel Atkinson is an artist interested in creative crossovers between painting, words, textiles and objects. His work explores relationships between the interior and exterior and the play of light on surfaces and space. He lives and works between London and Pyrénées-Orientales in the South of France. Collections: V & A (London), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), F.I.T. (New York). Website.
Countess Ann Bernstorff
Born in Dublin Ireland in 1983, Oisin Byrne’s practice incorporates drawing, portraiture, performance, installation and film. He is currently studying an MFA at Goldsmiths University in London, and recieved a BA from the NCAD Dublin in 2006. Byrne’s work is included in numerous important collections both public and private, and his limited edition artist publication is stocked by Printed Matter NYC, and Shakespeare and Co., Paris. His work is substantially represented in the Irish State Collection. Website.
Aldo Cibic was born in Schio (Vi) in 1955. In 1977 he moved to Milan to work with Ettore Sottsass, becoming his partner in 1980, together with Matteo Thun and Marco Zanini. That same year, 1980, marked the creation of Memphis, of which Cibic was one of the designers and founders, under the guidance of Sottsass. Today the main activities take place in Milan with Cibic workshop, following urban, architecture and interior projects, design and research, addressing the development of new design typologies. Website.
Dublin born Paul Costelloe is one of the most established names in British Fashion. With a strong sense of style and the desire to create wearable designs with a fresh feel, it is easy to see why Paul Costelloe has been the head of such a successful label for over 30 years. In the late 1960s, Paul went to Paris and enrolled at the Chamber Syndicate, the French equivalent of the British Fashion Council. Typically dismissive of his formal training, Paul says he learnt most about fashion just by living in Paris in the era of Ungaro and Cardin. Website.
Born in Dublin, Michael Craig is best known for his pen and ink drawings of architectural subjects. Attention to detail on a miniature scale has led to various commissions including Ireland’s third and fourth definitive series of stamps. His illustrated books include ‘Fish out of Water’ and ‘Mausolea Hibernica’.
Born in Cork Ireland in 1956 . Dorothy Cross received a BA from Leicester Polytechnic, England in 1979 and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, California in 1982 . She works with sculpture, video and photography. Website.
Michael Cummins grew up in Dublin and studied Painting at NCAD. He now lives in Co. Sligo where he continues to draw, paint and make sculpture.
Vanessa Donoso Lopez
Nathalie Du Pasquier
Nathalie Du Pasquier was born in Bordeaux (France) in 1957, she has lived in Milan since 1979. Until 1986 she worked as a designer and was a founder member of the Italian design group Memphis. In 1987 painting became her main activity. Website.
David Eager Maher
American-born artist / designer Lisa Farmer produces unique leather objects that play with ironic forms and designs. Her labour intensive design pieces are both sculpture and product. Utilising premium vegetable tanned leather and immense craftsmanship, she combines traditional leather-working skills with contemporary technologies, producing avant-garde works distinguished by their originality and timelessness. A graduate from East Carolina University (USA) with a Bachelor Fine Arts in Visual Communication, Lisa now has her own studio practice in Milan where she designs and meticulously crafts contemporary art objects. Website.
Piero’s son, Barnaba, is perpetuating the Fornasetti tradition by continuing to produce, and revive, Fornasetti designs. At the helm of the company and its creative heart, Barnaba is the custodian of his father’s legacy. An abundance of important motifs have emerged from the Fornasetti archive thanks to his skilful tenacity and dedication. The Fornasetti Atelier is currently managed by him, who has successfully maintained in-house production, revived as well as reinterpreted his father’s designs. Barnaba also works in collaboration with specialised companies entrusted to produce licensed products under the Fornasetti mark.
Italian and Swedish artist, he graduated in architecture in Milan and he conducts research in art, focusing on the spatial dimension. In his work the practical experience of the Scandinavian tradition links with the complexity of Italian culture. In 1998 he founded AtelierFORTE, an evolving space that’s the theatre of Duilio Forte’s research about art and everyday life design. On February 12, 2009, celebrating 200 years by Darwin’s birth, he wrote the Manifesto ArkiZoic, based on the centrality of life on Earth and inspired by natural evolution. His works has been shown the 2008 and 2010 editions of the Biennale of Architecture in Venice.
David Godbold, b. 1961, UK, lives and works in Dublin. Godbold was educated at Goldsmith’s College, London, and first came to prominence in the mid-1980s as one half of the duo Godbold & Wood. Having moved to Ireland at the beginning of the 90’s, Godbold’s work concentrated on the critical examination of the production, circulation and reception of visual imagery in both ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture. Website.
Nuala Goodman is an Irish artist who has lived and worked in Milan since coming to work at Ettore Sottsass’ studio. In the design world she has worked with Alessi, Swatch and Moroso, among others. In 1995 cofounded “I+I” ,a company designing objects and textiles produced in India and Nepal, using traditional artisan techniques. Currently involved in new projects with I+I and Alessi. Most recent solo exhibition was ‘Gardens’ at Palazzo Fortuny Venice, also shown at Rosanna Orlandi Milan and Farmleigh in Dublin. In collaboration with Moroso. Nuala’s work is represented in the permanent collection of the Fortuny Museum, O.P.W. Dublin as well as in private collections. ‘Meditation on Plates, inspired by Lord Charlemont’s Casino’ is the first time she has curated an exhibition.
Richard Gorman, born in 1946, is a painter printer papermaker working Dublin Milan and Japan.
Itami Museum of Art, Mitaka Art Foundation, Koriyama Museum, CCGA
Fukushima, Mitaka Museum of Art, Ashikaga Museum of Art.
Represented by Kerlin Gallery Dublin.
Maria Christina Hamel
I picked up a topic dear to me which is the myth of Melusine I found on the chimneys of the Casino Marino. In the drawing on the plate I represent Melusine as a portrait of myself.
Born in New Delhi, Maria Christina Hamel spent her childhood in India, Thailand, Austria, and in 1973 she moved to Milan, where she graduated at the “Scuola Politecnica di Design” in 1979. After working experiences with Andries van Onck, Ugo La Pietra, Ambrogio Rossari, 1981-1994 she has been the main assistant to Alessandro Mendini, also at the University of Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna. Having actively participated in Studio Alchimia, she soon developed her own particular style multicultural style.
Eithne Jordan was born in Dublin where she studied at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology from 1972-76. She was awarded a DAAD scholarship in 1984 to study at the Hochschule der Künste in West Berlin, where she subsequently lived for several years. Website.
Martin has shown widely in Ireland and internationally and his work is included in many private and public collections, including those of The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, The Office of Public Works. Sculpture commissions include Steel , at the East Gate entrance gates to the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2008, and Lincoln Place at Dublin Dental Hospital, in 2010. Awards include The Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York, 1999 and 2006; The Marten Toonder Award, awarded by The Arts Council , in 1999; the Curtin O’Donoghue Photography Prize at the RHA Annual Exhibition in 2010. He was elected to Aosdana in 2001. Fergus Martin is represented by Green on Red Gallery, Dublin. Website.
Stephen McKenna was born in London in 1939, where he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1959-64. From 1971 until 1999 he divided his time between Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Italy. He currently lives in Ireland. He is a member of Aosdána and of the Royal Hibernian Academy of which he was President from 2005 until 2009. He has exhibited widely in galleries and public institutions throughout Europe and the USA. Website.
John J. O’Connell
Terri Pecora, Californian, was born in 1958. She studied fashion illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and transferred to Italy in 1988 to attend the Product Design Masters Program at Domus Academy in Milan. In 1991 she established her own studio, working with various European companies. Website.
Third generation of bijoux-makers women, Donatella Pellini is now the creative soul of Pellini brand, that was born in the atelier founded by Emma Caimi Pellini in 1947. Starting from the Eighties, she works for Italian, French and American fashion designers, making jewelry for their catwalks and experimenting with modern and innovative materials. Since 1990, she experiments new inclusions into resin: an innovative material handcrafted by artisans, which becomes wearable sculptures that tell the story of Donatella’s world.
Kathy Prendergast was educated in NCAD, Dublin and RCA London. Her work has revolved around a potent cluster of issues chief among which are sexuality, identity, landscape, mapping and power. She came to widespread attention for her monumental project, ‘City Drawings’ for which she won the Best Young Artist Award at the Venice Biennale 1994. In recent years Prendergast has exhibited widely in various venues including Tate Britain, Venice and Sydney Biennales, the ICA, Boston, the Drawing Center, New York, Kerlin Gallery 2007 and 2009, Peer, London, 2010, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin and Berardo Museum, Lisbon. Website.
On Saturday 12th July the exhibition was launched in a wonderful evening in the grounds of the Casino. Watch a video of the speeches here, and scroll down for photographs.
In October 2015, the Casino hosted an exhibition by local school, Maryfield College, called Creative Response to Meditation on Plates. Students were encouraged by their art teachers to respond to the exhibition by designing, making, and firing their own plates, and mounting an exhibition in the original kitchen, pantry, and scullery of the Casino basement.
Some plates are still available to purchase, from Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare. On the image opposite those which are sold out are marked by an X. Click this image to see it larger.
Plates are €150 each; cash payments only are accepted. Please get in touch on 086 6062729 to order over the phone, or reserve to collect in person.