The Ticket - Seven Days Review of 'The Provincial Condition' - by Aidan Dunne
In The Provincial Condition Vida Pain presents a set of works from disparate sites dappled across the rural countryside. Timeless, anonymous and void of human habitation, these scenes are strangely familiar yet foreign to the viewer. Building on a rich lexicon of iconographic scenes as represented in 20th Century American painting, Pain has produced paintings of vernacular architecture of industrial and commercial rural Ireland.
The work primarily focuses on the interplay between form, both temporary and permanent, and its immediate surroundings. Although similar in theme, the paintings present a varied array of arrangement and formal composition. Through her observations of overlooked structures, the artist invites the viewer to re-evaluate their predetermined ideas on their surroundings.
Exhibition continues until 5 August
About the RVAF Award
The Roscommon Visual Artists Forum supported by Roscommon County Council arts office was established by curator in residence Linda Shevlin to provide visual artists based in or from the county with a platform to develop their practice through professional training, events, talks and exhibitions while also providing access to information and opportunities from beyond the region. In response to the needs and requirements of the artists in the county, the RVAF award was set up in 2015.
Vida Pain was selected from an open call and was supported with a production budget of €2000 from Roscommon Arts Centre plus the organisational support of the venue along with curatorial assistance.
Linda Shevlin’s curatorial residency is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.
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