Exhibition: What Do We Want? – Group Show
Exhibition: What Do We Want? – Group Show

Gail Ritchie, Doomsday Series, Seconds to Midnight (top), Time Left (bottom), watercolour and clock mechanism

The Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present:

What do we want?

 Group show

Artists:  Jill Gibbon, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Tom Molloy and Gail Ritchie


Official opening: Tuesday 9 April 2024, 6:30pm
Guest speaker: Frances Black, Singer and Member of Seanad Éireann.

The show will run in our main exhibition space until 5 May 2024.

To begin, a quote from Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations: “Peace is needed today more than ever. War and conflict are unleashing devastation, poverty and hunger, and driving tens of millions of people from their homes.”

This group exhibition is a response to the increasingly dangerous geo-political situation in the world today. It features the work of four artists: Jill Gibbon, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Tom Molloy and Gail Ritchie.

Jill Gibbon, a UK-based artist, makes the point that to stop wars, we have to address the arms trade. In this exhibition, the artist will show a selection of work she made in-situ at international arms fairs in Paris and London. Disguised as an arms trader, she draws attendees and collects ephemera from the stalls. Her pretence as a respectable businesswoman is a metaphor for the facade of respectability in the industry. Her sketchbook drawings presented as a concertina reveal the hidden truth. The exhibition will also include a selection of ‘gifts’ given away to attendees of these fairs. To quote Gibbon “Nothing conveys the chilling priorities of the arms trade as clearly as its marketing”.

Eoin Mac Lochlainn is an Irish artist based in Dublin. He has been making charcoal and wash drawings that explore the trauma of the Irish Civil War. This work put global conflicts in perspective for him and was a reminder that Peace should never be taken for granted. To quote President Michael D. Higgins: “We have to reject the suggestion that war is the natural human condition or indeed that xenophobia is a natural human condition, or that people of different religions or cultures cannot reconcile (and) live harmoniously… We have to pursue a new symmetry. Our very species’ survival depends on that, as does our relationship with other species.”

Tom Molloy is an Irish artist based in France. His practice has been concerned with the examination of power, in a political and historical context, and how it can, and has been perverted, which raises global questions about morality. For over a decade Molloy has been determined to challenge the observers’ perception, by creating ambiguous works that investigate the overlap between representation and association. In his line of questioning Molloy deliberately presents minimal representations of significant political and historical moments. In opposition to the clean, simplicity of the works’ presentation, the viewer finds conceptually rich, multi-layered meanings inherent to the artwork.

Gail Ritchie lives and works in Belfast. In this exhibition she will show a variety of works. One is a response to the most recent prediction by the Doomsday Clock that humanity is now 90 seconds from midnight, where midnight is the nuclear apocalypse. This work, together with the other pieces presented by the artist in this show, addresses the impact of conflict through a personal and political lens.

At the Olivier Cornet Gallery
Starts: 7th April 2024 at
Ends: 5th May 2024