The Living Present
This Exhibition shows a new body of work by Belfast based artist Petra Dominova. A series of paintings, that depict a world that is guided by ritual, interconnectedness and the transcendental. A network which encompasses an internal universe merged with the material plane, as they are expressed in unity. Creating a sentient landscape, that has its own intuitive cosmology and grasps at our connection to Nature and the psyche, in which we are thoroughly immersed. The body of work is driven by a process, which fosters and gives room to a subjective experience, which is unique, personal and intimate.
Petra Dominova is a Czech born, Belfast based contemporary artist.
Through the use of myth and personal, intuitive iconography, her work brings attention to the subconscious layers of the psyche, where significance is given to symbolism, depicting a connection to the unity of Nature and our roots, whilst also exploring ideas about consciousness and eco-psychology and expanding our field of vision into the future. Building worlds, that are weaved together through organic forms and futuristic figures, submerged in a collective sensuous reality.
Her practice is an attempt at introspective inquisition, with ideas manifesting in the form of painting, sound art, moving image and installation.
She has completed her MFA in Fine Art at the Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2019.
Ghouls on Film is a monthly feminist horror film club, showing films that challenge the representations of women within the genre. Expect classics, independent releases and rare lesser-known films that explore how women can find agency in the world of horror.
Doors are at 7:30pm and the showing will begin at 8pm.
This event is open to all genders and strives to be inclusive in its film screenings.
After the film showing, please stick around for a pint and a chat about the film!
This event is presented as part of our Green Room Living Room programme supported by Arts & Business.
This event will be unreserved cabaret seating. All ticket holders will be required to complete a COVID Status Check on arrival at the venue.
Ticketholders will need to provide ONE of the following;-
Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (A full 14 days must have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was received)
Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to attending the event
Proof of natural immunity antibodies based on a positive NHS PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period
Covid Status Check conditions of entry full details- https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/covid-19/
Helen Gomez is a Belfast-based LGBT+ cartoonist, zine-maker and multidisciplinary artist. Commissioned by Outburst, this series of large scale cartoon works responds not only to the themes of this year’s festival, but also to Helen’s recent experiences of adapting their art practice after becoming disabled with long Covid, having contracted Covid in March 2020.
Influenced by queer and indie autobiographical comics, punk zines and animation, and focusing on post-capitalism, trans rights, crip theory, housing and welfare rights and projects to support the local artist economy, Helen is one of the most vital queer cartoonist emerging from the burgeoning scene in Belfast.
They are supported in this project by production assistant Sam Mulrine.
James Ashe is a visual artist based in Belfast. His work uses the mediums of illustration, typography, risograph and screenprinting. Predominate themes in his work include politics, LGBT rights, architecture and built heritage. He has exhibited locally as part of groups and within collections in the Ulster Museum, and has had recent solo exhibitions with The Black Box and Framewerk Gallery.
A series of new collages and prints developed from the (de)construct exhibition at the Blackbox Belfast online in May 2020. The work takes reference from the 1970’s Brutalist architecture of the Ulster Museum in Belfast, designed by architect Francis Pym.
The bold collages look at various views of the concrete cubist structure. The multiple planes are broken down in to separate shapes, each piece is treated as an individual component before being reassembled. The sequence of collages explore positive and negative spaces in architecture.
Details of the making process can be seen on Instagram @heraldblack
Stephen is an artist and printmaker based in East London, graduating from the Belfast School of Art in 1997 having studied textiles. He worked for John Rocha in Dublin later that year, printing fabrics for men’s and womenswear collections. His work background also includes over 10 years home accessories merchandising for Habitat & The Conran Shop before establishing his creative business heraldblack in 2014.
Now printing on paper instead of textiles, he produces a range of hand printed & original monoprints as well as card and poster ranges that are stocked by retailers in the UK, EU & USA. Stephen’s work is also licensed through Bridgeman Studios and East End Prints and has been used by Habitat, Anthropologie, Columbia University Press, LittleBrown Book Group and Pringle of Scotland.
Hannah Smith is a painter based in East Belfast. Combining both figurative and abstract elements, the painting depict surrealist narratives. Working in oils, Hannah explores the physical and intangible strains of hierarchy within our society, how we navigate through spaces, how we are divided and where we intersect and cross paths. Drawing inspiration from dystopian societies, unsettling themes run parallel to the euphoric facade of the work.
Lenka Davidikova’s artwork explores the idea of searching for an interpretation of the human condition, through introspection, and relationships with others. There is a sense of attraction to alienated, displaced characters in Davidikova’s artwork. Davidikova does not aim to create fixed images, guided by concentrated, focused attention; rather, she aims to be guided by active but unfocused attention, resulting in correspondences guided by ‘unconscious scanning’. Davidikova’s artistic practice consists mainly in working with various drawing media or ink. It is the immediate action these media offer that Davidikova is drawn to. The versatile ability of charcoal and graphite allows Davidikova to capture both gestures and emotions. In contrast, the limitations of the usage of ink, place a demanding element upon the artist’s fluid fixations.
Recently Davidikova started to experiment with the idea of making hand sewn 3D textile sculptures representing the human form which is often crippled. Having studied Fashion Design in Slovakia and hand sawing from a very early age, going back to reinterpreting skills and motions she once enjoyed becomes an important fresh element to Davidikovas artwork. It reinforces meditative aspect to her work processes.
The idea of the ‘Presenting Female Exhibition’ is to place emphasis on the female figure, in both its natural and unnatural settings, reflecting on the position of women within traditions, culture, and society. Depicting some of my personal heroines from Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Slovakia, the ‘Presenting Female Exhibition’ questions often assumed female trajectories. The ‘ Presenting Female Exhibition’ aims to celebrate the ‘ female ‘ figure within this society to bring awareness of her abilities to cope and to embrace everyday life; cultural differences, traditions she keeps alive, challenges she deals with and strength she shows to stand up for herself.