Beach Clean Up with Mandy Barker Saturday 17 May 10.30am & Marine Investigation talk at Sirius 3pm

Sirius Artist in Residence, Mandy Barker, will be involved in the Dunkettle Interchange Clean Up this Saturday 17th of May at 10.30am.

This clean up is open to the public and we encourage everyone who can to attend this and see for yourself the environmental issues of marine litter in Cork harbour and to help in any way you can!

Even better, you are invited back to the Sirius Arts Centre for 3.00pm to see live plankton under a stereoscope and hear about the remarkable story of John Vaughan Thompson, who conducted pioneering research on plankton while living in Cobh.

Details for directions to the clean up site are in the photos below:

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Absence of Subject in Irish Times

 

Irish times 18_04_14Sirius Arts Centre’s new exhibition ‘Absence of Subject’ photographs by August Sander and Michael Somoroff was mentioned in the Irish Times last Friday 18/4/14. Made possible with the support of Cork County Council, ADMIRA, Feroz Gallery and the Arts Council! Running until 1 June – Gallery hours are: Wed – Fri 11 – 1 & 2 – 5/Sat & Sun 2 – 5/ Mon & Tues closed

Photographer, Michael Somoroff to give artist talk in Cork City!

Sirius Arts Centre in collaboration with the Crawford Art Gallery
present an artist talk with American photographer

Michael Somoroff
Thursday 17 April from 1 – 2pm at the Crawford Gallery Lecture Theatre
Emmett Place, Cork City

Admission FREE – All Welcome!

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Michael Somoroff, the son of the eminent commercial photographer Ben Somoroff, was born in New York City in 1957. Michael studied art and photography at the New School for Social research as well as assisting his father in his studio on the set, on location and in the darkroom. In October 1979 the first exhibition of Somoroffʼs photography was held at The International Center for Photography in New York City under the personal supervision of Cornell Capa launching young Somoroff’s career. In 1978, at the age of twenty-one, he opened his own photography studio and shortly thereafter began working for virtually every major magazine in New York and Europe.
In 1980, Somoroff moved to Europe where he worked in London, Paris, Milan and Hamburg, Shortly after his arrival in Europe, he became a noted photographer in his own right, where he was a regular contributor to such influential magazines on both sides of the Atlantic as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Stern and Life. He continued to develop his personal work, traveling throughout Europe and North Africa, forming many friendships that served as the foundation for his artistic efforts. Among his most important mentors was the photographer Gyula Halász, better known as Brassaï, Andreas Feininger, Louis Faurer, and Andre Kertész.
Since returning to New York at the end of the 1980’s, Michael Somoroff has thoroughly devoted himself to the research of his ideas and his artistic production. His dedication to social reform through the promotion of art is the cornerstone of his activities. He regularly lectures and collaborates with corporations as well as cultural institutions of all sizes to create programs that use art as a way of improving communication between people and the communities they live in. He is generally known for his serious interest in religion and the spiritual condition not only of his immediate company but society at large.
Michael Somoroff is represented in many important collections worldwide, a sampling of which include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

August Sander & Michael Somoroff Absence of Subject

L to R © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK-Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Koln – VG-Bild Kunst, Bonn, 2011 ©Michael Somoroff

L to R © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK-Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Koln – VG-Bild Kunst, Bonn, 2011 ©Michael Somoroff

Opening Wednesday 16 April at 7:00pm – Sirius Arts Centre in partnership with Admira, Feroz Gallery, Cork County Council and the Arts Council present this poignant homage by American Artist, Michael Somoroff to the legendary German photographer, August Sander’s monumental work People of the 20th Century (Menschen des 20 Jarhunderts). A thoughtful and passionate meditation on memory, imagination, human resilience and creativity.

“The originality in this body of work is based on Somoroff’s keen sense of observation and interpretation. In this collection of photographs by Somoroff and Sander accompanied with three animated pieces, Absence of Subject lets you revisit August Sander’s work, allowing the audience to understand the richness of Sander’s intent.  In each of August Sander’s pictures Michael Somoroff has erased the subject retaining only the background. The unprecedented digital revolution has brought the potential for manipulation into focus. Through the use of software Somoroff has taken out what we have always believed to be the “essential element” – the subject, the portrait. The backgrounds once a secondary fragment now become the primary motivator. They have now been translated into new fully conceived images that rightfully belong to the “post-modern” idiom.”
Curator Diane Edkins                                                                                                               Exhibition Running until 1 June