Reviews of ‘Out of Order’

Updated: There’s another review. I’m sure this must be the last one. It’s by Alissa Kleist and is featured in the Visual Artists Newssheet’s new review supplement. Here is a pdf.

James Merrigan has a review of my current show ‘Out Of Order’ at the Lab on his blog Billion.
Here is a link to a PDF of his review.

Lauren Hisada wrote about the exhibition for The Dubliner Magazine which comes with the Evening Herald on Thursdays. Here is a PDF of that review.

Adrian Duncan reviewed the show along with Tool Use at Oonagh Young Gallery for Paper Visual Art.


The image used in this post is “Speakers’ Corner” by Jorge Maachi

Press for Futures 10 at RHA

There is a piece by Aidan Dunne about Futures 10 in the Weekend edition of the Irish Times. Below is a quote:

Niall de Buitléar’s accomplished sculptures and drawings present elegant, geometric, architectonic forms. They are composed of functional, usually humble materials – corrugated cardboard figures prominently at the RHA – and built up in a slow, methodical, even obsessive way. And they are algorithmic, with simple procedural rules producing big complex pieces. Their forms, materials and methodology refer us to mass production and consumption, and to the patterns underlying organic processes and industrial fabrication.

The full articles can be read here

The Show is also featured in the current issue of Irish Arts Review.

Also here is a short blogpost by Michael Farry about Lost and Found at Solstice Arts Centre which I also have work in.

Update 16 September 2010:  There was a short  review of Futures 10 by Gerry McCarthy in this weekse Sunday Times. Below is an excerpt:

“Niall de Buitléar’s cardboard ziggurats and domes have a mathematical rigour and beauty. Made by repeating identical components in large numbers, they recall the early work of David Mach.”

– Excerpt from

Preponderance of the Small Review

On the Preponderance of the Small blog they have posted a review of the show by Rosalind Abbot. Below is an excerpt:

Finally, the mood of the artworks, and the effect they have upon the viewer, will also, naturally, vary. Niall de Buitlear’s sentimental ‘Found Bookmark Project’ in the National Library will bring a smile to even the dreariest face – the forgotten bookmarks of hundreds of library users are collected and displayed (mostly via video, though some arranged on a table-top). Of all the artworks, this is perhaps the most personal, especially since handwritten notes feature prominently in the collection, evoking daydreams of who left them there…and perhaps a little paranoia that my own scribblings aren’t amongst them somewhere. Some of the artworks bear hints of wit and irony (‘Cardboard Rocks’), some carry messages (‘Nothing lasts forever’ by Laura Fitzgerald, to be found in Road Records), whilst others are simply beautiful to look at: Beth O’Halloran’s ‘Let’s go home, little bear’, in Blooming Amazing, is as pretty as the flowers which surround it.

A Blogger’s Response to Bookish at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery

Today I checked the internet for coverage of recent exhibitions and found a post by a blogger named Tiffany about the exhibition Bookish: When Books Become Art.

Here is an excerpt:

“A curious artist plucks love notes and illegible post-it’s from the pages of borrowed material. Tags from brand new shirts, receipts, and ticket stubs litter the library, but are hidden within the two covers of so many books. Sit down in your area library and flip through the pages, see what sort of archeological discoveries are dug up. What can one book carry to the next reader? A book is a vessel of knowledge and ideas. It carries germs and footnotes, garbage and timeless treasures. ”

The full post can be found here:

Sunday Times Review of Bookish: When Books Become Art

There was a review of Bookish: When Books Become Art by Gerry McCarthy in the Sunday Times. He was lukewarm on the show in general and I didn’t agree with some of his criticisms but he was positive about my piece. Here are the paragraphs where he dicusses my work.

There is humour in Bookish, notably in a piece by Niall de Buitléar. He spent time in the Boole Library in University College Cork, meticulously trawling the volumes for found objects. The result is the Found Bookmark Project, a collection of things which people have used as bookmarks and have little in common aside from being flat.

After so much sombre reworking of meaningful cover images and miscellaneous pieces of careful conceptualism, De Buitlear’s piece is a reminder of the real life of books. It points us back to readers, without whom they are just lifeless assemblies of ink and paper. It offers us an intriguing glance into the lives of these anonymous people, with their shopping lists, holy pictures and letters of complaint.

By embracing the human aspect, De Buitlear enlarges interface between books and art. The rest of the show maps the territory with careful attention to detail but the Found Bookmark Project offers us a new port of entry into it.