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An amazing and intriguing exhibition of sculptures opens in Kilkee on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm in Cultúrlann Sweeney. Gerard Fenniman,the sculptor, has created a number of new artworks for the exhibition, that have never been exhibited before.

Gerard was born in New York and raised in Barefield, Ennis, Co Clare. He attended Limerick School of Art and Design where he graduated in 1992. He moved to London and then New York after graduating before eventually settling back in West Limerick in 2008. Since then, he has exhibited regularly, using wood as his main material. He chooses to explore various concepts and ideas through his woodworking process, including furniture making and wood turning.

His work is based on spirituality and belief, some pieces relating to literal practices and expressions, others more contemplative in their origin. Each work, however, is explored through visual language and metaphor.

The central piece on display in this exhibition relates to a particular inscription often found on penal crosses. The inscription depicts a rooster over a bowl, representing the story of Judas Iscariot arriving home to his wife, who was boiling a rooster in a bowl, telling her of his intent to hang himself, and explaining what he had done. He continued that whenever Jesus rose from the dead that he wouldn't be able to face him, to which his wife ominously replies "there is as much chance of Jesus rising from the dead as there is of this rooster"….at which point the rooster rises from the pot,

He held his first exhibition in Clare in 20 years last year in the Clare Museum before going on to exhibit in the Gallery at Scariff Library.

This exhibition is supported by Clare Arts Office and will open on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm. All are welcome to attend the opening. For further information contact: gfenniman@yahoo.com http://gerardfenniman.com/ Tel: 086 2095862