Orla Whelan

Visual Artist

A Falling of the Bright – Facebook Commission

A Falling of the Bright is a permanent site specific painting commissioned by curator Linda Shevlin as part of the Facebook Artist in residence programme, 2019. The piece consists of over 400 hand painted bespoke plywood wedges. It measures approximately 10 meters by 2.5 metres by 20cm. It is installed on an elevated wall in the lobby of Facebook Offices in Grand Canal Dock in Dublin.

Detail of A Falling of the Bright in studio
Close up detail of A Falling of the Bright, in studio
A Falling of the Bright, Facebook Offices, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin. Photo by Louis Haugh
Orla Whelan, FB Dublin Artist in Residence 2019

An invisible, humble component in an artist’s toolbox inspired Orla Whelan’s installation. The wooden wedges used to reinforce an artist’s canvas have been scaled up and handpainted with a palette of shades and tones of just 5 colours, these modest objects combine to create a three dimensional painting where the colors and tones reflect the Irish landscape & geology.Find out more about the artist: @orlawhelanartist

Posted by FB AIR Program on Thursday, May 7, 2020