Back, Sack and Crack
Billy Dante is a contemporary artist from Cork (a graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design) and is currently based out of MART, Dublin. Billy Dante has exhibited both nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions in MART, St. Johns Theatre and Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry in 2021 and had work featuring in the 192nd RHA annual exhibition 2022. This is the first solo exhibition of the artist's work in Cork since 2015.
Back, Sack and Crack is an exhibition of paintings that delves into the gaps in society and exposes the beauty in observing that which has been neglected and overlooked. So much of our world fades into the background, the backdrop to the stage on which we stand. This
work shifts the spotlight onto the backdrop and poses a question; does beauty lay in a moment considered? Glare upon the painted marks that are supposed to govern how we move as they merge with dirt or remove the
blinkers that help us ignore the shadowy
aspects of life. If we stop and really examine the imperfections, there is an empathetic consideration for what is around us in all its truth. This awareness of the cracks is beauty because there is a crack in everything, that is how the light pours through and life grows in the brightness.