Moyna Flannigan, Isabel Nolan & Hanneline Visnes (3 stars)

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Moyna Flannigan, Isabel Nolan & Hanneline Visnes

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There’s something quietly playful going on in this understated group show, a feeling that’s captured best by Isabel Nolan’s ‘The Unfolding Moment’. A small rug laid out on the floor beneath two framed pieces, its vivid greens covered with a pattern, looks like something that came as part of a grown-up board game designed for ice-breaking fun. Elsewhere, in Nolan’s ‘City Fox’, a headlined ‘YES’ seems to indicate the urban snaffler’s positive intentions.

There’s more nature to be found in Hanneline Visnes’ ornate depictions of eagles on a jet-black background, though the solitary tree that dominates the mightily titled ‘Stain’ looms even larger and more predatory. Moyna Flannigan’s anthropological inclinations focus more on human behaviour in a series of delightfully charming depictions of elongated figures. Two offerings from Flannigan’s ‘The Beach Series’ find poised swimmers about to take the plunge. Best of all, though, are ‘J’accuse 1 & 2’, in which solitary, near theatrical figures with oversized hands and darkly comic intentions contemplate their own cunning imaginings.

There’s not much to link these three very different bodies of work. Such variety, though, works in the show’s favour, which is delivered with a welcome brightness and lightness of touch.

Doggerfisher, Edinburgh, until Sat 18 Jul

Moyna Flannigan, Isabel Nolan & Hanneline Visnes

  • 3 stars

Understated group show delivered with a welcome brightness and lightness of touch featuring playful sculptures from Isabel Nolan, predatory and ornate drawings from Hanneline Visnes, and charming pieces with a more anthropological inclination from Moyna Flannigan.

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