Exhibition Programme 2023

Please note that dates are subject to change. 

Pascal Ungerer
Speculative Artefacts

16 September to 21 October
Opening by Mary McCarthy, Director, Crawford Gallery of Art on Saturday 16 September at 2.00pm

Pascal Ungerer’s thematic interests are primarily concerned with spatial cultures in the context of peripherality and place. His work often examines the in-between spaces that lie at the intersection of the urban and rural. Much of his most recent painting work looks at liminal landscapes in the hinterlands and on the margins of human habitation. He is drawn to unusual structures and topographies as well as places that have storied, hidden or layered histories. Most of his paintings are fictional landscapes that amalgamate different places and ideas into a metaphorical space to reflect upon wider socio-geographic issues, but these paintings are also intrinsically linked to the places and stories that have inspired them. He is interested in people’s connections to place and land and the wider perception of the natural and built environment and the interrelationship between these two contrasting spaces.

In this new work for his exhibition at Uillinn, developed over a number of residencies at Uillinn (2020 to 2023) he brings together many of his interests in abandonment, peripherality and otherness into these pensive and empty landscapes, places that are always devoid of people but are punctuated by traces of humanity.

Image: Pascal Ungerer, Earthbound, 2022, oil on canvas, 160 x 120 cm

Mary Sullivan
From the Inside Out and the Outside In

11 November to 20 December 2023

Mary Sullivan is an emerging artist and Bere islander whose work turns a critical lens on the complex history of women's labour, and island life and identity.

From the Inside Out and the Outside In is a new body of work which started as a direct response to observations of the community of Bere Island during the initial Covid -19 lockdown in 2020. The work focuses on the fragility of the island people while at the same time highlighting their strength and resilience. This exploration is set against the backdrop of Mary’s previous work around gendered labour, female narratives and the military sites on Bere Island including At Home, At War which won the RDS Taylor award in 2018.

The military occupation of Bere Island is a recurring theme of Mary’s work and she continually explores the former military buildings and sites to actively engage with particular experiences of life as lived from a domestic female and island perspective. 

Image: Mary Sullivan, From the Inside Out and the Outside In, film still, 2022, image credit, Mickael Do Couto.
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