Opening reception: 6–8pm Thursday 31st May 2018
Exhibition runs: Thursday 31st May – Saturday 9th June 2018
Gallery open: 12–6pm Thursday–Saturday (Please note the exhibition will close at the earlier time of 3pm on Saturday 9th of June)
Artist's talk, Thursday 7th, 5pm: An artist's talk between Kevin Breathnach and Salvatore of Lucan will take place in the gallery. No booking required.
My Ma asks my Nan
What do we have tonight?
My Nan replies “We’ve yesterdays Eastenders to watch
And Casualty is on at 8”
I tell them to get a life
They tell me to get a job
Sometimes I think how great it would be to be from a posh family
But then I might be studying business
And the only way I’d be able to have fun
Might be in Thailand
Hello, Iʼm Salvatore. I am from Lucan. I am mixed race: half Bangladeshi and half Irish. However, I have never met my Bangladeshi father. I was raised by my mother, a single parent, who lives with her mother (my Nan) and my younger sister. I went to school at CBS Lucan and then to NCAD, where I studied Fine Art Painting.
I make work about my own life, mainly figurative domestic scenes. I always want to present myself as accurately as possible. Throughout my life, I have been asked where I am from; to which I have always replied ʻLucanʼ. This is why I have recently decided to call myself Salvatore of Lucan instead of Salvatore Fullam – to represent myself more accurately. The paintings consist mainly of self-portraits and portraits of my family and others who are close to me. A friend recently described my work as ʻabjectʼ and, having looked the word up, I thought, ʻyeah, thatʼs not far offʼ.
I feel that, in the past, I have been kinder to myself than to others. I hope, in a way, to put this right by making a self-portrait with less grace than I have previously represented myself – binging on junk food, or playing FIFA on the Xbox – a painting that would earn the title of the exhibition: Show Of Himself. Another painting will address my father, whom I do not know. In love, we must respect the distance between one another, the same is true in painting a double portrait. I imagined this painting to look similar to My Nan and My Ma, but this time representing my father and me. The distance between my father and myself: the difference between absence and thin air. So it's a hard painting to make.
Exhibition text: An accompanying exhibition text by Kevin Breathnach will be available in the gallery.
Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects/Studios is an open-submission, annual gallery programme of 12 x 2-week exhibitions taking place between April and November 2018, in the context of a gallery space with a dedicated tradition towards the professional development of artists in a peer-led, supportive environment. This unique programme of funded, artist-initiated projects selected via open call is highly accessible to artists, with a focus on early career, emerging artists and recent graduates. Projects are supplemented with artists' talks, texts, workshops or performances, and gallery visits by colleges and local schools.
Artist-Initiated Projects aims to act as an incubator for early careers, and support artists' practices at crucial stages, providing a platform for artists to produce and exhibit challenging work across all art forms. The model of short-run exhibitions with a relatively short turnaround time of 3–6 months is an alternative to the normal institutional model, where the process of studio visit to exhibition can take several years. Shorter lead-in times allow the programme to be quick and responsive, reflect what artists are currently making, and encourage experimentation and risk-taking.
Pallas Projects/Studios Artist-Initiated Projects is supported by The Arts Council
Full Artist-Initiated Projects programme
Installation images photography: Vera Ryklova ©2018