Preview 6–8pm Friday 12th of September
Wave, Kevin Mooney’s exhibition at Pallas Projects/Studios, presents new works that portray figures, landscapes and references to Irish history and culture. His second solo exhibition of 2014 expands on the core concerns of Dog Island Tales at the Talbot Gallery earlier this year, and represents a considerable development in his practice in terms of scale and ambition.
These mostly large scale works remain underpinned by an interest in history, cultural migration and mythology. Multiple styles, motifs and abstract patterns fight for supremacy within Mooney’s painting language, where no single reading is possible. His work remains caught between, on one hand, an exploration of oil paint and its processes, and, on the other, images which suggest a darkly humorous imagined world of folk tales and modern day myth.
While the subject matter of the works invites us to contemplate the loss of mystery and magic from contemporary culture, we are also drawn in by the dynamic and often surprising layering of the compositions. There is an engagement with the process and language of painting here. Mooney’s paintings use techniques and motifs which often articulate references to painting’s history, both within and outside the mainstream.
Kevin graduated from NCAD with an MFA in 2012. Selected group exhibitions include “Making Familiar”, Temple Bar Gallery 2012, “Horizon Sprawl”, Ormston House, Limerick 2012, and “Video Killed the Radio Star”, Royal Hibernian Academy 2010. Solo shows include “Dog Island Tales” Talbot Gallery 2014, Nag Gallery 2010, “Timeline” Queen Street Gallery, Belfast, 2010 and “Facade”, Mermaid Arts Centre Bray 2009. He received a Visual Artists Bursary from the Arts Council in both 2012 and 2013. In 2013 he was also shortlisted for the Thames and Hudson publication “100 Painters of Tomorrow”.
Exhibition open Thursday – Saturday 12–6pm
All photos by Kevin Mooney.
Culture Night 19/09/14 – at 9pm Kevin will be joined in conversation with James Merrigan
The exhibition Wave is supported through funding from Dublin City Council and the Arts Council