Delighted to have two works re-presented in the Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) this September/October, courtesy of Simon Fennessy Corcoran, current Shinnors Scholar.
These two works were first shown in the South Gallery, as part of You Should Really Go There, curated and ably handled by Seán Lynch. The two pieces (a small part of my contribution to the original show) are visual deconstructions of still-lifes featuring food from the City Gallery Permanent Collection. The food from my chosen works was then prepared and cooked by Master Joiner Raymond Griffin, in a ready-made café constructed by Seán. Our Contact Studios colleague at the time, Michele Horrigan also created some beautiful pinhole camera prints in situ. also, complementing the show as examination of place and purpose.
I believe it to be the only show in the gallery that had a punk band playing in the basement simultaneous to the opening also, with Con Cremin, Fiona and Mickey giving it socks.
A word of sincere thanks to Simon on his excellent installation which was completed with sympathy and good judgement. When transposing works of this nature to differing areas and contexts it’s very easy to lose sight and logic in the name of practicality. This most certainly wasn’t the case here and I wish him well.
I’d also like to mention Mike Mc Loughlin whose audio mapping of Limerick through various organisation’s conversations led to this showing. Mike was one of the founders of Contact Studios almost 20 years ago, and his show Cumann is an intricate audio experience, with our studio members forming part of the ‘grid’. It’s to be experienced in the South Gallery as I write.
Lastly thanks also to Úna McCarthy, LCGA Director for green-lighting the show, and kind words.