OTHER EXHIBITIONS 

At Limerick City Gallery of Art

Running coincidedly with Mary Burke's exhibition AT HOME ON THE FARM are two additional exhibitions at Limerick City Gallery of Art:

Martin Parr: Parr's Ireland 40 Years of Photography,

and Cows are Mostly Silent - Selection from the Permanant Collection by Adam Stoneman.

Parr’s Ireland: 40 Years of Photography

25th February - 2nd May 2021
Limerick City Gallery of Art

Since the late 1980’s Martin Parr has been taking photographs in Ireland.  Between 1980-1982 he lived in the West of Ireland embedding himself in its land and culture, capturing the area where he was based.  Since then he has returned at regular intervals over the last three decades to continue this work.  During that time, he captured the changing Ireland and created a series of images that present the effects of wealth and Americanisation on the country.  At a pivotal time of social and cultural change these series range from the Texan inspired Bungalows of Co. Leitrim to the Country and Western dances in rural dance halls, showing an Ireland on the cusp of the Celtic Tiger era.  Since then he has produced new works around the Silicon Docks in Dublin, once again exploring the new wave of Corporate American influence in Irish society and the shadow of an impending Brexit. 

 

To date this expansive series of images made in Ireland over 40 years has not been exhibited in its entirety.  In 2021 this will no longer be the case as Limerick City Gallery of Art working in partnership with Northern Narratives productions - opens a tour which will present all of Parr’s works exploring a variety of themes and events of historical and social significance in Ireland.  The tour will continue from Limerick to Dublin Gallery of Photography, Roscommon Arts Centre and then travel to Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art before returning to finish its tour in Belfast Exposed Gallery in the North of Ireland.

 

Touring to Gallery of Photography, Dublin,  26 Jun - 5 Sep 2021 & Roscommon Arts Centre 2021

 

Martin Parr:  https://www.martinparr.com  

 

Review by Fintan O'Toole - Irish Times columist and writer

www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/visual-art/from-the-past-to-modernity-images-of-ireland-transforming-1.4384149

 

Review Hugh Linehan, The Irish Times 2016

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/1980s-ireland-revisited-in-exhibition-by-top-photographer-1.2753395

Information sourced from the LCGA website here. 

 

 

 

 

Link to the Martin Parr Foundation here: https://www.martinparrfoundation.org/

Watch an in-conversation between Martin and Tracy Marshall-Grant below, discussing both the touring show and the recently published photobook - 'From The Pope to a Flat White' available from the Martin Parr Foundation's online shop: www.martinparrfoundation.org/product/from-the-pope-to-a-flat-white-signed/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual tour of the Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Our virtual tours allow you to step inside the Gallery and explore Martin Parr's exhibition from the comfort of your home. Experience the Gallery in virtual reality through your desktop, phone or ipad.

Exhibition Gallery at LCGA.

Click the arrows across to browse Martin Parr's works in our Virtual Gallery. 

Click here to visit the LCGA Youtube channel, or watch a collection of the exhibitions installation images in the short video below. 

Watch the 2003 BBC film 'The World According to Martin Parr' below.

Full credits to ppotter, UK, www.youtube.com

Cows are Mostly Silent

 Selection from the Permanent Collection Curated by Adam Stoneman 

February - June 2021
Limerick City Gallery of Art

 

Odile Blanc, a farmer from a French Alpine village in John Berger’s story, Once in Europa, recounts to her brother a riddle: ‘four point to the sky, four walk in the dew and four have food in them; all twelve make one - what is it?’

The answer, she tells her brother, who sighs loudly to show he has heard this too many times before, is a cow.

‘It has two horns, two ears pointing up, four legs for walking on, and four teats with milk in them.’

Riddles play with conceptual boundaries, and force us to acknowledge that language is not as stable as it seems. Modern art is not a riddle to be solved, but it does play with conceptual boundaries and it can force us to see the world in new and unexpected ways.

This selection of works from LCGA’s permanent collection counterpose a range of abstract, oblique and playful perspectives next to Mary Burke’s series ‘At Home on the Farm’. Dark bounding contours appear as a ‘slow friesian train’ moving towards the edge of abstraction in John Shinnors’ Cows Come Home, while Michael Warren opens up a range of rich, interpretative possibilities with elegant minimalism in his work.

Revealing two corners, Helena Gorey subtly distinguishes ‘lawn’ from ‘field’ in her witty monochrome. It is what lies beneath the surface that preoccupies Nano Reid in her modernist mosaic, Ancient Land, capturing rich soil and red earth through thick, expressive marks. Piet Moog, meanwhile, uses the primitive language of cave painting to remind us of our ancient, spiritual relationship to ‘beasts of burden’. Rendered in planes of colour, shape and form, these abstract and semi-abstract works defamiliarise and destabilise their subjects, preventing us from feeling ‘at home on the farm’. In doing so, they can help us to see the farm, and our relationship to it, anew.

 

 Adam Stoneman

February 2021

The title is taken from the poem ‘Cows’ by Martina Evans’, All Alcoholics are Charmers, Anvil Press 1998

 

Artists selected included:  Augustus N. Burke, Helen Commerford, Seamus Farrell, Tom Fitzgerald, Helena Gorey, Martin Healy, Ronnie Hughes, Mark Joyce, Cecil King, Arno Kramer, Nick Miller, Piet Moog, Deirdre O’Mahony, Nano Reid, Tom Ryan, John Shinnors, Donald Teskey, Maighread Tobin, Loraine Wall,  Michael Warren.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Exhibition Gallery at LCGA.

Click the arrows across to browse the works from Cows are Mostly Silent in our Virtual Gallery. 

Virtual tour of the Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Our virtual tours allow you to step inside the Gallery and explore Cows are Mostly Silent from the comfort of your home. Experience the Gallery in virtual reality through your desktop, phone or ipad.

Gallery Map

Click here to visit the LCGA Youtube channel, or watch a collection of the exhibitions installation images in the short video below.