Two new exhibitions at the Luan Gallery

Luan Gallery is to present two exhibitions highlighting the diversity of print as a medium.

'The Great Heap' by Fiona Kelly will feature in the Library Gallery, while 'Archive' by Margo McNulty will be shown in the New and River Gallery spaces.

Westmeath native Fiona Kelly utilises a mixture of 2D print and sculptural elements, creating an art installation as a means to explore mans’ interaction with the built environment and the natural world. Kelly uses limestone dust, plywood, glass and other re-appropriated materials to contemplate what is lost and the transience of things.

Athlone based artist Margo McNulty’s work deals with hidden history, memory and place. Using video, photo etchings and photographic prints she creates a visual documentary based on her uncle’s experience of being detained as a Republican internee during the 1940s in the Curragh camp in Kildare.

Curator Katriona Gillespie said: ‘We are proud to present the work of two Westmeath artists Fiona Kelly and Margo McNulty in Luan Gallery. The technique of producing art from printmaking is a tradition that has been practiced for centuries.

"Both Fiona and Margo translate these traditional forms to contemporary art, constructing meaning from age old printmaking techniques combined with video, installation and 3D works. The combination of these two artists’ works and their use of printmaking to address themes of memory, the passing of time and our interaction with the environment offers a diverse viewing experience for Luan Gallery audiences during the months of April and May."

The combination of these two artists’ works will create a diverse viewing experience for the gallery’s spring and summer audiences.

The exhibition will officially launch today, March 29, at 6pm with an address by Westmeath arts officer, Miriam Mulrennan, and a wine reception to which all are welcome. The exhibition will continue until May 23.

Luan Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm, and on Sundays from 12 noon to 5pm. Admittance to Luan Gallery is free and guided tours are also available at no cost.

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