Luan Gallery will present two exhibitions side by side for the months of July and August.
‘Luma’ by Helen Mac Mahon will feature in the New and River Gallery spaces while ‘Encounters’ by Mario Sughi will be shown in the Library Gallery.
Dublin-based artist Helen Mac Mahon uses light as a catalyst throughout her practice. Utilising a mixture of sculptural elements with natural and artificial light, Helen creates a compilation of art installations which generate a myriad of light effects resulting in an interactive art viewing experience.
The artist will create large metal mesh installations to hang across the vast window spans of Luan’s River Gallery, referencing the reflections of light on the surface of the Shannon waters below. In the New Gallery the artist will display a series of ‘light paintings’ and sculptural works that all play with light and perception.
Against these light-based works will hang the digital paintings of artist, Nerosunero. Dublin based, Italian born artist Mario Sughi, who goes by the alias Nerosunero, makes large scale digital paintings which present snapshots of strangers’ lives.
Son of famed artist Alberto Sughi, Mario turns the gallery viewer into voyeur with his large bold works showing everyday scenes in brilliant technicolour. As though ‘people watching’ on a summer’s day, some of the works in ‘Encounters’ seem as if viewed from a park bench or street side café, while other more intimate scenes seem more sinisterly captured through a keyhole or hidden camera.
Luan Gallery manager, Carmel Duffy said: “We are delighted to introduce these artists to our audience and look forward to the impact their work will have on the gallery space during the summer months. Exhibiting their contrasting work side by side will create a dramatic effect and will provide a diverse viewing experience for the gallery’s growing audience.”
The exhibition will officially launch on Friday, June 30, at 6pm with a wine reception and an address by Dr Ruby Wallis. It will run until August 26.
Luan Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm, and on Sundays from 12 noon until 5pm. Admission is free and guided tours are available on request.