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Elsewhere, To Be Found

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The Cowshed Theatre

Farmleigh House

Castlenock, Phoenix Park

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New Works by artist Colm Mac Athlaoich

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‘Elsewhere, To Be Found’ brings together a body of work from a period of two years. During this time MacAthlaoich has explored the medium of painting as a mobiliser of ideas and an extension of his thought process. The works, varying in scale, categorise the observations made from this time period across three main locations, Ireland, Cyprus and Spain. The title suggests the search for alternative meanings, or at least an alternative way in visualising what we know to be true. MacAthlaoich looks to the work of French philosopher Roland Barthes in which semiotics are elegantly deciphered and employs Barthes’ approach to unmasking memories of places experienced, exposing hidden ideologies and meaning through his paintings.

The works vary from a motif based painting, drawing influence from Portuguese market tiles. This large work focusses on the minute, and by expanding its significance to a larger scale, it brings into view the ware and tear of human activity. The work produced in Madrid is a cacophony of observation, vibrantly experienced while residing in the Spanish Capitol for a period of six months. Having visited Las Ventas to watch a bull fight, one’s expectations are diluted by the euphoric and sickening reality of this ancient spectacle. Like what R. Barthes says of wrestling in his ‘Mythologies’, as on the stage in antiquity, one is not ashamed of one’s suffering, one knows how to cry, one has a liking for tears’. The series of works that look at the Matador, questions this spectacle while depicting it as it is presented to us, with the drenching and vertical quality of a flood-lit Greek arena.

‘Elsewhere, To Be Found’ alludes also to the sense of place and thought process when producing work. MacAthlaoich recalls memories and references imagery which can connect one to a place and time. This process of metamorphosis and dream-like re-imaging creates an uncanny world where figures and places exist in a suspended reality as though the past has been revisited and represented in a series of contemporary visions. Figures and their parts are painted out of scenes, giving way to another fleeting memory.

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