LCGA Exhibitions

Gillian Kenny A Place to Stay

July 2009
Limerick City Gallery of Art

Untitled, Gillian Kenny, Oil on Canvas, 2008


Gillian Kenny   A Place to Stay


This exhibition presents a series of new paintings byLimerickbased artist Gillian Kenny. These works examine the subtle dialectics arising through the use of photographic language within painting, seductively close to the colour photograph while retaining strong evidence of the hand on the physical surface.

Two strands are explored; one is the American Vernacular through the depiction of decaying roadside motels, swimming pools and fleeting glances of roadside landscapes.  A central large scale painting depicts Niagara Falls on the Canadian side, a powerful symbol of the boundary both geographic and ideological between Canada and the United States .  European tourism is explored through the appropriation of highly saturated imagery from early colour postcards depicting Dublin, Blackpool and the Italian Rivera.





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