Artist Brian Mac Mahon to showcase distinctive art in the People’s Museum alongside illustrious photographer Deirdre Power.
The exhibition will run from November 19 until December 4
The People’s Museum is presenting a week-long exhibition called ‘Place’, launching on Saturday, November 19, 2022, based on the artwork of artist Brian Mac Mahon and the photography of Deirdre Power.
Artist Brian Mac Mahon is a well-known Limerick artist. His practice is sustained in the tradition of ‘en plein air’, and he can be seen regularly, working in the less-travelled laneways of Limerick city. Mac Mahon’s paintings on exhibit are the culmination of a year’s body of work. The strong gestural and abstractions in his ‘action’ painting, respond to the urban environment in and around his studio, and parallels the honesty in Power’s photographs
Deirdre Power, an illustrious photographer and constant presence on the streets of Limerick, suggests that “the engagement with memory and the process of narration, the photograph assumes an active role in the crafting of both personal and collective accounts of everyday life”. For this exhibition, Power’s work focuses on a month in the life of Brian. One playful image – unSUITable – developed from conversations between the artists on the relationship between painting and photography, is a collaboration with the artist Martin Shannon of Lumen Theatre.
William O’Neill, curator of the People’s Museum, said, “Brian is one of the greatest contemporary artists to come out of Limerick. His body of work speaks for itself, and his art is always identifiable in the room or gallery space; his work really pops out at you, it is so distinctive. Deirdre has an incredible eye for a great photo and is one of the most prominent creative minds in Limerick at the moment. The chance to have both of these unique creators, and to have their art interwoven like this, is such a privilege for us at the People’s Museum.”
The ‘Place’ exhibition launches on Saturday, November 19 at 2pm at the People’s Museum of Limerick, features music on the day by Elaine Hogan, and runs until Sunday, December 4.
The Peoples Museum of Limerick aims to reflect the diverse lives of people, buildings, and streets of Limerick City. The building opened as ‘The Georgian House and Garden,’ by President Mary McAleese in 1999. The People’s Museum aims to spread awareness of the Limerick’s heritage through publishing books, pamphlets, organising lectures and walking tours.
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