Paradigm II - an exhibition of new work by Gerry O’Mahony opens on Thursday 8th November. This exhibition reflects on the value of words, of language, and of the irrevocable nature of utterance.
The basic forms of mark-making evolved from the desire to reduce language back to a symphony of simple forms, a way of showing that language can operate beyond words, that things are written in different ways and that it is possible to communicate in oblique images. The original inspiration was the power of the written or spoken word, for good or evil.
This current phase explores a story from Plato’s Republic which concerns a prisoner born into and imprisoned in a cave, who escapes into the light, and consequently, is no longer able to live with the reality of the cave.
This collection represents part of a recent phase of a ten-year project. It reflects a shift in perception and change in vision. This recent work is an exploration of my own paradigm shifts, my own journey.
About the artist - Gerry O’Mahony
Gerry O’Mahony, a graduate of LSAD Limerick, has lived in Ireland, Israel and Malawi. On returning to Ireland he became a member of one of Limerick’s first artist collectives (All + 10 sorts) and exhibited at length with the group. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and his work is part of private and public collections in Ireland and abroad, including Limerick City and County Council, Government buildings, Dublin, and Berlaymont Buildings, Brussels.
O’Mahony lives in County Clare and has been a member of Contact Studios, Limerick, since 2005. He presently works out of James Street Studios, Limerick. His most recent solo shows were Changing Shadows at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare in June 2016, and Paradigm Shift at Gallery Interlude, Lucky Lane, Limerick in August 2018.
Working in mixed media, and often on several paintings at a time to create a body of work, he combines watercolour, gold leaf, and acrylic, and uses a layering process which often conveys the impression of marks floating on and within the surface. The work employs a vocabulary of symbols and characters which distort the line between painting and drawing.
Friars Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick.