Ghosts of Babylon is an exhibition of new painting work created by Cork based Irish artist Pascal Ungerer. This exhibition is taking place at the LHQ Gallery at the County Library, in association with Cork County Library and Arts Services. The exhibition runs from 6th – 28th September, and is open from 9am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. The gallery is currently closed between 1pm – 2pm each day. Ghosts of Babylon initially started during Pascal’s residency at the Uillinn West Cork Art Centre in 2020, at a time that coincided with the first COVID-19 lockdown. Pascal has continued to develop this work throughout the past 18 months at Backwater Studios in Cork where he is currently doing a 12-month project residency. Much of Pascal’s work looks at peripheral landscapes on the margins or urban development and in rural hinterlands. This exhibition brings together some of his most recent paintings where he focuses on empty, liminal landscapes.
Please Note: 11 people permitted in the gallery at any one time: this is subject to change in line with Government guidelines. Visitors must wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
The Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Gillian Coughlan welcomed the return of exhibitions in LHQ by saying: “We are delighted to welcome Pascal Ungerer’s beautiful painting exhibition, Ghosts of Babylon to LHQ Gallery. Both the artist and Library & Arts Service have worked to ensure that a visit to the gallery is safe, and we encourage visitors to comply with COVID-19 guidelines while enjoying the exhibition.”
Pascal Ungerer is an Irish visual artist originally from West Cork. He has a background in lens-based media and in recent years has focused on developing his painting practice. His thematic interests are primarily concerned with spatial cultures in the context of peripherality and place. His work often examines the in-between spaces that lie at the intersection of the urban and rural. Much of his most recent painting work looks at liminal landscapes in the hinterlands and on the margins of human habitation. He often looks at these landscapes ‘as temporal with a cyclical flux between abandonment and emptiness to development and habitation’. He is drawn to unusual structures and topographies as well as places that have storied, hidden or layered histories. For Pascal, many of these places represent a kind of ‘otherness’ in a sometimes bleak and foreboding environment. Most of his paintings are fictional landscapes that amalgamate different places and ideas into a metaphorical space to reflect upon wider socio-geographic issues, but these paintings are also intrinsically linked to the places and stories that have inspired them. He is interested in people’s connections to place and land and the wider perception of the natural and built environment and the interrelationship between these two contrasting spaces. In this new work he brings together many of his interests in abandonment, peripherality and otherness into these pensive and empty landscapes, places that are always devoid of people but are punctuated by traces of humanity.
Pascal Ungerer is a painter based in Cork, Ireland. In 2018 he completed a scholarship funded Masters in the prestigious MFA programme at Goldsmiths University London. He has exhibited his work throughout Europe, most recently at Blackburn Museum and Gallery, CICA Museum South Korea, Roman Road Gallery London, and LOOP Festival Barcelona. He has forthcoming solo shows at GOMA Waterford, The Uillinn West Cork Art Centre and Custom House Studios and Gallery in Mayo, Ireland. He is also scheduled to have his first solo show in Switzerland in Zurich in 2022 at the soon to be relaunched Gallerie Burgerstockersenger. He has won and been shortlisted for many awards such as the Alliance Franciase de Cork Exhibition Award, the Bloomberg New Contemporaries, The Solo Award, The Sunny Art Prize, The ACS Studio Prize the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize and the Alpine Fellowship. He has received funding awards and bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland, the Arts Office at Cork City Council, Cork County Council and from Goldsmiths University London. He has completed several residencies and in 2020 was awarded the Cork County Council and Uillinn West Cork Art Centre Residency Award. He is currently doing a 12-month Project Residency at Backwater Studios in Cork and will be doing another residency at the Uillinn in Autumn/Winter 2021. His work is held in numerous collections in Ireland, the UK, France, Germany and Switzerland.