Paul Hallahan’s solo exhibition, Running, Returning, Running, presents a body of new paintings and a sound piece for Roscommon Arts Centre, examining a variety of topics that are of interest to the artist. The exhibition was initiated with a question about time and its circular nature. With this as a starting point, Hallahan then looked at the idea of palindromes within the visual arts. Palindromes are used commonly in literature and also in music, but through research, Hallahan could find very little use of the format within the visual arts, and especially painting.
The paintings are based on source material of an undisclosed walk, taken regularly by the artist nearly daily for ten years. Hallahan started with initial watercolour sketches he made several years ago on one of these walks, reforming them as the starting point for these new abstracted paintings. While these compositions are based on real landscapes, the works themselves expand on the original images. Hallahan attempts to look in detail at the mundane and to see past first glances, being engulfed by the world around him on a daily basis. The exhibition is tied together by a sound work, made in collaboration with Edinburgh-based composer and musician, Joseph Harney. The sound piece is made up of 90 minutes of piano, played to a series of limitations set by Hallahan during the recording process.