Custom House Studios + Gallery are pleased to host Trace Elements by Pascal Ungerer.
My thematic interests are primarily concerned with spatial cultures in the context of peripherality and place. My work often examines the in-between spaces that lie at the intersection of the urban and rural.
I have a particular interest in obsolete structures on the margins of urban development and in rural hinterlands, as well as areas of post-industrialisation, ecological degradation and rural de-population.
Much of my recent painting work looks at liminal landscapes on the margins of human habitation. I look at these landscapes as temporal with a cyclical flux between abandonment and habitation.
I am often drawn to unusual structures or topographies as well as places that have storied, hidden or layered histories. For me, many of these places represent a kind of ‘otherness’ in a sometimes bleak and foreboding environment.
Most of my paintings are fictional landscapes where I 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.
I am interested in people’s connection to place and land and the wider perception of the natural or built environment and the interrelationship between these two contrasting spaces.
‘Trace Elements’ bring together many of these interests, in pensive, foreboding and empty landscapes as well as abandoned industrial infrastructure, which for me is emblematic of an ‘architecture of the periphery’ because of its obsolescence, marginality and alterity.
Pascal Ungerer is a visual artist originally from West Cork. In 2018 he completed a scholarship funded MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University London. He has exhibited his work extensively throughout Europe as well as North America and Asia, including Blackburn Museum, CICA Museum, South Korea and Roman Road Gallery London. 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 and the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize. He has received funding awards and bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork City Council, Cork County Council and from Goldsmiths University London. In 2020 he was awarded the Cork County Council and Uillinn West Cork Art Centre Residency Award and he recently completed a 12 month Project Residency at Backwater Studios in Cork. His work is held in numerous collections in Ireland, the UK, the US, France, Germany and Switzerland.