“Wave”, Kevin Mooney’s recent exhibition at Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin, presented new works that portrayed figures, landscapes and references to Irish history and culture. His second solo exhibition of 2014 expanded on the core concerns of “Dog Island Tales” at the Talbot Gallery earlier this year, and represented a considerable development in his practice in terms of scale and ambition.
These mostly large scale works remain underpinned by an interest in history, cultural migration and mythology. Multiple styles, motifs and abstract patterns fight for supremacy within Mooney’s painting language, where no single reading is possible. His work remains caught between, on one hand, an exploration of oil paint and its processes, and, on the other, images which suggest a darkly humorous imagined world of folk tales and modern day myth.
While the subject matter of the works invites us to contemplate the loss of mystery and magic from contemporary culture, we are also drawn in by the dynamic and often surprising layering of the compositions. There is an engagement with the process and language of painting here. Mooney’s paintings use techniques and motifs which often articulate references to painting’s history, both within and outside the mainstream.
Kevin Mooney website here.
Posted by Robert Armstrong