Helen Mac Mahon: Luma • Nersunero: Encounters

Saturday 1 July – Saturday 26 August 2017
Left: nerosunero; right: Helen Mac Mahon | Helen Mac Mahon: Luma • Nersunero: Encounters | Saturday 1 July  – Saturday 26 August 2017 | Luan Gallery

Light installations and digital art on show for the summer at Luan Gallery.

Luan Gallery will present two exhibitions side by side for the months of July and August. Luma by Helen Mac Mahon will feature in the New and River Gallery spaces while Encounters by Mario Sughi will be shown in the Library Gallery.

Dublin-based artist Helen Mac Mahon uses light as a catalyst throughout her practice. Utilising a mixture of sculptural elements with natural and artificial light, Helen creates a compilation of art installations which generate a myriad of light effects resulting in an interactive art viewing experience. The artist will create large metal mesh installations to hang across the vast window spans of Luan’s River Gallery, referencing the reflections of light on the surface of the Shannon waters below. In the New Gallery the artist will display a series of ‘light paintings’ and sculptural works that all play with light and perception.

Against these light based works will hang the digital paintings of artist nerosunero. Dublin-based, Italian-born artist Mario Sughi, who goes by the alias nerosunero, makes large scale digital paintings which present snapshots of strangers’ lives. Son of famed artist Alberto Sughi, Mario turns the gallery viewer into voyeur with his large bold works showing everyday scenes in brilliant techni-colour.  As though ‘people watching’ on a summers day, some of the works in Encounters seem as if viewed from a park bench or street side café, while other more intimate scenes seem more sinisterly captured through a key hole or hidden camera.

The combination of these two artists’ contrasting works will create a diverse viewing experience for the gallery’s summer audience. Exploring new techniques of working and bold uses of colour and light, the viewer can expect an interesting and eclectic visit this season to Luan Gallery.

The exhibition will officially launch on Friday 30th June at 6pm with a  to which all are welcome.

Image: Left: nerosunero; right: Helen Mac Mahon
Saturday 1 July – Saturday 26 August 2017
Luan Gallery
Custume Place
Athlone, Co. Westmeath
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