Marc Corrigan: Time and Place
Opening Reception Tuesday 17 February at 7pm
Meath County Council Arts Office is delighted to present Time and Place by Marc Corrigan. The exhibition will be opened by musician Cat Dowling. All welcome.
Marc Corrigan is a director, animator and artist from Meath. He studied painting at the Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology, graduating in 2002. The same year he won the Meath County Council’s Going Solo Bursary Award, for his show ‘West 9th Street’.
Since then he has moved into animation, directing music videos for Irish acts such as ‘HamsandwicH’, ‘Cat Dowling’, and international bands like ‘I’m from Barcelona’. His animated work has been critically well received, with ‘ANTS’ winning awards for “Best Animated Video” at the Silver Sound Awards in New York and an IMTV Award for “Most Original Concept”. In 2014 he was commissioned by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) to make an animation for the “Music Matters” campaign to highlight the importance of music.
Marc has continued painting and exhibiting, with “The Man Who Lived Once”, in the Basement Gallery, Dundalk, and three paintings in “Surveyor, Group Exhibition” in the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, in 2012.
‘Time and Place’ is a new exhibition of oil paintings by Marc Corrigan. They continue on in the Impressionist tradition; both in style and in concept. Impressionist paintings were a direct reaction to the advent of the camera; quickly painted studies of the artist’s environment, often depicting and titled after a specific time and place.
These Neo-Impressionist paintings are also in response to the camera and to specific times and places. However in this case it is studying how cinema has recreated and dealt with particular events or locations.
Based on film stills (often establishing shots at the beginning of movies), these paintings depict specific times and places as they are viewed by cinema. Some are sets, some are shot long after the date they claim to be, and often somewhere completely different. One painting represents a place that only exists in the world of movies. They are painted with type over them, as they appear in each specific film, informing the viewer just when and where the painting is set – or at least where they claim to be set.