Lake Lake Hill Hill Lake 9318 is an exhibition of current work by Mateusz Lubecki a young Polish born Irish artist from Mullagh, Co Cavan. The work in the exhibition is about personal memory. The artist has chosen a selection of family photographs and made photographs from them.
The curator Alison Pilkington in her essay on the work in this exhibition reflects on painting and the act of remembering. She references the influential book on photography by Roland Barthes entitled ‘Camera Lucida’ that explores the distinct relationship between memory and photography. Pilkington quotes Barthes “If I like a photograph, if it disturbs me, I linger over it. ......I look at it, I scrutinize it, as if I wanted to know more about the thing or the person it represents.”
Pilkington writes “I thought of this concept when looking at Mateusz Lubecki’s work in his Cavan studio on a visit there. What was it about the photographs that Mateusz chose over others from his family archive? What meaning was he drawing from them that was unique and particular to him? A theme emerges through the types of photographs that Mateusz has selected from his personal archive. Family members are relaxed, informally posed in intimate moments, sometimes playing to the camera or other times caught unaware as the shutter clicks to freeze the moment in time. Mateusz has honed in on the intimate side of family life as opposed to more formal portraits for his source of inspiration.”
Cathaoirleach Paddy Mc Donald speaking at the preview of the exhibition complemented the visual artist on his work and also his invitation to local writers, five of whom responded and have work included as Memory Sheets to accompany the exhibition. These Memory Sheets contributed by the participating writers; Patricia Doole, Kate Ennals, Fiona Fleming, Antoinette Rock and Lorraine Bennett further encourage memory and the emotions evoked by photography, painting and the written word.
The exhibition at Townhall Cavan continues until the 16 February 2018. Opening times 11am to 5pm.
Photos of Preview by Adrian Donohoe