Luan Gallery in Athlone recently opened two new exhibitions to the public: a solo exhibition called ‘Nightscapes’ by Italian-Swiss artist Ugo Ricciardi, and a group exhibition called ‘Midden’, which includes works from Irish artists Mary Martin, Niamh McGuinne and Sarah Edmondson. The official opening, which took place on Saturday, October 2nd, featured guest speakers Ilaria Sponda and Neva Elliott.
‘Nightscapes’ presents selected photographic, large-scale prints, and video works from Ricciardi’s ongoing Nightscapes project, which focuses on the human connection with nature and its ancestral past. The project takes the artist around the world, capturing breathtaking nightscapes of landmarks and ancient sites illuminated by the moon and his digital lighting interventions.
‘Midden’ comprises a captivating series of new and existing works in painting, print, sculpture, installation, and video projection by Edmondson, Martin, and McGuinne, working collaboratively as the Midden Collective. Midden are akin to mankind’s inscriptions in nature; they provide a tangible archive of a generation’s (human or creature) lifestyle, behaviour, and diet. Coming from the different approaches of their respective practices, the artists use middens as a basis to interpret evidence and create new narratives about the past and future.
The exhibitions will be on display in Luan Gallery until November 20th from 11 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and from 12 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is free.