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‘Speculative Artefacts’ opens at Artlink 22.05.24

MULTIPLE award-winning artist Pascal Ungerer will be unveiling his new solo exhibition 'Speculative Artefacts' in the Saldanha Gallery, Artlink Fort Dunree, at 10am to 4pm daily, from May 25th to June 23rd, 2024.

Cork-based Ungerer, renowned for his captivating contemporary landscape oil paintings, delves into the realms of speculative future landscapes and peripheral topographies with his newest collection.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork and a Masters degree in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths University London, Ungerer has exhibited extensively across Europe, North America, and Asia.

His many accolades include recently being shortlisted for the 2023 Robert Walters Group UK New Artist of the Year Award (with over 1,600 entrants and only 10 finalists) and exhibiting at prestigious venues such as the Saatchi Gallery in London.
Paschal Ungerer with his painting 'Monolith'
Ungerer's fascination lies in the in-between spaces, or 'edgelands,' where urban and rural environments converge. His keen eye for obsolete infrastructure on the fringes of human habitation gives his paintings a unique narrative. Through his art, he delves into the interrelationship between the built and natural worlds, exploring the tensions and conflicts that arise in these transitional spaces.

Speaking ahead of his new solo exhibition, Pascal said: “Speculative Artefacts serves as a visual journey through peripheral landscapes, inviting viewers to contemplate the passage of time, the inevitability of change, and the intricate tapestry of history woven into the fabric of our environment.
What I’m acutely interested in are marginal places, desolate spaces and hinterlands.

“We don’t really have the kind of industrial landscapes in West Cork (or indeed Inishowen) that exist in other countries, but my work is inspired by those dystopic, empty landscapes we do have here, where you have just a few telephone poles, and it’s devoid of people.”
'Speculative Artefact' by Paschal Ungerer
Artlink project co-ordinator Martha McCulloch said: “Pascal's work is a wonderfully unique perspective on the world, which is compelling, engaging, and inspiring.
“I would therefore encourage as many people as possible to join us for the opening reception for ‘Speculative Artefacts’, open to all at 1pm on Saturday May 25th, followed by an artist’s talk at 2pm. Indeed, this event will be a great opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in Pascal’s artistic vision and thought-provoking interpretations of our surroundings.”

For further information about ‘Speculative Artefacts’ or upcoming exhibitions and events at Artlink Fort Dunree during May and June 2024, visit www.artlink.ie .
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