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Eoin MacLochlainn and Patricia Moriarty, Bourn Vincent Gallery and John Lonergan pictured at the launch of HOME, an exhibition of new work by artist Eoin Mac Lochlainn at the Bourn Vincent Gallery, University of Limerick.
Pic: Don Moloney/Press 22
New Exhibition in UL Portrays Reality of Social Problems in Ireland
Home, an exhibition by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, was launched recently at the Bourn Vincent Gallery, UL by John Lonergan, Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison. Eoin Mac Lochlainn's exhibition reflects current Irish society and the problems of homelessness, poverty and social disintegration.
Eoin Mac Lochlainn's art challenges the depiction of homelessness in the media and seeks to engage viewer's in the realities of homelessness instead of automatically overlooking those who are marginalised in society. Speaking at the launch Eoin Mac Lochlainn asked; "Who is more fitting to be portrayed - a businessman, a bishop or a homeless person? Also, which seems more important - the oil paintings on the wall, the cardboard drawings on the ground or the coffee cup towers? As an artist I feel an empathy with those on the margins of society. I see my role as observer, my work as bearing witness in some way. I am interested in exploring how art may produce a deeper and more enduring understanding of the contemporary experience than do media images".
Eoin Mac Lochlainn graduated as a mature student in 2000 from the National College of Art and Design. His major exhibitions since graduation include Lorg at the RHA Ashford Gallery in 2002, Éagnairc/Requiem, which were installed in the cells of Kilmainham Gaol, in 2005 and Caoineadh/Elegies in 2008/9.
The exhibition is open for viewing until 27th April, on Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 5.30pm.