Fergus Feehily in conversation with Paul McKinley on Saturday 8th January at 12.00 pm
In ‘Canada’, Paul McKinley’s exhibition of new work explores the notion of landscape and how it is mediated over time, i.e. History.
His previous work concerned itself with the public parks cape and personal experiences of it. The images for these new paintings and drawings are also taken of a public space but unlike his previous work, these are taken from public sources such as the internet and literature. With the exception of two pieces, the images used have been taken from recent photographs of the site.
McKinley is interested in the concept of dark tourism and making work based on vicarious memory. Rather than comment on the obvious story behind the site, McKinley is more concerned with the nature of the publics’ desire to visit and how we process what happened there.
Paul McKinley was awarded the Nissan Art Project in 2007 which resulted in a solo show Farewell Chestnut Avenue at the RHA Gallagher Gallery that year.Recent exhibitions include Under the Bluebells (solo) at the LAB, Dublin in 2009, and group shows ,Delicas de la Crisis Oonagh Young Gallery,Dublin 2009 Winter Salon Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin 2008 and Thirty Two Thousand Years Later, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin 2007.