As part of the In Conversation series, Stephen will be discussing his work with writer Stephen Walsh in the Gallery on Saturday 13 June at 12pm sharp.
In his latest show, Stephen Loughman again uses ‘screen-grabs’ from films as his source material – predominantly those set during WWII. Together, the works act as a pseudo-narrative of a conflict, but when they piggyback on the existing storylines of the films they reference, their meaning becomes blurred. By mixing these images with those based on a variety of non-military documentary sources the combination of “real” and film (myth) creates a skewed narrative – one which calls into question the linear, prejudiced reading of a history.
Stephen Loughman, born 1964, lives and works in Dublin. He studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, 1982–1987. Solo shows include: The Lake, Kevin Kavanagh, 2006; Stephen Loughman, 26th Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil, 2004 (selected by Valerie Connor, Irish Commissioner); Acvariu, Kevin Kavanagh, 2003; 2C Langdale Rd BN3 4HN, Kevin Kavanagh, 2001; New Paintings, Kevin Kavanagh, 2000. Group shows since 1999 include: Stephen Loughman and Mark O’Kelly, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland, 2007; Contemporary Art from Ireland, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, 2005; New Territories, ARCO ’05, Madrid, 2005 (curated by Enrique Juncosa); En direct de Dublin, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 2003 (curated by Helen Carey); See it as it is, Draiocht, Blanchardstown, Dublin, 2001; Perspective 2000, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, 2000 (selected by Lynne Cooke); EV+A 99, Limerick City Art Gallery, Ireland, 1999 (selected Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn). He has received numerous Arts Council of Ireland bursaries and his work is in public collections, including: Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Arts Council of Ireland & The Office of Public Works and private collections in Ireland, UK and Spain.