Crowded Thresholds at Luan Gallery | On Show | Athlone Arts and Tourism

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Crowded Thresholds at Luan Gallery

Luan Gallery is thrilled to host Crowded Thresholds, an intriguing group exhibition on tour from the National Design & Craft Gallery with the support of the Design & Crafts Council Ireland. posted: Jul 03

Crowded Thresholds to be presented at Luan Gallery 14th July 2020 – 20 September 2020 following its successful opening run at the National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and touring exhibition at Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin

Luan Gallery is delighted to welcome back our visitors with the thought-provoking exhibition Crowded Thresholds. A group exhibition of both established and emerging creative practitioners deftly  curated by Fiona Mulholland, the show presents works across applied art, design and visual art.  

Opening Tuesday the 14th July 2020, the exhibition coincides with the centenary of Freud's essay, The Uncanny, and explores ‘emotional geography’, generating a fascinating visual interplay between authentic storytelling and artistic expression. Crowded Thresholds is a touring exhibition of the National Design & Craft Gallery and originally opened as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2019, and was presented at Farmleigh Gallery in partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW). 

Presented with a sense of playfulness and infectious imagination, this intriguing group exhibition displays objects by established and emerging practitioners – all of whom are based in Ireland or linked to this country – that are connected by a desire to make the invisible visible and have a fundamental interest in traditional processes and materials. Reflecting on what Freud termed ‘The Uncanny’, the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, Mulholland is interested in how psychoanalytic concepts overlap with the creative process. From traditionally made jewellery pieces that address the concept of humanity to ‘voluptuously illustrated’ silk scarves and reimagined Rorschach inkblot tests, the artists and makers straddle the threshold of disciplines and languages; practices are blurred, with old and new tools utilised, all working to express the very essence of human agency.

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Luan Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11.00 – 17.00 and Sundays 12.00 – 17.00. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

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