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CAVES Exhibition CULTURE | NOVEMBER 30, 2011

Francis Carlin CAVES, a solo exhibition by contemporary Irish artist Anthony Murphy will be showcased in Occupy Space, Thomas Street from today onwards.

The exhibition, featured in a beautiful three-roomed gallery, consists of three large scale works based on the exploration of two dimensional shapes. These shapes have been manipulated into complex and visually stunning projections. The show is influenced by Plato’s allegory of the cavewhich describes prisoners chained in the cavern, only able to see the wall in front of them. The shadows thrown by the fire behind them are all the prisoners can see. They believe these images to be true and this is how they create their reality. The exhibition invites you to view these projections and immerse yourself in the reflection of reality. The show has been specially timed to avail of the dark winter evenings, allowing the pieces to have maximum visual impact both inside the gallery and when viewed from the street outside. CAVES was opened last night and is open to the public from today. The show will continue in the evenings when the gallery is closed and can be viewed from the street outside. Occupy Space Gallery has been producing vibrant and interesting shows from their premises on Thomas Street since November 2009. This not-for-profit artists space is truly a jewel in Limerick’s cultural crown. Occupy Space is open Wed & Sat 1pm to 5pm.

Of de Blacam & Meagher Exhibition CULTURE | NOVEMBER 30, 2011

Francis Carlin “OF de Blacam and Meagher” exhibition showcases the Irish

architecture practice’s portfolio of the same name from the last 33 years. The show displays several pallets of large thin unbound books, some about the size of a broadsheet newspaper, and other items selected from the archive of de Blacam and Meagher. The books are beautifully designed and are sculptural in themselves. In an unusual move, visitors are invited to take the books home to showcase the complete set of the exhibition in their own house. The publication is divided into five different books; Drawings, Construction, Writings and Photography, which spreads over two volumes. Two short films by Ruán Magan also feature at the exhibition and are played throughout show. The exhibition is housed at the Limerick City Gallery which has returned home to its premises on Pery Square. The recent refurbishment has been a great success and the whole gallery has a clean, crisp and airy atmosphere. “Of de Blacam and Meagher” will run until December 23, 2011. It was curated by Tom dePaor, Peter Maybury, Alice Casey and

Cian Deegan, and commissioned for the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010.

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