What: All mountains are moving
Where: Limerick City Gallery of Art
When: 15th September to 30th October

How fixed is something? How permanent is anything? Even mountains, those bastions of immovable mass, aren’t secure in position or size. In the last decade alone Mount Everest has moved 40cm to the north-east and grown by another 3cm. It is taller and in a different location. Any sense of pattern or regularity, even assuredness in direction, must be dismissed. In a single day, 25th April 2015, in the wake of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, Everest reverse this decade of direction and hopped back an inch. Nothing is fixed, nothing is permanent. While this notion of the physical altering  provided the title for the latest show in Limerick City Gallery of Art it is the more ephemeral and emotional concept behind this process that Paul Murnaghan drew inspiration for All mountains are moving. The work is a look at the idea of pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon of recognising familiar faces or sounds when none exist – think seeing a man’s face on the moon and playing records backwards to hear cryptic messages. This idea is presented via a series of works that centre on a collection of beach pebbles split and polished by the artist great-grandfather in the early part of the 20th century. Their innards have been documented and presented via a variety of platforms ranging from sculptural projections onto side table to prints and large video pieces. At their core they challenge our perception of what is real and what is possible. Murnaghan is an artist who challenges space as well as perceived conventions, he does so in All mountains are moving through a collection of immersive and engaging pieces that query our own certainties. Anything is possible, anything is real. Nothing is fixed, not even mountains.

Full details on the show are available here.


Originally published on The Thin Air as part of the Picture This series.

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