The Hyde Bridge gallery is delighted to announce the opening of the solo exhibition An Dáil Cleite / The Feather Assembly by Matthew Gammon Artist opening 1pm next Saturday 10th September.
The exhibition will be launched by well-known photo-journalist, Brian Farrell.
“The exhibition An Dáil Cleite / The Feather Assembly consists of 30 prints created over the last year and represent my recent studies of the beauty and character of our most commonplace neighbours, the members of the crow family (specifically Rooks and Jackdaws) found in counties Roscommon and Sligo. Core to my artistic vision is my desire to bring to the forefront the often ignored beauty of the most commonplace things that surround our everyday lives.
For this project I have stepped away from my usual subject matter of architecture and landscapes to focus on the domestic wildlife that we live beside all our lives. Like many other people the Covid lockdowns and restrictions provided me with the opportunity to explore my locale, and with fewer people and much less traffic my awareness and appreciation of the wildlife that lives on our very doorsteps was awakened.”
The inspiration for the project came from a commission that Gammon undertook for the vocal group, M’ANAM in 2019 to create an image for their debut album. With the deeply spiritual nature of the music, he decided that the work needed an image of an animal both mystical and everyday to reflect this aspect of the music. Following many days of photographing the crows of Strandhill, the piece Hrafnaguõ was created, and Gammon’s creative interest in crows was ignited.
The title of the exhibition is taken from the Seán Mac Fheorais poem, Cága.
The exhibited works will be accompanied by a piece written by arts writer, Marian Lovett.