Monday 22 July 2019

Art show focus on homophobia

Maria Pepper

An exhibition called 'Quare Taken' by the Enniscorthy visual artist and illustrator Larry Dunne will open at the Presentation Centre this Saturday, July 6, at 7pm, continuing until August 16, as part of Wexford Literary Festival.

Larry studied for a BA in fine art at the National College of Art and Design, followed by a postgraduate diploma in cultural event management at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design.

He returned to Wexford to continue his career in the visual arts, with an emphasis on his own practice of surreal and vibrant illustrations.

He is the visual arts editor of quarterly online literary magazine 'Tales From The Forest', the lead designer of Enniscorthy Arts Trail, an annual event that transforms spaces in Enniscorthy into accessible visual arts studios and galleries, and he is currently visual arts and marketing associate at The Presentation Centre.

In 'Quare Taken', Dunne reflects on the homophobia he experienced while growing up in rural Ireland.

The surreal illustrations, juxtaposed with the relentless prejudice that Dunne experienced in his native Enniscorthy, combine into a fascinating response to the past and provide an insight into the effects that such an environment can have on mental health.

The exhibition provides a forum for open discussion on the lasting effects of living with prejudice and stigma and dealing with the issues that surround negative experiences in life.

The work on display also aims to remind viewers of their own interactions with others and how small actions can impact on a person's wellbeing, for better or worse.

New Ross Standard