Land­scape at its lim­its

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TOWNLANDS Mac­room Town Hall, Mac­room, Co Cork Un­til Aug 30 026-41545 A solo show of the work of pho­tog­ra­pher Con Kelleher is a ter­rific idea, and it’s all the more ap­pro­pri­ate that it is be­ing held in his home­town of Mac­room, in Co Cork.

Townlands, cu­rated by No­rah Nor­ton, nom­i­nally con­sists of land­scapes (Kelleher is also known as a por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher), though the term doesn’t quite do jus­tice to the pho­to­graphs. Bet­ter to say that Kelleher’s work, which is tremen­dously thought­ful and in­tro­spec­tive, arises from an open­ness to and ex­pe­ri­ence of place, fil­tered through a med­i­ta­tive sen­si­bil­ity. As Tim Goulding

10,000 to 50: points out in his cat­a­logue text, while many of the images could be de­scribed as ab­stract, the term is not strictly ac­cu­rate. Kelleher doesn’t treat his sub­ject mat­ter as a raw ma­te­rial from which to man­u­fac­ture ab­strac­tions, rather he wants, through the sheer in­ten­sity of en­gage­ment, to push the sub­ject mat­ter to its pic­to­rial lim­its, and the re­sults have a dreamy, hyp­notic qual­ity. They are, as well, end­lessly fas­ci­nat­ing vis­ually. AIDAN DUNNE can’T see ThaT? caTch This At­sushi Kaga But­ler Gallery, Kilkenny Cas­tle

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