The Last Great Album of the Decade

The Last Great Album of the Decade

New exhibition of music-inspired work runs until 12 May.

An exhibition titled The Last Great Album of the Decade is currently running at The Lab gallery in Dublin.

Featuring new work by Anne Maree Barry, Declan Clarke, Alan Phelan and Clíodhna Timoney, as well as exhibits from the Brian McMahon Archive (Brand New Retro), the exhibition ‘is founded on the implicit conviction that music can be a supreme connector, creating hives of like-minded folk and offering the chance of escape from an antagonistic society.’

Clarke’s work recalls gigs he attended in Dublin in the early nineties and includes an array of ticket stubs and t-shirts as well as photos taken surreptitiously of the artist by his late father; Barry’s photos are of underground self-organised parties that took place during the summer of 2003 and explore the power of the DIY ethic in music; Alan Phelan’s installation titled A Joly Screen, the background is made from material usually used in the backdrop for photo shoots; and Clíodhna Timoney’s sculptures refer to nightclubs in her hometown of Letterkenny in Co. Donegal.

The exhibits from the Brian McMahon Archive include copies of classic Irish fanzines such as Heat, and the exhibition carries an accompanying essay from Eoin Deveraux on David Bowie, Jack B. Yeats and Samuel Beckett.

The Last Great Album of the Decade is curated by Pádraic E. Moore and Sheena Barrett and runs until 12 May.

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Published on 27 March 2019

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