The Empty Places
Cornerstone Gallery, Hope @ Everton
9th June - 7th July 2006, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
It is shame the Cornerstone Gallery is such a trek from the city centre,
particularly when there is an exhibition of this quality on display there.
Artist and lecturer Margaret Cahill is predominantly based here in the
North West, but her paintings have been around the world more times than
a Russian satellite, featuring in exhibitions in New York, Eastern Europe
and Sweden respectively. Much of the imagery for her current body of work
- ‘All the Empty Places’ - was inspired by her time in Eastern
Combining the mediums of photography and painting, Cahill conjures-up
unsettling yet aesthetic images upon the canvas. The vast, atmospheric
spaces depicted give rise to a sense of displacement. A narrative accompanying
each canvas would be apt, but the artist has opted for the ambiguous.
Perhaps the sulphuric landscapes are a subtle reference to today’s
environment issues and climate concerns?
The arcane faces, staring vacantly out of some of the canvases are equally
unnerving. Beauty and desolation in equal portions creates a strange dissonance,
inviting the viewer to look again and consider the boundaries between
absence and presence and ambiguity and fact.
Margaret’s work has already earned critical acclaim in the press,
notably in the Guardian and Metro, but it is unlikely to be seen by many
members of the public aside from Hope University staff and students due
to the location of the Cornerstone Gallery.