L O O P
August 23, 2014 - October 4, 2014
Rory Mahony’s L O O P is a mesmerizing and poetic yet wryly humorous exhibition of photographs and multi-channel video projections with sound. Mahony has been deeply engaged with photographic portraiture throughout his artistic career, and in this new work presents moving portraits which are mirrored, layered, and mutable, to create an allusive – and elusive – amalgam of impressions for the viewer. Mahony has recorded his human subjects performing in a studio, as well as engaged in everyday, mundane tasks indoors and outside, and in the natural world. People interact with mirrors, with each other, and also with avian, canine and insect representatives of the natural world. In fact, the immersive video installation Thursday’s Child, is as much a portrait of a complex ‘companion society’ of ravens he encountered on the west coast in 2005, as it is of his human subjects. As Mahony comments, “part of the fun is our shared biped-ism” and throughout, he leavens seriousness with the wit of the jester, inverting his images, tipping the world on its side, and animating whimsical, cartoon-like drawings overtop of video.
Rory Mahony has exhibited his work throughout Alberta, in British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan, as well as Buffalo, New York, since 1994. His artistic practice has been supported by grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. He received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Victoria and a Master of Fine Art from the University of Guelph. He lives and works in Medicine Hat, Alberta, where he recently retired from the faculty of Visual Communications, Medicine Hat College, after being awarded the 2013 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas and 2013 Medicine Hat College Instructor of the Year.
Thursday’s Child is a self-portrait, a portrait, a poem. Here Thursday’s Child appears as a short film, distilled from
a five projection video installation in the gallery. The work is one component of Rory Mahony’s solo exhibition
L O O P, at the Esplanade Art gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta, August 23 through October 4, 2014.