Covid Eyes by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin

The Dublin-based Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present this exhibition which started as a temporary online art project funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Eoin Mac Lochlainn’s painting practice has been an ongoing response to stories in the media, be it climate change, homelessness or the Irish Diaspora.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, this strange period of isolation, social distancing and face masks, the artist became acutely aware of the special significance of human eyes.

“The eyes can tell so much about us, our fear, our frustrations, our compassion, but at the same time, the masks can hide so much. It can be more difficult to ascertain age, social standing, emotions etc.

“For my online project, I posted a new image of eyes every Tuesday over the summer of 2020.

The exhibition at the Olivier Cornet Gallery presents most of those paintings once again and it is hoped that visitors will appreciate the physicality of the works, the varying sizes and different media that were used in their creation.

This exploration of eyes ultimately points to the fact that we are not that different from each other, that we are all in this together and that we must rely on each other to get through this.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine”

Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Availability of the show: Tuesdays to Sundays at the gallery (contact us to book a time that suits you). The version of the show, as presented by the artist in his blog posts, will also be available in our 3D Virtual Space (from 11 October onwards).

Image: Eoin Mac Lochlainn, ‘Razan’, watercolour on Arches paper, 30x40cm, 2020