Malevolentos – New Paintings by Alison Pilkington

Opening reception: Friday 5th Oct 7pm to 9pm.
Exhibition runs to 16th Nov
Opening times: Wed –Thu 12- 6pm by appointment
Cake contemporary arts c/o Curragh Camp Post Office Curragh Camp co. Kildare

Alison Pilkington’s new show at Cake Contemporary Arts is a presentation of her Practice based PhD research in painting at National College Art & Design Dublin entitled “Unfamiliar Terrain” – An Investigation into the Uncanny in Painting”. She was recently awarded a British Institution award for painting at the Royal Academy Summer Show, London 2012. She has been shortlisted for the Marmite Painting Prize & exhibition, which will tour the UK from December 2012 to June 2013.

“The uncanny, which is associated with a feeling of disorientation, mild panic or confusion when faced with something strangely familiar has been a frequent subject of the visual arts and literature. In this body of work I am interested in what Freud termed “the friendly aspect” of the uncanny. Strangely familiar yet comic images have the potential to disturb or disorientate. In this show “Malevolentos” I attempt to explore this aspect of the uncanny and invite the viewer to consider how this ‘un-homely’ feeling occurs through painting. Malevolentos is my own hybrid term that refers to a mis-heard phrase, a half- remembered image of something familiar yet also unfamiliar bordering on sinister. I believe the context in which the viewer encounters these paintings adds to their uncanny feeling, and Cake contemporary exhibition space, and the Curragh village can be considered uncanny or ‘unhomely’ places themselves.”

Alison Pilkington, September 2012

On the preview evening, Cake will be running a free return bus service from Dublin @ 6:30 pm to Cake. To book a place, please email Please book early.

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