Pascal Ungerer is a visual artist from Cork. In 2019 he relocated to Ireland after three years in London where he completed a fully funded Masters in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University.
He works primarily with paint but has an interdisciplinary art practice with a background in lens based media and also works with sound and text - designing all the sound elements for his videos which have been screened extensively throughout Europe.
His work is primarily concerned with spatial cultures in relation to peripherality, social history and geo-politics with an emphasis on place and the built environment. He has a particular interest in obsolete structures on the margins of urban development and in rural hinterlands, as well as areas of post-industrialisation, contested border regions, areas of ecological degradation and rural de-population.
Through his practice he examines the in-between spaces that lie at the intersection of the urban and rural. This liminal and interstitial terrain has become the focal point for much of his recent painting. Central to this is an interest in post-industrial topographies and places that are devoid of people that exist in a temporal and finite state of impermanence.
In his painting and lens based work he often constructs fictional landscapes that form an intersection between time, narrative and place, and uses them as a means of recontextualizing many of these topographies into a kind of ethereal dreamscape of obsolescence. The marginal landscapes in his work act as a metaphorical space to address socio-political, historical and ecological concerns.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
Goldsmiths University London, MFA Fine Art, 2.1, 2018.
Crawford College of Art and Design, BA (honours) Fine Art, 1.1, 2016.
City & Islington College, London, HND Photography, 2004.
Broken Ground, The Prism Contemporary, Curated by Alex Zawadzi, Blackburn, UK, 2021.
The LHQ Gallery in association with Cork County Library and Arts Service, 2021.
The Jeannie Avent Gallery, London, 2021.
Edge of Place, Solo Show, Alliance Francaise de Cork, 2016.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS
Narrating The New Normal, Birr Vintage and Arts Festival.
Vanishing Point, screening at the ‘Lost’ Festival of Fuerteventura.
Sunny Art Prize, Finalists Exhibition, Sunny Art Centre London.
Vanishing Point, SUBURBINALE Film Festival 2019, Austria.
Vanishing Point, London Experimental/Islington Screening, The Islington Metal Works, London.
Industrialised - Art in Manufacturing in the Gallery, Festival of Making at Blackburn Museum, Blackburn, UK.
Vanishing Point, Experimental Film and Video 2019, CICA Museum, South Korea
Vanishing Point, Soloris Film Festival, Nice, France.
Of Memory, Presented by Damer House Gallery at CAGE Gallery, LOOP Festival 2018, Barcelona.
Binary/Non-Binary, GESTE 2018 Paris.
Homeland 2018 ‘Of Memory’ Damer House Gallery.
Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art Degree Show 2018.
Apophenia, Three Person Show with Marianna Maurico and Anna Kitai, Curated by Alix Janta-Polczynski, at Roman Road Gallery, London.
Beyond the Standard Model, Group show, Almanac Projects London.
Absences, Group Show, Millepiani, Rome.
Deptford X - Art Festival, Deptford, London.
Other Fiction - Group Show at Lewisham Art House, London.
The Solo Award - Finalists Exhibition at the Cello Factory/Chiara Williams Contemporary.
Creekside Open 2017, Selected by Jordan Baseman, the A.P.T Gallery, London.
Edge of Place, USB Shuffle 5, Abteilung fur Alles Andere, Berlin.
EBC 10, Group Show, East Bristol Contemporary.
Edge of Place, screening at Obejvak Art Studios, Prague.
Thames the ARTery of London, Devon House, London.
Cooked, CCAD Degree Show.
The Lives of Others, Curated by Jason Esterhazy, FotoIstanbul, Turkey.
Personal Mythologies, Curated by Helio Leon, TACTIC, Cork Photo.
Eigse, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow Arts Festival, Ireland.
Pretty Vacant, Group Show in Association with Seize International, Budapest, Hungary.
AWARDS, FUNDING & BURSARIES
Cork City Council Arts Office Individual Artist Bursary Award, 2020.
Cork County Council Artist in Residence Award at the Uillinn West Cork Art Centre 2020.
The Sunny Art Prize (Finalist), 2019.
Cork City Council Arts Office Individual Artist Bursary Award, 2018.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, (Shortlisted), 2018.
Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Award, 2017.
The SOLO Award, (Finalist) London Art Fair, Chiara Williams Contemporary, 2017.
Goldsmiths Masters Scholarship, 2016.
Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art Fee Waiver Award, 2016-18.
Goldsmiths Excellence Award, 2016-18.
Winner of the Alliance Francaise de Cork Solo Exhibition Award, 2016.
Visual Arts Category at the Undergraduate Awards, (Shortlisted) 2016.
Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize (Finalist), 2015.
Backwater Project Residency - Backwater Artist Studios, Cork, 2020-2021.
Cork County Council Artist in Residence at the Uillinn West Cork Art Centre, 2020.
Artist in Residence, JOYA, Spain, 2019.
Artist in Residence at the Auxiliary Project Space, Stockton, England, 2017.
ARTISTS TALKS & PRESENTATIONS
Presentation of work - Marginal Habitats - at the Uillinn West Cork Art Centre, 2020.
Presentation of Work to the Patrons of the Whitechapel Gallery for Curator Habda Rashid, Goldsmiths University London, 2018.
Presentation of Work: Homeward Bound at Foto Istanbul, 2015.