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McDermott & McGough’s photographs, paintings and installations are fueled by their self-imposed time travel, and reflect the larger performance art dimension of their everyday lives. In this way they have explored art and culture, both high and low, from religion and sexual mores to the new industrial age and popular entertainment. However, they also subvert the obvious by incorporating homoerotic and art historical references, allowing the subject to expand outside of its time-capsule-like boundaries and to exist in relation to current cultural and artistic ideals.
McDermott was born in Hollywood, California, in 1952, although he spent most of his childhood in New Jersey. McGough was born in 1958 in Syracuse, New York, where he lived until moving to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1977. Coincidentally, David attended Syracuse University studying Advertising Design in the 1970s but their paths never crossed until they were both living in New York City a few years later. They have exhibited widely internationally and were nominated for the Glen Dimplex Award at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1998. Previous exhibitions include the Frankfurter Kunstverein in 1986 and the Whitney Biennial, New York, in 1987, 1991 and 1995. In 1997 the duo mounted a mid-career retrospective exhibition at the Provincial Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium.
The exhibition will tour to Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, from November 2008 to January 2009.
The exhibition is sponsored by De Gournay, London.
MONTAUDON CHAMPAGNE kindly supplied by MITCHELL & SON WINE MERCHANTS, DUBLIN.
A fully-illustrated catalogue published by IMMA, with a foreword by Enrique Juncosa, Director, IMMA, and texts by Matthew Higgs, Director, White Columns, New York, and Seán Kissane, accompanies the exhibition. The catalogue is supported by Marie Donnelly.
A Limited Edition print by McDermott & McGough is available to buy, please follow the link to IMMA Edition: McDermott & McGough
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