Trace Elements |Pascal Ungerer
Pascal Ungerer is a visual artist originally from West Cork. He holds an Honours Degree in
Fine Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art in Design. In 2018 he completed a
scholarship funded Masters on the prestigious MFA programme at Goldsmiths University
Though he has a background in lens based media Pascal has focused on developing a
painting practice over recent years.
He has exhibited his work extensively throughout Europe – as well as in North America and
Asia – including Blackburn Museum, CICA Museum South Korea, Roman Road Gallery
London and the Visual Center for Contemporary Art, Ireland.
He has won and been shortlisted for many awards such as the Alliance Franciase de Cork
Exhibition Award, the Bloomberg New Contemporaries, The Solo Award, The Alpine
Fellowship, The Sunny Art Prize, The ACS Studio Prize and the Ashurst Emerging Artist
He has received funding awards and bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork
County Council, Cork City Council, Culture Ireland and Goldsmiths University London.
His work is held in numerous private collections in Ireland, the UK, the US, France,
Germany and Switzerland.
As an artist Pascal is interested in peoples connection to place and land and the wider
perception of the natural or built environment and the interrelationship between these two
His most recent painting work looks at liminal landscapes on the margins of human
habitation, places that are temporal with a cyclical flux between abandonment and
Pascal says he is often drawn to unusual structures or topographies as well as places that
have storied, hidden or layered histories. ‘For me, many of these places represent a kind
of ‘otherness’ in a sometimes bleak and foreboding environment. Most of my paintings are
fictional landscapes where I amalgamate different places and ideas into a metaphorical
space to reflect upon wider socio-geographic issues, but my paintings are also intrinsically
linked to the places and stories that have inspired them.’ This exhibition – Trace Elements –
will showcase some exciting new work by Ungerer in a show that brings together many of
Pascal’s interests, in pensive, foreboding and empty landscapes as well as abandoned
industrial infrastructure, which he says is ‘emblematic of an architecture of the periphery
because of its obsolescence, marginality and alterity. ‘