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Pandemonium

An Tobar's Winter Open Exhibition 

30 October 2020 - March 2021 

 

Each year An Tobar’s open exhibition invites artists from Mull, Iona and Argyll, along with previous exhibitors at the gallery, to respond to a theme which reflects the events of the year. I chose Pandemonium as the title for 2020’s open exhibition at An Tobar because it seems to encompass the notion of uproar and confusion, hinting at the idea of the pandemic and the distress and disruption that it has caused. 

 

Pandemonium, derived from Milton’s term for the capital city of Hell (Pandaemonium), one definition is: Wild confusion, a place of uproar and chaos. 

 

The mass media has spent a great deal of the time reflecting on the darker side of the events of the year. In reality, people from all walks of life have accomplished amazing things in 2020, despite the continuing and increasing pressure. 

For an artist there is much to consider in these “interesting times”. Here are some quotations that seem relevant: 

“Art is the highest form of hope, it is what brings us together.” Gerhard Richter. 

“Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity.” Dorothy Tanning. 

“We’re never gonna survive unless we go a little, crazy.” Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel aka Seal. 

“This exhibition will be our raft; its name will be Pandemonium”. Mike Darling.