Void was delighted to host the solo exhibition There by Dublin based artist Caroline Mc Carthy.

The theme throughout the works shown at Void was a response to archetypal representations of place.

Gallery 1 houses one of the more recent pieces in the exhibition PalmTree (CMYK).tif , 2006. In this work Mc Carthy uses circles of plastic punched out from red, yellow, blue and black bin liners to create images based on CMYK printing technique. The image produced for this show is a copy of an image of a palm tree found by accident in a ‘sample image’ folder in the depths of the artist’s computer.

In Gallery 2 there is an older piece Souvenirs (Blue) and Golden Wonder, 1998,is a visual response to the contemporary language of travel and destination. Images from Travel brochures of resort destinations from around the globe are trimmed to reveal simply the heart of the image – the resort swimming pool. The cut-out swimming pools are displayed in a row, beneath which a row of found crisps, each crisp an echo of the pool above. The elevation of the crisp, and its mimicking of the pools both highlights and undermines the status of the destination image.

Mc Carthy’s exhibition at Void featured an unusual body of work that offered the viewer an alternative glance at the familiar.


Caroline McCarthy (born in Dublin, lives and works in London) graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 1994, and an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 1998. Her work brings everyday materials such as packaging, rubbish, furniture, found objects and images into conversation with certain modes of art production and display, in work which explores the nature of representation, consumerism, visual hierarchy and ideas of value and taste.

Her work is included in the collections of The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Allied Irish Bank, Arts Council of Ireland, Office of Public Works, Zabludowicz Collection, European Central Bank, Berge Collection Madrid; and many private collections.

Caroline is currently serving as External Examiner for BA Film, Video and Photography, Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland. She is represented by Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.

Find more on her website here.


Void Gallery is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City Council.