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Megan Rooney, 'Untitled' (2016). Install view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, 'Papier-mâché head of a goddess' (2016). Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, 'Moons and salads' (2016). Install view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, 'Moons and salads' (2016). Install detail. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, 'Memorial park at sunset' (2016). Install view. Courtesy the artist and Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, 'Untitled (Cat litter boxes)' (2016). Install view. Courtesy the artist and Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, 'Untitled (Cat litter boxes)' (2016). Installation view. Courtesy the artist and Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, 'Your blue dream, my two left feet' (2016). Install view. Courtesy the artist and Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, 'Hairless, rough and sensitive' (2016). Install detail. Courtesy the artist and Seventeen Gallery, London
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Megan Rooney, 'It was dude perfect under the bridge' (2016) Install view. Courtesy the artist and Seventeen Gallery, London

Megan Rooney, Animals on the bed (2016) exhibition photos

, 21 July 2016

Megan Rooney‘s solo show, Animals on the bed runs at Seventeen Gallery in London between June 3 and July 23, 2016.

A collection of paintings, sculptures, sounds, words and murals occupy the space by creating a sense of floating and providing the viewer with unfolding and recurring encounters of various characters, depicted within the works. The London-based artist’s practice is often filled by soft and grotesque figures, presented on large and spacious backgrounds within mushy blue and pink environments.

Megan Rooney, 'Moons and salads' (2016). Installation view. Courtesy the artist and Seventeen Gallery, London
Megan Rooney, ‘Moons and salads’ (2016). Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen Gallery, London.

For Animals on the bed Rooney marks the gallery space as “foreign territory”, where contrasting physical and emotional states drift through, whilst the depictions of bodies are beset by images of confrontation and pollution, awkwardness and discomfort. The painted back of one painting reveals itself to the viewer as it sits on top of and smothers the mural underneath. Large and faint hands fall down the wall and in the middle are several sculptures of cat litter trays cradling plants inside and a cat basket with its cage door open.

An extract from the sound piece:

She wasn’t really sure about his love life. No sex. Well yes but no. Laughing laughing laughing. Birds land on your shoulder. Killing time. Laying on the floor next to a stuffed animal. Letting your hair get greasy. Dying you hair. Ordering coke with ice. Living longer then you can afford.” **

Exhibition photos, top right.

Megan Rooney’s Animals on the bed is on at London’s Seventeen Gallery, running June 3 – July 23, 2016.

Header image: Megan Rooney, ‘Untitled’ (2016). Installation detail. Courtesy the artist + Seventeen, London.