Literary Programme 2018

Stuart Coughlan and Margaret Lonergan: Exhibition

Stuart Coughlan and Margaret Lonergan: Exhibition
(Too Fast. Too Slow)

Margaret Lonergan
Stuart Coughlan

Organico Café

Fri 13 July 2018



This exhibition will be launched by Diarmuid Ó Drisceoil at 4pm on Friday 13 July and will then run until Saturday 4 August

Too Fast. Too Slow: Two Generation-X graphic designers go out to play together in the space between analogue and digital worlds.

At art college in the 1980s Stuart Coughlan and Margaret Lonergan were trained almost exclusively in analogue processes — Stuart in the discipline of Fine Art, and Margaret in the discipline of Design. Now, as freelance graphic designers, they both work almost exclusively through digital means. The work in this exhibition is a fluid and lightly-held creative exchange: an exchange between analogue and digital voices, an exchange between two cross-disciplinary practitioners who have a friendship, who are in-laws (thought they’d much prefer to think of themselves as outlaws), and who have been having this conversation naturally and informally for over twenty years.

In Too Fast. Too Slow. Stuart and Margaret have used contemporary digital software and imaging systems to create a series of fine art prints drawn from the detritus of the analogue world: sketchbooks, newspaper-cuttings, paper bags, notes, tickets, photographs, weathered surfaces, collected objects, and the crumpled edges of things.

The processes and products of the analogue world can register with us as ‘too slow’, and those of the digital world can register as ‘too fast’. At the heart of it, this show has a softly whispered ‘just right’.

Twenty-four of the pieces in the show are digitally created pigment prints on Hahnemuhle fine art paper. In addition to these, there are a smaller number of hand-made pieces.


Margaret Lonergan is a graphic artist and independent visual communication practitioner. She lectured in graphic design at the School of Education, NCAD, from 1992 to 2002, and was Head of the Department of Visual Communication there from 2002 to 2009. Across a multi-layered 29-year career in art and design, she has continually drawn on the language and tools of visual communication to realise a diverse portfolio of projects in some expected and some surprising contexts. She is a member of Visual Artists Ireland and The Institute of Designers in Ireland.

Stuart Coughlan studied Fine Art Crawford College of Art and Design, and has worked full-time as a freelance graphic designer for over fifteen years. His professional design practice, edit+, is centred largely in the arts and culture sector, and a mainstay of his work is book design. Stuart has consistently maintained an art practice and has undertaken a number of projects over the years, most notably a long term correspondence with the artist Declan Rooney which developed into the exhibition POST at Sirius Arts Centre in 2009.


Image: ‘36/37’ (2018) Stuart Coughlan & Margaret Lonergan (Collaborative Piece) archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag fine art paper