Three days to go till the launch of Ghostlight in the BIrr Vintage Week Arts Fest (it's a totally brilliant concept putting vintage next to contemporary, in the village where astronomy, and it's practical spin-off, space exploration, was given a significant leg-up in the mid-19th Century). Another coat of emulsion and pop the Perspex glow in the dark acetate photos on and we're ready for lift-off! The mammy and baby lozenges on the right and left are rechargeable, the daddy, in the middle, will be hooked up to the mains. When the power is off, they'll glow from the phosphorescent pigment.
Delighted to be taking part in this, it's why I make art, so it can be included in bigger things that everyone can get something out of. And it coincides with my birthday.
As well as the three Light-Lozenges which will be in the Ghost Light exhibition, I'll have a few assemblages on display as part of the Arts Trail in the Birr Vintage Week Arts Festival in early August.
I'm including a painting called 'Laughing at the Moon' which has my late Uncle's dentures among the objects attached to the surface, partly because Birr is very near where my father hailed from.
Another reason for including this one is the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, and the historic connection Birr has with astronomy- the telescope in Birr Castle was the largest in the world when it was made in 1845, and where the spiral nature of some galaxies was dicovered.
It's what Denis would have wanted.
The beautiful and historic town of Birr in Co. Offally will be hosting the Birr Vintage Week Arts Festival from the 2nd to the 10th of August. There'll be some spectacular offerings including Vintage Luminaries- light projections on historic buildings. That'll be on the opening night, Friday the 2nd. There's also gonna be a group exhibition on called Ghost Light in a vaulted crypt comprising light-based art, which I'm currently making these three lightboxes for.
It's going to be an honour exhibiting in my father's home town, not to mention the home town of what was once the world's largest telescope.
'The Importance of Interbeing', a short Art Video I made from some of the things I've filmed over the past two years since I've had a smartphone, will be on view, along with 200 other International one minute Art Videos and 26 exhibits by Maggi Hambling, Sarah Lucas, Issam Kourbaj and other great producers of contemporary Art. It was put together by Alive In The Universe, this being the idea behind all of the work being screened. This weekend (Easter Weekend) they'll be shown at a pre-screening in The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout, Suffolk, and from May 8th to June 4th in Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice... EVVIVA!!!
On Thursday 16th the one minute works will be shown all day.
They'll be on everyday as well along with the main exhibitors' work.
..and here's the 30 second promo teaser of Alive in the Universe, curated by Caroline Wiseman and David Baldry of Aldeburgh International:
An assemblage on wood that I've been working on for the last few years, off and on, which is the way with assemblages, 'Insects In-Vogue', a space-scape which can be viewed in zero-gravity, and is about a different part of time/space where the dominant species have exoskeletons, can be viewed in the Catalyst Arts, College Court, Belfast from Thursday 18th April until Thursday 9th May.
Opening hours are 11am - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday.
Was going to buy a standard lamp for my lovely girlfriend so she could read books and write things, you know the way.. saw one in the Stillorgan decor centre that was a hybrid between a standard and a desk lamp, thought- that's the one! Was about to hitch the trailer onto my bike to go down and get one when a thought struck- make the bugger myself! Am doing some plumbing at the moment so had a good bit of copper pipe and connections lying around, cost around ten euro total for the cable, switch and the rubber feet. The shade and bendy bit are from an old desk lamp. If you can wire a plug you can do the electrics.
These ones were all bought by the Carty's, Liz and Oliver, recently.. thanks again! The first two are Stamp-cells, Broadband Bonkers (brand new) and May Contain Traces of Mustard, shown in the Fishbowl Gallery in Temple Bar. The curvy one is Original Response, shown in The Signal Open exhibition in Signal Arts Centre in Bray in 2018, and the Square one is Strike a New Direction, which was in the Westport Arts Festival in 2016, when the theme was matchboxes.
For safety reasons and for less interruptions by well-meaning enthusiastic and curious passers-by, who I'd spend half the time chatting with if I was painting during the day, the mural I started last month in a nursing home is being done in the dark of night.
Not long to go now with it, then after 3 days the first of 2 isolation coats of acrylic medium, and two coats of satin varnish.
It's going to be an actual café for residents of the nursing home and their families.
Nice, huh? :-)
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