mixed media assemblage on cupboard door
I showed this one in 'Off the Grid' in Tamp and Stitch, Temple Bar. It has a button which, when you press it, causes a small l.e.d. to flash for 7 seconds and then switch off. The title comes from a line in Ulysses- 'J. Logie Baird's bombairdment box', which was Joyce's description of the experimental early television transmissions that were then being made by the same J. Logie Baird, a Scotsman.
'Now we're Suckin' Diesel'
mixed media assemblage on formica on wood
This was in 'Chaos Rules', a joint show with
Catherine Ryan in Leixlip library. (click on her name to visit website)
It was created using things I found in the skip behind a college science laboratory, mostly. The green formica-covered wood was found there too. Any time I'm passing that place I stop to see what goodies are there for the taking.
There are a few circular items in this one. As I explained on the previous page I started collecting circular washers when I was a cycle-courier, and that was what led to my using assemblage more and more as a technique.
Another artist who used assemblage, and circular items in particular is Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948).
You can look him up here: http://www.artchive.com/artchive/S/schwitters.html
'Unidentified Flying K'
mixed media assemblage on wooden tablemat
This was in 'Chaos Rules' too. The orange thing springing out on the right is a pad from an ECG (Electro-cardiogram).
All items are washed and then sanded or filed before being used in any of my artworks.
'Let the Good Times Roll'
mixed media assemblage on wood
This was also in 'Off the Grid'. The old ad for the 'Amazing New Dictaphone' was plucked from one of those missals of colonial military-industrialism and, it has to be said, of gorgeous and fascinating features about faraway places- National Geographic Magazine. There was an abandoned barn near the studio in Carrickmines where I worked for four years, and inside the barn there were several crates of National Geographic magazines going back through the years. It was an issue from the 1950's that I got this out of.
'Shoot, Crickey, I'm about Finished' (Ulysses) - mixed media assemblage on wood
There was this call-out last March for artists to come up with things for an Exhibition in Gjilan, Kosovo called U-structure. It hasn't happened yet, and my work wasn't chosen either, but here is what I made and a link to their blogsite: http://ustructureexhibition.blogspot.ie/