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Blank History

Rich Mix London 07/02/2019 

https://richmix.org.uk/cinema/blank-history/

 

 The Erased Heads of Europe

Mermaid Art Centre Ireland  25-29/03/2019

https://www.mermaidartscentre.ie/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blank History (2018-2020) will extend to a series of murals, discussions, and painting out parties, (exploring the legacy of London squat culture during the 1970's & 80's), as well as a new single channel film.  

The project explores how contributions to history are orchestrated. Particular focus is made on human response to rapid alteration of space and the sublimation of loss experienced by the transformation.

The concept is explored by concentrating on ephemerality and chance. Blank History is here to mean history created by the unforeseen consequences of power. Historical progress, viewed from this vantage, allows an investigation into who controls, in both the immediate and longer term, the trajectory of Capital, Power and Language. 

THE ERASED HEADS OF EUROPE


THE ERASED HEADS OF EUROPE 2018 Mermaid Art Centre Ireland 25/03-29/03/2019

ERASED HEADS OF EUROPE is a gable end size mural made to be partially painted out. The 11 founders of the EU are seated before the European Flag. The faces and nameplates are painted in thereafter painted out, as is a large section of the surrounding flag. The work references the Brexit process but does so from the perspective of blank history.  The 11 came to a collective decision based on post war evidence. History progresses on reaction to decisions, the mural reflects this.

Begun on 25/03/2019 an Erased Head mural was painted on the wall of the Mermaid Art Centre Co Wicklow Ireland, completed on 28/03/209 and painted out on 29/03/2019, the orginal date for Britain to leave the European Union. Images: Megan Robinson

 

THE ERASED HEADS OF EUROPE 2018 Painted Out Mermaid Art Centre Ireland 25/03-29/03/2019

 

BLANK HISTORY

 

BLANK HISTORY Conflating a critique of the absence of biographical detail in Don McCullin's 1969 photograph "Homeless Irishman" with a poetic dissertation on immigrant love and loss this visually striking and highly original moving image work explores why some loss experience leads to civil disobedience more than others.

The film and the ideas raised within it are the result of witnessing the immediate collective community response on streets beneath the still burning Grenfell Tower.

Film/Talk took place at Rich Mix London 2019, screening followed by discussion on the sublimation of loss with Lacanian psychoanalyst Roger Litten


SQUAT CULTURE

Squat Culture Mural 2017 Rich Mix Gallery London
Acrylic on plastered wall

9000mm x 2400mm

Squat Culture Mural Painted Out 2017

Squat Culture Rich Mix June 5th Images https://goo.gl/photos/CPxU35tUboxKQ4hn7

Squat Culture is a one off event highlighting the correlation in being an immigrant and becoming an artist. The idea took shape from experience of encountering squat & warehouse parties after arriving to 1980's London from Ireland.

Prior to a one off event a mural is painted. The image is that of a rampant River engulfing the financial heart of a City. Wild beasts are carried along in the rushing tide. An audience is then invited to an opening. There, I invite the assembled audience to leave the mural and travel to a stage to hear 5 immigrant artists, selected from open call, perform a 1000 word essay on their experience of arriving/getting started in a new country. During their readings I depart the stage to paint out the mural. I return to close the evening by explaining the importance of creative ephemerality and object valuelessness before inviting the audience to revisit the concealed painting.

In June 2017 I hosted the first such evening event in the gallery and onstage at Rich Mix Art Centre in East London.

 

SIAMSA MURAL 2016

Siamsa Mural 2016: 6m x 3m approx Siamsa Tire Gallery Ireland

Siamsa Mural Painted Out

Seeing images of the painting out of a commissioned mural for the Irish Art Centres 25th year in its present building began the process of consciously creating and then covering large-scale murals