You may remember back in May, artists were invited to respond to The Proclamation of the Irish Republic for an exhibition in Clones, Co. Monaghan. The idea was that they would request a postcard from the Clones Art Studios (which is based in the old Post Office in Clones) and they would turn it into a small artwork and post it back for the exhibition. This exhibition was curated by Eileen Ferguson and proved to be a really interesting show.
Now the exhibition has been invited to the Galerie la Vieille Poste in Larroque in the south of France – and of course, this is la galerie de mon vieil ami, Kenneth Hay. And of course, both art spaces are based in old post offices. My piece for the show in Larroque is above, it’s a photoshopped version of a large painting that I did earlier this year. I’m doing a lot of work in photoshop these days, enjoying messing around with virtual artworks on the computer, instead of painting real ones in the studio. It’s because I’m working on a video for my art project in Ros Muc… “Lens-based art”, they call it. A change is as good as a rest, I suppose, but you know, I can feel the studio calling me back.
No but, I wanted to emphasise the idea from the Proclamation of doing something for the “Common Good”. An idea that seems to have lost currency these days. How did that happen, do you think? We’re sorely in need of some visionary leadership again, I reckon. Any thoughts?