I thought I’d put up this old painting today. It was created in 2012 for a body of work on the theme of Homelessness. If you look carefully, you might be tempted to say that, ahem – “it straddles the arenas of painting, sculpture and installation”.
Hee hee, that’s a quote I picked up recently when I was visiting an exhibition in the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) Gallery. On view there were some large abstract paintings using builder’s materials. Yes, burlap, bonding plaster, wood, plastic sheeting, emulsion, roofing bolts and such. Hmmm. The sign also said that the works may be seen as a fragment of a larger social and cultural fabric and as a contingent part of the contemporary urban and architectural space from which they are drawn.
Now, it must be said that I’ve spent some time myself, looking into builders’ skips. Indeed, when in art college, I seem to remember the tutors encouraging us to do so.
But then I thought that it was particularly apposite for artworks referring to Homelessness. Sometimes an artist wanders aimlessly, walking for hours, looking for inspiration, looking into skips, looking at stuff that other people discard. Perhaps artists have something in common with people who’ve been made homeless…
Outsiders, I suppose.
Sometimes I think that it’d be nice to have a real job, a nice un-stressful job like a binman or a postman. Or maybe a builder. Messing around with auld bits of wood, corrugated cardboard, bonding plaster and burlap perhaps. But hang on, that’s what I’ve been using for those old ‘homeless’ paintings.
Actually, if you’re interested in works such as these, there are some still available through the Olivier Cornet Gallery. Here’s a couple more of them below…