We’re coming close to the end of the Covid Eyes online project… just one or two more Tuesdays. So the Professor mentioned the term “Expanded Painting” the other day, a term he tells me that was first used back in 2005 when there was an exhibition of that title at the Prague Biennale.
“Expanded Painting” – ah, it’s all about artists challenging the conventions of painting and such. Re-conceptualizing the traditional understanding of painting, you might say. Found objects, fabrics, installations and such, all putting forward a new understanding of what is meant by painting…
Funny thing is – I’d been making those “expanded paintings” for a long time and I hadn’t realised it (!). The eyes above are from a painting about the crisis of homelessness in Ireland. I often used auld bits of cardboard and wood and steel meshes in my paintings back then to refer to the poverty of the subject.
Here’s a short film about the work, made by TG4 on the occasion of my solo exhibition entitled: “Dídean/ Home” at the Bourne Vincent Gallery in Limerick University.