My Dad and I completed our short term residency in PS² at the the end of January. The process and the outcome provided some new insight into this ongoing collaboration. What began as a method of transferring artistic production, whilst commenting on my own constructed masculine identity, has developed in to a production (and conceptual) partnership.

There is progression to be had with this project and I suspect part three will not be far away.

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In May last year, as part of a short term residency, The Household Belfast curators invited five artists  to create a large scale ‘Exquisite Corpse’ in an empty shop. For my section of the corpse, I spent two days with my father constructing two wooden frames used to house two large-scale reproductions of family photographs

 

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On Thursday 16th January as part of the PS² rehearsal room project I will resurrect this project and in doing so resurrect a production partnership with my father. I will be spending two days constructing a new photographic installation which has been developed through a series of conversations and experiments with my father. One of my aims is to encourage my father to examine contemporary sculpture and architecture beyond its functional capabilities, in an attempt to develop his understanding of my artistic practice.

Although, by its very nature, this piece is a continual ‘work in progress’ I hope to raise some questions relating to the validity of this partnership as a method of contemporary art production.

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I’ll be in PS² on Saturday 18th from 12pm to 2pm if you wish to view the final works and discuss the project with me.

I was invited by Mary McIntyre  to paticipate in a new short term residency at the University of Ulster as part of the Fine Art MFA program.

“MFA Belfast are starting a new initiative, inviting emerging and recent graduate artists and curators as artist in residence to take up the MFA project space for short term projects. The artists in residence will be given the project/studio space in the MFA program to use to develop new work and to engage and connect with the students on the MFA Course. The duration of each residency will be flexible but generally 3 – 4 weeks. MFA”

I completed my 4 weeks at the beginning of December. Here are some images of the various things I constructed while I was there.

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It was a thoroughly enjoyable and productive experience and I’d like to thank Mary McIntyre, Dan Shipsides and all the students who took the effort to chat to me while I was invading their space. Thank you.