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Presently an exhibition curated by Feargal O’Malley has just recently finished its run. I was one of eighteen artists selected for the show and was delighted to be consider a part of such a dynamic and interesting collection of artists.

Presently showcases new work from eighteen emerging contemporary artists, currently working in Northern Ireland. Exhibited work ranges from sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and film to installation and multidisciplinary work. Presently is accompanied by a new limited edition broadsheet style publication which includes an introductory essay by Ciara Hickey.

I produced a new piece of work for the exhibition, continuing my investigation into the arena of extreme male bodybuilding and specifically the visual representations of the male form found in Muscle and Fitness magazines (circa 1980 to 1989). The piece, An object of desire (no homo) is a large scale photographic installation, suspended from the celling and spot lit from two directions.

Thanks to all involved and Andrew Rankin for his installation images.

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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.

I was contacted back in October by the editor of Sleek Magazine -a Berlin based contemporary Art and Fashion magazine- asking if they could feature an imaged from my recent installation work, RIPPED CHISELED AND ROCK HARD!. The issue focused on masculinity and its various contemporary representations. An essay by Hili Perlson examining the ways in which artists have explored the spectrum of masculine visual representations was illustrated by artists such as Stewart UooMichele Abeles,  Nic Guagnini, Bill Hayden and Ellen Altfest and myself.

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It was a real honor to be asked to contribute to this issue of Sleek and to be featured along such established artists.