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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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Brian J Morrison

The Household Belfast curators invited five artists‘Exquisite Corpse’ in an empty shop

I spent two days with my father constructing two wooden frames used to house two large scale reproductions of family photographs. On the left, my mother gazes directly down the lens of an unknown fashion photographer. On the right, my father displays a feat of strength by lifting his eight-year-old son above his head with apparent ease. These two images, encapsulate two influential elements in the creation of my own gendered identity.

Within my practice I have negotiated various male dominated social groups, in an attempt to decipher the multiple definitions of masculinity. This is the first time I have attempted an introspective enquiry.

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Images taken by Stu Calvin