Friday, July 15, 2022

Residency 4, Day 24: 'Elitist art for everyone!' - Antoine Vitez

Holy shit: everything is coming together here, in and around Studio 3:

I was thinking earlier about Institutional Critique, and not only about how necessary the set of approaches was. Maybe a degree of it is always important, years ago I co-ran an event called 'Bite the Hand that Feeds you', but is an apparent fingers-up to all institutions to be trusted really? And hasn't much of what was worth doing already been done. It is interesting too to defend and embrace institutions? On a nuts-and-bolts level, what is wrong with a plinth? Answer me that? Speaking of which, four will be produced for the September opening. In the end it feels better than resorting to upturned recycling bins. I want to bend the stick back towards tradition a fraction, and incorporate some of the paraphernalia associated with gallery exhibiting.

Also I want to credit the numerous firms who have helped. (Football and sports programmes often did, and still do, this. Am thinking of those heady days, trying to help organise the Blarney Three Day - which included creating drawings for the daily general classification, a rudimentary photocopied publication - whilst simultaneously racing in it.) Here's the list so far, maybe missing some:
  • Your Surprise .ie (hi-vis jackets)
  • Thornhill Electrical (site of numerous experiments and workshops)
  • Thornhill Brothers Hardware (forklift truck discussions and more)
  • TechSilver (motion activated audio devices)
  • O'Reilly Couriers Goleen (print transport)
  • Leslie Roycroft and Sons Garage (used car)
  • Kavanaghs Toys, Wexford (battery powered jobs)
  • Imagine Inflatables (inflatables)
  • Earthmill Maintenance (for ?)
  • Drinagh Pharmacy (my photography printers)
  • Digital Printing Ireland (post-cards)
  • Countryside Sports (road bowling balls)
  • Carbery Road Bowling (they'll run a workshop)
  • Blackwater Motors (car rental)
  • Barry Brothers Builders Merchants (the pipes, the pipes...)
  • Bally Bia Restaurant (formerly a petrol station)
and others...

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