Síoraí: Visualising James Fintan Lalor’s Words Today
(Watch the video trailor for the film screening on Saturday here .)
Has nothing changed in Government in over 160 years?
James Fintan Lalor declared the Government of 1847 to be ‘Null and Void of Moral Effect’. A New Exhibition of Paintings asks, ‘What’s Changed?’
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, 7pm, 3rd October 2014 – Robert Ballagh, Aosdána, will formally open Brendon Deacy’s new exhibition inspired by the words of James Fintan Lalor.
Laois native, James Fintan Lalor (1807–1849) dedicated his life to lobbying on behalf of those who were too downtrodden to speak for themselves and had a profound effect on Irish political developments. Pádraig Pearse called him ‘one of the four evangelists of Irish freedom’. With austerity, the homelessness crisis & mass emigration still prevalent today, a new exhibition of Lalor-inspired paintings puts the spotlight on over 160 years of Government and asks the stinging question: has anything changed?
The artist responsible, Brendon Deacy, was commissioned by Laois County Council to produce an exhibition as part of the James Fintan Lalor School 2014. His series of iconic paintings revitalise Lalor’s words with images of contemporary Ireland. The exhibition runs from 3rd October to 8th November and is accompanied by a newspaper, designed in the style of the publications that Lalor contributed to, that is enriched by incisive commentaries by the likes of Robert Ballagh, Clare Short, Ken Loach, Seán Fleming TD, Mick Heaney, Martin Doyle, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, Jim O'Brien & Teddy Fennelly. The newspaper will be available at the exhibition opening and a digital version can be seen and downloaded at: http://www.newspaperclub.com/brendondeacy/wy4aps75-siorai
A short film about the making of the exhibition which features Kevin Lalor Fitzpatrick & Robert Ballagh will close the James Fintan Lalor School 2014 at 3pm, 18th October.
Brendon Deacy is a Laois artist who has published two critically acclaimed artist’s books, ‘The State We’re Out’ and ‘A Life in Relief’. Many notable public collections hold his work. ‘Síoraí: Visualising the Words of James Fintan Lalor Today’ is his seventeenth solo show. He was recently commissioned to make images in response to a series of short stories by prominent writers on the theme of ‘This Means War’ that were published weekly in The Irish Times. He teaches at NCAD and has been a visiting tutor to the Universities of Anadolu (Turkey), Birmingham, Helsinki, San Diego and the Royal College of Art.
Wach a short video of the hanging of the exhibition with the artist.