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Behind and Ahead,
SPAS Photo Gallery, RIT, Rochester,
New York, USA. 1994

Egon and Ireland,
Gallery of Photography, Essex Street,
Dublin. 1993

 


 

An evidential project of photographs and works on paper that recount a fictional relationship between the Austrian artist Egon Schiele and Ireland, specifically his search for Sheela-na-Gigs, as an example of primitive masturbatory expression which in turn inspire his most notorious works.

Several large mural prints that used early 20th century tourist photographs of Ireland, found in the George Lucas film library in California. Composite landscaped provided a backdrop for the visits of Egon Schiele to Ireland where is seen looking at Sheela-na-Gigs sculptures, purchasing them at a market, and mimicking their postures in the National Museum (where they were actually not put on display until the late 20th century).

A wall piece of bagged book pages and small portraits reads as a gushing hyper history of the artist. Clement Greenberg’s book Art and Culture (1961) provided the raw material, with major revisions to the Art in Paris section (lots of additional illustrations). The text “found and replaced” the names and heads of other artists with Egon Schiele. This revised mono-modernism presents the onanistic outsider as cannon.

Installations were based around the entrance foyers for large museum retrospectives, with blow-ups of family photographs, the odd reproduced relic and similar non-engaging artefacts. As a precursor to a show that doesn’t exist, and a history that never happened, the project investigated the roots of modernism in the primitive but through the debate on difference and multi-culturalism that raged in the early 90s. It was also a way of understanding the position of the artist abroad, engaging with another culture, vapidly following the trends of the day and hopefully beginning to make some good art.

Above left:
Egon Silouette, 1994
press-on type, vintage frame and paper
11.5 x 16.5 cm

Creative Misunderstandings, 1993
toned silver gelatin print, adhered to wall
Footnotes, 1993
toner, paper, oak frames, silver gelatin print, adhered to wall
largest framed piece 30 x 40 cm
Narcissism and Aggression, 1993
toned silver gelatin print, adhered to wall
Lux Barbare/Art in Paris, 1993
12 framed colour reversal prints, 12 framed palladium prints in antique mounts.
each framed piece 28.5 x 36 cm
Music of Spheres, 1993
toned silver gelatin print, adhered to wall
Onan and Egon, 1993
press-on type applied to wall
50 x 40 cm

Egon Portraits:

Egon Schiele c.1915
anon.
Framed van dyke print

Subtitle
“Ist dies Augenblinckskunst?”
toned silver gelatin print, adhered to wall

fetishistic subtitle
ektachrome print, pinned to wall

 

Greenberg Pages, 1994
paper, toner, tea, palladium prints, antique mounts, plastic bags
300 x 200 cm
 
Portrait of Egon Schiele (as Chagall), 1994
palladium print on antique card
11 x 15.5 cm

Portrait of Egon Schiele (as Braque), 1994
palladium print on antique card
13 x 11.6 cm

Portrait of Egon Schiele (as Cézanne), 1994
palladium print on antique card
5 x 8 cm

Portrait of Egon Schiele (as Picasso), 1994
palladium print on antique card
6.4 x 9.5 cm

Portrait of Egon Schiele (as Renoir), 1994
palladium print on antique card
7 x 9.3 cm

Portrait of Egon Schiele (as Léger), 1994
palladium print on antique card
7.3 x 8.6 cm

Greenberg Page, contents, 1994
toner on paper, tea stained
13 x 20 cm

Greenberg Page 69, 1994
toner on paper, , tea stained
13 x 20 cm

Greenberg Page 96, 1994
toner on paper, tea stained
13 x 20 cm

Greenberg Page 108, 1994
toner on paper, tea stained
13 x 20 cm

  Greenberg Page 113, 1994
toner on paper, tea stained
13 x 20 cm
 
Schiele Drawing, 1994
PVC mounted ektachrome prints, paper labels with plastic covers
approx. 30 x 35 cm
....... Elementary Visual Categories, 1993
gelatin silver print

This is Really Filthy, 1993
gelatin silver print adhered to the wall

Subtitle, 1993
toned gelatin silver print adhered to the wall