Eirinn

Today I presented a project that’s been about five months in the making, Experiencing the Ineffable. These are a few shots of the space I installed the work in. In addition to the photographs there is an essay, which I presented a summary of this morning.

Hopefully I will have the individual pieces uploaded soon.

"Suddenly Forgotten"

Variable Dimension Installation

Joe O’Brien

A few views of a series that began in Ireland and was finished in the United States.

New version of an old photo from Northern Ireland. I’m giving a digital printing demo tomorrow and I think I’ll be using this as my demo image. I’m excited to finally get a good copy of this on paper.
Specs: Nikon D60, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, Photoshop 5.5, A3+ Hahnemühle Glossy Fine Art Photo Rag, Epson 4880 pro
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New version of an old photo from Northern Ireland. I’m giving a digital printing demo tomorrow and I think I’ll be using this as my demo image. I’m excited to finally get a good copy of this on paper.

Specs: Nikon D60, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, Photoshop 5.5, A3+ Hahnemühle Glossy Fine Art Photo Rag, Epson 4880 pro

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The Traveler (Illuminated)

Mixed Media

9”x9”x9”

Joe O’Brien

This is the first piece from a new series

Better views of 9.1 (installed). The other eight sculptures are in production now, along with a new series of work. 

Joe O’Brien

9.1 (installed)
MDF, Paint, Lights, Dirt, Inkjet Print, Mounting Board, Paint
9.5”x9.5”x6”

This is the first of nine structures that will be created to display each of the images from the series 9. The construction of the next 8 boxes is the last phase of this project. The book about this series went to press today, I should have the first copy within a week of the new year, and a full suite of prints has already been made. 

9.1 (installed)

MDF, Paint, Lights, Dirt, Inkjet Print, Mounting Board, Paint

9.5”x9.5”x6”

This is the first of nine structures that will be created to display each of the images from the series 9. The construction of the next 8 boxes is the last phase of this project. The book about this series went to press today, I should have the first copy within a week of the new year, and a full suite of prints has already been made. 

Top: All three pieces of the Juniper Tree series displayed together.

Left: Juniper Tree (I), Silver Gelatin Print, Rives BFK, Thread, Ink, Wall paint.

Center: Juniper Tree (II&III), Silver Gelatin Print, Rives BFK, Thread, Ink, Wall paint.

Right: Juniper Tree (IV), Silver Gelatin Print, Rives BFK, Thread, Ink, Wall paint.

The Juniper Tree series was inspired by a Brothers Grimm fable of the same name. In the fable, a young boy’s stepmother kills him to prevent him from inheriting his father’s wealth. His half-sister buries his bones under a juniper tree. My work explores the relationship between the half-sister and her brother’s skeletal remains in a series of non-sequential tableaus. The use of red ink, thread, and printmaking paper are visual references to the narrative and physical aesthetics of old stories and the books in which they were printed and bound.

Joe O’Brien 2012

Goodbye Ireland

This will probably be my last post from Ireland, but over the next few weeks I’ll be processing and posting more images from my time here. After that I’ll continue to post my artwork on this blog, so stay tuned if you wish.

I’ve had a fantastic time abroad and really wish I could stay at BCA for another semester or two… or three or four. If you ever want to get in contact with me just use the “ask” button at the top of this page, or email me at jtpobrien(at)aol.com

9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 9.6, 9.7, 9.8, 9.9

Inkjet prints (editions of 15)

These 9 prints are currently on display at Fourteen to 1 in Ballyvaughan, County Clare. The original photos are darkroom prints that were manipulated using a process called mordancage. This is one of several manifestations of these nine images, there are is also a photo-sculpture piece and a softcover book that contains information on the thinking behind the series, and the process of constructing the series. More photos of the show, and other aspects of the series will follow.

Tower of Beauty 

60x60x165cm

Wood, Medium Density Fiberboard, Paint, Found Object

Joe O’Brien 2012