I am a maker, an inventor, a photographer, a collector, a talker and an educator. Other interest include: dualities; deviations of language; barriers/divisions; flies and from time to time toblerones. Humour, eclectic curiosity, and the absurd are central to my practice, along with a refusal to be categorised.
I was a lecturer at NCAD Dublin for 30 years, in first year Core Studies, where I taught all disciplines. I initiated, created the structure, and wrote most of the creative tasks for NCADâ€™s folio entry submission brief that ran for 9 years and achieved an international award for educational innovation. I continue to develop educational projects, and have been invited as a visiting lecturer to several colleges. I deliver creative workshops orientated around a variety of topics. Being an educator remains central to my practice.
I also make physical work, mostly of a 3D nature. I am a serial inventor and generator of projects under the collective name: Dubious Proposals Of An Easily Deniable Nature. One of these was shown at EVA in 2016 when I attempted to change the time zone in Ireland. Others have generated the response: â€śunder considerationâ€ť.
I have twice been invited as a finalist on the BBCâ€™s Genius programme, and over a ten year period published over a thousand mostly humourous original ideas on the Halfbakery website using a moniker to preserve my anonymity. This is on-going work. I am also recorded as a â€śmischief makerâ€ť on a variety of projects for Red&Grey creatives in Dublin.
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx
some exhibitions and other things
2020 Most recent work is a notebook of ideas based on the theme of 100 permutations, which is now located in the Brooklyn Notebook Library. â€˘ 2019 - 2020 Delivered with fellow collaborative artist David Fagan, an alternative quiz show titled â€śSelf Improvementâ€ť. To date, this has been presented in the Onono Gallery Rotterdam and in Temple Bar Gallery Basic Space Dublin. This is an ongoing project. â€˘ 2019 Altered the Foosball table at MOMA Design Museum (inverted all of the players) â€˘ â€śLadder In A Bottleâ€ť, â€śNever Mindâ€ť and â€śNothing/Nothingâ€ť (proposal to gild all the stones in a stretch of Famine Wall) shown at Catalyst Arts Belfast â€˘ 2016 EVA International â€śStill The Barbariansâ€™ - Exhibited piece titled: â€ś909,125 minutes laterâ€ť Produced limited edition hand made book illustrating a number of ways to make the best use of the missing 909,125 minutes â€˘ 2016 produced piece titled: â€śThe Great Wall Of China Colouring-in Book, in 495 Volumesâ€ť. This is the latest idea to add to an ongoing set of work under the general title of: "Dubious Proposals Of An Easily Deniable Nature" â€˘ 2014 Billboard selected and produced by East Belfast Creative Artist Exchange in response to theme title: â€śGreenâ€ť â€˘ 2014 Royal Ulster Academy piece - â€śNesting Box That Might Attract Small Exotic Migratory Visitorsâ€ť â€˘ 2009 Winner of an award for the design of a range of alternative souvenirs for The Northern Ireland Tourist Board â€˘ 2007, and 2008 twice invited as a finalist unto the BBC Genius programme in response to two ideas, which appeared in the halfbakery web site. â€˘ 2007 Generated and published idea â€śClimbing Up The Walls of Everythingâ€ť. This was originally an EVA submission that was subsequently realised by Ikea in France in 2013 to launch one of their stores. â€˘ 2007 performed a version of Wilson and Keppelâ€™s Sand Dance on the roof of his shed in an effort to bed down the recently laid felt. (neighbourhood audience) â€˘ 2003 Dublin Cow parade. (cut cow in half and converted it into salt and pepper shakers) â€˘ 1986 - 2018 Lectured at NCAD Dublin in First Year Core Studies, with time also spent teaching in Fine Art Sculpture; Fashion; Visual Communication; Ceramics, Glass and Metals; Product Design. â€˘ 1980 - 2001 specific dates lost in time.... lecture tour of USA, Lecturing in Cork and Belfast, etc â€˘ Painted a community wall mural in West Belfast under the watchful eyes of active paramilitaries. â€˘ 1982 Assisted with the installation of one of Joseph Beuysâ€™ pieces in the Guggenheim NYC. â€˘ Sometime in the 80s - painted with fellow artist Leo McCann the iconic cut-out Elvis figure that stood outside Terri Holleyâ€™s Good Vibrations record store on Gt.Victoria Street. â€˘ Received several awards for photography, experimental and contemporary illustration. â€˘ Winner of a Martin Parr award for taking the strangest holiday photograph. â€˘ Pre history - Dug graves at Carnmoney Cemetery (I tried to bury them all, but some I had to put in the trees) and placed many tins of beans on the shelves at Crazy Prices, according to the rules of an obscure algorithm.