Colin Darke : Labour in Irish History

Fleming, Marnie; McCann, Eamonn. Colin Darke : Labour in Irish History. Oakville, Ont.: Oakville Galleries, 1999.

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Abstract (English)

Catalogue to accompany Darke’s exhibition of drawings based on “comms” (miniature handwritten letters by Irish political prisoners) and an installation made by handwriting J. Connolly’s book “Labour in Irish History” onto gallery walls. Fleming’s essay focuses on the role that language and text play in Darke’s work; she suggests his labour intensive, conceptually informed practice highlights differences between theory and praxis. The issue of power is also considered, primarily as it relates to the disparity between socialist and nationalist ideologies in Northern Ireland. A transcribed conversation between Darke and Fleming (accompanied by a glossary) centres on the political dimension of the artist’s work. Darke’s interests in the socialist theories of Marx and Trotsky are discussed. McCann’s essay links political struggles associated with the Free Derry Wall (a recurrent theme in Darke’s work) with other political struggles that took place in 1968. Special attention is given to the social function of art. Includes a glossary of Irish terms. Brief biographical notes on artist and authors. 29 bibl. ref.

Types: Catalogues > Exhibition catalogues
All Contributors: Fleming, Marnie (Author); Fleming, Marnie (Curator); Fleming, Marnie (Interviewer); Darke, Colin (Artist); Darke, Colin (Interviewee); McCann, Eamonn (Author); Périnet, Francine (Prefacer)
Dossier: 440 - DARKE, COLIN
Collation: 74 p. : 13 ill. ; 12 x 17 cm
ISBN: 0921027834
Language of Publication: English
Publishers: Oakville, Ont.: Oakville Galleries
Artists: Darke, Colin
Critics / Curators / Historians: Fleming, Marnie
Event Statement: Exhibition dates: 23 Jan. - 14 Mar. 1999, Oakville Galleries.
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Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2001
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2012 17:14
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