By the artist, May 30 2016 11:04AM
I moved into the new studios and spent some time trying to work out the transport and parking routes, and coffee routes. I'm delighted to be part of this residency and think its a really unique supportive situation that will provide numerous pathways for research and new developments in my work. It will also crucially allow me to build an understanding of the important research and studies that professionals in the field are undertaking.
I set up a few new projects in the studio based on prints from a MRI scan and also new digital collage prints on fabric based around early 20th century advertising, electrical drawings from basic geiger counter circuits, and original maps from Bikini Atoll.
I also met and did a short interview with senior lecturer in the School of Physics Dr Luis Leon Vintro BSc PhD. He outlined some of the research that has gone into testing the Irish sea and the particles that can be found in the environment after Sellafiled over many years. He also outlined the testing that found elements of cesium in Ireland in the atmosphere post the Fukushima disaster in 2011.
I also worked on a large submission for an international project that may now go in a new direction.
After a period of intense administration I'm trying to catch up on some reading and research. In particular recommended by Dr Luis Leon Vintro:
Radioactivity in the Irish sea: Past Practices, Present status and Future Perspectives by P.I.Mitchell, P.J.Kershaw and L.Leon Vintro. (Chapter: 7, Publisher: Les Editions de Physique, Editors: P. Guegueniat, P. Germain, H. Metivier, pp.155-175. January 1996).
Making sense of Sellafield, The Royal Irish Academy, (RIA conference papers 2002).
A new exhibition called Portrait of a nation, just opened in Farmleigh House in the Phoenix park, 8th April to 29th May, which included one of my works from the OPW national collection.
I also had an installation open on the 24th March (-30 April) in a new exhibition called Americana, in the Dock in Carrick on Shannon, curated by Linda Shevlin with Brian Duggan (me)(IE) John Gerrard (IE) Kim Shively (USA) M12 Studio (USA). http://www.thedock.ie
On 21/22/23 I travelled to Brussels to present a work at Art Brussels. The sculpture “This short-term evacuation' was an original commission for Dublin Contemporary in 2011. The director of Art Brussels Katerina Gregos selected this piece for a special project “out of the box' with 12 other sculptures to present a new Sculptural Flaneur within the new site Tour and taxis in Brussels.
I started a new project based around mapping, the environment and the landscape, post situations of disturbances. It will be ongoing and possibly never finished.
I started planning for a major new installation that will be presented in Project in June in Dublin. At this stage we are mostly dealing with engineering drawings and trying to figure out can things, work, will they fit and why are we doing each element. http://projectartscentre.ie/event/ryou-un-maru/
I also have a solo exhibition in Basel in Switzerland in June and I'm making new work for the installation titled 'A cause for concern, but not alarm'. http://balzerprojects.com/exhibition-upcoming/
This short term Evacuation 2011, Art Brussels 2016