Little Flowers, the current body of work by Austin Hearne, is currently on show at deAppendix, a cultural space co-located with the Amaranta Family Practice in Blackrock, Co.Dublin.
The flowers in Austin Hearne’s photographs come from religious sites, photographed on his many research trips around Ireland. A mixture of fake and real, arranged in various vessels and placed in differing settings. In contrast to these documentary photos, Hearne presents a suite of staged still lifes, assembled from the rose gardens and land around the now defunct St Clare’s convent in Harold’s Cross where the artist has his studio. In these photographs he constructs every element within the photographic frame, from the painted vessels, collaged backgrounds and the arrangements of the flowers themselves. Through a range of photographic and print manipulation, Hearne presents these photos as allegories or symbols posing questions on the Catholic Church’s influence on the many aspects of our lives, loves and bodies.
Austin Hearne completed his MFA at NCAD in 2016 and has exhibited in The Talbot Gallery Dublin, The Complex Dublin, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Royal Ulster Academy Belfast and internationally in New York, Munich, Glasgow and London.
Little Flowers will be exhibited at deAppendix until 31 March 2017.
Location: deAppendix, 30 Ardagh Grove, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Viewing times: Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm. Afternoons by prior arrangement. Contact Ciara McMahon on 01-2785866 for details.