I would like to share with you some of the sources of direct and indirect influence in my life and work. I have included some artists, my favourite walks, poetry and some music. I hope you enjoy dipping into this.
Jane Fogarty, Installation view, FUTURES 3, Series 3 at the RHA Gallery 2020. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh
A take on the classic Frank O'Hara poem 'Having a coke with you' by Dublin musician New Jackson.
The work of Gordon Matta Clarke is a thing of anarchic beauty. In 'Days End' created in 1975, he slices several apertures into an abandoned industrial building on New York's Pier 52. The slices resulted in changing light patterns shifting across the building throughout the day.
Irish architect, Dominic Stevens has generously released the design and plans for a three- bedroom home which he built for €25,000 (and a lot of determination). I love the sense of community embedded in the project as it relies on the goodwill of neighbours and friends and his optimistic philosophy on affordable housing.
Read here about the philosophy behind the project: The Irish Vernacular
This is a handwritten book that spans upwards of 800 pages. It is dated from 1692 and credited to artist “A. Boogert”, it is written in Dutch and it is an original treatise into the creation of hues, tones and colour mixing. It is quite beautiful and as I spend such a large amount of time mixing colours I really enjoy the scope and dedication involved. It’s on view in Aix-en-Provence, France.
See the full document here: Treatise on colours used for water-based paint
I have a love for paper and it’s versatility as a medium. I use it regularly in the creation of sculptures and it is my preferred surface for painting.
I grew up in Clondalkin a large suburb of Dublin city which has a long history of paper making. The paper mill was established in the 19th century and water from the local Camac river was used during the paper making process. It closed in 1987, the year I was born but the legacy of the paper mill remains present in the local community. Worker Carl Welsh describes ‘the various kinds of paper produced by the MG machine and the Fourdrinier. He remembers the pulp being made mainly of straw, cooked in a boiler for about eight hours.’
The paper mill when it closed was the last paper mill in the state. It had a fraught history with labour relations and closed during the economic downturn in the '80’s.
Amazing paper artists:
Artist Thomas Demand painstakingly creates paper constructions based on preexisting images often taken from press images. Here, in his photograph 'Junior Suite' we see a seemingly banal table set for one. The source of the image was a photograph of the late singer Whitney Houston's final meal, the original image was circulated by gossip websites even as news of the singers death broke.
On a sunny day, I would highly recommend stopping for a dip in Lough Bray at the end of your walk.
By Leonard Cohen from “The Spice-Box of Earth”
For Frank and Marian Scott
and a deeper silence
when the crickets
FROM THE HUGH LANE COLLECTION
Fabric, pencil, Photostat from photograph by Wolfgang Volz, charcoal, crayon, pastel, map and four black & white photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Collage in two parts: each 71 x 56 cm Purchased by the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland and Dublin Corporation, 1978. Reg. 1438
In light of the recent passing of Christo (1935-2020), I wanted to highlight this unrealised project intended for St Stephen's Green in Dublin. I find the unrealised, rejected or unfinished work of artists to be as insightful into the creative process as finished works.
Jane Fogarty (b. 1987), Dublin, Ireland
Jane Fogarty is a Dublin based artist working with sculpture and painting. Selected exhibitions include; Futures, Series 3, Episode 3, RHA Gallery, slow motion, MART Gallery, Dearly Beloved, VISUAL Carlow and Mel, Eight Gallery. In 2021 she will travel to Ottawa, Canada for the presentation of her first international solo exhibition with support from Culture Ireland.
Jane is a member of the Hugh Lane education panel.