Sean Hanrahan

Whispering Ear’s. Silkscreen, gouache and spray paint on Linen 30cmx30cmx3cm 2018

Urban Fudge. Indian Ink, Silkscreen and spray paint on Canvas 30cmx30cmx3cm 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fragmentation.(division) 4 colour Silkscreen, Aerosol spray-paint and Acrylic paint on Linen 61cmx81cmx4cm, 2017/18

Fragmentation.(division) Silkscreen and Aerosol spray-paint on primed Linen 61cmx81cmx4cm, 2017.

Fragmentation.(division) Silkscreen and Aerosol spray-paint on primed Linen 61cmx81cmx4cm, 2017.

Fragmentation.(Wheel of Descent) Silkscreen, Aerosol spray-paint and Goauche on Linen 37cmx45cmx3cm 2018

Fragmentation.(reflection) Silkscreen and Aerosol spray-paint on primed Linen 32cmx40cmx2cm 2017

Silkscreen and Aerosol spray-paint on Canvas 2017/18

Fragmentation.(blind vision) Silkscreen, Aerosol spray-paint and Indian ink on Canvas 61cmx61cmx2cm 2018

Fragmentation (Escape from the City) Silkscreen, Aerosol spray-paint and Indian ink on Canvas 61cmx61cmx2cm 2018

Area Folly. Silkscreen and Aerosol spray-paint on canvas 40cmx40cm

Unseen Sinking. Silkscreen and Aerosol spray-paint on canvas 40cmx40cm

Silkscreen and Aerosol spray-paint on Plywood 2017

Substitute for a Mirror. Silkscreen and Aerosol spray-paint on Plywood, 54cmx74cm 2017

First Follower. Silkscreen, Aerosol spray-paint and on primed Plywood. 2017

First Follower. Silkscreen, Aerosol spray-paint on primed Plywood. 2017

Battle of the Bots. Silkscreen, Aerosol spray-paint on primed Plywood. 2017

 

The House of Ord and ‘The Bandwagoneers escape under a hail of fire’. Silkscreen on primed Plywood

 

The Bandwagoneers escape under a hail of fire. 7 colour Silkscreen on primed Plywood 51cmx61cm. 2015

The House of Ord. 4 colour Silkscreen on primed Plywood 77cmx122cm. 2016

The House of Ord. 4 colour Silkscreen on primed Plywood 77cmx122cm. 2016

Night Frightens the Day/Калі ноч палохае дзень. Silkscreen on primed plywood, 81cmx121cm series of 6.

 

no.1 Night Frightens the Day:Калі ноч палохае дзень. Silkscreen on primed plywood, 81cmx121cm 2014.

no.1 Night Frightens the Day:Калі ноч палохае дзень. 6 colour Silkscreen on primed plywood, 81cmx121cm 2014.

In January 2014, the VCCA (Centre of Contemporary and Modern Art) Vitebsk, Belarus invited me to to host a solo show as part of their International Artist program. My initial response was to create a body of work that reflected similarities between Belarusian and Irish/European traditional cultures. This led to research in folk art, medieval hunting imagery, traditional 17th century Russian Lubok wood-cut prints and Italian Renaissance art. The re-discovery of Botticelli’s Primevera (1492) influenced the use of plants and foliage as motifs to form new psychological ideas based on veiled or hidden meaning. Parallel to this, I began to resolve the technical aspect of producing the work through the use of Photography and Silkscreen on primed plywood. By March 2014 it became clear that the work was to take on a more psychological rather than a cultural direction. This was reinforced by a visit to the Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona (CCCB), where I had the opportunity to view the extraordinary exhibition Metamorphosis: Fantasy Visions in Starewitch, Svankmayer and the Quay brothers – four key figures in animated film who drew on the phantasmagoric and grotesque. This experience further influenced me in creating imagery for Калі ноч палохае дзень, the result of which has personal meaning and is intended to invoke psychological memories and experiences in the viewer.

Opening of Night Frightens the Day V.C.C.A Minsk July 2015

Opening of Night Frightens the Day,  Centre for Contemporary Art, Minsk. July 2015 in Association with ARTPLAZ (Minsk, Prague)

       

This Woodblock on Canvas 147cmx167cm is part of the exhibition, Over the Sun, Kazimir Malevich (His legacy and influence on Western Artists). The accompanying text is an extract from the catalog for the Exhibition, 2015.

 

Over the Sun

 

Over the Sun

Kazimir Malevich

(His legacy and influence on western artists)

Selected and organized By Séan Hanrahan

in association with the V.C.C.A Vitebsk, Belarus

Participating Artists, Séan Hanrahan IRE,

Dominic Fee IRE, Josh Dannin U.S.A.

Standing in no.5a on Pravdy str. in Vitebsk on a September afternoon listening to two senior research staff members from the V.C.C.A (Vitebsk Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art) Marina Karman and Elena Gai explain about the historical nature of the building we were in, and the plans for its future, I was immediately struck by the importance of the surroundings I had found myself in. It was here Russian avant garde artist Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935) formed UNOVIS – ‘The Affirmers of the New Art’ group in 1919. It was here also that he wrote and published some of his main theoretical writings, such as Suprematism: 34 drawings.This exhibition is the result of that September afternoon’s conversation and the expressed openness and enthusiasm by the director of the V.C.C.A Andrey Duhovnikov to the proposal of putting the project together. We consider this exhibition as a small beacon of the significant influence Kazimir Malevich has had on Western and Modern art throughout the past 100 years since he painted his Black Square, and of Vitebsk where he taught and wrote many of his theoretical works. I gratefully acknowledge the V.C.C.A and its staff for their support. I would like to thank and acknowledge the Artists involved, Dominic Fee and Josh Dannin who without hesitation got on board, and enthusiastically engaged with the project. I would especially like to thank Masha Falaleeva for her support, dedication and shared vision.

                                                                                             Séan Hanrahan June 2015

banners

Pravdy 5a Banners hanging in the UNOVIS era working and living quarters of Kazimir Malevich

 

Main Exhibition V.C.C.A Vitebsk. On the walls Josh Dannin’s Proposition 06.00145. On the floor Dominic Fee’s modular ‘MonUment’ on UNOVIS era wooden floor tiles. Right, is the screening of the short film ‘Over the Sun’ projected onto blank canvas.

 

Over the Sun documentary Vitebsk 2015

 

Sean Hanrahan exhibition piece/film Over the Sun

 

 

Poems for a Fugitive. Silkscreen on Steel 31cmx40.5cm

 Poems for a Fugitive 31cmx40.5cm

3 colour silkscreen on steel 2015

 

 Poems for a Fugitive 31cmx40.5cm

4 colour silkscreen on steel 2015

 Poems for a Fugitive 31cmx40.5cm

4 colour silkscreen on steel 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonded Warehouses. Silkscreen on Fabriano Artistico, 43cmx53cm.

Bonded Warehouses. Silkscreen on Fabriano Artistico, 43cmx53cm. 2016

Bonded Warehouses. Silkscreen on Fabriano Artistico, 43cmx53cm. 2016

Bonded Warehouses. Silkscreen on Fabriano Artistico, 43cmx53cm. 2016

Bonded Warehouses. Silkscreen on Fabriano Artistico, 43cmx53cm. 2016

Bonded Warehouses. Silkscreen on Fabriano Artistico, 43cmx53cm. 2016

Bonded Warehouses. Silkscreen on Fabriano Artistico, 43cmx53cm. 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonded Warehouses are photographs of the iconic and historic Bonded Warehouse buildings at the Port of Cork, Ireland. The Bonded Warehouses have held a particular fascination for me since moving to Cork city after graduating in 2005. In the late evening on the 31st of October 2014 I took a series of photographs of the Warehouses. I selected 3 images from that series, and through my ongoing experimentation with the halftone printing process, I have transposed these selected photographic images into ‘Fine Art prints’, using the medium of Silkscreen.