Askeaton Contemporary Arts

2015

Sam Keogh’s ceramic smartphones, made by working closely with his father Brian, were prepared during a series of improvised Raku and pit kiln firings. Making a distinct comment on the malleability of form between the handheld and handmade, these phones don't ring or function, rather they appear as fossilised versions of familiar Samsung or Apple products.

In Deirdre O’Mahony’s Public Works, the artist establishes an office in an

empty shop in the town’s East Square. During opening hours, visitors can

consult the artist and a compilation of documents tracing the hopes and

residues of mainly unimplemented infrastructural and industrial development

policies of the area. Ecovillage settlements, road development, rail networks

and factories funded by speculative foreign investment all feature,

accompanied by a videowork tracing the history of Shannon Development,

a now defunct regional quango that continues to haunt the managerial and

bureaucratic regimes of the MidWest.

Maya Schweizer’s video installation acts, by the admission of the artist, as a kind of ‘construction site’, a montage of moving images and narrative throughout Askeaton and West Limerick. In a carefully constructed

mise-en-scène, a saddled horse with an invisible ghostrider wanders through Askeaton’s historical ruins.

Quim Packard infiltrated and followed a local hunt around the Askeaton hinterland. Franticly running along riverbanks and over ditches to keep up with packs of dogs, minks and cunning otters who all escape to safety, Packard’s experience acted as a very literal form of fieldwork! A new artwork is presented through text, sculpture and sound at the Civic Trust and as an audio piece emanating from underneath a whitethorn bush. Its central character, told through a rambling narrative, is a seemingly isolated figure who desires a meaningful relationship with the objects and rituals surrounding him.