Tadhg Ó Cuirrín—Lift Yourself

May 30 2019 - Jun 15 2019
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115–117 The Coombe, Dublin,

Tadhg Ó Cuirrín—Lift Yourself is the fourth exhibition of our 2019 Artist-Initiated Projects programme.

It isn't hard to see, ooh
The hangups we have today
Said we need to strive for more liberty
Lift yourself up on your feet, let's get it on

...and I was thinking of a mountain that was once an ocean.
Wait, what? No.

There are other worlds (they have not told you of)

My dad used to tell me you could see Hybrasil from our house on a fine day. My mom reckoned it was only Mt Brandon.

I read somewhere the last day that there's a moving island made of plastic in the Pacific Ocean. A kind of plastic Hybrasil. Every colour, every shape. Opaque, then translucent. Beautiful and terrible. A monument to our own intemperance and our love of convenience.

Do you think you could go there? Like is there enough to walk on? Mountains and valleys and so on. Ups and downs, peaks and troughs. I could stand and watch the hollow hills expand and contract like a pair of lungs in a Junior Cert science experiment.
The sounds fall in to my mind. Like rustling. Like breathing. The lungs of the world. World of the lungs. A big bag of slippery lungs.

There are other worlds. (They have not told you of)

I've always believed I could see things other people couldn't, ya know? Elements falling in to place. A design. A shape in the chaos of things.

I mean who knows man? What is the diameter of the earth? Why is the earth not a cube? Where are we really?
You don't know right?
I'm just asking questions.
I just want to hear all sides of the story.
What if they're lying to us?


Lift yourself up on your feet, let's get it on
Lift yourself up on your feet, let's get it on
Lift yourself up on your feet, let's get it on
Lift yourself up on your feet, let's get it on

Lift Yourself is a series of small watercolour works on paper that draw inspiration from the omnipresence of plastic as a material and a symbol, conspiracy theories, the mountainous landscape of northern Vi?t Nam, consumerism, the weather, the Crystal World and Mount Analogue, environmentalism, and Kanye West.

Tadhg Ó Cuirrín is an Irish visual artist and teacher based in Hà N?i, Vietnam. He received an honours degree in Fine Art, Painting in the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2009. He works in a variety of different media, has exhibited somewhat widely in the past, and has worked for a number of artist-run spaces and organisations. His work is interested in the strategies we employ to make sense of the often bewildering world around us.

Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects/Studios is an open-submission, annual gallery programme of 10 x 3-week exhibitions taking place between March and November 2019, in the context of a gallery space with a dedicated tradition towards the professional development of artists in a peer-led, supportive environment. Pallas Projects/Studios Artist-Initiated Projects is funded by The Arts Council.