Date(s) - 07/09/2018 - 04/11/2018
The LAB Gallery
Recent NCAD graduate Sean O’Rourke draws his inspiration from Dublin’s south inner city where he has lived all his life. In 2016 Sean was awarded the NUI Art & Design prize for his triptych entitled Crucifixion, which commemorated the demolition of Dolphin House flat complex. He is based at Clancy Quay Studios.
James Merrigan interviewed Sean O’Rourke in advance of his exhibition opening at the LAB.
Sean O’Rourke has been repurposing materials found in Dublin’s inner city flats for his paintings and sculptures since art school. A graduate of the National College of Design in 2016, references to art history abound in his work, from Francis Bacon to Gerhard Richter. But it is his self-reflexive critique of society against the rusty patina of his work that comes to the surface.
On first seeing Sean’s work online and reading his artist statement, I knew I needed to meet him and his work in person. On meeting Sean I knew that an interview would be a more appropriate discursive platform to give voice to some of the social tensions he felt were emerging from his work in the lead up to his first solo show at The LAB, Dublin.