Alongside surviving another year in academia, moving to live in Berlin, blogging, discovering foie gras and Alan Hollinghurst, 2011 brought with it several new acquaintances – both professional and personal – some of whom have become fond friends. I’ve known Dublin-based artist Oisin Byrne a while now but it’s only quite recently I’ve had the enlightening experience of discovering the art behind the man. It does really seem a bit contrived writing an introduction so formal for a friend, but then great talent demands an opener at least a little emphatic.
Without further ado, here’s how 2012 is shaping up for him…
My work has been incorporating architecture both modernist and classical, so I am exploring working with architects and buildings in different ways. In particular, I am interested in beginning to collaborate in Ireland on a structure with my father, who is an architect. I am captivated by artworks which involve familial collaboration – like Venturi’s “Mother’s House” – or romantic collaboration, like in Diaghelev and Nijinsky’s output. As much as I admire professionalism, I become captivated by projects that are unashamedly polluted by personal foibles and predilections. Polluted – dare I say it – by love.
On a more mundane note, I resolve to regulate my time online and on my smartphone – to spend more time in the phenomenal world.