Ciarán Walsh

The Reading Room



Press Image, Westerwald, 2019
Sculpture; PE styrofoam, modelling material, spray primer, wood
(Image: Studio)

A developing series analysing the visual culture associated with heimat in a contempory medial and political context. Two-dimensional research images of landscape, nature, and folkloric figurations are isolated and explored via large-scale sculptural translations.




Bäume, Felsen, Himmel, Aue, 2019
Video work; 108 HD video clips without sound with endless playback in random order, in parallel an asynchronous audio track track (track duration 19 minutes)
(Image: Studio)
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The work collages moments of human drama unfolding against landscape from 1950s German Heimatfilme, to create an endless stream of microdramas in symbolic natural utopias, set to a soundtrack informed by the cinematic languages of psychodrama and horror.




The Sickness, Book One, 2017
Novella; 120 pages, digital offset print, paperback, 250 copies
(Image: Studio/Shay Dashevsky)

Taking the form of a piece of speculative fiction, the work explores the bodily, death, personal guilt, and repression of collective memory, building up a narrative that draws both on classical ghost stories and contemporary conspiracy tropes. The Sickness, Book One was published by TFGC Publishing (Düsseldorf/Berlin).




Exhibition Module for a Fictional Text, 2017
Sculpture; wood, paint
(Image: LAB/Kunsthalle Bratislava )

Quoting 20th Century minimalist sculpture, the work‘s structure is based on the proportions of four bodies and references flows and breaks.




Vortices, 2016
Novella; 100 pages, risograph print, paperback, 100 copies
(Image: Studio/Shay Dashevsky)

The work utilises speculative fiction to approach post-colonial critique of the ethnological collections of European museums, compiling a narrative around space exploration, religious fetish objects, a sleep experiment, and an out-of-body experience.




Fragments of Unknown Teachings, 2014
Two-room installation; diverse materials, including exhibition lighting on a programmed cycle
(Image: Galway Arts Centre)
Video Documentation

The sculptural assemblage based upon elements of classical museums was illuminated by an array of programmed lights constantly in flux, creating a dynamic environment of emerging and dissolving forms, silhouettes, reflections, and shadows.




The Ghost of an Image, 2014
Spoken word performance; incorporated an additional digital audio element and a series of 3 screen prints (duration 45 minutes)
(Image: Drawing Room/IADT-DL)

A multi-media work using various supernatural tropes to meditate upon loss and remembrance. The spoken word segment concluded with a collective séance experiment enabled by a 19.98 Hz sine wave.




A Time for Superlatives, 2014
Sculpture; painted foamcard, acrylic glass, wood, light box
(Image: Irish Museum of Modern Art)

A Time for Superlatives derives from two Classic Greek statue fragments from Berlin's Neues Museum, introducing through the sculptural reworking senses of hollowness, fragile temporality, and informational alientation.




He Cried in a Whisper at Some Image, at Some Vision, 2012
Series of 3 photographs; inkjet prints, each 60 x 40 cm (unique prints)
(Image: Crawford City Gallery)

The photo series He Cried in a Whisper at Some Image, at Some Vision represents three large displays of religious sculptural artifacts from the 'Africa Rooms' of the former Ethnological Museum in Dahlem, Berlin.




no one can arrive in the past, before they depart from the future, 2011
Publication; digital colour offset , staple bound, 200 copies
(Image: Pallas Contemporary Projects)

Artist Ciarán Walsh invites curator Padraic E. Moore and academic Freidrich von Bose into a correspondence around ethnographic museum collections, esoteric aspects of 20th visual art, popular science fiction, and time travel.



It's Just a Shadow Away, 2011
Video work; HD video with audio, duration 9 mins 30 secs
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In It's Just a Shadow Away, two actors work to recreate scenes from Andrei Tarkofsky's 1972 film Solaris in the original Russian - a language of which the have no knowledge - in a work examining mourning, guilt, alientation and the pursuit of emotional verisimilitude.




Isolated Receptor, 2010
Sculpture; enamel-painted aluminium, plastic tubing, wood
(Image: Project Arts Centre)

Sculptural work drawing from the biological-energetic theories of Wilhelm Reich, and referencing late 20th Century minimalist sculpture.




Urwald, 2010
Sculpture; series of 7 digital offset prints glued together, steel bar
(Image: Kilkenny Arts Festival)

Visual-scultpural work exploring the distribution and operation of 'folk/heimat' imagery in contemporary discourse.



Fabricated Model (Accumulation), 2010
Sculpture; painted wood, acrylic glass fixtures
(Image: Kilkenny Arts Festival)

Installation work informed by the biological-energetic theories of Wilhelm Reich specifically related to his ideas about clustering of bio-energetic particles.




Conduit, 2009
Sculpture; various materials
(Image: VISUAL National Centre for Contemporary Art)

Sculptural work drawing from the biological-energetic theories of Wilhelm Reich, and referencing the holistic art practice of Joseph Beuys.




Iris Stream, 2009
Video work; SD video without audio, loop (endless)
(Image: VISUAL National Centre for Contemporary Art)
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Video work quoting 20th Century Colour Field painting and based upon the biological-energetic theories of Wilhelm Reich.




Station, 2008
Sculpture; various materials
(Image: Mother's Tankstation)

Sculptural work drawing from the biological-energetic theories of Wilhelm Reich, and dealing with the body, transformative agency, and the visually inapprehensible.




Poor Man's Bullet Proof Vest, 2008
Sculpture; synthetic felt, nylon velcro straps
(Image: Unit H Project Space)

A piece of wearable sculpture informed by a document sourced on internet platforms primarliy popular with members of right-wing militas and radical conspiracy theorists in the USA




Orgone Prototype, 2007
Sculpture; wood, copper pipes and fixtures, plastic tubing
(Image: Hotel Ballymun)

Sculptural work drawing from the biological-energetic theories of Wilhelm Reich, and dealing with a desire to control unpredictable natural phenomena.