“A central focus of my practice is a consideration of how utopian ideology can impact cultural identity. My work commonly references dystopian science fiction tropes from both the cinema and popular culture. A particular focus of recent work has been the link between architectural modernism and new age mysticism. A reoccurring theme is how utopian ideologies are doomed to fail and how these failures resonate within the public consciousness.”
Darn Thorn (1975) was born in Sligo, Ireland and holds a MA in Fine Art from Monash University, Australia. He has exhibited in Australia, China, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, UK & USA. A studio holder at Spike Island, UK (2010-13), he recently exhibited in EVA International (Limerick, 2018), the touring exhibition 2116 (Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork & Broad Art Museum MI, USA, 2016-17), FORMAT International Photography Festival, (Derby, UK, 2013) and Bristol Biennial (2012). Recent solo exhibitions include Omega Point (Studio 12, Backwater Artists Group, Cork, 2018) & Arcadia in Grey (Sirius Art Center, Cobh, 2015). He has lectured in Photography at numerous institutions in Melbourne, Australia including the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University. Since returning to Ireland he has worked with CIT Crawford College of Art and Design (Cork), Limerick School of Art and Design (Limerick) and The Darkroom (Dublin). Recent residencies include Struts Gallery (NB, Canada, 2016) and Fire Station Artists Studios (Dublin, 2014). Since 2013 he has lived in Cork where he holds a studio at Backwater Artists Group.