Sean Hanrahan is a multidisciplinary artist based in Cork city, his work encompasses printmaking, photography, textile installation, and collaborative practice. Drawing upon art historical and sociological sources his practice incorporates a combination of philosophical inquiry and material investigation. Working in a wide range of media from traditional to unconventional, Hanrahan’s practice is process-driven and informed by site-specific research, through travel and personal experience of engaging with social and political concerns. For him, this is the core aspect of being an artist – to examine our physical world and society, to interpret, interrogate and disseminate ideas through creative practice.
Recent projects/exhibition – Parklands: Biodiversity in Irish Art Glucksman Gallery Cork. Artist in residence at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) produced a site-specific flag Project Memory Anthem for IMMA’s A Radical Plot residency program August-October 2021. Facebook Artist in Residence (AIR) program, produced a large-scale mural for their Cork Oculus laboratory offices. In 2018 I co-curated Aрка/Arch exhibition of Belarusian graphic work with Belarusian Artist Roman Sustov, Studio 12 Backwater Artists, Cork IRE. HALFTONE 16,17,18, 20, 21 The Library Project, Dublin IRE. The 188th RHA open submission exhibition, Dublin IRE. Solo exhibition Night Frightens the Day/Калі ноч палохае дзень VCCA (Centre for Contemporary and Modern Art) Minsk, Belarus. Over the Sun (Kazimir Malevich’s influence on western Artists) Initiated and curated by Seán Hanrahan. Participating artists Seán Hanrahan IRE Dominic Fee IRE and Josh Dannin USA, Vitebsk Gallery of Modern Art (V.C.C.A ) Vitebsk, Belarus.
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The below photoseries is an ongoing photography project and is a proposed series of 100 photographs.
This series or sequence of photographs was conceived in July of 2018, and is an ongoing experimental photographic project. Drawing on influence’s such as a visit to the Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona (CCCB) in 2014, where I had the opportunity to view the extraordinary exhibition, Metamorphosis: Fantasy Visions in Starewitch, Svankmayer and the Quay brothers – four key figures in animated film who drew on the phantasmagoric and grotesque. Also, and more importantly, research and interest has lead me to early pioneering Botanical photographers such as Karl Blossfeldt, Charles Jones and Dutch photographer Leendert Blok, whose use of Autochrome Lumière technique can be found in the recent Hatje Cantz publication, Silent Beauties. In reference to the Q series of photographs, although I’m not entirely interested in presenting them in terms of realism or as botanical portrait photographs. I would rather see them as evoking and eliciting psychological memories and experiences in the viewer.