|Artist Name(s)||Carl Giffney|
|Artwork title||Sheebeen Apocalypto|
|Context/Background||Sheebeen Apocalypto took place within the Arigna Fuels Plant in Arigna, Co. Roscommon. The factory produces smokeless coal from imported coal slack and employs an all male labour force that comprises of approximately sixty men. The work took place in their environment. This environment is a very industrial setting, yet it is also a social one. Physically it is made up of soot blackened machines and buildings, discarded mechanical parts, heaps of coal, sheds and cabins. Geographically it is near the Leitrim border and surrounded by a picturesque landscape of mountains and lake lands. It is quite isolated from any inhabited areas. |
The work was commissioned by Roscommon Arts Office, as part of their Art@Work programme. This project saw five artists working within five different businesses, all in Co. Roscommon.
The factory is situated below high hills that were once mined by many of the Arigna workers. The labour force wear bright orange overalls and move about among the mounds of black coal slack, clad in steel cap boots and bright hard hats. Arigna offered a fascinating, and highly charged, social context comprised solely of working men. This context is not a unique one, a fact that made it an intriguing and meaningful one to work within.
The work that took place at Arigna Fuels was proposed to be a process orientated one, and had no end point in mind when it was proposed or when it commenced. A methodology was outlined. Its objectives were to interact with the factory's work force and to use the outcomes of this interaction as the main source of the projects direction and progress.
An exhibition/ documentation of the work was presented in Roscommon Arts Centre.
A catalogue was published
In 2007 Carl Giffney graduated from Ireland's National College of Art and Design (NCAD) with a first class honours degree. In 2005 he co-founded Bluebricks, a public interventionist group based in Dublin and in 2007 he co-founded The Good Hatchery. The Good Hatchery is an artist led initiative that is homed in a building sourced for free via the internet. He has been involved in many public projects both internationally and in Ireland. Recent residencies have seen him work in disparate locations from Westport to Berlin and in eclectic settings from the coal mines of Roscommon to the roundabouts of Limerick. He states:
'I am fascinated by belief structures, methods of explaining our surroundings, taxonomy and history.'
With his art practice, Giffney tries to negotiate these thematic concerns in the public domain - the outcomes of which often involve large scale physicality, public interactivity and bewildering mistruths. His practice is focused on direct audience engagement. Recent works include N-7th, a public work for Kildare's Transitopia project, La Breithla Shona Duit a sculpture that was developed in the Behind Smoke and Mirrors residency at Limerick City Gallery and Supreme Court / Imperial Measurements a large scale outdoor work commissioned by Dublin City Council and Temple Bar Gallery for St. Annes Park, Dublin.
|Commission Type||Local Authority|
|Commissioner Name||Art@Work programme|
|Commissioning process||Open submission|
|Project commission dates||May 20, 2008 - June 27, 2008|
|Public Presentation dates||July 11, 2008 - August 22, 2008|
|Art Practice||Arts Participation|
|Funded By||Roscommon County Council|
|Budget Range||0 - 10000 euro|
|Project commission start date||20/05/2008|
|Project commission end date||27/06/2008|
|Location||Concrete shed, Arigna Fuels Plant|
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|Content contributor(s)||Carl Giffney|
|Relationship to project||Artist|
The all male work force of Arigna Fuels, its management staff, tourists searching for the Arigna mining experience, people living in the locality and passers-by.
|Associated professionals / Specialists involved||
Philip Delamere, Art@Work Project Coordinator
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