Revolution No.1 / X You / The Parting Glass Part II
and /or Revenge of The Fallen

Declan Rooney

Declan Roonay realisiert  die Performance “Revenge of The Fallen” .
Die Performance besteht aus den Arbeiten:
Revolution No.1
X You
The Parting Glass Part II

Sie fandam Freitag, 12 Juni 2009 von 15 – 18 Uhr statt.
Die Galerie kann in dieser Zeit betreten werden.
Die Ausstellung wird ab Mitte Juni eine  Videodokumentation der Performance ergänzt werden und ist dann bis zum 4. Juli zu sehen.

About the Work

A three-part work interweaving separate performative vignettes into a new semi- narrative form including:

‘The Parting Glass’, recently performed at the Kate Werble Gallery in New York is based on the origins of the ‘Happy Hour’ and a re-imagining of an episode in the life of the late Tommy Makem as he reflected upon his emigration from Ireland in the 1950’s, crossing the Atlantic with nothing but clothes and a set of bagpipes.

‘Revolution No. 1’ is a simultaneous two-handed wall based drawing, a re-occurring motif throughout the evening.

‘X You’ will debut as a live performance, elaborating on an initial video sketch in which the artist modifies found images in a repetitive drawing and voice-based action.

After the performance, an installation containing performance paraphernalia and objects will remain in the space.


Artist Statement

The most recent work both in video and live performance, look implicitly at social gatherings, using existing communnity or leisure groups brought together and defined by a myriad of factors. Aspects of behaviour become prelevant in the sense of witnessing, silently observing amd re-presenting the material in deliberate ways; ways that allow for the original reading to shift. These stylised and expanded variations of the tableaux vivant, in both the video and performance works, overlap and echo each other in both complimentary and contrasting ways.

Over the past few years, I have sought to combine these elements, to now examine the nature of the live act itself wheter disseminated through documentation or works made solely for camera, live performance themselves or combinations of both, resulting in durational installation situations.

Contemporary anxieties are often handled in the work, sighted in a communal or collective context. The public and private spheres (and histories) are weighed up against eachother in the use of the body as a site for outward displays of the domestic, the familiar and the ersatz.

The simplicity of many of the settings aim only to achieve a focus on the directness of the occasion. There is a delicacy, finery or frailty to many of the images, even though a deliberate choice is made to be visceral and often psychologically charged. The end results often retaliate and encapsulates the opposite.


Declan Rooney studied Fine Art Sculpture at the National College of Art in Dublin, and Performance Art / Raum Konzept at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig. Rooney works in various mediums including installation, photography, video and live performance. He has exhibited at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery in Cork, the Fridericianum Museum in Kassel, PAC Milan, the 2003 Venice Biennale, P.S.1 in New York and in the Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam. He has participated in residencies at the Bluecoat Arts Centre as part of the Liverpool Biennale in 2004 and at CCA Kitakyushu in Japan. He also works as a project manager and curator, previously on such projects as the interdisciplinary art festival ‘Intermedia’ at Triskel in Cork, ‘who is your friends? / the soap operas’ exhibition at Soap Gallery in Kokura Japan and ‘How Could You Be Angry While Grooming A Dog?’ at Galerie Perpetuel in Frankfurt. He is founder of the art project and curatorial group ‘Kunstprojects’ and is a former Director of the IPG (Independent Performance Group). Rooney is also a member of the performance groups The New Spastiks, The H*E*R*D Group, and the band PPPKKKSSS.