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Beuys (still a discussion)

2007

Photographic print on fabric
A4 wall panel
Two emails by Oliver Dowling

Chalkdust, photographed
Vitrine with a reconstruction of Beuys' sculpture Irish Energies, 1974, made from peat briquettes and Kerrygold butter
Original signage of the Carnegie Free Library and Museum, now Limerick City Gallery of Art, rearranged to spell Beuys


An installation revolving around Joseph Beuys’ visit to Ireland in September 1974. He viewed Ireland of the 1970s as a location for art's social integration to be further understood, and was involved in the potential establishment of the Free International University in Milltown, Dublin. Beuys’ sculpture Irish Energies was conceived and made during a journey between Dublin, Limerick and Cork, where he presented his ideas at local art galleries. Archival material and printed emails further discuss the circumstance of the trip. Through looking at incidental details around the time, the presentation acts as an open-ended sounding, proliferating more questions about the potentiality of social change through artistic practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, a small mound of chalk dust was found and photographed in Cork. The dust once fell from a blackboard used by Joseph Beuys at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, on Thursday, 26 September 1974.

After his lecture, Beuys’ notes and drawings were swiftly erased by a local clergyman. A young man in the audience then collected the chalk dust off the floor and put it in his pocket.

The next day’s Cork Examiner summarised the ideas discussed that evening, “Beuys shows man as an essential creative being in a state of evolution. He searches for a means of restoring this sense of creativity in all spheres of life."