Grandfathers House, 2002
Photographs of interiors and details from a deceased
relatives home, shortly before the contents
were cleared for auction. The interior of the house
is shrouded in darkness while outside daylight prowls.
A distressed 1960s aesthetic; flock wallpaper, florid
soft furnishings, chintz and kitsch in the form of
a lifes belongings, with all their intimate
associations fall out of focus. They become diffused
in an insistent light that strikes through blinds
and curtains. Memories and daydreams form, drift and
dissolve into a relentless present.
Interiors and details from an abandoned undertakers
premises in Carrickfergus. The remains of rooms, where
the deceased were prepared for burial, are captured
in their own state of decay. Damp walls rot, plaster
cracks, floral illustration submits to fungal patina.
Moribund wreaths, urns and caskets lie amidst soap
and other antiseptic agents. The pull string for a
light hangs like a noose against Mop Top Beatles wallpaper
and a fake marble fireplace. Details on interior fittings
echo images of the delicate trim on burial garments,
palls and drapes. Funereal spaces consumed by time.
of Sectarian Murals, 1998 2003
A series of abstract visual extracts from political
murals drawn across the Province.
McConnell was born in Carrickfergus and now lives
in London. He studied photography at West Surrey College
of Art & Design and Royal College of Art, London.
He works as a freelance photographer and is a visiting
artist and lecturer at London College of Printing
and Gwent College Newport 2004. Previous projects
include; Institutions, Unit 2 Gallery, Whitechapel
High Street, London 2003; Details of Sectarian
Murals and Portraits and Interiors from the Albert
Bar, Artandphotographs, St. James, London 2003;
Wherever You Go, Lighthouse, Poole 2002; John
Kobal Foundation, National Portrait Gallery, London
1999 and Anti-Social Behaviour Part One & Two,
Gallery of Photography, Dublin 1998. A monograph of
work from 1996-2003 is currently being produced and
co-published by Photoworks and Steidl.
An archive of his work is available to view at: http://www.garethmcconnell.com
gallery is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday
and from 11am to 5pm on Saturday.
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