Kevin Gaffney

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Work

A Numbness in the Mouth

The mirror is dark and inky

Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands

Everything Disappears

Seeing Colours in an Oil Slick

The Moonless Ocean

Being In the Twofold World

Dusting

An Oral Fixation

The Unnameable

The Black Plum

 

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Unseen by my Open Eyes- monograph published 2017

 

Unseen by my open eyes

Unseen by my Open Eyes | Authors: Kevin Gaffney, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith   

24 x 18 cm / 9 x 11 in | 96 pages | Paperback

Purchase a copy: €20 Ireland | £20, Northern Ireland & UK | €25 International | All include postage

With a focus on the construction, projection and manipulation of identity, this first evaluation of Irish artist and filmmaker Kevin Gaffney’s work takes the reader on a journey across vast and manifold landscapes. Four of Gaffney’s films are divided into a series of richly illustrated sections of the book that explore the methodology and vision behind each work. The subjects examined range from daily life in Iran to military conscription in Taiwan, and physical and emotional distance between people living in South Korea.

Gaffney’s style moves fluidly between pastiche and allegory, setting the scene in a near-dystopian future or calling for a half-remembered past. One recent work, A Numbness in the Mouth, imagines his native Ireland as a flourishing nationalist future state after a shift in climate change, where there is an agricultural surplus of flour, of which citizens must consume five pounds per day. This has unavoidable resonances of Ireland’s tragic past, ironically inverting the problems of the nineteenth-century famine and magnifying the reverberations of rising militarism and nationalism in the twentieth century by staging a newscast in Gaelic.

Unseen by my Open Eyes includes English film transcripts, together with an annex of Korean, Chinese, Persian and Irish scripts, and an essay by the acclaimed Irish critic, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith.

 

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Other Publications:

 

MMCA Residency Changdong 2014. Published: 2015, South Korea.

 

 

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The Unnameable, 2012. Self-published, limited edition of 200.

 

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Artists in Art Studio of National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art. Published: South Korea, 2014.

 

 

 

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The Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists. Published: Czech Republic, 2011. ISBN: 978-80-87164-80-8

 

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The Observer & I, Galway Arts Centre, self-published, 2013.

 

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Hard Cover; Image Perspectives, Royal College of Art & Black Dog Press. Published: UK, 2011. ISBN: 978-1907-317-415

 

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Forms of Imagining #2, Project Arts Centre. Published: Ireland, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-872493-28-2.

 

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Wandsworth Art Newspaper, commissioned feature. Published: UK, September 2010.

 

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