© 2016 by Adrian Flaherty

Working across variety of media, his sculptures, paintings and functional works show a contrast between home life and work. The works based in his home are often made using materials that are found in the home or sculptures that are possible to be made in a Do It Yourself way. His home over the course of his degree became a living sculpture. This was much like how Grayson Perry made his gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, in his A House for Essex and like how Piet Mondrian used his studios to experiment with his ideas of colour and space.

 

The Home-Works project began when he moved into a new flat in 2014 and during a collaboration project where he produced work along with members of his family. There were no decorations when he moved in just insanely pure white walls throughout which was very much like living in an empty gallery space. Individual sculptures and paintings were made to respond to the uses and features of his home, making interventions and combinations in the various spaces. The collecting of materials for these works has been important, for example magpie like gathering of shiny materials like yogurt tops, nicotine tablets and crisps packets for a mirror frame, and the use of newspapers and magazines for work addressing the media and the working week.

This project evolved at the same time as the debates over Brexit were being formed. However, since completing his degree course he has moved away from this more introverted, self improvement way of working to one where he has also been addressing the need to make connections and to work, shown with the ongoing project of producing work in response to each bridge along the River Thames. He uses a variety of methods and materials for these from a combination of concrete and oil paint, for the London Bridge painting, to more simple paintings and drawings. Chance processes are often incorporated into his paintings, for example in this project contrasting the flows of the river with the structures of the bridges expressing the chaos/order of city life. The use of chance to form the basis of the painting is often contrasted with more detailed and purposeful aspects as the painting takes on a life of its own, almost.

There are currently 4 small professionally produced books to accompany these home-works. The first was a collection of photographs in `Fateful Eye’, recording chance occurrences over several years. The second, titled `What Beauty Yucca’ is a record of Photo-shopped sketches of two plants done routinely once a week. A third is called ‘Coffee Table’ and is a series of images taken while the top of his Coffee Table sculpture was being made. The final book that he has produced titled Home Work Text Book is an ongoing gathering of ideas and processes involved in in the making of his work.