KENNETH J O’HARE

16TH-28TH OCT 2018
Venue : George Henry Lee, Liverpool

Viewing a modern city from afar, becomes almost a meditative experience, one hears no noise nor sees no people, buildings stand as megalith structures that tower silently above the horizon, the viewer is confronted by a geometry of horizontal and vertical lines.

As technology advances glass has become an integral part of architects’ designs, exploiting its potential to its limits, creating structures where people live and work.

 

I have experimented in depicting the city by studying the effects of light on glass, how light is reflected or absorbed.
Through my art I am endeavouring to capture the city, its geometric forms and space within, with its facades of glass and geometric shapes, that appear to suspend or fall from the sky, reflecting and absorbing energy and light.
In my work, each frame of glass contains a minimalist image in three
dimensional space, each frame harmonising with its neighbour, collectively
forming a final painting, which I hope gives the viewer a meditative and spiritual experience.
Kenneth J O’Hare

painting it again kept me aware of what I left behind,

With every passing day, every new project or assignment undertaken, my life in Liverpool grew to be as one instant and ecstatic; my relationship with space and my time in the city became compassionate, my pain dissipated and I grew more in touch with the people all around; their pain, often silently ignored, gave me a new direction. 

I revisited in an older series; a small of the headless torso is taken from the profiles of random, anonymous Grindr users. The use of discretion and anonymity as a shield against queer exposure is an affront to the progressive push for visibility.

The universe was born from a single point, I believe we still exist within a relatively finite point in an infinite expense outside it. 

My year in Liverpool has changed my perspective so thoroughly, and even as I leave, a part of me will stay within each of you.To surrender to the world beyond you, to understand existence and ultimately an interconnected fabric of processes, actions, experiences, praxis, production, intention.…to surrender our concepts of individuality is to embrace the metaphysical connection to us to everything else. Surrender illusion to embrace…