Cork Thing

Cork Thing

Date: 23rd Jul 2014 - 2nd Aug 2014
Time: Wed - Sat, 10am - 6pm
Venue: Wandesford Quay Gallery

“Happy of heart I climbed the hill

To contemplate the town in its enormity,
Brothel and hospital, prison, purgatory, hell……………….Infamous City, I adore you!”

-Charles Baudelaire-“Epilogue”-Paris Spleen


Cork Thing presents new work by ten artists invited to adapt prose from Paris Spleen in a Cork-like  context. Contributing artists Kevin O’Shea, Joseph Keating, Róisín Foley, Femke Vandenberg, Bren Smyth, Luke Sisk, Billy Dante, Hayden O’Donnell, Darragh Wilkins and David Mathúna will display works of various media existing as autonomous imaginings, reflecting the pages of individual prose within Charles Baudelaire’s Paris Spleen. Accompanying text by Iris Swift.


Presented by graduates from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design and curated by Róisín Foley , Cork Thing is a body of work re-imagining the poetic prose of Charles Baudelaire’s Paris Spleen.

Artists have been invited to create new work based on a prose choosing from a variety of themes ranging from societal commentary, the city, religion, romance, humour, the artist, the sea, pleasure and intoxication, to give only a few examples. The works will be presented as autonomous imaginings, existing as minute endeavours co-existing to reflect the pages of prose that Baudelaire had manifested into the lives of contemporary Parisian city folk as part of the Parisian modernist movement.

The range of work will take form from artists varying in initial discipline ranging from video work to ceramics, painting, object making and sound works.

The project hopes to revise themes present in Paris Spleen, making them relevant in the contemporary Cork strata. Accompanying text and an artist’s zine will be presented alongside the work with written word by recent UCC department of Art History graduate Iris Swift.

This exhibition runs as part of the Avant (Cork) Festival which takes place in various venues across Cork City from 10 -31 July 2014. More information and a full programme available at

Contributing Artists:

Kevin O’Shea
Joseph Keating
Róisín Foley
Femke Vandenberg
Bren Smyth
Luke Sisk
Billy Dante
Hayden O’Donnell
Darragh Wilkins
David Mathúna

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