The Selfie Project: Exhibition by Terry O’Brien
Place: St. Peter's Cork, North Main Street
Our newest art exhibition is a collection of portraits by Terry O’Brien, which will exhibit in our mezzanine gallery for the month of August!
Join us for the official launch of the exhibition on August 2nd from 5.30pm. Expect lively conversation, beautiful artwork and enjoy a glass of wine while you take in the exhibition!
The selfie, as a form of expression, has made self-documentation a standard in modern living. Selfies can be an everyday undertaking for some, while seldom used by others. It documents places, events and people in ways never before seen due to widespread use of smartphones.
Most of these images are viewed by other people through social media, on screens of phones or tablets. They are largely forgotten about by the viewer in a matter of minutes and they are rarely printed. In this project, I wanted selfies experienced on a larger scale, with permanence. Painting a series of selfies was a project I felt needed to be done in the modern era.
There were two aspects of this project that were important to me. The painting of selfies on a large scale, but also my development as a painter of portraits over the course of the project. Having qualified from college as a printer, painting was a new medium for me.
I started by asking for images on social media and the response was very encouraging. I received many more than I felt I would be able to paint. Choosing the images was difficult at times. I wanted to paint images that were exciting to me. But I also wanted to paint images that gave an insight into the variety of selfies that are taken by everyday people. I feel this aspect of the project has been successful.
I would like to thank everyone who sent me images and although I did not get to put each one to canvas, all of the images I received were as important to the project as the other.
Please enjoy the exhibition,
Any questions you may have please ask. If I am not available, I can be contacted at:
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@tobportarits on facebook, twitter and instagram.