about the art
The characters in Joseph Heffernan’s work are ones that he brings into the studio for narrative reasons and are protagonists in a conflict between abstraction and figuration in a deceptively simple visual world.
There is a theatrical dimension to this world, which is purposefully staged and ambiguous, encouraging an investigation of the actions of the characters contained within. They appear to be obsessed with a strange compulsion towards repetition that is playful yet also sinister, melancholic and contradictory.
These characters are driven by a sort of esoteric knowledge, which is used to explore themes of absurdity, aggression and gender while also being a self- reflective meditation on the ritualistic nature of painting itself. In this sense the protagonists are all involved in a sort of psychodrama where the core issue is there role as invented objects and how this relates to the elusive nature of identity itself.
about the artist
Joseph Heffernan b.1987 is an Irish artist based between Dublin and Cork. He received his BA Honours in Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2009 and later went on to study Painting as a Masters student at NCAD Dublin, which he completed in June 2016. He has exhibited widely in Ireland. Recent group shows include Borderland/Memento, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford (2018) The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, Mayfield Arts Centre, Cork (2017) The End, SOMA Contemporary, Waterford (2016), We are all nonetheless under the influence of Gravity, NCAD Annex, Dublin (2015) and Between here and there, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2014). He is currently a member of Sample Studios, Cork and Catalyst Arts, Belfast.
Borderland/Memento - Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford - Joint Show with Susanne Wawra
188th Annual Exhibition - RHA, Dublin - Group Show
Programme your Retro-Active Wish - Catalyst Arts, Belfast - Group Show
Ait Place- Newmarket Arts Festival, North Cork - Group Show
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, Mayfield Arts Centre, Cork - Group Show