about the art
My practice has been primarily responsive to the imperceptible forces of surveillance capitalism and its role in the gradual deterioration of the human condition. By placing the naked male figure in a suspended and simulated space in time I allude to the activation of a state of heterotopia.
Working and merging with performance, film and installation I focus on the impact of a bewildering and constantly changing political theatre. The inscriptive capitalist ideals that are scripted onto the body, as well as the various ways in which strategies of power are stage-crafted, signify a ceaseless search for the threshold between reflection and transformation.
Explorations of technological dispositifs and cognitive processes are probed to convey oppositional forces through a transcendent narrative that initiates a dialogue between sacrifice and rebirth, virtual and natural, the weighted and the invisible. Identification with shamanistic ritual gives me the scope to take on the role of the performer as avatar and facilitates an investigation
into the possibility of rebalancing the place of human beings within the natural world.
about the artist
Padraic Barrett is an Irish visual and performance artist born in Kerry and now living and working
in Cork. Barrett graduated from Crawford College of Art and Design with a BA in 2019 and an MA
in 2021, with first class honours. Recent exhibitions include Confluence, The Lavit Gallery, Cork.
- Art and Process, MA, Crawford College of Art and Design, 2021, First Class Honours.
- Fine Art, BA, Crawford College of Art and Design, 2019, First Class Honours.
COM,MA, No. 46 Grand Parade, 2020
CONFLUENCE, The Lavit Gallery ‘Student of the Year’ Show, 2020
GOMA Graduate Exhibition, Waterford, 2020
Dismantle, CCAD, Sharman Crawford St, Cork, 2019
PRINT.ED #5 Espai Cultural Eina, Barra De Ferro. Barcelona, 2019
TAUTOPHONY: Why do we rattle? Why do we sweat? The Kino, 2018
Trouvaille Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, October 2015
Artist in Resident, Fugitive Studios 2021
Postgraduate Residency Award, Sample-Studios 2021
Awards / Bursaries:
Valerie Gleeson Development Bursary Award 2020
The Ciarán Langford Memorial Bursary, Backwater Artists Group 2020