Tears in the Rain comes to Golden Thread Gallery

The Belfast Telegraph is reporting a new exhibition at Belfast’s Golden Thread Gallery called “Tears in the Rain” curated by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. This exhibition “concentrates on the role art plays in keeping hope alive through the darkest of times and conveying a sense of a shared humanity”

The exhibition at the Arts Council and Belfast City Council funded gallery will include the painting “Silver Liberties” by conceptualist artist Conrad Atkinson which was banned from the Ulster Museum in 1978, when apparently, Protestant workers took exception to it as a republican banner (see Belfast Telegraph web site here for picture of painting). The painting’s status as “art” may make it exempt from the legal requirements to provide a neutral working environment. Not that anyone could take exception to portraits of people killed during the Troubles in a work place… unless they are of people killed at Enniskillen war memorial.

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  • sonofstrongbow

    I thought poo on the walls was sooo yesterday?

  • Dec

    I was initially interested in this thread as it’s not often we’re exposed to a fundamentalist protestant critique of art. Imagine my complete lack of surprise when I realised that it was just a torturous set up for a good old-fashioned MOPE.

  • Rory Carr

    Next week in our special arts edition:

    Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera with a Falangist critique of Picasso’s Guernica.

    A review of The Grapes of Wrath from the literary critic of the United Fruit Company.

    Roger Delguerde, of OAS Delta Command shares his thoughts on Franz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth.

    Unfortunately, owing to a nasty head cold, Madame Marie Antoinette will no longer be able to share with us her earliest emotions on first hearing a stirring rendition of La Marsellaise.

  • galloglaigh

    YAWN…

  • Decimus

    “Silver Liberties” by conceptualist artist Conrad Atkinson age 7.

  • Nunoftheabove

    Turgon

    “Protestant workers took exception to it as a republican banner ” – as a republican banner or took exception to it as a result of them perceiving it to be a republican banner ? Irrespective of what they thought, what do you think ? Do you think it’s a republican banner ?

  • What exactly is a *conceptualist* (I’m seriously resisting the urge to put a “maaaan” after that) artist?

    Every artist should have some kind of a *concept* when he’s painting surely?

    Are you more likely to qualify for more DCAL funding if you are a *conceptualist*?

  • Rory Carr

    As one might have anticipated Turgon’s post has attracted its share of boorish philistinism.

    I should have thought that the term ‘conceptual art’ was self descripive – any art form where the concept, from original inspiration through to its method of realisation, takes precedence over the use of any particular material or adherence to any pre-existing set of aesthetics, fashion or school of art. It is now largely taken to encompass any art form that does not include traditional sculpture or painting.

    However, rather than make the slightest attempt to broaden their knowledge by simply making a Google search to familiarise themselves with what conceptual art might be, we instead are treated to ‘good old boy’ declarations, revelling in their own ignorance, lacking only the sly wink, the elbow in the ribs, the “Snarf, snarf” exclamations of idiotic hilarity.

    Contempt prior to investigation – the defining mark of reaction since time immemorial.

  • sonofstrongbow

    Does Google have anything on pseuds?

  • Rory Carr

    If you don’t mind, Son of Strongbow, Turgon has as much right to attempt a critique of art as anyone else. No need to be offensive at that attempt however inadequate you may feel it may have been.

  • tomthumbuk

    Let’s cut to the chase.
    It’s crap!

  • Rory Carr

    If you don’t like it, Tom Thumb, why not just say so ? Shy is it ?

  • sonofstrongbow

    Google certainly is an impressive resource and I now see how it could prove useful. I expect the process is: read a post, wonder what it means, Google the subject and then set down what you find to decorate your response. It might make you feel all urbane and sophisticated; if not a little smug.

    I imagine you could Google-up a fairly impressive profile as well should you have self-esteem issues.

  • HeinzGuderian

    Google up martin miller,and wonder at the abject failures of this chap.
    To say I was bereft when *daily ireland* sank without a trace,would be an understatement !!! 😉

  • I should have thought that the term ‘conceptual art’ was self descripive – any art form where the concept, from original inspiration through to its method of realisation, takes precedence over the use of any particular material or adherence to any pre-existing set of aesthetics, fashion or school of art. It is now largely taken to encompass any art form that does not include traditional sculpture or painting.

    Thank you Rory for enlightening me.

    As I said before, every artist must have a concept before he commences his work, every artist then by that definition is a “conceptualist”.

    But if it makes you and the artist feel better about the piece in question, fireaway, you call it what you want, I can only judge by what I see is the end result. If that’s ok with you

  • “the literary critic of the United Fruit Company”

    Rory, might that be our old friend Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, a PRMer who flies under various flags. Is he by any chance related to the Daily Mirror’s, Gerry Millar? How about “The Green Pimpernel, a Man of Mystery” as a title for Máirtín’s biography/autobiography. It’s a bit of a mystery why the MSM didn’t do a bit of digging about his last minute appointment as an additional interim member of the board of NI Water – and his early bath.

  • Old Mortality

    Rory
    ‘As one might have anticipated Turgon’s post has attracted its share of boorish philistinism’

    But what a splendid opportunity it affords to demonstrate your astonishing erudition.

  • babyface finlayson

    ‘conceptual artist’ is an anagram of ‘o can’t u tel it’s crap’.
    Ha. Could a conceptual artist do that?

  • Why did Miller leave his political appointment to NI Water?

  • wee buns

    Turgon
    it is the first time I’ve seen it & without knowing the artist, that Atkinson piece strikes me as an anti violence statement, not a nationalist banner. ’Silver Liberties; obviously a play on ‘Civil Liberties’ – like a lot of modern art the references are tongue-in-cheek?
    As for the Enniskillan fire station picture, I have not been able to source an image, nor has the outcome of the 2007 incident been explained.

  • Nunoftheabove

    Nevin

    Ideed it is the brother – wonder when he anglicized/re-anglicized his name….and why.