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The terrifying beauty of the Monopods

Posted in Art, Books, Dreams on July 25, 2010 by Johnnie

I was at primary school when I read John Christopher’s brilliant sci-fi novel The White Mountains and it terrified me.  This was around the time I’d first heard Orson Welles’s The War Of The Worlds broadcast, and a good few years after I’d had my first nightmare about a Dalek invasion of my village, so reading about the alien Tripods’ takeover of earth had quite an effect on me.

Being a youngster of fertile imagination, and desperate to believe in anything supernatural or extraterrestrial, I was awe-struck by the Tripods’ scale and power.  When you’re the sort of child who grows up seeing a Dalek every time you happen across a council-issued dustbin, a lot of stuff nestles in your subconscious, only to leap out at you in your dreams later.  The Tripods never quite left me but it was only recently that I realised this.

On a trip home to my family seat on the Ayrshire coast, after an absence of a couple of years, I caught my first glimpse of our new Monopod masters.  Huge windmills were peeking over the tops of the hills and I was awe-struck all over again. Continue reading

Who says Duke Special is no oil painting?

Posted in Art on June 5, 2010 by Johnnie

Belfast artist Colin Davidson clearly thinks he is.  Continue reading

Carry On Comic Strips

Posted in Art, Grave News on February 12, 2009 by Johnnie

Oh, how corrupted we’ve all become…




I do like to stroll along the prom, prom, prom…

Posted in Art on November 6, 2008 by Johnnie

out_of_site1If you fancy coming over a bit David Lynch for a day, you could do worse than stroll along Clontarf walkway this Saturday, November 8.  Out Of Site presents Promenade, an inspirational live art event, where 10 artists make use of the sheltered bathing and seating areas, the walkway itself and even the sea along the  walkway to present performances free to the public. 

These performances include: Dennis McNulty’s “infrastructure/flow”, where a scratch DJ sculpts sound structures inside Tom De Paor’s award-winning pumping station at Vernon Avenue;  Pauline Cummins’s “Head above Water”, which sees a figure clinging to a metal ladder rising from the sea; Amanda Coogan’s six-hour performance piece, “How to explain the sea to an uneaten potato”; and Out Of Site founder Michelle Browne’s interactive piece “Synchronised clontarf12Swimmers” (subtitled ‘the Alternative Spencer Tunick’), where the public are invited to bring a towel and swimsuit and get their limbs entangled – pray for a less than parky day.  The event will be soundtracked by Gareth Kennedy’s fantastically surreal “Shout!”, where the brass section of the Artane Band sit within a converted concrete booth, performing songs by the 80s pop band, Tears for Fears.  The event takes place between 12-6pm.