Eamon O'Kane's exhibition at ArtSway, entitled Re-enactment, includes installation and video works. Using 17th century-style furniture produced for a previous exhibition at Plan 9 in Bristol (as part of the CASE HISTORIES touring programme), O'Kane staged (in the New Forest) a re-enactment of the meal James II had under the sycamore tree in Ireland. The furniture is installed in the gallery space with the video documentation of the re-enactment. This is connected to another re-enactment of a hunt led byJames II (James II was the last king to hunt in the New Forest in the late 17th Century). Both the meal and the hunt have been reconstructed using actors in period costume. Drawings and paintings of the sycamore tree and the New Forest are also incorporated into the installations. Other works include wall drawings and wall paintings of maps and photographs charting the history of the artist's parent's house and its previous occupants. These include architectural plans outlining ideas for the restoration of parts of the house including a section which was demolished by a previous owner in the 1950s in order to avoid housing rates. Some of these ideas have a fantastical quality to them where O'Kane merges iconic architecture from a range of periods with the house he grew up in.
Exhibition Associated Events:
Gallery Talk: Eamon O'Kane in Conversation with Peter Bonnell
Saturday 27 June 2009 at 3pm
Eamon O'Kane will discuss the international touring project CASE HISTORIES and his new work Re-enactment, commissioned by ArtSway, with curator Peter Bonnell. O'Kane will outline the genesis of his two new films for Re-enactment, which were filmed on location in Beaulieu in the New Forest with authentic mid-17th Century re-enacters.
FREE: Booking Essential.
Art in Context (Living History): The Art of Re-enactment
A talk by Helen Down, Treasurer, Earl of Essex Regiment of Foote
Wednesday 15 July 2009 at 7pm
Join Totton resident and English Civil War re-enacter Helen Down as she talks about her involvement in Eamon O'Kane's two newly commissioned films for his exhibition at ArtSway. Helen is the Treasurer for the Earl of Essex Regiment of Foote - an organisation that seeks to educate children and adults of the historical background to one of the most momentous events in English history: the English Civil War. Helen will talk about the activities and background of her regiment; the importance of 'living history'; where the regiment mount events across the country; their education activities, and also the background to the Civil War. For more information about the Earl of Essex Regiment of Foote visit: www.earlofessex.org.uk
FREE: Booking Essential.
Publication Launch: CASE HISTORIES by Eamon O'Kane
Saturday 25 July 2009 at 3.30pm
A 100-page, full-colour, hardback publication CASE HISTORIES will be officially launched at ArtSway. The publication will feature images from each part of O'Kane's major international touring project, with a critical text by Dan Cameron and transcripts of O'Kane's public discussions with Paul O'Neill and Paul Hobson.
FREE: All Welcome.
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