Art


A Timber Lifeline Defeats an Oil Pipeline


  With over 50 exhibitions to his credit over the past quarter century as well as awards, residencies and lecturing, Peter Von Tiesenhausan is one of Canada’s best known artists.  Also a sculptor, video and performance artist, Peter’s canvas is wide and though he does not...

The Sacrificial Chair


We probably all have one, a chair on which no one ever sits, but is nonetheless a fixture in the home.   “Thing Industries” a company in Australia, aware of this phenomenon, has created and are successfully marketing such an article of furniture. Not making...

BOWIE


  Monday morning. Wake up world, David Bowie is dead. Reflex reaction is “may he rest in peace” but there’s no emotion; this icon passed me by.   Three days later I’m saturated in techicolour, glitter, smoke and stardust, gold and silver, music, cigarettes, coifs,...

Jimmy MacCarthy (et al)


    Yesterday we left Cork to return to France after ten days in Ireland over Easter. I’m always sad to leave, but yesterday I was desolé because Jimmy (“Ride On”) MacCarthy was playing a concert last night in the Cork Opera House. I’ve been...

Edith Kiss


  It was the day before St Valentine’s Day in Berlin and a small group of people gathered at the side entrance of the new Daimler Mercedes-Benz Distribution Headquarters. The 13 storey building, which went up over a very few months, can house 1,200 employees...

Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown: Red Carpet at the Berlinale


I don’t do clothing with logos and have but two sweatshirts with messages on them.   One says “Art is Dirty Work, but Someone Has to Do it”  the other says “Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown.”   As my lifestyle is that of the...

Life Imitates Art


This is not artifice.  Just some vegetables from the garden, put on the first plate to hand after picking. The cake stand….for such it is…. just happens to be on the dining table in front of a chair on which a damp towel is airing,...

This is My Hadji Bey


  This is my Hadji Bey, this is the Bey I will remember the day I’m dying……   Hadji Bey is a sweet memory for Corkonians. Hadji Bey was a Christian Armenian named Harutun Batmazian who arrived in Cork from London at the turn of...

A Year in Brocante 11: An Easter Egg


    Recently I have been interested in the Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler and as so often happens – it’s called ‘happenstance’ – yesterday at a Marché aux Puces I happened upon a print of his “Genfersee von Chexbres” (Lake Geneva from Chexbres.)  Known as...

A Year in Brocante 10: Upscaling and Hacking


                                    “Upscaling” is the next step up from recycling.  It means taking something old or broken or molecularly challenged or unfashionable and re-inventing it as something new. ‘Upscalers’ would...