Gerry Gleason, 26 Upper Newtownards Road, billboard location no. 5

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‘Titanic Boatmen’ captures the sinking and separation of the Titanic. Gleason creates movement with stills of the tragic ship as it descends through the fathoms of the Atlantic.  At one point the ship is supported by the mirrored image of two great dinosaur skeletons, these great prehistoric ribcages, spines and frames were sourced from the Ulster Museum. Beneath these posed bones the Titanic is laid to rest.

The sense of the magnitude of the ocean, the Titanic, and the dinosaur are achieved in this piece with the use of block colours; the navy sky, the cold blue of the Atlantic, and the black silt of the sea floor. Their purity means that we have to look to the other elements of the image to gauge scale. The distortion of proportion is achieved with the contrast in size of the dinosaur’s skeleton when compared with what at the time was the largest ship afloat, these elements play with the viewers notion of scale, making for an image that forces you to contemplate the balance of what is being shown.

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Derick Hegarty, 242 Albertbridge Road, billboard location no. 14

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‘Afterglow’ with its rust of reds, blacks and silver, is a mesmerizing glimpse into Hegarty’s inner ether. Elements from his day-to-day life are melted down in the crucible of his canvas and then allowed to coalesce with striking imagination. Scissors and steeples find their way onto the inky outcrops and through the red mists of this scrying pool. These sharp and angular objects planted in the piece with silvers and whites ,strike against the disembodied pools of colour that express Hegarty’s brooding and passionate mood. ‘Afterglow’ is a shifting map that outlines the lucid terrain of emotion.

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David Fox, Newtownards Road at Holywood Road, billboard location no. 38

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‘Doig at The Mac –Belfast’ is taken from a series of paintings by Fox that document gallery interiors. This piece is a painting of Peter Doig’s show, held locally at the MAC gallery Belfast back in November 2012. Curated by Hugh Mulholland, Fox describes the event as ground breaking for contemporary art and painting within Northern Ireland.

The painting itself is clean and cool, with the pinks, greens and oranges of the exhibited paintings emphasised against the polished grey of the floor and strong whites of the walls and strip lighting. There are no members of the public milling about, nor any staff, the attention is on the space, the architecture, and the artwork at rest.

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Barbara Craig, Holywood Road, Belfast, billboard location no. 8

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Flying Flags’ is a painting that captures the kinetic energy of flags. Craig’s flags streak and fly, the colours are vibrant and the strokes energetic, bold reds, yellows and blues sail a cool blue sky whipped with white clouds.

Deliberately politically neutral, these flags are akin to the bunting and trimming of a fete or gala. Yet the wind that moves them seems powerful enough to cause the material to blur and merge in places,  even pull free from the string that anchors them. Perhaps an awareness by the artist that even these decorations, strung for their vibrancy and pleasing movement, can transform into other colours and shapes under the right conditions. That it is in fact the storm or calm that surrounds them that imbues them with their identity.

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Aisling O’Beirn, 279 Albertbridge Road, billboard location no. 16

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‘Liaka in Pre Flight Mode’ from the seriesSome European Scientific Endeavors, is a reworking of a famous photograph of Liaka, the first living creature to be launched into space and the first animal to orbit the Earth. Liaka, meaning “Barker,” had been a stray on the streets of Moscow and was propelled into the heavens by the Soviet Union in 1957

Liaka travelled more than 900 miles, (nearly 1,500 km) above the Earth – at an orbiting speed of five miles (8km) a second, taking one hour and 42 minutes to circle the Earth. Scientists studied the data sent back in order to observe the effects of solar radiation and weightlessness on living organisms. Liaka died from overheating within hours of the launch, though this was not made public until 2002. A report circulated at the time stated that she died on the sixth day when the oxygen supply on board was scheduled to run out, the Soviet government also claimed she was euthanized prior to oxygen depletion. There is a small monument to Liaka near the military research facility in Moscow that trained her for space travel, the monument is of a dog standing on a rocket.

The Liaka of O’Beirn’s image receives the highest concentration of lines and detail, while the components and structure of the cabin are less defined. This graduated retreat from recognisable shapes such as the dog, to the less specific boundaries of Liaka’s pod, makes the white space around the image seem to leak in, threatening to overpower the strokes of the drawing. The title itself is telling, its use of ‘mode’ to describe an unwitting animal posed for a photograph in the cabin it will certainly die in, perhaps alludes to the clash that can occur between morals and progress in the pursuit of science. O’Beirn’s image captures the approaching oblivion of an animal that as far as we know was incapable of comprehending the space we sent her into. We who could begin to comprehend it, propelled her into all that vacancy and silence. Perhaps from way up there Liaka was able to look back at us.

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