Archive for January 18, 2019

Abstract Whiteboard No. 2

Posted in Art, Biographical on January 18, 2019 by telescoper

Before going home for the weekend I thought I’d share this work (300cm × 120cm, marker on whiteboard) by a relatively unknown Anglo-Irish artist currently based in the Maynooth area who wishes to remain anonymous.

Despite the somewhat stochastic form of the composition and the unusual choice of medium I think this work speaks for itself, but I’d just like to comment* that, with regard to the issue of content, the disjunctive perturbation of the spatial relationships resonates within the distinctive formal juxtapositions. Moreover, the aura of the figurative-narrative line-space matrix threatens to penetrate a participation in the critical dialogue of the 90s. Note also that the iconicity of the purity of line brings within the realm of discourse the remarkable and unconventional handling of light. As a final remark I’ll point out that the presence of a bottle of whiteboard cleaner to the bottom right of the work symbolizes the ephemeral nature of art and in so doing causes the viewer to reflect on the transience of human existence.

*These notes may or may not have been generated with the help of an online Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator.

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Maynooth Library Cat Update

Posted in Education, Maynooth with tags on January 18, 2019 by telescoper

As I went for a quick coffee break this morning, I passed the local feline celebrity known as Maynooth Library Cat. That reminded me that quite a few people have asked me how said moggy is getting on. Well, here’s a picture I took this morning:

Since we’re in the middle of the examination period, the library is very busy with students using the space in there to prepare. I think the cat is doing a sterling job as a stress release mechanism as he is very friendly and quite vocal. He likes to be stroked and petted, but isn’t keen on being picked up. In return for affection he is regularly plied with food, as this morning. I actually carry some Dreamies in my bag in case he fancies a snack when I go past, but he was busy scoffing a whole portion of food when I took the picture above so I didn’t give him anything this morning. All in all, I think he’s got a very cushy number going.

Some kind soul supplied him with a box, which is placed near his favourite lookout position.

It’s pretty cold these days so I’m sure he appreciates having somewhere warm to take his naps, but he also finds other cosy places around the campus.

There’s a rumour going around that Maynooth Library Cat’s real name is Trevor. I’m not sure that is really the case, and it is possible I was told it as a joke. These days the Irish tend (not unreasonably) to assume that English people are gullible fools who will believe anything…