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Signed Print Edition of 100
H 51cm x W 44cm
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
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|Chiswick Auctions - United Kingdom||A Worm In The Suburban Bud - Signed Print|
|September 2019||Whyte's - Ireland||A Worm In The Suburban Bud - Signed Print|
A Worm In The Suburban Bud (2009) is a signed screenprint by Conor Harrington attesting to his long-standing interest in the themes of power, military history, and masculinity. In contrast to the precise and orderly representation characterising such works as The Unveiling (2014), this experimental print confronts the viewer with a chaos of colours, shapes, and free-flowing marks.
Clearly discernible within the torrent of abstract forms is the human hand holding a rifle. The act of violence, representing the subject matter of this print and many other works created by Harrington in the last years, displays an unsettling dimension of anonymity. The holder of the rifle cannot be identified since, except for legs, hands, and a small fragment of a green vest, no more human characteristics are featured in the print. In fact, a large block of black paint covers the area where the human face should appear, thus making the questions of accountability key to this politically charged work. Harrington comments on the issues of power and violence that inform the subject matter and style of his prints: "Distortion [of the figures] is important to me because, whether it’s the Romans or the British, no one can stay dominant."