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Modern Monarchy
Signed Print

Conor Harrington


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Giclée print, 2012
Signed Print Edition of 125
H 94cm x W 117cm

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Meaning & Analysis

In this print, the face of the central figure is incomplete as Harrington covers the area of the eyes with colourful brushstrokes and finishes the outline of the scalp with a simple curved line. In that way, the identity of the male figure remains disguised, and, as he presents the body of a dead bird to the viewer, the gesture exposes the violence of the power systems without explicitly defining responsibility for the crime. Harrington’s representation leaves the viewer curious about the identity of the central figure as well as the roots of the violence that led to the bird’s death. From this perspective, notions of accountability and complicity are central to this eclectic piece, in which period costumes intertwine with freehand spray painting, reminiscent of Harrington’s roots in the street art of his native Cork.

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