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Signed Print Edition of 100
H 56cm x W 82cm
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Physical violence, period costumes, and middle-aged male figures are all present in this screenprint, bringing together key motives of Conor Harrington’s art in a scene of a duel. Rendered in monochrome, Small Town Tale With Global Punch (2014) depicts the moment of a fight when one man is about to punch his rival in the chin.
Considering its pared-down visual language, including a plain background and the dominance of grey tones, the print contrasts with works created by the artist between 2012 and 2014. Such prints as When We Were Kings (2012) or The Unveiling (2014) expose the traps of consumerist culture through the abundant representation of objects surrounding the human subject.
While Harrington’s interests revolve usually around the notion of excess, the focus here is on the simplicity, as a result of which, the viewer’s attention is oriented entirely towards the violence of the central scene. Representing the problem of global power systems at large, Harrington’s representation of the fight proves his versatility as an artist, encapsulating the long-standing interest in how the structures and experiences of the past inform the condition of the present. The artist commented in the context of his art: "I’m interested in systems of power and excess [...] the excess and unrelenting desire for power and control."