DISCO

1995, Installation with Painting
Oil, Canvas, Glitter, Velvet Curtains
DISCO takes the shoe spotted canvas of Liptych,  1994, and dresses it up to the vampish, setting it on the cabaret stage. DISCO references the cinematic space and the aesthetic of the dance hall. The blue curtains and red glitter shoes draw reference to films such as Blue Velvet and The Wizard of Oz.
DISCO, in Subterraneans, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 1995
Created for the 1995 Catalyst Arts exhibition Subterraneans curated by Dougal McKenzie, DISCO takes the shoe spotted canvas of Liptych,  1994, and dresses it up to the vampish, setting it on the cabaret or dance hall stage. Displayed against the wall with a narrow depth and measuring 13' in height, DISCO dwarfs the viewer. DISCO is animated through the use of materials; as the viewer walks past, the glittered circles sparkle giving the illusion of movement.

DISCO alludes to the cinematic space - with curtains drawn back to reveal the object of entertainment, and the blue curtains and red shoes recalling the aesthetics and narratives of cinema. The red glitter shoes draw reference to the synchronised dancers from Busby Berkeley's 1930s musicals and Dorothy’s shoes in The Wizard of Oz; while the dense heavy curtains bring to mind David Lynch's Blue Velvet.

DISCO, in Subterraneans, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 1995
Invitation for Subterraneans, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 1995, Curated by Dougal McKenzie
Invitation for Subterraneans, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 1995, Curated by Dougal McKenzie
DISCO, in Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2013
Wooden Shelf with three Halina Viewers housing 35mm transparencies documenting DISCO when installed in Catalyst Arts, 1995
Top Left: Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art, published by Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2013, featuring DISCO as front cover image

Others: DISCO, in Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2013
Wooden Shelf and three Halina Viewers housing 35mm transparencies documenting DISCO when installed in Catalyst Arts, 1995