NO RESPECT asked artists to respond to projects by international artists in Ireland which were never successfully realised. Projects referenced include Jean-Claude and Christo's attempt at wrapping the pathways of St Stephen's Green, James Turrell's Sky Garden land art project in Cork, or Richard Serra's monumental steel sculptures.
The resulting exhibition
is located in a number of Dublin city locations and comprises of a series
of temporary public art works including sculpture, video and sound works.
The six artists selected for the project have created a new work based
on a failed project.
NO RESPECT is interested in the possibility of failure viewed as the opportunity for an aesthetic of invisibility, of the elusive and ephemeral. The curatorial concept is to present a series of perplexing situations that disturb the familiar and comfortable conventions of presentation and interaction between a work of art and its public.
As Cherry Smyth writes in the catalogue essay "Failure drives the engine of this NO RESPECT exhibition: each artist has been invited to respond to a public artwork that failed to fully materialise in Ireland and propose one of their own that plays with ideas of elusiveness and temporality. Public art remains provisional until it is installed."
There are a variety of functional ambivalences built into this exhibition as we want to exhibit work that is temporary or moreover provisional in its objecthood. These are intended to create hybrid situations that merge forms, contents and contexts through engaging the history in the present, forcing provocative and marginal positions between audience, artist and sites.
The artists are: Mel Jordan and Andy Hewitt (England), Ronan McCrea (Ireland), Alan Phelan and Jane Speller (Ireland), Oreet Ashery (Israel), Vanessa O'Reilly (Ireland), Karen Henderson (Scotland).
An information area with site map is installed in the lobby of Project, East Essex Street.
NO RESPECT is an artist-led group based in Dublin which organises exhibitions and publications.