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  • IRELANTIS collages by Sean Hillen
    to date news and articles at seanhillen com 2011 article by Fintan O Toole The darker side of Irelantis was lost on us a decade ago wikipedia entry on Seán Hillen 2005 text by Eimer McKeith prints available online from The Copper House Gallery Dublin the book s introduction by Fintan O Toole 2000 essay mostly on IRELANTIS by Mic Moroney here Seán Hillen is on facebook visit seanhillen com

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  • IRELANTIS
    Sun Sand and Cement in Temple Bar The Goddess of Temple Bar The Great Falls of Carlingford Lough The Cemetery on Crater Lake The Great Cliffs of Collage Green The Colosseum of Cork The Four Courts from The Temple of Apollo Sandycove Viewed From The Theatre of Delos The Grand Harbour and Clogher Head The Oracle of O Connell St The Triple Goddess Appears at Tara Trouble With The Glacier

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  • Contact Irelantis
    Irelantis can be contacted by email click HERE or at Sean Hillen 12 Mountjoy Parade Dublin 1 Ireland

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  • Irelantis in the Press
    Creative Camera magazine of IRELANTIS and Peter Kennard s Domesday Book Braving pounding house beats and rails of kinetic nylon danceware Kieron Owens recently met with Sean Hillen creator of Irelantis and master of his own destiny interview with Kieron Owens from Dublin Event Guide 1997 Irelantis is a psychoactive tourist idyll with citizens strolling past sunlit wonders Mic Moroney on Seán Hillen and his work at the Hales Gallery London The Guardian 21st Dec 1999 there s more in Seán s head as I said than a gun would take out BBC Northern Ireland Your Place Mine 1994 it s disturbing funny irreverent and it is very good indeed BBC Northern Ireland The Sean Rafferty Show 1996 Irelantis is I think the Ireland manufactured from equal parts of sacred presence and fit up hucksterism certainly one of the wryest and most humane respondents to the psychological clutter of modern MTV Ireland John M Farrell CIRCA Magazine Summer 1996 a mystical invocation of imagination anyhow and something kind of plausible too Irelantis review by Catherine Duncan from SOURCE Magazine issue 09 This was one book review I was looking forward to review by Gavin Murphy from SOURCE Magazine issue 21 Seán Hillen works with photomontage a deceptively modest medium Popular with primary school teachers as a cheap and easy craft activity it has also proved itself capable of registering some of the major cultural and political crises of the twentieth century essay on Seán s early montage work by Heartfield expert David Evans 1993 It is at once spectacular and comical in fact so overblown that one willingly participates in its wild flight of fancy Irelantis book review by Gavin Murphy SOURCE magazine 2000 Hillen s unique perspective on the world makes you smile and look again There is always

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  • Irelantis press, Eimer McKeith text
    earlier Irelantis images they are also a development There are subtle changes in tone there are no natural disasters or images of destruction but an underlying sense of precariousness prevails People run along a beach perilously perched at the edge of a cliff or a bridge straddles the edge of a roaring waterfall or the viewer looks down at a vertiginous angle upon O Connell Street In his new images too there is a sense of the encroachment of leisure activities tourism and development on natural surroundings and there is a distinct clash of the natural and the manmade the urban and the rural One telling image splices together a monorail a submarine a pool palm trees and Wexford town The monorail and the submarine however are not real as such but are actually from Disneyland the ultimate expression of the postmodern hyperreal As Hillen says of his images They constitute a world that s already invented that already doesn t exist that in fact is of the imagination and of the mind Hillen s world is an upside down witty wonderland where things are not what they seem where different levels of reality jostle with each other vying for attention The images culled from picture postcards and stuck together in unexpected combinations create a spiralling vortex of conflicting realities that undermine and question the validity of any one expression of so called truth He manages to create something that is recognisable but has an element of estrangement like Warhol s dream America They re this thing that you ve never seen before but at the same time they re extremely familiar It feels like a world that you know but you ve never been to they ve got that vividness of a dream says Hillen Photography traditionally thought to

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  • Irelantis, the book
    the bold child within us They have the lawless energy that impels people to draw moustaches on photographs of the Mona Lisa or to decorate mundane stories with fantastic lies Many of the images use as their template John Hinde s famously garish postcards of tourist Ireland a world of red haired children turf donkeys beauty spots and local colour that was impossibly nostalgic even in the 1960s before the modern transformation of Ireland To the extent that they violate these perfect pictures with strange and exotic invasions the Irelantis images operate as a kind of satire on tourism nostalgia and the official ideology of nationalist Ireland But if that was all they did the joke would wear rather thin Irelantis is a much funnier much richer and much more exciting place than that For what Seán Hillen does is in fact the opposite of what might be expected The normal and now rather safe subversive gesture would be to contrast the unreal fakery of the postcard imagery with a hard edged allegedly more authentic realism That kind of easy mockery though has no place in Hillen s vision For instead of taking the myth out of the romantic postcards he puts a lot more in Instead of cutting the dreamscape down to size he ups the ante all the way to a cosmic extravaganza that is at once joyously funny deeply disorienting and dizzyingly rapturous Behind the exuberance of these images there is poise wit and a real artistic engagement with what it is like to live at the end of the 20th century Irelantis is of course contemporary globalised Ireland a society that became post modern before it ever quite managed to be modern a cultural space that has gone in the blink of an eye from being

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  • an expedition discovers..
    An Expedition Discovers Joyce s Tower at Sandycove Co Dublin IRELANTIS 14 5 x 16cm 1995

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  • boating on the liffey
    Boating on The Liffey Dublin IRELANTIS 15 x 13cm 1996

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