"A collaborative performance supported by the International Fund for Ireland, Cavan County Council and the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme managed by Create. 'Good Works' was originally performed in Cavan Cathedral with The Palestrina Choir in August 2012 and included readings from curator Karen Downey and Kevin McAleer.
The subsequent performance in November 2012 in the Chapel, The Royal Hospitall Kilmainham (IMMA) featured the combined choirs of the Carlow Choral Society and The Dublin Bach Singers with their director Blánaid Murphy, widely recognised as one of Ireland's pre-eminent choral educators,. Good Works premieres new Art Hymns by Byrne, scored by Elaine Agnew.The Kilmainham service featured guest readers; artist and academic Alberto Duman, artist Alanna O’Kelly, curator and academic Prof Declan McGonigle , writer Brian Keenan and Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland.
Also; accordionist Dermot Dunne, soloists Cian Brady and Maria Hughes. Performance Artists; Fergus Byrne and Brian Connolly.
Altar Attendants Magdalena Blom, Margaret McLaughlin, Zoe Nolan, Fala Buggy and Deborah Madden
The Service is in praise of Art as the 'true' source of Salvation and Redemption. 'Good Works' is a developing project and further performances are planned for 2013. It's progression is being documented which will culminate in a new video work.
Click Here for Audio & Lyrics of 'Discourse'
one of nine hymns in the Service. More to follow!"
Architectural Projection 2010
"Casting Light was a visual spectacle in the form of highly luminous projections onto the façade of the Ulster Bank in the centre of Cavan town which in conjunction with Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2010 and then in updated form in 2011.
This custom made, animated video imagery on the theme of contemporary Ireland was architecturally mapped onto the period building's façade.
The event ran nightly from dusk until dawn for the duration of the Fleadh 16th - 22nd August. (2010)
John together with DV4 (Dublin) and Cavan Arts Office were awarded a Business to Arts award presented by President Mary McAleese in 2011
Click Here for Video of Casting Light 2012
Ballymun Equestrian Project
No Subtitle 2009
- Misneach. A Monumental Celebration of Youth.
"John was commissioned to make an artwork through 'Breaking Ground' as part of the regeneration of Ballymun. From the beginning of 2006 he researched ways to realise a large horse and rider sculpture depicting a young female bareback rider to be erected permanently on a plinth in Ballymun. Early in the year he sourced an existing equestrian monument in Northumberland, England but originally sited in Dublin's Phoenix Park (The Gough Memorial). This had been sculpted by the well-known Irish artist John Henry Foley whose other work included The O'Connell Monument, statues of Goldsmith and Burke outside Trinity College and The Albert Memorial in London.
- Smokers, 2008
"Smokers' was a project undertaken with composer Stephen Gardner who provided the sound track. It marks the early 21st centuary banishment of smokers to the great outdoors in Ireland, having been a pioneer of the practice. It was shot over one November day in and around Dublin. A 'Red Camera' was used which produces very high definition imagery thus enabling it to be projected 'cinema-scale'. It was premiered in The Cube at The Project in Dublin's Temple in December 2008."
"This was a video / performance piece made during the ‘Criteria Residency’ facilitated through The Arts Office in Cork City. The work is performed with Actress and Life Model Jennifer Walls.
Featuring the Classical iconography of the traditional visual arts (the still Life and reclining nude) it plays with the idea of faith in art and wallows in the language of Art Discourse as a relentless mantra.
Click Here for Video of Believers'
Dublin's Last Supper
"In late 2003 John was approached by curator, Cliodhna Shaffrey and asked to come up with a proposal for a large public artwork to be installed in an outdoor space at a new development adjacent to The River Liffey in central Dublin.
Would You Die For Ireland?
- Would You Die for Ireland?
"In 2003 The Robert Emmet Society commissioned a number of contempory Irish artists to respond to the revolutionary period 1798- 1803, on the occasion of the bi-centenary of Robert Emmet's death in 1803. Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol (now a kind of Interpretative Centre) was the venue for the show entitled 'Dearcadh'. Many of the artists, like John, used cells in the large central area of the prison for their individual pieces.
Imagine Belfast 2008
"In 2002 John was commissioned to make a number of images for Belfast’s bid to be European City of Culture in 2008. He made a number of ‘proto-types’ with a view to presenting them eventually as mural or billboard images Here are a few."
The Border Interpretative Centre
No Subtitle 2000
- The Border Itself
"The idea of establishing a Border Interpretative Centre for the new millennium came from a line in "The Border Worrier" (1997). I obtained the use of this simple building, which had been a small shop located right on the border itself on the main Dublin-Belfast road. I was supported in all this by Norah Norton, then director of The Temple Bar Gallery.
"Earlier performance based work was generally autobiographical monologue, often in the style of a stand-up. These monologues were punctuated and illustrated by projected backdrops. See some examples here.
Comedy work with Kevin McAleer
- Bigots, 1994
- The Restaurant, 1998
"Kevin and John have been friends since meeting in London in the mid eighties. They worked together in Fringe Theatre and Comedy venues around London and through the early to mid nineties they co-wrote and made a number of television recordings for BBC Nortnern Ireland and RTE. Here are a couple of examples