"The aspects of things which are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity."
STEPHEN RENNICKS (b. 1972) is an artist based in Co. Leitrim, Ireland. Some pieces to date include the year long Junk out of Context (2004 - 2005) which explored the audio and video stock of Dublin charity shops; Trains for the Blind (2004), a sound piece released in conjunction with the ESB Dublin Fringe festival; a six month Secret Residency at Dublin Airport during 2005; Imagine Black Lough (2006) installation at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim; his debut solo show With & Without Context at Mantua Project, Co. Roscommon in 2007; his three year in the making land art piece 666777888 completed in 2008; the moment concerned Deeper into Nothing (2009) and How to Disappear (2010) which was shown during the Boyle Arts Festival, Co. Roscommon in 2010. For this latter project he was supported with an artist bursary by Leitrim County Council. He took part in the TRADE 2011 residency programme which was led by David Michalek. He published his One Minute Residency Handbook (2012) and Deeper into Nothing book (2013) and is currently working on A Guide to Here Nor There: An Affectionate Tour of Co. Leitrim with Isabel Lofgren.
He is a member of the following collectives: HURL & Engage.
My work always has multiple layers of meaning but has often ultimately been about bringing people into the moment. In doing this I have so far explored the everyday, time and myth. Most recently I have been finding ways for the viewer to uniquely complete the work for themselves. I am also interested in art in public spaces and some of my work continues to subtly exist there without permission. I have used everyday materials as part of an aesthetic that aims to demystify the medium for the viewer in the hope of getting more quickly past the how and onto the why. I've developed two systems for making art and looking at life anew in my Secret Residency/One Minute Residency models and Deeper into Nothing technique. I am very interested in strategies like these which I believe can help artists and non-artists alike.
"Rennicks is an intriguing conceptual artist who has proved himself willing to invest time and energy in lengthy projects that are hardly likely to attain any public profile at all, but do have the potential to connect with an audience on a one-to-one basis, in an almost clandestine, underground way." Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times
Email rennicksstephen (at) eircom (dot) net
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