Adrian Duncan

The Sun Swallowed in Holes, double video projection, glass, wood, 2016 

The sun swallowed in holes is a sculpture/projection piece that comprises two small looped projections. One shows footage of a street lamp in the Claddagh area of Galway City, projected through a small upright piece of picture-frame glass that splits and reconnects the lamp image. The other projection comprises a series of quotes from the first chapter of Desmond Hogan’s acclaimed 1976 debut novel The Ikon Maker.

The opening chapter of this short novel begins at the Claddagh with a woman called Susan, a returned emigrant, describing particular memories from her life in Galway and London. This first chapter proposes a specific type of lost-ness – that of an emigrant when he or she comes back to the place that they first left.

The sentences and sentence fragments chosen for this work are ones with evocative image-making qualities of their own, while also relaying the headlessness of leaving and returning to home.

Thank you to the Lilliput Press, Dublin.Adrian Duncan is an artist and writer based in Ireland and Berlin. His visual art work is primarily installation based, most often using video and sculpture. His process of making and the aesthetic of his works derives from an interest in building, language, and the processes of construction, amateur and professional.

Adrians writing has been published by Frieze (D/E), the Times Literary Supplement (UK), Art & the Public Sphere (UK), the Dublin Review, the Irish Times, The Modernist (UK), gorse (IRL), Sculpture (US), Eyeline (AUS), and Enclave Review (IRL), among others.

He is coeditor of Paper Visual Art Journal (IRL/DE).

His most recent solo presentation was at Scriptings, Berlin. He worked with award-winning filmmaker/cinematographer Feargal Ward on a short work “Bungalow Bliss” for television (TG4) screened in the Irish Film Institute and broadcast on TG4 during 2016.

From 1995 he studied and worked as a structural engineer for over a decade in the U.K. and Ireland. He received his chartership from the I.E.I. (Irish Engineering Institute) in 2007, before returning to study fine art at IADT, Dún Laoghaire in 2008. He received a 1st class M.A. (Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, Dublin) in 2011.

He has guest tutored and guest lectured at UCD School of Architecture, Dublin; NCAD, Dublin; and Crawford College of Art, Cork.


Adrian Duncan