NO RESPECT: Re-workings of unrealised art projects, curated by A. Phelan and J. Speller. Various Sites Dublin City Centre - June 26 – August 22 2004

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 aims to revisit public art projects by famous artists which have failed to win approval by the authorities and/or the general public. Working in the public realm has never been easy for artists, both practically and politically. Public authorities and audiences often rightly question the assumed right of the artist to impose art on people because it is perceived as being 'good for them'.
 
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: Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan (England), Ronan McCrea (Ireland), Alan Phelan and Jane Speller (Ireland), Oreet Ashery (Israel), Vanessa O'Reilly (Ireland), Karen Henderson (Scotland).

No Respect website

Who Can Fail - an essay by Cherry Smith (download pdf, 84kb)




Above right: An image/ drawing of the original proposed work by Jean Claude & Christo titled Wrapped Walkways in St Stephen's Green



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