During a residency on The Artist Residency Programme at The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, March - August 2011, John Beattie re-fabricated his studio table and lamp, which he acquired from the museum, into a sculptural drawing tool using wirelessly controlled technology. These items have been installed in the gallery space and Beattie created a subtle intervention by controlling the lamp live from his studio (based on the grounds of the museum) to produce a simple drawing onto the gallery wall. consisting of the first three words from a Sol le Witt text from Paragraphs on Conceptual Art, first published in 0-9 (New York), 1969 and in Art & Language (England), 1969.
This work in progress was developed in collaboration with Dr. David McKeown, a mechanical engineer based at UCD.
The work in the gallery acts as documentation to the process, where the lamp for the exhibition moves to a continuous programmed code.
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