Eamon O’Kane’s exhibition at ArtSway, entitled Re-enactment, included installation and video works. Using 17th century-style furniture produced for a previous exhibition at Plan 9 in Bristol (as part of the CASE HISTORIES touring programme), O’Kane staged (in the New Forest) a re-enactment of the meal James II had under the sycamore tree in Ireland. The furniture was installed in the gallery space with the video documentation of the re-enactment. This is connected to another re-enactment of a hunt led byJames II (James II was the last king to hunt in the New Forest in the late 17th Century). Both the meal and the hunt were reconstructed using actors in period costume. Drawings and paintings of the sycamore tree and the New Forest are also incorporated into the installations. Other works include wall drawings and wall paintings of maps and photographs charting the history of the artist’s parent’s house and its previous occupants. These included architectural plans outlining ideas for the restoration of parts of the house including a section which was demolished by a previous owner in the 1950s in order to avoid housing rates. Some of these ideas have a fantastical quality to them where O’Kane merges iconic architecture from a range of periods with the house he grew up in.
Re-enactment was one part of the touring project CASE HISTORIES by Eamon O’Kane, consisting of a series of international exhibitions of new work commissioned by Rugby Art Gallery and Museum; the Contemporary Art Society and Economist Plaza, London; RARE Gallery, New York; Galerie Schuster, Berlin; Plan 9, Bristol; and ArtSway, New Forest. CASE HISTORIES was financially supported by Arts Council England, Culture Ireland and Bristol City Council
visit: artsway.org.uk/programme/re-enactment for more info
or visit Emaon O'Kanes website: eamonokane.com