“Religion, for many people, is not taken as seriously anymore so it doesn’t matter if they blaspheme and use profane language in its old sense. And I think sex is gradually going the same way. Micturition, and defecation, and so forth have kind of lost their sting. Pissed is widely used. Shit is used for all sorts of stuff—the shit hits the fan, in the shit, holy shit, and so on. Bodily effluvia is becoming much less taboo. So, you know, what’s left?” (K Allan, 2006)

Fuckier, Shittier, Pissier (Stick up fir - Tree, Irishise) looks at three very unique but commonly used words, Fuck, Shit, Piss - defined by an overall theme and design set in place by artist Paul Hallahan. The inception of the idea was exhibited as part of an Engage Studios larger project; Too many Dinner Parties at 126 Gallery in Galway in June 2013. Titled Fuck, Shit, Piss, the exhibition brought the works of Cummins, Welch and Hallahan together in an attempt to look at the acquired meanings to the chosen words - one taken by each artist - and also the relationship between them; creating links to patterns and relationships between the works within the gallery space.

The exhibition expands on this original idea, with each of the original artists inviting two more artists (Lee Welch – Stéphane Hanly and Maya Deren / Simon Cummins – Mike FitzGerald and Aoife Mullan / Paul Hallahan – Oisin O’Brien and Teresa Gillespie) each on board for a new incarnation to be presented in Broadstone Studios as part of their Broadstone Invited Artist (BIA) series, which Paul Hallahan was invited to partake in. This exhibition is the second part of Hallahan's alliance with Broadstone, following 'A Lamb Lies Down' which ran in November 2013.

Broadstone Invited Artist is a project set up to invite artists whose practice spans both artistic and curatorial practice. Initiated in 2013, the program will throughout 2014 bring individual artists and groups to Broadstone Studios to work within its Victorian style dining room.

Lee Welch (IRL/USA) completed an MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. He has received support from the Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Dublin City Council and Fire Station Artists' Studios. He was recently awarded CCA's annual commission, Production Ireland, a Bursary from the Arts Council (2012), a residency at The Banff Centre, Canada (2010) and his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, most recently Two exercises in awareness and observation, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; If what they say is true, CCA, Derry; Screening Room: Dublin - Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany; Amikejo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), León, Spain (2012); Clifford Irving Show, Objectif Exhibitions curated by Raimundas Malasauskas, Antwerp; A Whole New Ball Game, Banff Centre (2010); Non-knowledge, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2008). Forthcoming residency in the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Maya Deren (1917 – 1961) studied journalism and political science in at Syracuse University in New York, finishing her B.A up at NYU in 1936, and afterwards received her Master's degree in English literature from Smith in 1939. In 1943 she made her first film with Alexander Hammid called "Meshes of the Afternoon "(1943). Through this association she changed her name to "Maya" at Hammid's suggestion--"Maya", a Buddhist term meaning 'illusion'. She made six short films: "Meshes of the Afternoon" (1943), " At Land" (1944), "A Study for Choreography for Camera" (1945),"Ritual in Transfigured Time"(1945-1946), "Meditation on Violence" (1947), "The Very Eye of Night"(1959). She also made several incomplete films including one with Marcel Duchamp entitled "The Witches Cradle" (1944).

Teresa Gillespie has exhibited in Ireland and abroad and undertaken numerous artist’s residencies including the Frankfurter Kunstverein Deutsche Borse Program. She has also been the recipient of many awards, most recently the Arts Council Ireland Visual Arts Bursary Award and The Wexford Arts Centre Emerging Visual Artist Award. Upcoming projects include a response to the work of William Beeren for On Curating Histories curated by Kate Strain and return to the borderland bends, a solo project curated by Cassandra Needham for the John Jones Project Space, London.

Simon Cummins, based in Dublin is co-director of Basic Space, an artist-run initiative comprising of a gallery and studios on Marrowbone Lane, Dublin 8. Since completing a BFA at NCAD in 2012 he has exhibited at The Limerick Milkmarket at Gracelands 2012, Dublin's Civic Trust, La Ville en Bois Gallery, Nantes, 126 Gallery, Galway and Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery. He has also recently completed a four-month residency with Basic Space at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham.

Stéphane Hanly recently graduated from Fine Art Sculpture NCAD in 2013, working primarily in head sculpting and moulding. When making a head he finds it important to find the most prominent feature, to allow to leave out other important features.

Paul Hallahan, Irish, dabbles in video, sculpture, drawing, painting, curation. Founder and director of SOMA Contemporary (2009-2012). Based in Dublin. Recent projects include, I want to be your dog (Glasgow), a lamb lies down (Dublin), (((0))) (Dublin).

Oisín O'Brien combines hand crafted, manipulated and procured objects using sensical methods to develop nonsensibles.

Aoife Mullan is recent graduate of Fine Art Painting, NCAD. Since graduating in 2013 she has participated in BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) at Pallas Projects/Studios and is engaged in a collaborative practice CIRCUMSTANCE Allowing with fellow graduate Niamh Forbes.

Michael Fitzgerald graduated in 2012 with a BFA from NCAD. He has been a member of the Board of Directors at Basic Space since graduating. Recent selected Exhibitions include; Michael FitzGerald is Moulting (Moxie Studios, 02/13), Repetition (Cross Gallery and Monstertruck, 01/13), IRL (Atelier de la Ville en Bois, Nantes, 12/12),Cluster (Cross Gallery, 11/12) andUnderground (Basic Space, 11/11). Michael FitzGerald is living and working in Dublin.

Broadstone Studios
22 Harcourt Terrace
Dublin 2 Ireland

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Related images

  1. Either it's raining, or I'm dreaming. Maybe it's both, 2014, collage - Lee Welch
  2. Lapiss Lazuli, 2014, perspex, tape and video projection - Aoife Mullan
  3. For a long time, I went to bed early, 2014, mild steel, powder coated, hand painted - Lee Welch
  4. A 'resistance of yes', of sorts, 2014, collage - Lee Welch
  5. For a long time, I went to bed early, 2014, mild steel, powder coated, hand painted - Lee Welch
  6. Things don't happen they're implied, 2013, banana, curtain, disco light and tripod - Lee Welch