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The Whole Nine Yards

For the artist there no absolutes

 

Note to Museums: It is for sale at €15000. Individual prints cost €250 p&p

VENUES IT HAS BEEN IN TO DATE

-Project, 39 East Essex St, Dublin2 Oct 30 to Dec 6th, 2003
-Linenhall Library Belfast Sept 2004
-Basement Gallery Dundalk Nov 2004( plus arts in community workshops in monotype to
 produce a second nine yards
-Galway Arts Centre Jan 2005 ( plus arts in community workshops in monotype to produce a
 second nine yards

YOU CAN HIRE THIS EXHIBITION AND HIRE CONSTANCE TO CARRY OUT WRITING AND MONOTYPE WORKSHOPS WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS TO CREATE A SECOND 9 YARDS commonity groups

COST:Exhibition alone : available to hire for your Gallery, Museum or Art Centre @€1500 for one months duration. With Workshops €2500.

Week long workshop alone:€1500.

WHAT IS THE WHOLE NINE YARDS?

The whole nine yards is a 27ft long by 3ft wide installation made up of 81 linocuts, each 12inches sq, of texts, with random flashes of colour, written and cut by Short and assisted in the printing (by hand, with a spoon) by Raymonde Le Luhandre. Some of the work is translated into other languages. The whole lot hangs as one, but each individual linocut is in an edition of 50 and for sale at the reasonable price of €250 each. Taking 9 months to complete, from

Jan to Sept 2003, it records the artists opinions on many things, influenced by events in the world around her, and a life long interest in politics, the arts and in particular the role of women in society.

As stated above Constance will facilitate the making of a second nine yards in mono-type with visitors to your gallery and community groups, in a week long series of writing and print workshops. It can be exhibited alongside her 9yds.

THE WHOLE NINE YARDS LIST OF LINOCUT TEXTS

YARD 1 contains “For the artist there are no absolutes” in 9 languages;
1 Dutch: translated by Marianne Heemskerk, founder member of Project,
2, French by Barbara Mc Cloughan,
3 Portuguese by Geneci Soares Da Cruz,
4 Spanish by Geraldo O Fatharta,
5 1rish by Sean Hutton and Aogan O Muircheartaigh,
6 English,
7,Finnish by Tarja Virtanen,
8 Catalan by Bernard Loughlin,
9 German by Lelia Doolan and Klaus Hoser)

Yard 2 contains 9 sayings in Irish translated by Sean Hutton, and Aogan O Muircheartaigh

10 Ta de na polaitiochta i ngach siolla anala liom.
11 Uisce faoi thalamh i an ealaion. Cleachtadh ealaine, dha chois thar teorainn.
12 Cen t-amadan a duirt go reiteodh an ealaion fadhbanna na cruinne?
13 Idir-eatarthu ar mhuin na muice.
14 Ceadaionn an beal binn ina thost.
15 Ta m’aitreabhsa ar shuil na teorann.
16 Earra coillte i ealaion gan diamhaireacht.
17 Ni beo don neamhpholaitiuil.18 Cleas an mhaistin an stuacantacht.

Yard 3 contains the same 9 sayings in Catalan translated by Bernard Loughlin

19 Cada ale que respiro es un gest politic
20 L’art es subversiu.El fer art es un acte de subversio.
21 Qui es qui va decidir que l’art es la panacea per tots els mals de la societat.
22 Els medocres heretaran la terra.
23 El qui calla atorga.
24 Soc de la frontera.
25 Desmitificar l’art es castrar-el.
26 Nomes els morts son apolitics.
27 Ells que s’ofenen i s’obstinen a no parlar-ne mes son “matones”

Yard 4 contains the same 9 sayings in French translated by Barbara Mc Cloughan

28 L’inspiration,c’est un geste politique.
29 L’art est subversif. La fabrication de l’art, c’est un acte de la subversion.
30 Qui a decide que l’art est la panacee pour tous les malheurs de la societe.
31 Les mediocres heriteraient le monde
32 Le silence c’est la sanction.
33..Je suis a ma place sur lafrontiere.
34 Demystifier l’art c’est castrer l’art.
35 Les seuls apolitiques sont les morts.
36 Les gens qui prennent la mouche sont des tyrans.

Yard 5 gives the above sayings in English;

37 Every breath I take is a political gesture.
38 Art is subversive Artmaking is an act of subversion.
39 Who decided that art is the panacea for all the ills in society?
40 The mediocre inherit the earth.
41 Silence is sanction.
42 I belong on the border.
43 De-mystify art and you castrate art.
44 Only the dead are a-political.
45 Huffers are bullies.

YARD 6

46 Yes, no. sea, ni hea, yes, not yes.
47 I am a verb, I do.
48 Hitlerian statements like the pursuit of excellence have no place in Art. Art is its own
 definition.
49 Art is a medium through which we try to we make sense of things. If it doesn’t at least
 attempt to achieve that, then it isn’t art.
50 Is the North another country now?
51 Outsider art is surely insider art, coming directly from the heart, the soul and the mind
 and escaping the pull of both pedant and purse.
52 Too many women have moved from the kitchen to the office without removing their
 aprons.
53 Free child art.
54 Art reminds me of chocolate which comes in varying degrees of cocoa content.

YARD 7

55 I gym to feed my brain.
56 We retire to sleep and to die.
57 Partition cuts through the heart of a nation.
58 The law has made saying “I am sorry” redundant.
59 Cultural diversity in the wrong hands provides ammo for the cultural divisionists.
60 In art, the concept is everything, the medium incidental.
61 I believe in justice. I haven’t a liberal bone in my body.
62 The greatest compliment the onlooker can bestow on a piece of artwork is: But is it art? 63 I suppose the grant is out of the question?

YARD 8

64 Babies into art don’t go.
65 Ego is the greatest W.M.D.
66 Spin is spin is spin is spin is spin is spin is spin.
67 The most common word in the arts is no.
68 The needy are seldom in need.
69 Imma is Ours.
70 What about set-aside for artists?
71 The Arts Council is Us.
72 Art is a philosophical activity. Whimsey is no substitute for serious thought.

YARD 9

73 Affordability achieves accessibility.
74 Black, amber alchemy.
75 There is no graceful way of releasing the fledgeling from the nest.
76 The inquisitive have no need to be acquisitive.
77 We die when we stop asking why?
78 Mothers art is made in snatched time.
79 No-one can live without respect.
80 GAA is family for 5 generations.
81 Is a linocut of myself.