George Bolster

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Artwork
Reckoner at Mass MoCA 2009, hydraulic tear machine, ribbon, custom made antiqued mirror, Radiohead song. 20' by 16'
Reckoner 2009, detail of ceiling with tears coming from eyes
Reckoner 2009, Detail of Ceiling from below.
All Good Rappers Go To Hell 2008, customised speakers, clay, crystal, gold and silver, rap song
Portrait of Jesus 2008, Pen and customised jewelry on maple.
George
Bolster
Artist's Statement

I create works drawn from Biblical narratives and fuse them together with contemporary cultural references. Religious Art has been popular culture and propaganda. I examine the representation of this subject. I deconstruct the accepted narrative/ conventions presented with the introduction of contemporary elements eg. hi-fi headphones, logos and gothic tattoos. My installation, Reckoner, transforms a MASS MoCA gallery into a chapel for the 21st century. The centerpiece is an intricate drawn ceiling panel, depicting the return of Christ. Suspended from 4 apostles is a sculpture of a narwhal, allegory for Christ. Its stigmata connect to their wounds through red ribbons. A Radiohead song Reckoner, a sonic pleading at the end of time is looped. Moving through the chapel, visitors notice that drops of water descending from the ceiling as each Saint weeps for the loss of faith, not just in the form of religion, but in the face of culture.

Bio/Resume

Selected Solo
09 High on Christ, Chung King Project, Los Angeles, California, US
08 Chiesa Dei Miracoli, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ire
05 Eye of the Needle, Pallas Heights, Dublin, Ire
Selected Group
09 These Days: Elegies for Modern Times, Mass MoCA, Mass, US
Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London, UK
08 Darkness Visible, Galway Arts Centre, Ire
07 Urban Gothic, CGP at Dilston Grove, London, UK
Drawing 07, The Drawing Room, London, UK
06 Flip, Chung King Projects, Los Angeles, US (curated by The Drawing Room)
Urban Gothic, Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands
Everything Must Go, VTO Gallery, London, UK
05 Passing Through, Glucksman Gallery, Cork (curated by Patrick T Murphy)
E+VA, Limerick City Gallery, Ire (curated by Dan Cameron, NMCA NY)
Damaged Collateral, Context Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland