All posts tagged: Cork

“The Devil, Oblique Angles and Polka Dots” by Sue Cosgrave

The Devil, Oblique Angles and Polka Dots For Grandmother Your host shimmers beyond the margin of this page as my fingers tap-tap you from the dead.   It takes you a while to snap into focus.   You remind me of a day when I was eight,                       or ten, at most,   the day I got lost in the woods. How I blubbered and wailed for you!   When you finally found me— a snot and hiccup spewing fountain – not pretty.   “What took you so long?”   It was strange how you appeared, seemingly out of nowhere; haloed in spring beyond the green fog of young birches, your sudden presence, not reassuring – not at first – “why did you leave me?” I cried   all the while, you, unruffled, reproached me: “Shame on you. A big girl crying like a baby. And for no reason at all. Don’t you know that God is watching over you, Detushka?’   Aha! This is …

Affixing the Imprimatur, queer art and blasphemy in Cork.

Wherein the definition of art and who gets the imprimatur?   I find myself at a loss regarding how the problem of blasphemy is being discussed in Cork. There has been no art-historical analysis of queer art, there has been little media reference to the issue of the 2006-2009 Defamation Bill, and discussion on one political site is limited to the idea that art should be subject to market-force and consumer popularity. Rather than to even attempt to deal with the paucity of discussion on this issue which is limited, unimaginative and striking in its poverty, I thought to look at the issue of leadership, or in this case, lack thereof. There are two posts on Poethead concerned with this context in Irish censorship, specifically the use of blasphemy as a means of censoring art, I refer to the issue of visual art and blasphemy in the historic sense in relation to the Rouault controversy, an Irish historical precedent for art censorship based in the accusation of blasphemy.  The charge against that painter (a Fauvist catholic) was of  ‘blasphemy and incompetence‘, …