'My work explores ideas and perceptions relating to notions on the Artist, the Studio, and relationship with the Audience. Through process-based and context-specific methodologies, my work attempts to create discourse between the traditional academic and contemporary practices. Employing the use of video, drawing, and performative intervention, my work is concerned with methods of production and representation where my interest lays with how the viewer engages with or unravels the creative process.'
About A Line of InquiryIn 1798, amid fears of a French invasion, there were rumours that a French fleet was on its way to Lough Swilly, Co.Donegal. Lord Cavan visited Dunree and fired a canon ball across the mouth of Lough Swilly as a measurement to test the defences. The shot hit Knockalla on the far side of the bay; as a result of this, he decided Dunree was suitable site as a fort, and this measurement resulted in Fort Dunree being built.
In response to this site as an abandoned military base, its history, and how it now functions as a place of cultural heritage, with its military museum & art gallery, John Beattie takes the role of artist as military operations manager, with his crew, and equipment (weapons). The Artist will be orchestrating an operation with his crew and aviation pilot, to fly a drone from the hilltop bunkers of Fort Dunree, through the abandoned military base, into the adjacent art gallery space, to land the drone onto a helipad, which will be located inside the art gallery. Once the drone has landed in the art gallery, it will then be programmed to execute a message (drawing) onto the helipad, using a scripted code, wireless computer software, and a customised device attached to the drone to draw a message. The results will be left on-sight for the viewer on entering the gallery.
This intervention, reflecting Lord Cavan's intentions, responds directly to the political/historical landscape of the site, while also the potential to reference recent events been deployed and debated: “There will be no boots on the ground” - Obama.
Artist BiographyBorn in 1980, John Beattie is from Co.Donegal and currently lives and works in Dublin. He has been artist in residence at Fire Station Artists' Studio, Dublin, 2006-2009; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2010; Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, 2011; and The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 2011. He has exhibited nationally and internationally with recent selected exhibitions including: 'An Artist, The Studio, and all the rest', solo show, The Royal Hibernian Academy, curated by Patrick Murphy, Dublin, 2012; 'Are We There Yet?', McGill Summer School, Donegal, curated by Fiona Mulholland, 2012; 'Long Drawn Out', Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast, 2013; 'The Artist Studio Series', The Process Room, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2011; 'The Drawing Centre', Viewing Program, New York, 2011; 'The Artist Studio Series (If The Art...)', The Return Gallery, Goethe Institute, Dublin, 2010; 'Fragile', Le Carre Bonnat, Musee Bonnat, curated by Francois Loustau, France, 2009; 'LOOP Art Fair', Espai Ubu, curated by Keith Patrick & Maites Lores, Barcelona, 2008; 'Open Archive', ARGOS, Centre for Art & Media, curated by Katerina Gregos, Brussels, 2007. Awards include: Arts Council Projects Award, 2012; Arts Council Visual Artist Bursary, 2006, 2007, 2010; Donegal County Council Artist Bursary, 2005, 2006, 2013; Open EV+A Award, Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2005; Arts Humanities Research Board, 2003-2005.
A Line of Inquiry ExhibitionOn 28th September 2013 phase one of the project by the artist John Beattie presents his preliminary work exploring the potential of how contemporary notions of drawing and mark-making can engage with the military domain of Fort Dunree. The project will conclude with a final exhibition on this site opening 16th November.