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Yo llo mmot
Occupy Space
Limerick
September 9 – 25, 2010

Using only an exhibition catalogue, I recreated the works on display in Yo lo vi by Tom Molloy. The show’s title is Tom Molloy backwards.

“A dozen works shown in Tom Molloy’s solo show Yo lo vi will be re-created. It was originally shown in 2005, just down the road from Occupy Space, at the Limerick City Gallery of Art. The works will be approximations made on a reduced budget with limited materials and time, and, as the artist did not see the original exhibition, be based on the exhibition catalogue photographs. Through this process of re-interpretation, not unlike a cover-band or karaoke, the imitations change, distort and take on a new layer of meaning. At times updating and at times imitating the original methodology, Ricks consciously ‘riffs’ off of Molloy’s originals.

The project focuses on art history, institutional critique, boundaries and ownership, but importantly
it investigates the origins of creativity. This is achieved through a rejection of the ‘original’ and the ‘in- dividual’, i.e. nothing is new in any practical sense, but is instead divergent and additive; a combination of existing ideas. Yo llo mmot is also a new take on the tradition in fine arts training through imitation of ‘old masters’ work.”

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Above: Images of and from the 2005 Tom Molloy Yo lo vi exhibition catalogue.
Below: Images from my show Yo llo mmot.

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