Dislocation, 28 November - 22 December 2017
Joe Sheehan's most recent body of work, 'Dislocation', includes a suite of three photographs and a series of cast "rocks" alongside the carved stone sculptures for which he is best known
"I am constantly looking at the things around me ... the new and the old and the things I have looked at a million times before and think I know ... to see if there Is something else, to see if they have changed. Or maybe to try to see them as I did the first time, again.
I find myself always returning to objects that are ubiquitous and overlooked, that have a commonality bordering on invisibility; hyper-normal.
I'm curious about the way we live our lives in relation to the use of tools and objects. And I like to take things that are familiar and re-make them in stone which renders both the material and the form strange. The strangeness allows me to see things in a new way.
To create a dislocation is my goal. Subtle is good. Quiet is good. I don't often make things up. I find things. I try to work with what's there. Sometimes it's a kind of collaboration with the material, sometimes it's a dance and often it's an argument. It is never easy and rarely is it simply a case of imposing an idea onto a substrate."