Cillian Finnerty and Fergal Styles

December 2020
2 booklets, Side-stapled, 18 pages, 6.75 x 5.5 inches each
Printed on Risograph at TXTbooks, Brooklyn
Edition of 75
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About the publication

Goliard/Methexis is a collaborative publication by Fergal Styles and Cillian Finnerty composed of photographs of images attached to a cork noticeboard. These images were selected and positioned on the board in a call-and-response manner, with one image responding to the one that precedes it. Recalling direct messaging-as-image exchanges, as well as the ludic structures of of exquisite corpse or Oulipo texts, Goliard/Methexis stages a dialogue in images that notates or acts as a proxy for verbal communication.

Taken from a diverse range of digital and material sources, and consisting of drawings, photographs, diagrams, and clippings from used books, the images reflect a wide range of changing and recurring preoccupations, including modernist design of the latter half of the twentieth century, the interdependence betwen the human-made and natural worlds, and conflicting ideas regarding economies of scale.

About the authors

Cillian Finnerty is a London-based artist who works in digitally-produced printed matter and installations. Using found text and imagery alongside handmade materials, his work examines the relationship between embodied space and the materiality of digital or commodified information. He graduated in 2016 from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and has exhibited work at the NCAD Gallery, Dublin and Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

Fergal Styles (b.1992) is a painter living and working in Dublin, Ireland. He uses a wide range of media, to create layered and intuitive imagery that moves between figuration and abstraction. He graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and his work is held in both public and private collections.


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