Grey Flags: Text
1 October 2012

Grey Flags

September 26–October 14, 2012
c3 Contemporary Art Space
Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067
Australia

O’Carrigan’s works take the ‘human condition’ and its accompanying existential void and as their subject matter—though they are sometimes tongue in cheek. The works focus on the notion of communication, the pillar on which rests our avoidance of isolation.

Flags and placards are greyed out (stripping them of any text, or identifying colour or symbol), and figures isolated—waving their flags at nothing. The works imagine the problems resulting when communication is blocked: they trace the tension between the human need to speak to others about hopes and fears, and the difficulty of doing so articulately.