Pádraig Spillane is an Irish artist working with photography, collage, object-based assemblages, sound, and installation. He explores the boundaries and intersections of imagery and mass-produced cultural forms. He views images as unstable, as items to be subverted, to be waywardly rearranged beyond their intended meanings and functions. His works are constructed from visual references and intimations from commercial display and collective imaginaries. They are linked through how images construct desires, past and future, through complex entanglements. Reorientating the drives and relations from aesthetic elements to consider suggestive potentials, his works perform as assemblies of disruption and appeal.
Recent exhibitions include: In Our Own Image: Photography and the Social Gaze
Photo Museum Ireland, Dublin, (2022); Images Are All We Have, PhotoIreland, Dublin Castle, (2022); define silver lining V2.0, CCAE, Cork, (2022); C L O S E R, Lavit Gallery, Cork, (2022); Saturation: the everyday transformed, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, (2022); Silver-Tongued Seas, Jupiter Woods, London, (2021); New Light, Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, (2020); Far From Here, The Complex, Dublin, (2019); Naked Truth: The Nude in Irish Art, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, (2018). Spillane lectures at MTU Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland.