Limerick, Ireland
Stephen Hall, Estuary, 2003, acrylic on canvas,127 x 168 cm

Stephen Hall

b. 1968, Ireland

In paintings, installations, films, videos and photography, Stephen Hall uses pathos and humour to probe contemporary mores, playing with the social codes of displaying, distributing and making art. In a series of recent works and interventions, he uses plastic smart-card technology to produce his own heteronymic currency, in distributions and wall drawings of adapted credit cards. Over four years in gestation, the exhibition and viral Currency opened in October 2008 on the infamous Black Friday, when world financial 87 markets teetered over the abyss. Among the works – a volatile stock-market candlegraph, slashed with bands of toxic black ‘void’ cards.

(Text: e v+ a – matters catalogue, 2010)

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