A question of taste: Sean Lynch discusses his favourite things

Sean Lynch is from Moyvane in Co Kerry, but lives in Askeaton, Co Limerick and in London. Adventure Capital, his piece for the Venice Bienalle, is currently on at Limerick City Gallery of Art. He will also have a solo exhibition at the Rose Art Museum in Boston in September. For more information, see adventure-capital.ie

Best recent book: Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge is a detective story that finds itself deep into conspiracies of the internet and the realities of bio-politics.

Best recent film: I just saw Letter to Siberia, made by French director Chris Marker. It’s an incredible mediation on the nature and culture of such a remote place, made as Marker visited there in the 1960s.

Best show/exhibition/gig you’ve seen in recent months: Ailbhe Ní Bhriain’s recent exhibition of projected videos at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin showed her to be tactile and inventive with an artform that is still relatively new and finding its place in the world.

What formats do you access music? Sometimes Spotify, and I’m still basing most of my listening on a large box of old bootleg audio cassettes — but don’t worry, I do know who Kanye West is!

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately (new or old): My baby daughter likes listening to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, there’s great drama there for us both.

First ever piece of music or art or film that really moved you: James Turrell’s light installation at the Crawford Art Gallery in the early 1990s was amazing, once you stepped into the room, it looked like you could fall off a cliff. It was perfect fodder to get teenagers into contemporary art.

Tell us about your TV viewing: I channel hop late at night, and I like Keith Lemon.

Name three of the contemporary artists you admire: Stephen Burke is a stonecarver I’ve been working with for several years now. He always has generous ideas. Tom Fitzgerald was my teacher in art college, and I like thinking about his many installations, sculptures and drawings. In Dublin, Fiona Marron is a fantastically inventive video artist.

Unsung hero — individual, organisation or group you think don’t get the profile/praise they deserve:

All the artist-run gallery spaces of Ireland. Places like Pallas Projects in Dublin or Catalyst Arts in Belfast, and Askeaton Contemporary Arts here in Limerick all work hard on little resources to produce exhibitions and publications that are often more reactionary to the issues of today than what museums or larger cultural institutions can do. If you don’t already support them, start doing so!

You are king for a day — what’s your first decree? That there should be no kings.


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