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Decline and Fall - Gerard O’Connor and Marc Wasiak with Harry Rekas and Visual Thing

26 November 2010 – 12 December 2011


With a raucous, irreverent grandeur, the photographs of Gerard O’Connor bring to mind the diverse traditions of William Hogarth’s 18th-century moral satires, 19th-century History Painting and the 20th-century underground comix of Robert Crumb. Working with stylist Marc Wasiak and collaborating with post-production specialists Harry Rekas or Visual Thing, O’Connor’s cinematic images take the viewer on a helter-skelter ride through the mayhem of social, cultural and moral chaos. Their shared eye for the detailing of character and costume, and the layering of plot, transforms each tableau into a heroic melodrama with all the twists and turns, tears and laughter of a classic bodice-ripper.