Cartoonist project, the inventing of a 100, one image cartoons.Ode to Garry Larson.
Alan Crosby a Student from Developing Alternative Values a course for adults with learning difficulties. Was placed as a studio assistant at Caplices studio for 2 hours a day every Friday for 3 months.January 10th to April 10th 2014. Instead of working as a studio assistant Alan worked as a co-collaborator on the 7 paintings produced within the 3 month block.
Communal drawing workshop
This workshop took place at sundial house. It was a one day workshop that 5 homeless men and one care worker took part in. The drawings were passed between the artist and the other participants until a democratic decision was made that the pieces were finished.
Cheers to all who took part.
Caplice’s new work retains his general message but seems to stem more form the process of the painting than an idea based struggle.The images toddle forth from the paint in his own strange style. Technique has been side stepped for enjoyment relying on colour and images to save the day. Artist quote “If I got to spend 40% of my time applying for shows and so fourth, at least I can enjoy the act of painting.”
UpStart is a non-profit arts collective which aims to put creativity at the centre of public consciousness during the Irish General Election Campaign in 2011. We plan to do this by reinterpreting the spaces commonly used for displaying election campaign posters in Dublin City.
The objectives of UpStart are to encourage a debate on the role of the arts in this state. Our aim is to highlight the importance of creativity and ingenuity when society is in need of direction and solutions, and to emphasize the value of the arts to public life. We believe that the futuredevelopment of the country requires a healthy cultivation of the Arts.
UpStart comprises artists and writers from Ireland and abroad and are non-aligned to any political party. UpStart respects and follows Dublin City Council litter regulations and operates within the requirements of Irish law.
• ‘I’ve a bleedin pain in my leg’ : Oil on canvas
This painting is a response to the on going Banking crises. The figure has an abstracted euro symbol in the eye of the figure. The figure is near naked as a suggestion of being laid bare. The figure retains the tie to mark him as the business class. The pain in my Bleedin leg is a word play on ‘a pain in the bollocks’ which the banks have given the whole nation. Using the word bleedin as it is a Dublin slang word. Put in context ‘Bleedin gorgeous’ (Very gorgeous). So the tile translates as having a very large pain in the leg (bollocks).
• ‘I’ve got to stop singing to these mingin colours’ : Oil on canvas
This painting is a slapstick look at the Irish music industry. It looks at the huge turn to commercial side of the industry. The spawning of the x-factor and its ilk has left the music industry unbalance with non- commercial bands such as red neck manifesto not getting there proper espouser. This painting suggests that the Artist knows this and has an inner conflict raging. I got to stop singing for these mingin (Irish slang for very bad) colours (people).
• ‘Mary jabba the health system’: Oil on canvas
Mary Harney (born 11 March 1953) is an Irish politician and is the current Minister for Health and Children. She is mixed in this painting with Jabba the Hutt the evil space villain from star wars. The tile suggests she has destroyed the Health system. As that’s what Jabba the Hutt does he destroys things. There is a ramp bringing beds for her to eat to represent the decline in hospital beds under her administration. Above her head is a hidden Tri-colour with white being replaced by grey.
• ‘Ratzinger’s ninja cardinals’: Oil on canvas
From an conversation with a colleague (john) about an article about Pope Benedict XVI (Ratzinger) sending 7 cardinals to Ireland to regain the respect for the catholic church with in the Irish nation. This painting had to be done. Approached in a slapstick manner the naïve style is aware to the painter. The Ninja are attacking or laying siege to another Bastille of Irish nation the painter’s local pub.
• ‘We all like horses and guns’: Oil on canvas
Playing around with the idea of a conspiracy of the ruling class this painting plays around with the idea of global ruling elite. The subjects of choice are Charles James “Charlie” Haughey (Irish: Cathal Séamas Ó hEochaidh; 16 September 1925 – 13 June 2006) was Taoiseach of Ireland, serving three terms in office; from December 1979 to June 1981, March 1982 to December 1982 and March 1987 to February 1992 and Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (Arabic: صدام حسين التكريتي Ṣaddām Ḥusayn ʿAbd al-Majīd al-Tikrīt]; 28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006)] was the President of Iraq from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. The sun blast window a symbol of imperialism within in Ireland abstracted into a suggestion of the all Seeing Eye conjuring a hundred conspiracies. Also let’s face it a lot of us like Horses and guns.
• ‘Uain sleachtadh na hEireann’: Oil and enamel on board
‘The slaughter Lamb of Ireland’ is the title translated from Irish. This painting was in response to the Irish Blasphemy laws. The new law, which was passed in July 2009, means that blasphemy in Ireland is now a crime punishable with a fine of up to €25,000 (£22,000).
Once a again a hidden tri-colour hangs over the head of a slaughter lamb or the slaughtered religion of Ireland.
• ‘An Artist traped in a tri-colour’: Oil and enamel on board
This painting does what it does it is an Artist traped in a tri-colour and the painter lets the viewer make up or finish the painting by the viewers own interpretation.
The Art Residency Lindart Lendava Slovenia summer project was open to artists from all countries, and took place at the castle of the town Lendava; its gallery space and print making studio, from 7th to 17th of July 2010.
Collaboration paintings by Miriam Sturdee and Maurice Caplice.
Bitter Pop lemon culture is Caplice’s second solo show in Ireland. Leaving behind his usual formula he has embarked on a transmigration of parody and satire. Seemly to attack all and side with all. The tools have remained the same moving in and out of painting and sculpture with a dash of sound. The level of success is as hidden as the true meaning of the work.
“Last time I checked this was a free country, but I have not checked in a while. At least were free to shop. You know what they say money can buy you happiness.”
But the lemon sense of humour and his enjoyment of the making process are as always plain to see.
A group show with David McSwiggan, Fergal McSwiggan and Maurice Caplice
Caplice and McSwiggan met at the National college of Art and Design and have worked together on earlier shows. Invited to show work with the McSwiggan’s brothers Caplice was only happy to oblige. When asked to comment on the tile of the show, Caplices answer was “I’m not saying nothing, you finish it, that’s the point”.
Paintings 3 – 7 from the dead things should stick together series
The show consisted of painting, mixed media and sound.
In an overpowering disposable society, the human becomes disposable, Overcrowding in many countries lead to a lesser value of life. In this country the sense of Irish ness becomes more important as the country rightly becomes more multicultural. Tribalism has reared its ugly head and taken us to its comforting bosom. Let’s see what happens next. The work has never meant to be a sermon from a pulpit, just an impartial view on societies and my own strange behaviour. With the idea of Tribalness being both sides of the human coins condition, the good and the bad. We must address the wrong and revere the right. Maurice Caplice, 2008
Full titles for Images:
Image 5: “Magenta weve been green boxed”
Image 7: “I’ve got to stop coming to these kind of landscapes”
Image 8: “Giants are standing on my head”
Image 10: “Did you leave the green on”
( Titles were shortened on theses images for tech reasons)
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