but never mind
but never mind is the most recent iteration of Hannah Mooney’s continuing experimentation of split screen video, an approach that she describes as allowing ‘instantaneous burps’ of unrelated imagery to collide and spark new modes of dialogue.
Clichéd imagery recalls sentimental 1970s nature posters or stock video photography, offering brief yet unexpectedly emotive pairs of images that insistently prod the viewing to wonder at their meaning.
Hannah Mooney is a Bristol-based Contemporary artist from Dublin, with a studio at the contemporary art centre Spike Island. She graduated in 2012 with First Class Honors in BA Fine Art Media from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland. Hannah works primarily in video/ installation and since her degree has previously exhibited at the Exeter Contemporary Open (2013) and worked across the UK.
Two texts accompany but never mind; an in conversation with Bristol-based producer Nicol Philips, and a short creative text by writer Thomas Darby.
“Mooney’s aesthetic has a sensuality to it and though textureless in and of itself, the work makes use of images of many textures in a secondary capacity, i.e. through the photographic medium and video work. The only real thing here are the onions.
The segmentation of the sculptural work into a triptych cleverly imbues an immediacy to the action and frames the work in-terms of the viewer. It also hints at a type of ontological reasoning that has been a part of Art History long before we started to create representational forms of art. This was crystallised in modern times by Rene Magritte when he pointed out “ceci n’est pas une pipe”; this is not a pair of eyes, this is an image of a pair of eyes and she is not crying because of the spilt milk (or the onions for that matter).” Hilary Murray