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The Project Twins at The Counting House

  • 10AM-5PM
  • May 20th - May 21st

Sample-Studios based artist duo, The Project Twins, will present a series of their large scale paintings on tarpaulin featuring their distinct graphic language of pixelated hearts, grimacing faces, fist pumps and explosions in a pop-up exhibition at The Counting House.

The Project Twins are James and Michael Fitzgerald, a Cork-based collaborative art duo. Their practice is multi-disciplinary, spanning painting, print-making, design, illustration and three-dimensional work. They have exhibited in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Glucksman Gallery, Cork and TULCA, Galway, with works held in the permanent collections of The Glucksman Gallery, UCC, The OPW and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, USA. They have completed several large scale public and private art commissions, the most recent being a Percent For Art Commission at Bunscoil Rinn an Cabhlaigh, Cobh, Co Cork. Alongside their fine art practice they regularly produce editorial illustrations for an array of international newspapers and publications. Their work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, TIME and The Economist amongst others. With a focus on politics, economics and social work they produce concept driven illustrations which responds directly to the themes within the articles. They are interested in the crossover of disciplines and how they can influence and inform each other.

Employing minimal forms and graphic shapes, their work is rooted in the visual language of signs, symbols and pictograms which can be found in various systems of propaganda and control to communications and way-finding. Their visual lexicon, consisting of grimacing faces, fist pumps, explosions, hammers and various graphic forms, populate the canvas in a highly composed and stylised manner. Rendered in a hard edge style, reminiscent of utilitarian art movements such as Russian Constructivism and Soviet Poster Art, the work appears to directly communicate while also retaining a sense of ambiguity, allowing for interpretation and inquiry. The use of humour and repetition creates a playful sense of absurdity, taking a wry look at various themes including a growing sense of anxiety, power structures, nationalism and identity.