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On Sunday 17 March, 2.30pm What’s A Little Fallout? joined the 35th annual Askeaton parade. In the search for an artist who could take on the task of merging the rarified nature of contemporary art practice into the busiest day of the year on the streets of Askeaton, Aaron Lawless (b.1986, Dublin) was the most obvious choice. Actively involved in an emerging Limerick art scene and a co-director of Faber Studios, Lawless’ work involves recycling leftover materials found in the vicinity of his studio into startling arrangements, exhibited as installations or sculptural entities. In turn, these forms are used as discursive touchstones for public participation through active conversation, organised public events and, in the artists’ words, “a form of interpersonal play that challenges the notion of a stagnant relationship between individual and artwork”.
Often guided by YouTube tutorials and DIY instruction manuals, his constructions rarely hold an allusion to high art, rather he sees them as makeshift solutions, based on pragmatic decisions made on the resources at hand.
Askeaton Contemporary Arts:
Since 2006, Askeaton Contemporary Arts commission, produce and exhibit contemporary art in the locale of a small town in County Limerick, Ireland. An annual residency program, commissions and exhibitions frequently occur. To date, over forty projects have been realized in Askeaton. With no ‘white-cube’ gallery spaces in Askeaton, artists work in public spaces throughout the town. Such an approach is built on a belief that contemporary art can be used as a critical hub for local society, as a form of critique, investigation and celebration where artists are at the center of these dialogues. :
Stories of the patron saint’s time around Limerick are many. Notably, he encountered a pagan witch who lived in Carrigogunnell Castle. His journey there was fuelled by local concerns about candles placed in the windows of the castle, built on a high rocky outcrop by the Shannon river. Those who saw the candles lit would instantly die. Patrick’s intervention meant the liberation of all such fears, and the flame was eternally extinguished. He also established holy wells, and a site of pilgrimage at Knockpatrick, west of Askeaton. A low point of his time in the region occurred when his donkey was allegedly stolen, thus preventing his passage to the west into Kerry.