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Patrick Ireland

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With this three-dimensional rope drawing, Patrick Ireland further enunciated certain of the conditions of his previous projects in this genre while contradicting others. Though the self-consciousness and physical self-awareness he invites were stressed perhaps more than before, the earlier ambiguity set up between viewer and object(s) was on this occasion all but eliminated.

The strings themselves were still stretched and suspended by only semi-visible supports, giving them a feeling of being airborne. The viewer’s experience, however, used to be analogous to this metaphor for freedom; earlier work was characterized by a nearly unlimited choice of possible points of view, in other words by no “point of view” at all. In political or historical terms (specific political inferences can be made when an artist says he will keep his nom de string until British troops leave Northern Ireland), this

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