Vincent Dermody

Suitable Gallery

The gallery that mounted Vincent Dermody’s most recent exhibition is actually a two-car garage. Sharing the space with a headstone and the oblong demarcation of a grave was a 1978 Ford LTD II in a tinny shade of bronze, which the artist had simply parked inside. Titled “You’re Still Under 30” (it opened just before Dermody crossed the threshold), the project functioned as part exorcism, part self-portrait, part arcane Irish wake, and part chastened declaration of independence.

When Dermody’s father arrived in the United States from Ireland, his name was changed by mistake to Darmody. In 2000, the year his mother died and eight years after his father’s death, the artist finally changed his own name back to its original. With his smallish inheritance, he bought the Ford and had a headstone professionally carved with the words R.I.P. / VINCE DARMODY / 1973–2000 / AGED 27 YEARS / D.D.D. (for

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