Fergal Stapleton

V22 | Dalston

In a 2007 review, and prompted by Fergal Stapleton’s choices of title (Planet of the Clowns, 2006, for instance, or This Is Mars, 2007), critic Andrew Bonacina drew a suggestive comparison between this artist’s illuminated three-dimensional works and orreries, models (sometimes illuminated) of the solar system. The title of Stapleton’s mixed-media installation at V22, If one good deed in all my life I did, I do repent it from my very soul, 2009, had no apparent astronomical connection, but its form and its use of illumination suggested a continued investment in the planetary motif.

At the gallery’s near center hung what might be thought of as this system’s center, a red dwarf: a low-wattage, softly glowing red lightbulb dangling from a makeshift fiberboard shelf. Around it was an array of subtle, self-effacing sculptural arrangements, all of which played in some way with natural or artificial

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