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Nevan Lahart, b.1973

Ch.26: Sub-Commandant Marcos, The Friendly Terrorist (after R. Hamilton)2002

As if by way of a nod to trompe l’oeil, the works forming Nevan Lahart’s ongoing ‘Static TV’ series (from 2001) are set in isometric TV structures, a framing device for referencing his personal feelings, art history and things as seen on TV, particularly socio-political media images. Included in the series are ‘Ch.26: Sub-Commandant Marcos, The Friendly Terrorist (After R. Hamilton)’ and ‘Ch.76: 3 Cheers for the Psalms of Mordechai Vanunu (Before R. Hamilton)’ (2002 and 2007 respectively), originally made as separate works but which subsequently formed a diptych. Both these titles reference the artist Richard Hamilton, frequently known as the Father of Pop, who, like Lahart, uses appropriated media imagery in his work. The former alludes to Hamilton’s ‘The Citizen’ (1981–3), from his Northern Ireland series. The latter was conceived and painted as a contemporary update of Hamilton’s ‘Swingeing London 67’ (1968–9), depicting the arrest of Mick Jagger and the art dealer Robert Fraser following a drug raid.

MediumOil on MDF
Dimensions Unframed, 38.5 x 58 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2010
Item NumberIMMA.3299
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Nevan Lahart, Ch.26: Sub-Commandant Marcos, The Friendly Terrorist (after R. Hamilton), 2002, Oil on MDF, Unframed, 38.5 x 58 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2010

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Nevan Lahart b.1973

Irish artist Nevan Lahart attended Limerick School of Art and Design and the National College of Art and Design. Lahart’s practice considers the role of media, social and political perceptions, and the Museum as purveyor of artistic merit and classification. Lahart has exhibited extensively, including solo exhibitions at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin; Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles; and Catalyst Arts, Belfast. He participated in IMMA’s Artists’ Residency Programme in 2005.

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