Photographer's Note

This is a small part of an artwork called Ponder by artist Colin O Connor which was on display in Castletown House, County Kildare. It was created in 2012 and was part of the Contemporary Castletown exhibition which ran until June 30th.

The phenomenon of ordering home wares and furnishing from catalogues may seem like a fairly recent phenomenon, but in fact Thomas Chippendale (of the cabinet fame, not the stripping) made his mark in the world when he first published a catalog called The Gentleman and Cabinet Makers Directory in 1754. Many items found in Castletown house would also have been selected by Lady Louisa of Castletown from catalogues and shipped over to Ireland to remain in place for hundreds of years.

With this in mind, it seems appropriate that the art piece here contains many colorful concentric patterns, and these have been created by using deceptively rolled up Argos catalogues!

(Argos is a large UK and Ireland based catalogue shopping company)

Pictured here is only as small part of the overall piece which is in full view a modern take on a Kissing chair, a popular design of furniture from the 19th century. It is made from light colored wood and has three areas like the one pictured.

Thanks for looking!

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