Austin Hearne’s object of desire is the Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, an American prelate and a strident opponent of any relaxation of Church attitudes towards gay people. Burke is also outspoken on the rights of divorced people in the church and opined that Catholic politicians supporting women’s right to abortion should be denied the Eucharist.
Hearne weaves a tale of infatuation by the artist of the figure of Burke. He creates a fantasy scenario where Burke and himself live together as a couple in perfect harmony. But with the fictionalised death of Burke, Hearne’s love becomes unrequited and results in a devastating grief. Hearne creates his melodrama through a complex installation that includes large-scale photographic works with sculptural elements, bespoke wallpaper, video.
Austin Hearne will undertake a weekly durational performance that will take place every Friday in January between 11am and 5pm in the gallery.
Austin Hearne is an artist from Dublin, living in Co. Wexford. He holds a MFA from NCAD (2016). In 2021 he collaborated on a music project Satin Shadow with film maker and music producer Glenn McQuaid with a live stream performance in The Complex as part of Tanad Aaron and Mark Swords exhibition Portico. They have subsequently released 3 albums.
His film work Whispers recently won Best Irish Short at the Gaze film festival. Austin has recently had solo shows in Gorey School of Art and The Complex and group shows with WEARTFETISHISTS, PhotoIreland Festival and Speech Sounds at Visual Carlow. Austin’s work is held in private collections in the USA, Europe and the OPW collection.
1/4. Altar For Raymo (detail) , 2022, ink-jet print on painted wallpaper on painted plywood.
2/4. Weeping For Raymo (still from video) 2022, video. Shot and edited by Jenny Keogh.
3/4. Weeping for Raymo, (screen shot) 2022, photograph on tin.
4/4. Altar For Raymo, 2022, ink-jet print on painted wallpaper on painted plywood.