Oliver Comerford’s practice is engaged with place, and the changing nature of place, addressing the interface between the local and the global. It has relevance to social and environmental change. It explores the notion of to what, in fact, ‘place’ is; whether it resides in the particular or the universal, whether it is something secure or more complex and contradictory. It draws on aspects of contemporary life, visual culture, and film. It comments on our contemporary relationship with our environment and challenges perceived ideas of Romanticism.
The work Distance was commissioned by the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, for dissemination via broadband, to mark the rollout of Broadband Communications infrastructure in Ireland in 2004, under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. It was shot during the winter months of 2004 in 19 counties throughout Ireland.
Oliver Comerford was born in Dublin in 1967 and is a graduate of Chelsea College of Art and Design, London and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland and abroad. His work is in collections including The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, University College Cork Art Collection-Lewis Glucksman Gallery, The Office of Public Works, and Allied Irish Bank. He is represented by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin