Cork-based artist Marilyn Lennon picks her favorite music, art and books
Marilyn Lennon is an artist and lecturer from Co Monaghan. She first came to Cork to study at Crawford College of Art and Design, and moved back to the city eight years ago. Marilyn recently joined the fine arts team at MTU, Crawford College of Art and Design, and is part of the LennonTaylor Artists’ Collaboration working on a large-scale social art project called The KinShip project, in Tramore Valley Park.
I just finished Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World, by Amy Marris. It reviews the different debates and perspectives on ecology and nature conservation. At one point she describes a species of trees in North America moving north at a rate of 6 km per decade to escape global warming, they will continue to move north until it there’s nowhere to go.
I loved The Two Faces of Tomorrow by Patrick Hough. It is a fictional documentary film, which contemplates capitalism, extraction and exploitation through the subject of green algae. It was part of the Cork International Film Festival and was co-commissioned by the National Sculpture Factory which created a beautiful, atmospheric screening space in the empty warehouses of the marina.
American artist Doug Fishbone’s Please Gamble Responsibly exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery was a great opportunity to see the artist’s work. His installation recreating a ghost estate based on the Castlelake complex of Carrigtwohill reflected the precariousness of real estate development fueled by property.
Miles Davis, Sketches of Spain – in the midst of the darkest days of winter, this sound warms me.
I remember being completely floored by Virgin Shroud, a sculpture by Dorothy Cross. It is made from cowhide draped over a statue with the udder teats erected like a crown at the head. As someone raised in the countryside around animals, it was both revolting and funny and left a lasting impression.
Impossible to say. I’m going to limit myself to something in Cork City. At Glucksman, one work that stuck with me is Provenance, a film work by Amie Siegel. It traces a few Corbusier chairs taken from a pile of hundreds of them in an abandoned college in India. It traces their journey over a few months through shipping containers, restaurateurs and dealers to an auction house where they are sold for over a hundred thousand pounds. It’s a beautifully filmed, meditative and calm journey that lays bare a trading system that we need to examine. I went back to see it several times, which I don’t do often.
I really enjoyed Succession’s dark humor, and I’m also a MasterChef addict.
I’m an avid podcast listener, I’ve been known to have listening sessions all night long. My new favorite is Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Impulse to Garden. The title in no way represents the breadth of the topic or the types of interviewees invited.
Putting Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith and Kae Tempest together in the same space and letting something happen would be amazing.
I walked into Madonna at the British Museum, we came face to face for an awkward moment in the Guy Bourdin photography exhibit. She was later accused of plagiarizing this show for her “Hollywood” music video.
I would love to be transported to the audience (or perhaps backstage) of Cabaret Voltaire, an anarchic cabaret with avant-garde performances, spoken word and music that opened and closed in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1916. It featured radically experimental artists. , which were reacting to the enormous changes taking place politically and culturally in the Russian and European regions.