Gerry Adams the 62 year old Irish republican politician and president of Sinn Féin one of the largest political parties in Northern Ireland has denied being an IRA leader and having advance knowledge of the Northern Bank £26.5 million robbery in Belfast. Adams claims Taoiseach Bertie Ahern the former Irish Premier and leader of the Fianna Fail party made public the allegations for political purposes as an attack on Sinn Fein the party’s electoral rival. Adams denies any historical membership of the IRA Irish Republican Army, stating the claims were not new allegations as he had denied them all before, despite the Irish government allegedly having “rock solid evidence”.

Inspired by Steven McCaffery and David Young at The Independent

Political Arts | Ian Bunn Visual Artist

My digital art work is essentially politics and art. It’s about iconic people, places and events of our day.  Recorded visually through daily compilations of manipulated digital images, posted online and disseminated via online media and social networks. The works are diaristic in nature that metaphorically record a spectator’s experience of the contemporary digital age.  The resulting work intentionally has a painterly aesthetic acknowledging my historical painting practice.

Adapting Pop Art’s notion of mass media imagery into a context of the contemporary digital age, the work draws on a myriad points of reference. Utilizing fractured images to provide an allusion to the digital noise pounding away daily into our sub consciousness.  The work is essentially popular culture arts, diverging from the traditional Pop Art notion of a pronounced repetition of a consumer icon, instead this work focuses on the deluge of contemporary digital content. The compilation of the fragmented imagery is vividly distractive, not unlike cable surfing or a jaunt through Times Square.

This digital photo manipulation art work is premised on the basis that Pop art in its beginnings, freeze-framed what consumers of popular culture experienced into iconic visual abstractions. With the advent of the techno age, visual information circulates in such quantities, so rapidly and exponentially, that to comprehend a fraction of it all becomes a kind of production process in itself.  Hence this work considers fragmented elements of Popular Culture through an artistic and conceptual exploration of specific people and events of the day.