The Ever Widening Spiral

Mon 27 Sep - Fri 15 Oct 2021

The art is inspired by the writing of Flann O’Brien with particular reference to “The Third Policeman”.

The exhibition comprises a wide range of painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, film and animation by the artists Eddie, Joanna and David O’Kane.

This exhibition is part of a series of exhibitions which comprises venues such as Salzburg University, Burns Library, Boston College, USA, and Boston College Headquarters, Dublin.


The artists believe that Flann O’Brien’s birthplace, Strabane and Donegal had a major influence in his writing. Many of the artworks displayed reference these influences.


The author invents an imaginary philosopher and self-proclaimed expert named De Selby. Throughout the book the fantastical theories of De Selby are expanded and exemplified in the form of lengthy foot notes. The characters in the main text inhabit a surreal world in which many of these concepts are acted out in grotesque fashion.


New artwork in this exhibition involves the use of the 3d printer and 3d technology to explore some of O’Brien’s scientific theories. This is a new departure for artistic practice in the North West of Ireland. The artist Eddie O’Kane works with his mentor and technical advisor Christopher Roulston, Lecturer in Engineering, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, to produce these works. This work has been funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and by Creative Ireland.

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