Brendan Moran, 2017, Redoubt [wood, acrylic, wire, card, nails, mdf, gypsum, wool, electrical tape, mesh, cable ties, dimensions variable]

Brendan Moran

Taken from the series Exploded geometries and alternate symmetries

Oil, acrylic, masking tape, surface incisions on board, 841 mm x 1189 mm

Painting is something that seems to stem from some sort of irrationality. I make these things although I am not sure why. I mean, what is their worth? What is the meaning behind their making? Their intended sense seems to be unclear.

In a way, painting for me is like a superstition; one which has a connection to survival. From this position, the performance of a superstitious rite maintains the survival of an irrational habit.

I have heard that superstitions are intuitions we know to be wrong but we surrender to them anyway. So, I’ll keep painting, lest I fall off the edge of the earth.

Ingredients for a good painting:

Place teabag in cup.
Boil water.
Pour water over teabag.
Let it steep for at least 3 minutes.
Hold the edge of the teabag by one corner and complete 3 sequences of four dunks (that’s 12 in total).
Repeat 3 times.
Add milk.

Brendan Moran, 1971, Turanganui a Kiwa, Te Ika a Maui, Aotearoa, New Zealand