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news for lots more news, press, information, for instance a
collection of Sean
Hillen works on book-covers.
You can read Fintan O'Toole's 1999 introductory text to the Irelantis
book here and his 2011
most below have links to the full article:
an online article on Seán's work at the site of RTÉ Television
reinvents John Hinde's landscapes of Ireland into scenes from a place
called Irelantis. 'The scalpel is a shovel and the slicing of postcards
like cutting turf', he says."
Boland, The Irish Times,
9th Oct, 1999
"Hillen's images stretch the mind and imagination of the
by Conn O'Donovan; CIRCA magazine Spring 2000
"Hillen's vision is heroic, and there is nothing snide in his flights
by Kya de Longchamps; The Examiner November 1999
"Even in this early work, rooted in the grubby and mundane,
there is something transcendent about Sean Hillen's vision."
& Paste- a History of Photomontage
"Throughout the twentieth century, photomontage has
had the potential to tear apart the world, revealing what is hidden,
and to construct new and impossible visions.."
review by Stephen Bull from
Creative Camera magazine
of 'IRELANTIS' and Peter Kennard's 'Domesday Book'
house beats and rails of kinetic nylon danceware Kieron Owens recently
met with Sean Hillen, creator of Irelantis and master of his own destiny..."
with Kieron Owens from
Dublin Event Guide 1997
"Irelantis is a psychoactive tourist idyll, with citizens strolling
past sunlit wonders"
Moroney on SeŠn Hillen and his work at the Hales Gallery, London,
The Guardian, 21st Dec, 1999
"there's more in SeŠn's head, as I said, than a gun
would take out..."
BBC Northern Ireland, 'Your
Place & Mine' (1994)
"it's disturbing, funny, irreverent, and it is very good indeed"
BBC Northern Ireland, 'The
Sean Rafferty Show' (1996)
I think, the Ireland manufactured from equal parts of sacred presence
and fit-up hucksterism... certainly one of the wryest and most humane
respondents to the psychological clutter of modern, MTV Ireland"
M Farrell, CIRCA Magazine (Summer 1996)
"a mystical invocation of imagination anyhow, and something kind
of plausible too.."Irelantis
review by Catherine Duncan from SOURCE Magazine issue 09
"This was one book review I was looking forward to..."
review by Gavin Murphy from SOURCE Magazine issue 21
"Seán Hillen works with photomontage, a deceptively modest
medium. Popular with primary school teachers as a cheap and easy craft
activity, it has also proved itself capable of registering some of the
major cultural and political crises of the twentieth century."
early montage work by Heartfield expert David
"It is at once spectacular and comical - in fact so overblown that
one willingly participates in its wild flight of fancy."
book review by Gavin Murphy, SOURCE magazine, 2000
"Hillen's unique perspective on the world makes you smile and look
again. There is always something more, something that slips in and lingers
until you realise there is no one pattern to perception but many."
"It puts the past, the present, the future, the nowhere, at our finger-tips
and reflects how we and our world are changing. The collection is funny.
It is thoughtful. It is £19.95. But it is also unique and ≠ if you are
prepared to think about it ≠ thought provoking."
Steven McCaffery, the Irish News, 25th Oct, 1999
"Enigmatic ... a recreated reality ... places Ireland at the centre
of the Universe, if only to show that the universe isn't too big and
we're all closer than we think."
"Bigger than anything the Department of Arts and Culture could invent..."
Medb Ruane, Sunday Times 1996
"Seán Hillen's art is born out of an awareness of division and
a desire for wholeness; but Hillen is also aware that we live in a world
where the comfort of wholeness is denied, so his work balances nicely
between irony and ache."
"a genuinely original mind... irresistibly funny."
Sarah Kent, Time Out
"The image-maker most likely to turn us on to glue and paste..."
Luke Clancy, Critics Choice '97, The Irish Times