Dealing with Ireland’s social nightlife, Nocturnes, Jack Hickey’s most recent collection, illustrates the beautiful, the ridiculous, and the menacing of the clouded contemporary cityscape.
The work explores the shaded underclass of the nocturnal urban terrain and pursues the disenfranchised as they search their city for meaning once darkness falls.
Jack Hickey was born in 1988 in the small town of Cobh, located along the southern coast of Ireland. Jack graduated from Crawford College of Art & Design in 2011 and has since garnered much critical acclaim.
His work attempts to illuminate the emptiness at the centre of human relationships, the inherent lack of meaningful interaction between different people, different sexes and different realities. The open space in the work represents the distance between individuals, the unsaid and the unrequited. It is an example of the void inherent in a modern, socially fractured world, where true human contact has become illusive, almost impossible. They strive to show the hole at the centre, the empty room within, the point where unease begins.
This was Jack Hickey’s fourth solo show and his first solo exhibition in Kerry.