In collaboration with the Dublin Gallery Weekend join Artist David O’Kane in a tour of his exhibition inspired by Jonathan Swift's masterpiece "A Modest Proposal". O’Kane's stunning lithographs will only be on display in the Lady Chapel of Saint Patrick's Cathedral for the duration of the tour so this is a unique opportunity to see his work in Swift's Cathedral!
The Salvage Press commissioned poetry from Jessica Traynor and artwork by O’Kane for a limited edition, large-scale, letterpress book of "A Modest Proposal". The book marks the 350th anniversary of Swift’s birth in 1667 and was launched at Marshes Library in August 2017. Swift’s original text is still as shockingly potent today as it was when it was first published in 1729.
In her article for the Irish Times, ‘A Modest Proposal for 21st-century Ireland’, Traynor describes the collaborative processes that were involved in creating the book and includes several of the poems she composed for the project. She cites her interview with O’Kane where he describes ‘Swift’s voice [as] critical of those in power but also of the exploited masses and their deference to that power. In this sense it is still critically relevant today. The baby in the deanery dining table image appears to be eating her own hand, while simultaneously pointing an accusatory hand toward the viewer. The empty chairs await the hungry landlords. The question raised by the image is whether we want to pull up seat at this horrific meal or should we find another way of setting out the table?’