Ninety Nine Percent for Art

Galway Harbour Company Warehouse, Galway, Ireland, 2012.

Wood, Vinyl Transparencies, X-Ray Light Boxes, Stop Motion Animation, Sound.

"Ninety Nine Per Cent For Art" was a two-person exhibition by Carol Anne Connolly (IRL) and Jim Ricks (US). The artists produced new work in an array of contemporary media spanning from sculpture, video and painting to photographic works. Their interest lay in what they describe as ‘unintended monuments’. The title was drawn from protest movements and state sponsored public art policy, in doing so the artists hoped to enshrine the unofficial, even accidental, signs of our times.

Ninety Nine Percent for Art investigated what are essentially undiscovered and unplanned memorials. A careful artistic selection process which groups symbolic markers ranging from the detritus of impromptu revolutionary celebrations to unfinished industrial sites created a new discourse on the built environment. Ninety Nine Percent for Art aimed to rethink the memorial in a time of economic and political upheaval using national and global examples and how they relate to each other. The artists began a process of challenging conventional notions of monuments, as they ‘unearthed’ unintentional and colloquial artefacts as the source material for their artworks. In this process they referenced various structures or embellishments that spoke of inextricably linked approaches and struggles.