Opening: 6pm 3 August
Running: 1-6 August

At The Library Project

Buff (noun/verb) ;

  • the erasure of graffiti by painting over or chemically removing it

Buff is a project in which a series of public artworks are photographed. These artworks are graffiti removals, mostly painted, colloquially known as ‘buffs’. The compositions are researched by fine-art painter Stephen Burke and documented through analogue photography by Dublin based photographer, Fiachra Corcoran.

The project investigates the culture of buffing within Dublin City. It is an exploration of the colours, compositions and concepts offered up by a mostly undocumented artform that exists on our city’s streets.

The exhibition celebrates the launch of ‘Buff’ the photobook, the culmination of over a year’s work on the subject. On the walls you will find original paintings by Stephen Burke, derived from the aesthetics of buffing, as well as photographic prints by Fiachra Corcoran from multiple exposures of removals shot on 120mm film.

These compositions often have many contributors before we even look at them, ranging from the graffiti writer to the property owner, the local authorities and even the weather. What makes this really exciting is that the project moves away from a collaboration between artist and photographer, and becomes a collaboration with an entire city, its people and its streets.

Buffing is, in many ways, the ultimate gray area. It draws a fine line between high and low art, between painting and vandalism.Through careful framing and presentation, we begin to establish the works within a category of their own. The project is an attempt to give the movement the due space, contemplation and recognition it deserves.