Absolut Original by Cliona O'Flaherty

by Cliona O'Flaherty

Fancy your art with a bit of a kick? We might just have the place – The Absolut Collection will be showing in the newly-named Absolut Fringe Factory, Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar from September 5-20. 

Ever since Andy Warhol received the brief, “Be inspired by the Absolut bottle,” way back in 1985, (such a fan was he of the vodka, he even used it as a cologne dontcha know) Absolut have been working with designers and artists to create new and interesting ways of depicting their bottle. Over the years 800 works have been created by over 350 artists and designers ranging from the not so well known to creative superstars like Gianni Versace, Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Tom Ford, Annie Liebowitz and John Galliano.

For the Dublin Fringe Festival, 16 Irish talents will add pieces to the collection. With the same brief as Warhol, the likes of fashion photographer Cliona O’Flaherty, visual artist Asbestos, graffiti artist MASER, fashion stylist Aisling Farinella and illustrator BRENB have created pieces that will hang among the classic works here in Ireland before being submitted for inclusion into the international Absolut Art collection in Stockholm. 

So if you want to see a future masterpiece in the flesh, (with a dash of lime, on the rocks) get your ass to the Absolut Fringe Factory. 


by Aisling Farinella

by Aisling Farinella