Even a maniac can learn to drive

Cole Flynn Quirke

Cole Flynn Quirke’s latest photographic work stages a tender exploration into the vagaries of youth. ‘Even a maniac can learn to drive’ is an autobiographical venture into Quirke’s twenties and sundown on the devil-may-care youthful days of yore. Through a nostalgia of self, depicted with scrapbook style collage and playful curation, Quirke’s work is a swan song to themes of love, loss and the fading of innocence in the wake of adulthood. Though oftentimes dark and brooding, Quirke’s practice is not without humour and ironises its own introspective lens on mortality. Through the juxtaposition of found images and Quirke’s diaristic photographs, ‘Even a maniac can learn to drive’ pokes fun at itself and the naivety of youth with characteristic poise and jocularity. Figuration and metaphor run as red threads through the collection, stringing together a series of works that are as accessible as they are enigmatic. A third and final act in Quirke’s coming of age diaristic practice, ‘Even a maniac can learn to drive’ is not to be missed.

Artist biography

Cole Flynn Quirke is a photographer and videographer, based in London, United Kingdom. Fuelled by an obsession with memory Cole captures all reaches of life in a loose yet considered way.


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