(Thinking About Blue Almonds)
Stay up late. Strange things happen when you’ve gone too far, been up too long, worked too hard, and you’re separated from the rest of the world.
(Bruce Mau, The incomplete Manifesto for Growth)
Ormond Studios is pleased to present its annual member exhibition ‘Thinking About Blue Almonds’, featured as part of a short series of events that also involves a film screening, artist dialogues, and a musical performance that revolve around different meanings and interpretations of the colour blue; melancholy, water, infinity, distance, night time, etc. The title is taken from the Polish phrase for day dreaming, ‘myśleć o niebieskich migdałach’, which translates as ‘think of blue almonds’.
The exhibition takes the idea of the ‘blue hour’ (l’heure bleue), the twilight between night and day. It responds to this transitional phase – the mundane shift from collectivised industrialised time to private domestic time. This temporal passage tends to serve as a period of activity for artists, who often find themselves taking up the role of the night shift worker. The studio space becomes activated as a location where unorthodox temporalities can be carved out from the diurnal rhythms that pattern daily life.
The singular nature of the studio space becomes a point of departure; a private physical space that paradoxically acts as a porous boundary between the artist and the world, where ideas and relations are free to cross-pollinate and extend beyond their conventional parameters.
Transitional states, ephemerality, non-duality and fluidity are explored on a conceptual and material level throughout the exhibition.
Exhibiting artists: Dorota Borowa, Chloe Brenan, Sarah Wren Wilson, Deirdre Brennan, Niamh Coffey, Sarah Edmondson, Hazel Egan, Aideen Farrell.
Image credit: Kate Bowe O’Brien