Graduate Artist Talks | Ashling Smith, Emma Hopkins, Olivia Normile

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Join us on Tuesday 16th October at 7pm for an evening of talks by shortlisted artists from our Graduate Award, Ashling Smith and Emma Hopkins, alongside Graduate Award Recipient, Olivia Normile. This is a free event.

Ashling Smith is an emerging Digital Media Artist and Creative Designer whose practice encompasses video, photography, sound and sculpture. She graduated in 2018 with an Honours Degree in Creative Digital Media from the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown. Her degree show ‘Vision’ attracted particular attention and won her Draíocht’s inaugural ‘Creative Digital Media Award’ which will lead to a solo exhibition as part of ‘Platform 2019′ in Draiocht. Primarily concerned with a combination of digital media and large-scale sculpture, Ashling’s practice incorporates still and moving imagery, sound, and vocal testimony, She is interested in gathering personal narratives that explore the boundary of the real and the imagined in relation to specific communities and places. Interviews and conversations with people working in various professions become a catalyst for developing digital installations that explore the relationship between time and memory, place and identity. Her work is immersive and meditative.

Olivia Normile graduated with a BA in Visual Arts from IADT in 2018. She was longlisted for the RDS Visual Arts Awards and is the recipient of the Ormond Studios Graduate Award 2018. Olivia’s work explores the space and boundaries between image, object and idea. Surface tensions recur in her work evident through a rough, agitated quality to edges and appearances. Through combining handmade objects with animated forms of themselves, she attempts to expose an unseen tension and quiet dialogue between the definite and unseen. By capturing the motions of making and transforming them into solid ‘stills’, she reveals lone moments within a process. In turn, private environments and passageways form for these animated moments to exist and survive. Developing an affinity for unassuming yet prevailing characters in various narratives, she is drawn to the influences they have on their surroundings. Somewhat lowly, humble creatures who contain traces of divinity, existing on the threshold between reality and unknown depths. This dialogue between the physical and the fleeting is revealed through repetitious mark-making, extracted to become singular and static.

Emma Hopkins’ work explores the everyday spaces we inhabit and the spatial practices we produce in them. It arises from her interest in how architects and planners think about space in three dimensions. This has lead to the creation of installations that adapt and change in scale depending upon the interior architecture of a particular place. Emma also use photography to document different spaces, domestic and industrial. This is an aid for the structures she creates which use the language of painting to communicate elements of interior and exterior spaces. The idea of ‘construction-deconstruction-reconstruction’ is an important part of her work as each society is producing and reproducing space to meet new needs and functions. Therefore, she is interested in how language is used to describe specific spaces and spatial practices. Language also allows us to imagine the body in a space. As there is already a mental image associated to the word ‘kitchen’, for example, there is an expectation of how such a space is used: how our bodies move around that space, the specific objects and structures inhabiting this space. Emma sees all of these elements as contributions to what she calls “performing space”.

Culture Night | Open Studios

Culture Night, Events, Open Studio, Ormond Studios 2018

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Ormond Studios were delighted to be able to welcome visitors into our studios last Friday for Culture Night. We would like to thank everyone who came by for a chat, we are always happy to have the chance to invite people into the studio and share our work with the public.

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Graduate Resident Olivia Normille discusses her work ahead of her exhibition in October.

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Photographs by Studio Member Deirdre Brennan.

 

Exhibition | Thinking About Blue Almonds

Aideen Farrell, Chloe Brenan, Deirdre Brennan, Dorota Borowa, Events, Exhibition, Hazel Egan, Members Exhibition, Niamh Coffey, Ormond Studios 2018, Sarah Edmondson, Sarah Wren Wilson, Thinking About Blue Almonds

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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.

 

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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

 

Musical Performance | THE BONK | Haint Blues

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As part of the artist-led event series ‘Thinking About Blue Almonds’, Ormond Studios invited musical ensemble ‘THE BONK’ to perform ‘Haint Blues’ at our exhibition closing event on Thursday 19th April.

‘THE BONK’ is a broad-based musical project headed by Waterford songwriter and improviser Phil Christie (O Emperor). Gathering influences from 60’s garage, jazz and experimental pop, the band’s arrangements bring recursive rhythms and improvised melodies together in loose minimalist song forms.

‘The blues is an infinite loop, and the loop is elliptical, perhaps. As a structure, it limits the linear progression of time: an outward movement is always complimented and countermanded by a necessary inflection point, a turnaround.

The blues is the blues, I really believe. . . and it gives rise to an alternate time-space (by means of a portal that leads nearer away, into the lining of things). At this particular time-place, thoughts are stuttered and syncopated and lead back to themselves; temporal units (pronounced under the name ‘beats’) contract and/or expand as the moment requires. There is nowhere to go and it is this apparent limitation that uncloses the portal.’

– Philip Christie

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Image credits: photo I & II Kate Bowe O’Brien, photo III & IV Ishmael Thoth Ra