Musical Performance | THE BONK | Haint Blues

Events, Ormond Studios 2018, Thinking About Blue Almonds

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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

Musical Performance | The Bonk | Haint Blues

Events, Ormond Studios 2018, Thinking About Blue Almonds

(Thinking About Blue Almonds)

As part of the artist-led event series ‘Thinking About Blue Almonds’, Ormond Studios has 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.

For more information, check out the event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/741566842897592/

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Exhibition | Thinking About Blue Almonds

Events, Exhibition, Ormond Studios 2018, Thinking About Blue Almonds

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Ormond Studios would like to thank everyone who came to the opening of our exhibition, ‘Thinking About Blue Almonds’, on Thursday 12th April. It was a lovely evening!

The exhibition continues until Thursday 19th April. Opening hours are 12-4pm. All are welcome!

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Image credit: Deirdre Brennan

Artist Talks | Emma Finucane and Saidhbhín Gibson

Artist Talks, Events, Exhibition, Ormond Studios 2018, Thinking About Blue Almonds

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Ormond Studios would like to thank Emma Finucane and Saidhbhín Gibson for discussing their artistic practices as part of our event series, ‘Thinking About Blue Almonds’.

Both artists responded to the thematics of the event series, the title of which is taken from the Polish phrase for day dreaming, ‘myśleć o niebieskich migdałach’. They explored a shared impulse within their work to aesthetically shift our relationship to fellow human beings and nature, creating interrelated and interconnected worlds, while moving minds to the sense of wonder and fellowship that promotes empathy, curiosity and a sense of belonging.

We would like to thank our audience members for joining us for this insightful and enjoyable evening.

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Image credit: Deirdre Brennan

Exhibition | Thinking About Blue Almonds

Events, Exhibition, Ormond Studios 2018, 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 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 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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ARTIST TALKS | EMMA FINUCANE AND SAIDHBHÍN GIBSON

Artist Talks, Events, Exhibition, Ormond Studios 2018, Thinking About Blue Almonds

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On April 10th, Ormond Studios has invited artists Emma Finucane and Saidhbhín Gibson to discuss their respective practices. This event is free but ticketed. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/artists-talks-emma-finucane-and…

 

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Left: Emma Finucane, ‘Pelvis’, installation, Exhibition View: Mermaid Arts Centre, 2017/18
Right: Saidhbhín Gibson, ‘Peripheries’ – detail 1

 

Emma Finucane develops artwork through dialogue, process based, participatory and collaborative practice. A founder member of Outpost Studios in Bray Co.Wicklow Emma completed a BFA (1997) and MFA (2006) at the NCAD. She has been commissioned and supported by the Arts Council Ireland, CREATE, Wicklow, Carlow, Cavan and Kildare County Councils. Her work has been shown in nationally and internationally and can be found in many private and public collections including: OPW, AIB, DIT, and UCD. Conference presentations: Art&Health, The Model Sligo (2017); Motherhood&Creative Practice, London Southbank University (2015) Emma initiated an interdisciplinary research project in UCD School of Nursing and Midwifery (2014) presented in a solo exhibition Mermaid Arts Centre (2017)

 

Gibson is a graduate of NCAD, Dublin (MFA, honours, Fine Art, 2016) and D.I.T. Mountjoy Square, Dublin (BA, honours, Fine Art, 2000). Gibson’s work explores the framing of the non-human world for and by contemporary society. She employs multifarious methods of production whereby the ‘hand’ is at the core of the manufacture of the work. Gibson has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows including ‘Bristle – Hair and Hegemony’ Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2017), ‘Loping Towards Darkness’ VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art (solo, 2017), ‘Make it OK’ touring to seven UK venues (2015-17), RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin (2016) and ‘Natura natura’ (solo) concurrently at The Lab, Dublin and National History Museum, Dublin (2014). This year she will travel to Arizona to participate on an international artist residency as awarded by ArtLinks – Kilkenny Arts Office.

 

Film Screening | Derek Jarman | BLUE

Events, Exhibition, Ormond Studios 2018, Thinking About Blue Almonds

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Thank you to all who attended our screening of Derek Jarman’s ‘Blue’ last night. The event is part of our mini series of events ‘Thinking About Blue Almonds’. On the evening we also distributed blue pamphlets with excerpts of Hélène Cixous’ text ‘Sorties’, which explores hierarchal, sociolinguistic structures of male/female gender relations. We will be returning to this theme of binary and hierarchal relations throughout our series of events.

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