Limits and Range
Ormond Studios are pleased to present ‘Limits and Range’, a solo exhibition by artist Kurt Oppermann. We would be delighted if you could join us for the opening reception on Thursday 8th November, 18:00 – 20:00 at Ormond Studios, no. 4 Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1. The exhibition continues Friday 9th November – Thursday 15th November from 12:00 – 17:00 daily.
‘The point just beyond my focus is often where the most interesting things are happening. I try to leave room for this space in the painting’. – Kurt Oppermann
‘Limits and Range’ is a new body of work by artist Kurt Oppermann. These abstract paintings at times allude to landscapes. The horizontal line is a reoccurring motif used to hold the composition together, a backdrop, a device that allows something else to happen, something not initially understood. Oppermann uses paint to explore methods of expression. Testing the limits of representation, line, form and colour play off each other in surprising ways. With a desire to combine contrasting elements, the paintings seek to find balance within the discordant. Process marks imbued with energy offer many points of departure suggesting that the limit and range are yet undecided.
This exhibition is kindly supported by Fingal County Council.
Studio Member Hazel Egan will be exhibiting as a part of Peak Show in the Sailor’s Home, Limerick. The show opens this evening, Thursday October 18th at 7pm and continues alongside Open House Limerick over the weekend.
“…a tension between an object as it is used ‘unthinkingly’ in an everyday manner and the real, contorted, always-beyond-our-reach object hiding underneath the surface of everyday use”.
(Brian Willems, Shooting the Moon)
Ormond Studios are pleased to present Portal Ahead! (now entering) the first solo exhibition by 2018 Graduate Resident Olivia Normile. We would be delighted if you could join us for the opening reception on Thursday October 11th from 6pm – 9pm. The exhibition continues from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th from 12pm – 5pm daily.
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 Recent Graduate Residency 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.
Studio member Cara Farnan is currently showing work in the exhibition ‘Incomplete Nature‘, at Interface, The Hatchery Building, Inagh Valley, Connemara, Co. Galway.
Studio member Chloe Brenan will be exhibiting work at ‘The medium is the message‘, curated by Alissa Kleist at The Library Project in Temple Bar. Preview Thursday September 6th, 6 – 8pm.
Studio member Cara Farnan will be exhibiting a video work, ‘Bright Lake‘, in Ormston House as part of the ‘Museum of Mythological Water Beasts‘ exhibition and event series taking place throughout the month of September. The opening reception is Thursday 6th September, 7-9pm.
Ormond Studios is pleased to announce Olivia Normile as the 2018 Ormond Studios Graduate Award Winner. Olivia is a graduate of the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Dun Laoghaire. We look forward to welcoming her to the studios in September for a month-long residency that will include mentoring and feedback sessions and will culminate in a solo exhibition in October.
Ormond Studios would also like to thank all the applicants who applied for the award this year!
Studios Member Cara Farnan is currently showing work in Side Street, Locker Gallery, Department of Fine Arts, Washington State University, Washington, USA.
WSU Fine Arts Locker Gallery presents Side Street, a collection of Instagram images exploring everyday observations along urban spaces. The exhibition is curated by recent WSU Master of Fine Arts graduate, Krista Brand, and features fourteen artists across five continents, connected only through social media. Side Street considers the possibility of the extraordinary in the ordinary, the presence/absence of the figure, and social media sharing as community art practice. This exhibition bridges between the 2017-18 Fine Arts programming theme of ‘Shifting Landscapes’ and the 2018-19 theme of ‘The Body: Power, Meaning & Representation in Contemporary Art.’
Side Street is on view from July 20 – August 24