Alex Keatinge | Graduate Residency Award Winner 2019

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Congratulations to Alex Keatinge who has been selected to receive our Graduate Residency Award for this coming September. Alex will receive a studio residency and peer mentoring in Ormond Art Studios for the month and all of this will culminate in a solo exhibition in the Ormond Art Studios Project Space.

Alex says: “My practice is concerned with the intimate space of the body – its oddities,
sensations and discomfort. My work begins at the boundary of the skin with the
curiosity in mind of how the body reacts when it encounters another body or object.
Through the creation of tactile objects and photographs that invite a bodily response,
I investigate the gap between person and object, the hand and the artwork.
Oftentimes my work is about exaggerating this gap in order to explore how
something can be both familiar and strange at the same time and how this can also
apply to the body. By using a method of reform and remove, I create works that pace
the line between knowingness and uncertainty.

We are so excited to share the studios with Alex and can’t wait to see what she does with her time here! Watch this space!

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”.

Portal Ahead! (now entering) | Solo Show by Graduate Resident Olivia Normile

Award, Exhibition, Graduate, Graduate Residency, Ormond Studios 2018

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“…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.

 

Olivia Normile |Graduate Award Winner

Graduate, Graduate Residency, Ormond Studios 2018

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Ormond Studios is delighted to welcome Olivia Normile to the studios as the ‘2018 Ormond Studios Graduate Award Winner’. As part of the award, Olivia will complete a mentored residency at Ormond Studios for the month of September and present a solo exhibition and artists talk in October.

Olivia is a graduate of the ‘Institute of Art, Design and Technology’ (IADT), Dun Laoghaire. Her 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. She is drawn to materials that only allow her to have a set level of influence over them, while still holding their integrity and traces of their own fabrication. Through combining handmade objects with animated forms of themselves, Olivia attempt to expose an unseen tension and quiet dialogue between the definite and unseen. She captures the motions of making and transforms them into solid ‘stills’, showing lone moments within a process and often creating private environments for these animated moments to exist and survive.

What We Thought Was Ebbing Was Actually Flooding | Hannah Bloom

Graduate, Graduate Residency, Ormond Studios 2017

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Preview: Thursday 7th September: 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Opening Times: Friday 8th – Sunday 10th, 12 – 4pm

Ormond Studios are pleased to present What We Thought Was Ebbing Was Actually Flooding, the first solo exhibition by Ormond Studio Graduate Resident 2017 Hannah Bloom.

The work’s thematic focus lies on the relationship between communities and the ocean, specifically from an Irish perspective. The artist focuses on seaweed as an integral element within the coastal ecosystem, while also embodying a canary in the coal mine for maritime pollution and maritime disharmony.

The tradition of seaweed foraging was once an activity that involved entire communities; people would gather, forage by hand, tell stories, sing and eat together. This process was also inextricably connected with death. High tides, stormy seas and freak waves would often overcome foragers, resulting in tragedy. In this way, the water provides livelihood and leisure, but must also be reckoned with as an unquantifiable source of power and danger.

“The sea came and lifted the heap and ourselves, and we were covered in seaweed. We barely had our heads above water, trying to keep the water out of our mouths. But we got away.” – Anon, Seaweed Memories: In the Jaws of the Sea, Becker. H (2000)

This ambivalent relationship is reflected in the contemporary context, with oceanic activity having become increasingly unpredictable. Man-made pollution threatens the stability of ecosystems, affecting ocean levels and temperatures, threatening to displace populations and contaminate the very food we consume. Renewed interest in the virtues of seaweed as a source of nutrition has prompted a demand for large-scale industrialised harvesting. This commodification threatens the ‘hands on’, and immediate relationship of Irish communities to this substance and raises issues around depletion and environmental destruction.

The destabilising of this natural balance is referenced in Bloom’s work through her use of organic materials. Culled from the coast of Mayo, the seaweed has been contextualised through manmade and new media, in an effort to reflect how human activity inadvertently distorts the natural and familiar into unrecognisable specimens.

Ormond Studios are pleased to announce that Hannah Bloom has been awarded the 2017 Graduate Award.

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As part of this award Hannah will undertake a studio residency in Ormond Studios for the month of August culminating in a solo exhibition in the Ormond Project Space.

We would also like to announce the applicants who were shortlisted for the award, Cara Donaghey and Aideen Farrell. Both artists have been invited to give a talk about their practice as part of the ‘Ormond Artists Talks Series’.

Finally, Ormond Studios would like to thank all who applied for the award, the selection process was a difficult one due to the high volume and standard of entries, we wish them all the best for the future.

Laura Poff -There is nothing more…

Events, Exhibition, Graduate

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There is Nothing More…

There is Nothing More… is the first solo exhibition by Laura Poff. Her practice is predominantly drawing based and also encompasses sculpture and installation. Through repetitive methods and actions, she creates works that endeavour to evoke something of the meditative state involved in their construction. She references organic forms and patterns, and through a process of automatic drawing, transforms them into fluid and ambiguous compositions.
The exhibition takes its title from the Junichiro Tanizaki’s essay “In Praise of Shadows”. The works on display take inspiration from the author’s mediation on Japanese aesthetics, and their preference for all things soft and nuanced, specifically the impact of darkness. To quote Tanizaki, “We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates… Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.”
The language of the material plays an essential role in this body of work. Poff explores the interaction of light and dark through the manipulation of copper and paper to create sculptural drawings. By aligning contrasting materials, she establishes a relationship between them by using the same process on differing surfaces. She also emphasizes the properties of the materials through an innate sensitivity to the conditions in which the work is presented.
Laura Poff a recent Fine Art Graduate from Limerick School of Art and Design, where she specialised in Sculpture and Combined Media. She is the recipient of the 2016 Ormond Studios Graduate Award.

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Camilla Hanney – Gathering Dust

Graduate, Ormond Studios 2015

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Gathering Dust

Gathering Dust, a site-specific installation, explores themes of impermanence, cycles, traces and death. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings and our bodies, along with the material world that surrounds us, are in a slow process of returning back to the dust from which we came. The installation’s fragile qualities mirror our own ephemerality, a preciousness that is constantly overlooked.

Camilla Hanney is recent graduate of Fine Art IADT and is the recipient of the 2015 Ormond Studio’s Graduate residency. This exhibition marks the culmination of her residency.

Camilla’s work is heavily informed by research, often confronting issues concerning gender, tradition, nature and time.
Material is an integral component in her practice. She uses materials that are rich in associations and investigates ways to transform them and by doing so often projects new identities and meaning onto the work. She is interested in how the unsettling qualities of an object can be disguised or reversed.
Her work asserts our compulsion to gaze at what should disturb us, toying with the tensions that lie between beauty and repulsion, curiosity and discomfort, desire and disgust.

For more information about Camilla’s work see http://camillahanney.wix.com/artist

‘Gathering Dust’ Photographs 2015

Exhibition, Graduate, Ormond Studios 2015

Camilla Hanney was the recipient of the Graduate residency award for 2015. Below are a selection of photographs from her solo show ‘Gathering Dust” at Ormond Studios .

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Gathering Dust, a site-specific installation, explores themes of impermanence, cycles, traces and death. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings and our bodies, along with the material world that surrounds us, are in a slow process of returning back to the dust from which we came. The installation’s fragile qualities mirror our own ephemerality, a preciousness that is constantly overlooked.