I am delighted to have had my work selected for the Loosen Art photobook ‘Shift’.
The selected images are from my project: https://annabelkonigvisualartist.com/2017/05/05/this-i-can-carry/
Shift” is a matter of movement, “shift” is a matter of change, of displacement. The images, the artworks are there, we can see them, but at the same time they are dis/placed in another reality, in another dimension. Again, a “shift” is a path towards the unknown, considered in its different layers of meaning and it is a topic completely up-to-date, in line with the needs and the circumstances we live in our ordinary life. It is not a coincidence that many of the artists in the show are interested in political and social topics, although this book cannot be limited to that. Actually, looking at the artworks, we can perceive the presence of three main thematic groups: the first one related to the human race, the second connected to the nature and the last one linked to the ‘artificial’ world, from technology to geometry.
Being men constantly migrating from one place to the other – and, especially, departing from difficult places in search of a different, ‘easier’ dimension –, they are at the centre of some of the artworks, representing an interesting metaphor: they are the symbol of our contemporary living.
Authors Silvia Colombo, Antonio Muratore
Publication date 15 November 2017
Publication City/Country Rome, Italy
Format Hardback Laminil | 92 pages
Dimensions 210 x 297 x 16mm | 260g
Illustrations note 82 colour illustrations
Michelle working on the ‘Journey’
Martin working on ‘Cherries’
As part of the 9 Stones Artists ongoing Possibilities of Place exhibition at VISUAL Carlow, 9 Stone Artists Michelle Byrne and Martin Lyttle (lithicworks.com) will be giving an absorbing introduction to the challenges of working with stone.
Michelle and Martin employ a variety of techniques and work with the local stone of the area, chiefly Kilkenny limestone and Carlow granite.
The demonstration will take place in Martin and Michelle’s studios in South Carlow.
Date: Saturday 13th August 2016. 10am- 4.30pm, €40, inc. artists lunch at Osbourne’s Bar in Rathanna, Blackstairs, South Carlow.
Time: 10am- 4.30pm
Fee: €40, inc. artists lunch at Osbourne’s Pub in Rathanna.
Book at VISUAL Box Office: 059 9172400
We have been delighted with the response to our exhibition which opened 4 July with the new season of exhibitions at VISUAL Carlow.
Celebrating our ten years of working together, The Possibilities of Place exhibition has been an exciting means to share our work, and in an incredible venue.
Below are some photos from the opening and if you missed it, you can listen again to the review on RTE Arena by Cristin Leach in conversation with Sean Rocks.
Annabel Konig was also interviewed at Visual about the 9 Stones Artists exhibition by the Art in Ireland TV crew:
We have also published a catalogue to accompany the exhibition, with a foreword from Jeremy Hill (curator of the former Norman Gallery) and an essay by curator Cliodhna Shaffrey. You can purchase the catalogue from Visual or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exhibition continues until Friday 16 October, do hope you can drop in to see it.
We are delighted to announce that three 9 Stones Artists, Michelle Byrne, Gwen Wilkinson and Martin Lyttle have been selected to exhibit at the FORM16@Ballymaloe ‘Silent Expression’ sculpture exhibition. The works will be sited in wonderful gardens of Ballymaloe estate. Many thanks to the tireless work of art advocate Richie Scott who has put so much effort to organise the event, and the beautiful catalogue.
Works are for sale: please contact RichieScott@artisticalliance.eu or 087 919 0615.
Last year Martin Lyttle was asked to write in a proposal for an “Ogham Stone sculpture” for Blackstairs Eco Trails, in Killedmond near Borris, Co. Carlow, Ireland. This commission is supported by Bord Failte (the Irish Tourist Board) who are currently promoting the ancient history of the east of Ireland www.IrelandsAncientEast.com (this follows the very successful ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ that celebrates the West of Ireland).
The proposal was to place a Ogham standing stone sculpture along the route of the Blackstairs EcoTrails “Celtic Tree walk” at Killedmond, and depict each letter of the Ogham alphabet that corresponds to a native Irish tree. Many letters in the Ogham alphabet are directly associated with trees and plants, which resonates with Blackstairs Eco-Trails and their ethos of sharing knowledge of the native flora of Ireland to visitors from near and far. I saw the work as greatly enhancing interest in our ancient culture and long lost forests. As many of you know, I love the local stone and was excited at the prospect to do a work in Carlow granite.
This area of south Co. Carlow has a rich but little known megalithic history with a number of standing stones (at Crannagh), a dolmen at Ballynasilloge, and abundant rock art (for example, at Rathgeran, Knockroe) in the immediate vicinity.
Read more here : https://lithicworks.com/2016/05/22/irish-tree-teaching-stone-ogham/