‘Food – Newfoundland’

Friday 8th September 2017.    Flight 17, West Jet to St. John’s

I am at the gate, on my way to St. John’s in Canada. Outside the morning brightness reflects on large cumulus clouds: soft cream and blues. It may have taken a few years of talking about Newfoundland, but I am now lucky enough to have a two-week residency on this island.

Since pre Irish Famine times, people have been emigrating to Newfoundland from Ireland. They were going for the fishing but often came from farming backgrounds. Of all the emigrants, the Irish were the largest consortium to move their lives to Newfoundland and many families came from counties Waterford, Wexford, West Meath and Carlow, a place that I call home.

I am particularly curious to discover if the historical link with Newfoundland still exists though farming practices, methods or specific plants and if these were integrated into modern day food production.

I know it won’t be like stepping back into history yet I am looking for connections, traditions or knowledge that may have been passed down through families, I think about the emigrants in boats, bringing with them what they could carry, making this same journey but going to start a new life on a different island.

For full text and images, please see: https://annabelkonigvisualartist.com/2017/09/19/food-newfoundland/

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Max’s dried fish. Phillip’s Cove, Newfoundland.

Loosen Art ‘Shift’ photobook

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.

Product details

Authors Silvia Colombo, Antonio Muratore
Publication date 15 November 2017
Publication City/Country Rome, Italy
Publisher LoosenArt
Language English
Format Hardback Laminil | 92 pages
Dimensions 210 x 297 x 16mm | 260g
Illustrations note 82 colour illustrations

'Shift' Loosen Art magazine. Nov 2017

‘This I can carry’

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Everyone has, at some point, packed a bag to take with them on a journey; but how many of us have packed a bag that will hold all we have left in this world?     When you’re forced to leave your home, what do you bring with you?  What will fit into the rucksack or bag that you, yourself must carry for such a long way?  What size is this bag, how much does it weigh?  How much can you carry; physically, psychologically?

On the 11th of May (2017) Annabel will be travelling to Athens to meet up and work with refugees who find themselves held up in Athens, Greece, waiting for a new, safe place to live until it is possible for them to go home.  She will be working under the umbrella of the UNHCR and the Nostos Organisation to make work for her project ‘This I can carry’.

For more information, stay tuned to:

This I can carry

The Possibilities of Place

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The Possibilities of Place is the title of The 9 Stones Artists exhibition taking place at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow in July.
New works by Rachel Joynt RHA, Anthony Lyttle, Remco de Fouw ARHA, Michelle Byrne, Annabel Konig, Gwen Wilkinson, Martin Lyttle, Jules Michael and Cathy Fitzgerald will be on display.
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9 Stones Artists, Rachel Joynt, Michelle Byrne, Cathy Fitzgerald, Gwen Wilkinson, Jules Michael, Anthony Lyttle, Martin Lyttle, Annabel Konig and Remco de Fouw in front of Mt Leinster, Blackstairs, Co. Carlow
Formed in 2004, The 9 Stones Artists is a group of professional visual artists all of whom are based in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains in South County Carlow. Its members work in a diverse range of media – film, printmaking, sculpture, photography, painting and installation.
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Cover of the new 9 Stones Artists Catalogue to be launched at the opening.
In conjunction with this exhibition the group is launching an anniversary publication kindly supported by the Carlow Arts Office. The work of each member is generously presented and a specially commissioned essay by Cliodhna Schaffrey also features.

 


The Nine Stones Show ‘The Possibilities of Place’ will open to the public on the 2nd July and will run to the 16th of October at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow.

The Exhibition launch is  9th July at 3.00pm at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow.

On the 9th July there will be the “Season Launch” of all the exhibitions at Visual at 3pm and there may be a short panel discussion also. This would be a friendly talk and involve the artists involved in the all the shows at Visual. Wine, tea and coffee, activities for kids 3pm- 5.30pm


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Review of 9 Stones Artists Show at Borris 13-15 June 2014

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“The 9 Stones Artists are a cut above most other groups of their kind. Their art is inquisitive of new technique and subject matter; they bring science and nature together subtly and convincingly and produce images that are pleasing and appealing. There is an intellectual weight to their art that lifts it above and beyond mere picture making, and it’s this quality that validates their practice as ‘capital A’ Art. Hung in the quirky surrounds of repairs and renovations to the building that houses the show, this is a perfect opportunity to see really good art being displayed right in the locality in which it was made. These are local artists making a big contribution to the art world. Up South Leinster!”

Jeremy Hill, The Norman Gallery 13 June 2014

Thanks to everyone who came and visited our exhibition last weekend. We were all thrilled with the response in our first exhibition in Borris during the Borris House festival of Writing and Thinking and the Carlow Arts Festival 2014.

Below is a slideshow with some images from the opening on Fri 13 June, and then images of the work exhibited.

If you are interested in any of the work, please see our website for details of the individual artists at https://9stones.wordpress.com

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9 Stones Exhibition at ‘Borris Town House’ during Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas 13-15 June

 

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9 Stones Artists Opening (the night before the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas begins)
9 Stones Artists Opening 13 June  at 6pm – ALL WELCOME!  (the night before the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas begins)

Uniting for our fifth group show,  the 9 Stones Artists will present an exciting exhibition of recent and site-specific works in Borris Village for the duration of the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas, as part of the 2014 Carlow Arts Festival.

A common thread to the 9 Stones Artists group is that we respond to the area and reflect new meanings and experiences of South Carlow to audiences; in the various media we choose, the themes we engage with or the practices and processes we undertake.

In creative ways, the 9 Stone Artists look to define and enrich understandings of the area; by examining its unique past, present and future aspirations; the geological, aesthetic, and ecological rhythms of the area and how these thread through local South Carlow life.

Some of the 9 Stone Artists are concerned with art-making, some with extended or site-specific studies of the area, others again work across non-art disciplines or connect and participate with non art-groups; all create works that transmit new understandings of this special area of County Carlow, still little known outside the county.

Our opening is on the evening before the Borris House Festival, Fri 13th June at 6pm and runs alongside the  Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas weekend event until Sun 15 June.

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9 Stones artists meeting in front of the 'Town House Borris' (Main St. Borris) recently
9 Stones artists meeting in front of the ‘Town House Borris’ (Main St. Borris) recently

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Remco de Fouw, Michelle Byrne, Cathy Fitzgerald, Anthony Lyttle, Annabel Konig, Gwen Wilkinson, Martin Lyttle, Jules Michael and Rachel Joynt will transform one of Borris’s most charming and historic townhouses into a gallery for a single weekend.

Thanks to Andrew and Tina Kavanagh for the kind loan of the premises

Also to the Carlow Arts Festival Team 2014

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The Town House, Main Street, Borris, Carlow.

Opening Fri  13th – Sunday 15th June

10am – 7pm

Friday 13th June 6pm (0pening)

Gwen Wilkinson at the Taylor Gallery, Dublin 8-3 November

Also congratulations to 9 stones artist Gwen Wilkinson, showing new work in a group exhibition entitled Lacuna at the  Taylor Gallery

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8 – 30 November 2013

LACUNA [ 01 ]

Lucy Andrews, Maggie Madden, Seán Molloy, Eveleen Murphy, Helen O’Leary, Gwen Wilkinson
curated by Sabina Mac Mahon & David Quinn

*In Conversation event with artists and curators: 1pm, Saturday 23 November 2013*

LACUNA [ ] is a new curatorial project at Taylor Galleries co-curated by David Quinn and Sabina Mac Mahon. Situated in the first floor exhibition spaces of the gallery at 16 Kildare Street, it is planned as an occasional and on-going series of exhibitions and publications that will run alongside the gallery’s main programme and embrace experimental and enquiring practices in image- and object-making. When an empty space is encountered it can evoke a desire to fill it with something; to make it complete. In addressing this compulsion LACUNA [ ] both asks and answers the question, ‘With what?’.

Six artists have been invited to take part in the first iteration of the series, LACUNA [01]. Rather than asking them to respond to a theme, LACUNA [01] embraces the diversity of their current practices, processes and concerns, offering them a space in which to show new and recent work that encompasses sculpture, drawing, installation, painting and photography.

Gwen  uses an antique Gandolfi half-plate camera dating from the 1870s to produce 6½ x 4½ inch wet plate collodion photographs that are both technically complex and aesthetically beautiful, both as images and as objects.

Invented in 1851, the collodion process produces one-off images on glass (ambrotypes) or tin (tintypes) plates. In Gwen’s series Edifice and A Fine Balance she uses this seemingly out-dated process to explore the built heritage of rural Ireland and the ancient Japanese bonsai cultivation of kokedama (literally translated as ‘moss balls’) suspended on lengths of string.

See more at gwenwilkinson.com

Remco de Fouw’s work receives 2013 Curtin O’Donoghue Photography Award

Remco de Fouw’s photographic installation ‘Reconnection Series’ which was produced for the 2012 9 Stones show in Deighton hall, Carlow, recently received The Curtin O’Donoghue Photography Award at the 2013 RHA Annual show and was purchased by them for their prestigious collection.

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More info: see http://www.remcodefouw.net/reconnection/

Annabel Konig – selected for seaside residency and new work on farming in Carlow

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Congratulations to 9 Stones artist Annabel Konig for her new residency with the Co. Waterford Arts Office. Below Annabel discusses her latest work
“I am currently working as the sea-side artist in residence for the county Waterford arts office, with Co. Arts Officer Margaret Organ.  This residency, which will run for about 8 months is an exploration of the coastal towns of the county and how the local community, landscape and villages spend their time in the off season.  I am interesting in gathering stories from the locals and making a visual diary of the sea/land during this period. The works will be shown at the Dungarvan Arts Centre during the summer (2014) and in some of the local community halls of the villages where I am working.
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“I am also working on a local project which investigates farming and the farmers in my local Carlow area.   I am looking into how they use their inventiveness, ingenuity and knowledge to farm, fix and manage their livestock.  This, currently is a photographic project.”