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.
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.
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.
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
Recent work by Rachel Joynt and Remco de Fouw–
Dance: 15 September-3 October 2014
To celebrate the installation of the sculpture ‘Dance’, Illuminations presented an exhibition by Rachel Joynt and Remco de Fouw, revealing the concepts, design ideas and working practices which led to the creation of ‘Dance’.
The sculpture ‘Dance’, commissioned for the plaza outside the Iontas Building, embodies the creativity, intellectual endeavour and commonality behind the activity of the university through the metaphor of the beehive.
The exhibition includes a video which traverses a 3-D digital model of ‘Dance’, and images of the design, development and fabrication of the final sculpture. Also included are film interviews with Rachel Joynt and Remco de Fouw (made by students in Media Studies at Maynooth University) and a selection of individual works by Joynt and de Fouw.
9 Stones Artist Cathy Fitzgerald is an artist currently completing her PhD on eco art practice at NCAD. She shared a developing audiovisual film book in a short walk around Hollywood – the smallest Close-to-Nature continuous cover forest in Ireland on Sat 8 November during the 1st Blackstairs Rural Film Festival.
Hollywood is tiny! It is a 2 acre, 35 year old conifer plantation being transformed into a permanent forest using a new-to-Ireland forestry approach. This artful eco project has many insights, and not only for forestry. Visitors learned how ‘the little wood that could’ has contributed to short films, national forest policy, forest science and an awareness about ecocide, whilst becoming an increasingly resilient home for all those who live within it.
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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!”
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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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
9 Stones artist Cathy Fitzgerald’s new experimental film ‘The black space (resilience) of the Ash night’ (2013) was recently selected for the 2013 UCD Science Expression film festival. The film was shown with others in a mobile pop-up cinema to celebrate and reflect on the natural world. It was held at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin.
This is the video Annabel created for her recent MA fine art exhibition installation, inspired by the environment in which she lives:
‘I have been taking images of the poly-tunnel in my garden over the past two years. I have documented the tunnel in various weather conditions and at different times of day and night. The poly-tunnel, by itself, is not a thing of beauty, however it has, over time, become to me a constant revelation.’
‘I considered how in and around the man-made structure of a poly-tunnel, nature’s firsthand details are gradually revealed. We are now living in a sped-up world. We allow the accepted shortcuts of “looking” to block out using our time to really see an image. Highlighting how the familiar becomes strange, my images ask the viewer to look with a slower and more deliberated eye at the images made apparent.’