Waxing Lyrical - Dingle 2018
Other Voices artistic hub 'Waxing Lyrical' returns to Dingle this December.
Be sure to check out the latest Waxing Lyrical Exhibition curated by local artist, Áine Ní Chíobháin. Waxing Lyrical is an exhibiton of artworks inspired by a love of music. The theme this year is Faces and Characters. Many of these artworks refer to the thriving Irish music scene and Other Voices. During our residency in Ballina, the project began. We collaborated and dreamed up new ideas. Since then momentum grew with new developments, added installations and happenings. For the first time in Dingle, we bring you a specially invited local voices installation. Paul Gerard O'Connor will be projecting poetry and the illuminated faces of Poetica Illumina. This is a project invited from the brand new Listowel festival 'Féile an tSolais'.
In The Hub, we see artwork by Val McLoughlin, and Úna Morris who did an art residency during Other Voices Ballina and sketched Mayo musicians on the music trail. John Rooney's intricate drawings of Lisa Hannigan and James Vincent McMorrow astound. Do not miss the curiosity piece highlighted in a book of poetry: Rónán Ó Snodaigh's drawing of poet Marin Sorescu and vice versa. We are delighted to introduce artworks from Irish based female street-art collectives CRUINNIU walls and MINAW. They have also created their first artworks for The Hub.
Paul Gerard O'Connor
POETICA ILLUMINA by Paul Gerard O'Connor, is an audio-visual projection mapping project. Paul is a new media artist and lighting designer.
Poetica Illumina is a poetry installation that began in 2018 and will be projected around Ireland over the next two years. The project first begain in Listowel and was seen in the new Féile an tSolais recently. The installation was invited by Other Voices to Dingle and can be seen projected in the back of The Hub, Main Street from 12pm - 6pm on Saturday 1st of December. Poetica Illumina will be projected onto a tree outside St. James Church from 5pm - 6pm on Sunday 2nd of December. The project will be undertaken over a two year period and involve the filming of local, national and international poets visiting Ireland. The project will be added to on a continuous basis over a twelve month period starting in July 2018 with the first segment of the proposal installed for Culture Night 2018. Paul would like to thank the following for the support, Aoife O'Toole and Kate Canning in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum. Brian Nolan, Kerry ETB. Kate Kennelly, Deirdre Enright and Everyone in the Kerry Arts Office. Seamus Slemon, Matt Mooney, Mike Gallagher, Séamus Ó Súilleabháin and all the poets that took the time to be filmed.
Supported by Culture Ireland and Kerry Arts Office.
Val exhibited in The Hub of Other Voices Ballina taking his inspiration for these artworks from local musicians. During the festival McLoughlin was artist in residence and went sketching musicians on the Other Voices Ballina music trail and now displays these in Waxing Lyrical, Dingle. What we see is musicians live in concert, and an attempt to capture gesture and expression during their performances. The drawings are loosely made and are not descriptive, preferring evocation leaning towards abstraction with an appreciation for line and tone.
Deanna O' Connor
Deanna O’Connor moved to Dingle this year to work remotely, on creative writing and as a commercial content creator, based out of Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub. The former magazine editor and stylist realised, when studying fashion at the Grafton Academy, that the fashion illustration elements and the human form were of most interest to her, and has since studied portraiture with contemporary Irish realist painter Nicholas Robinson. This winter she looks to return to sculpture and move on to working in bronze.
Shane Daly & Johnny Fitz
With over 34 years DJ-ing experience between them, Shane & Johnny began playing together in 2010. With a shared love of electronic music and vinyl pressings that ranges from disco to techno, they began organising and playing parties in their hometown of Dingle. Over the years, the parties grew from small intimate affairs with friends, to all day marathon events in which they can be regularly heard playing for 8 hours or more. Playing longer individual sets or B2B nothing is pre-planned. This is reflected in the diversity of music that can be heard throughout, seamlessly blending seemingly disparate genres of house into a groove driven soundscape.
Dr. Ian Fiasco
Ian Fiasco (Dr. Fiasco) has been DJ-ing in Cork since 2000 & has presented the weekly CORNERSTONE show on UCC98.3FM since March 2005.
Dr. Ian is one of the organisers of The Moonstomp (Ska / 2-Tone), Munster Soul (Northern Soul), The Joint Is Jumpin' (Swing Jazz), Take Me To The River (Funk / Disco) and Balkan Boom (Eastern European). DJ Fiasco has been warm-up DJ for many bands visiting Cork, including Soul II Soul, The Beat, The Buzzcocks, James Taylor Quartet, Sly & Robbie, Finley Quaye, Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh, Citizen Fish, Fat Freddy's Drop, and Ashley Beedle. He regularly plays his rare vinyl at The Sextant, The Franciscan Well & The River Lee hotel. Ian has previously had weekly DJ residencies at the Crane Lane Theatre, Bodega, Pavilion, Goldbergs, Porterhouse, Tikki Lounge & Yumi Yuki Club. He has also frequently DJ-ed at the Electric Picnic, Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, Life Festival, Townlands Carnival and Cork's Film, Choral, Harbour & Midsummer Festivals.
Emmalene Blake (or ESTR as she's also known) is a street artist, graphic designer and art teacher based in Dublin, Ireland. Graduating with a Fine Art degree from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2012, her artwork combines intricate stenciling and freehand spray painting. Emmalene divides her time between personal & commercial urban street art projects, teaching through her role at Youth reach & a selection of workshops, and commercial graphic design work. Combining stenciling and freehand spray painting allows for the control, precise line and small detail which stenciling brings, along with the endless possibilities through scale and spontaneity when working freehand. Her work is inspired by and pays homage to the people around her.
Louisa Donnelly is a street artist from Limerick. Her background lies in graphic design and illustration. She also holds an MA in Music Technology. Her passion for music and art feed into her unique painting style. Her artwork encompasses a diverse energetic approach to concepts of time, movement and a variable sense of place. Personal themes are woven through disjointed urban landscapes, navigating 'the present' with the constant collision of time interrupted by memories past. Louisa has painted at street art festivals 'Under Pressure', 'Queens Creation' and street art galleries in Montreal. In Ireland, she has painted at a number of art festivals and paint jams, culture nights, markets and street art festival 'Waterford Walls'. She also paints collaboratively with Ciara McKenna under the Cruinniu Walls moniker.
Úna did a drawing of Conor O Brien from the Villagers and sketched the bands on the Other Voices music trail in Ballina where she is based. Úna works in mixed media and is exploring themes of the home and memory. She completed a BA in Contemporary Art Practices in June 2018 and is studying for BA (Hons) in Fine Art. Her graduate exhibition work was the subject of 'Degree Show: Writers' Choice' in Circa Art Magazine in July 2018. Group shows have included Castlebar Art Trail for Culture Night (Sept 18), 7:1 collective show, GMIT Mayo Campus (June 18), Fine Lines, Ballina Arts Centre (Mar 18) and Mayo Artists Show, curated by Catherine Marshall (Dec 17).
The curator of the show AWNS likes uses this mask when she is making experimental artworks. The name is a nod towards street art scene. The word implies a part of a plant but is also her childhood nickname. These playful creations take place out on the street or scribbled in a sketchbook stand in stark contrast to her evocative landscape paintings for the commercial art market.
Ciara McKenna/Keyrogue (Cruinniu)
Ciara McKenna is a model maker and an artist. She has been an artist in residence with Other Voices as well as working on the crew for a number of years. She takes her inspiration from street art and sometimes goes by the name Keyrogue working with collective Cruinniú with Louisa Donnelly who is also in the show. The canvas of Philip King has been shown in London, Dingle, and Derry. This is her second edition of the highly popular Amy Winehouse and SBTRK portraits. The Amy Winehouse paintings and SBTRT sell like hot cakes so grab one while you can.
Dómhnal Ó Bric
Dómhnal Ó Bric is an illustrator from Dún Chaoin in Corca Dhuibhne (otherwise known as The Dingle Peninsula, the most westerly reach of Ireland and Europe). Growing up on the Atlantic edge, with its ever-changing weather and wild untamed nature inspired him from an early age. The sparks of his imagination were blown into a ragged flame by the stormy gales, the smashing waves, the rugged landscape, the little details and the many rich and varied stories, songs, poetry and place names of Gaelic culture that surrounded him. He merely attempts to translate a smidgeon of that sense in his illustrations. For the show, he exhibits 'Port na bPúcaí'. 'The Tune of the Fairies (or Ghosts)' - this tale tells of how this haunting, lonely tune was composed on one of the westerly Blasket Islands known as Inis Mhic Uibhleáin. People used to say that the island was an enchanted place and if you listen you just might hear the fairy music.
We first spotted John Rooney's amazing artwork of Lisa Hannigan and James Vincent McMorrow at 'Sounds From a Safe Harbour' in Cork City during his residency there. Prints of the drawings can be seen in The Hub in Dingle for the first time. We asked John to come along and do one of his amazing murals as part of Other Voices Ballina and it was a massive success. John has not stopped drawing things ever since he was the age of three. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, he is a graduate of the University of Ulster, Belfast with an Honours degree in Visual Communication. Ever since moving to Dublin in 2008 he has been freelancing for a vast array of clients from corporate to personal and exhibiting works in a number of gallery spaces, in a wide range of media. His art is inspired by interesting people, nature and wildlife, architecture, cult films, comic books, 1980’s cartoons and those big spaceships from Star Wars. As he says himself he “does not plan to stop drawing anytime soon.”
For Damien, this piece is an attempt to evoke the fiery passion he hears in Lisa O'Neill's work. The face and its expressions have always interested Damien, as do light and shadow, abstraction/distortion and the physicality of paint. His work is a result of these interests, no more, no less. Damien was born and reared in Tralee Co.Kerry and received his formal art training at CSN and CCAD in Cork City. Damien works in a factory by day and paints all night or the other way around depending on the week, the joys of shift work!
Ronan O' Snodaigh and Marin Sorescu - Curiosity Piece
This is a curiosity piece was brought to the attention of the curator by publisher Pádraig Ó Snodaigh of Coiscéim. A young Rónán drew a sketch of Romanian poet Marin Sorescu. His smudges can be seen in the scan but also on the sides of this well-worn book of poetry. Marrin Sorescu now deceased did a lovely rendition of Rónán also. This ties in well with a discussion with Rónán since hearing about the sketch where he mentioned how he loved Dáire Lynch's painting of him. Dáire Lynch's piece was also in the show in Ballina.
Roesy who is a musician and artist calls this self-portrait 'The Loyal Shadow'. Creativity comes from the shadows of the inner world, demanding release. When unresolved it manifests in a caveat of destructive behaviours. The more accustomed and engaged we are to presence, and it's voice, the deeper we go into an ever-expanding cycle of tension and release. It becomes more self-evident that each and every demand is to achieve a state of wholeness where eventually the shadow becomes fully assimilated and the 'we' present as one.
Roesy is an Award-winning Irish singer-songwriter. Roesy has had a fruitful 2018. On September 15th he released a new album of Irish traditional ballads ‘The Day Before The Fair’ produced by Donogh Hennessy at Studio Mhic An Daill, Dingle Ireland. His songs ‘Cast Your Line’ aired in January 2018 on The Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch and ‘Stardust’ was added to the feature-length documentary ‘The Bikes'.
James first artwork was inspired by a gig Colm Mac Con Iomaire played in a venue in Camden in London. Amidst an array of instruments, pedals, wires and other equipment, he conjured a series of beautiful soundscapes to fill the room like a one-man orchestra - building with each layer. The intention was to create a drawing that might capture something of the complexity and subtly of his process - choosing to draw everything in sight, with an emphasis on texture and detail that it might form a kind of visual metaphor for the music.
The second piece was inspired by gigs David Kitt (aka 'New Jackson') has played at Whelan's in Dublin over the years. This composition was probably a bit of an experiment with as a means of capturing a sense of the mood and intimacy of that particular room, filled by just the man, his guitar, gentle floating vocals and the hushed reverence of an appreciative audience.
James is a free-lance illustrator, visual artist, qualified architect (and all round wearer of different creative hats..) from Kerry. His art practice has evolved out of a tradition of drawing on the walls as a child, but now encompasses a range of media from hand-drawing to oil painting to a form of digital image making, combining traditional techniques with a few modern ones.
From Waxing Lyrical Ballina:
Conor McGuire's is from Castlebar. His luminous, exquisitely textured paintings pull viewers into virtually timeless visions of his native Western Ireland. Hoping to convey the region's isolation and relatively unchanged picturesqueness, his portraits and landscapes privilege small towns, local characters, pristine nature and traditional music. In these settings, occasional modern details, wristwatches, camera-toting tourists, electronic keyboards, complicate the illusion of isolation. McGuire's aesthetic choices reflect this tension between regional vernacular and modern sensibilities, moving between a gentle, impressionist landscape style reminiscent of Monet and an expressionist mode in portraits where the canvas edges blur into abstraction. A rhythmic quality plays throughout these stylistic variations, uniting McGuire's paintings. This rhythm figures very literally in portraits of musicians, where musical tones seem to ripple over surrounding spaces and architectures. In paintings of streets, towns, fields and seascapes, meanwhile, a less overt but no less powerful cadence develops from repeating shapes, shifting forms and alternating colours. McGuire's paintings, then, invite viewers to experience lives and landscapes at a different rhythm.
Laura Ryder is a songwriter hailing from Castlebar, Co. Mayo, who is now making music with a full band under the title Laura Ryder Ampersand. Laura plays piano, ukulele, guitar and sings. Ampersand consists of Lauren Geary on bass, Shay Sweeney on drums, Josh Meakin on guitar, and Matilda O'Mahony & Emily McCormick on backing vocals. The ensuing music is a mix of everything they get their ears on, taking influence from sources like alternative pop, folk, blues, and jazz. Laura self-recorded produced and released her debut EP 'haiku' in early 2016. Vestigial, the band's album debut, was released in late 2017. They are currently working on material for their next release.
'Ryder doesn't look to her influences or peers, from my perspective at least. Her music is truly individual as are her vocals, which is so welcome' - Remy's Music Film Blog
'Wonderfully eclectic jazz-ridden explosion of music, fun and bad punnery' - Ken Armstrong
Uppbeat is a Hip-hop/Alternative artist hailing from Ireland. He is known for his high energy performances sometimes accompanied by a band including DJ, Guitar and Drums as well as his deep, poetic, and "Highly topical" lyrics.
Katie Cassidy - Media: Charcoal and graphite
Katie is better known as a singer and songwriter in her hometown in Ballina. She regularly sketches musicians and has done since she was very young. She decided to do the popular do the popular local musician Maria Kelly for this show. You can find her live music here.
Nooneboy - Media: Illustration and scanned textures of spray paint.
We came across Nooneboy because he made album covers for Dingle musicians Pauline Scanlon and Caroline Keane. Kevin Noone is a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer born and raised in the badlands of Sligo in the West of Ireland.
Nooneboy has a background in ahip-hop and when not busy working he can usually be found listening to or buying records, cooking and enjoying time with friends and family
in one of the most beautiful parts of our planet.