Antonia O'Mahony (a NZ printmakers currently living in Ireland)
sent me an email about an interesting print project happening there this weekend,
I thought you might be interested in hearing about:
24 Hours is collaborative print project involving artists from
sprung from a passion for the medium of print
to the push the boundaries
of what is sometimes perceived as a traditional art form.
The 24 Hours group comprises of established artists, including:
In the past, their careers have overlapped in different capacities
and this has created a level of dialogue and interaction that has led to this project.
The aim is to encourage new creative ways of working with the medium of print
enabling the public to engage with the creative process
in a unique collaborative environment.
The artist will have full use of the entire printmaking studio
and can use the etching, lithography, silkscreen,
photography and digital print areas to make works.
Some may work through the night, or catch a few hours on a camp bed in the studio.
The project will be simultaneously streamed live on our dedicated website
and projected on the walls of alternative venues across the city.
Cameras will be placed around the workshop
and the artists will take it in turn to wear a camera-mounted headpiece
that allows the viewers to experience the full creative process as the artist sees it.
The artists will gather at Cork Printmakers at noon on Saturday 19 November
(*so it will run all day Sunday 20 November NZ-time)
They will have 24 hours to create a collaborative body of work
based on the theme 'National Interest'.
Prior to the project, the artists have debated the topic,
and as a result of this have decided that the artwork should have a short lifespan,
the work will be created within 24 hours, and exhibited and shredded the same day.
The artists will then reconstruct another art piece(s)
out of the shredded material which will be exhibited on 3 December in Cork.
Creating something beautiful and then destroying it seems an extreme gesture
but reflects on the concept that everything is impermanent, that life is a cycle,
and this time of national and global upheaval will also pass,
things will mutate, alter and transform.