Laistíos den gCnoc – Crossing the Mountain

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Exhibition at Clós na bhFíodóirí, Lisbeth Mulcahy’s, Green Street, Dingle

Niall Naessens

Deirdre McKenna, Dómhnal Ó Bric, Jack Bates, Jindra Stanek, Lisbeth Mulcahy, Pat Owen, Rachel Holstead, Ruth Carbery, Sandra Landers, Ursula Tramski

28 April – 5 May 2011   

Every week for ten, most of us crossed the mountain from Dingle to Brandon to learn something we’d not known, to study etching with Niall Naessens, artist and master technician. Most of us – potter, stone carver, musician, painters, book artist, weaver – were stretching into new areas, away from the practices we know and work with.

We learned to file metal edges, apply ground, reverse images, carve on copper. To ink plates. To bring down the blankets and roll the press. To re-carve, to burnish, to aquatint. To burnish again. All under Niall’s steady hand.

Along the way, we dampened and tore thick and creamy papers, asked questions, commented on each others’ work, amazed ourselves. Amazed Niall. We sat around a table with conversation amidst tea and Orla’s baking. So busy working, we rarely left till well after the class was officially over.

In these weeks our goal has been to each produce one etching we felt good enough to exhibit. What you see here is what we made, crossing the mountain each week for ten.

Sandra Landers

Laistíos den gCnoc

Deichnúir againn laistíos den gcnoc ar ais ar scoil! Niall Naessens an Máistir agus eitseáil an t-ábhar idir lámha againn. Potadóir, dealbhóir, ceoltóir, péintéirí, ealaíontóir leabhar agus fíodóir ag tabhairt faoin gcleachta nua.

D’fhoghalmíomar conas plátaí copar a ullmhú, íomhánna a iompú agus rian/lorg na n-íomhánna céanna a ghearradh agus a chreimnú ón gcopar. Conas an dúch a chur ar na plátaí agus iad a fháisceadh tríd an “press” le páipéir tais. Conas na plátaí a ath-scríobadh agus scríob a chuimilt amach aríst faoi shúile géara an Mháistir. Fóclóir nua againn: Intaglio, Aquatint, Burnish! 

Niall á dhian cheistiú againn agus sinn ag déanamh dian scrúdú ar an obair idir lámha againn féin. Chuireamar ionadh orainn féin, ar a chéile agus ar Niall! Bailithe timpeall an bhoird sa chisitin bhí comhluadar, cistí Orla agus corcáin tae.

D’fhanamar go déanach i ndiaidh na ranganna ag obair go dian diathallach, bhíomar chomh gafa leis an gnó. An cuspóir: prionta eitseála amháin a chur i gcríoch maith a dhóthain le taispeáint don bpobal.  Seo mar a d’éirigh linn.

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Niall Naessens

Deirdre McKenna, Dómhnal Ó Bric, Jack Bates, Jindra Stanek, Lisbeth Mulcahy, Pat Owen, Rachel Holstead, Ruth Carbery, Sandra Landers, Ursula Tramski

3 thoughts on “Laistíos den gCnoc – Crossing the Mountain

  1. Thanks for putting the images of the exhibition up Deirdre. They look great and the blog is fantastic. I just did a six hour stint in Niall’s studio and everybody’s work is coming on really strong. I can’t wait to see it all hang together in the Greenlane Gallery. What amazes me is all the really different styles and techniques. Gorgeous. Exciting times for the arts in West Kerry.

    • Thanks for your comment! Sounds like you’re working hard. I’ve just added the video piece Domhnal Ó’Bric put together last year. It’s a nice little flavor of how the show came together and lovely to have some documentation of our humble beginnings.

  2. It was so great to see all the etchings here because I didn’t get around to seeing them during Féile last year. Thanks Deirdre for all your hard work. I’ll do my best to publicise the blog. I just put in a six hour stint in the studio today. Everyone’s work is coming on really strong now and with all the incredibly different styles the show is going to be amazing for Féile na Bealtaine. I can’t wait.

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