ART TRAIL

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ART TRAIL

Phoenicia, artist Imogen Stafford.

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The Art Trail is one of the visual treats at KnockanStockan.

We have a bunch of creatives bringing installations to the festival. We don’t want to spoil much but here’s a quick preview of what to expect!

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‘HYBRID’ BY RACHEL KIERNAN

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‘Hybrid’ is the forming of two species. It represents the fundamental unity of existence. Through interactions a new creature can be awakened.You can be transformed into another being; your inner self can soar upwards, evoking feelings of endless possibilities, growth and power. Our imaginations and reality have the ability to become one..

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Katie Herbst – Light Catcher

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Katie Herbst is a Dublin based visual artist whose work is focused predominantly around the phenomena of light and vision. Creating installations from various found materials she manipulates materials in diverse ways with the intention to beautify them. By using a combination of natural and false light to alter the found materials she produces sculptures, immersive environments and video installations. Deformation light is a sculpture produced from abandoned tent poles and iridescent film. This geometric sculpture is made specifically for Knockanstockan with the objective to show the beauty and potential of reduce, reuse, and recycle. The thin metal poles will act as the frame of the sculpture and combined together with the delicate iridescent film will create a sun catcher like form when hit with natural light.

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Audio Jack – Mood Lamps

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Audiojack we have a strong creative passion for making unique interactive spaces and visual installations. This summer introduces their new concept, colour changing lycra lamps currently in five vibrant colours.

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Whimsy & EYE – Memory Maypole

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Whimsy & EYE is a collaboration between Amy El & Shauna Blanchfield, two artists from Laois living in Dublin. Amy & Shauna have been painting and making together for almost ten years. After helping to produce Dublin Biennial in 2014, they presented their first eponymous exhibition in the Culture Box, Temple Bar in January 2015. Amy uses a fluorescent palette and layers of dry mutilated paint to reveal figures with unclear boundaries between subject and background. Her work seems almost fantastical in nature with typical visual motifs transformed into mystical alternatives drawing us into her delicate aesthetic world. Shauna works in with deep tones on black canvas, flirting occasionally with mild abstraction and distortion. Her work focuses on mental health awareness, nostalgia and the struggle of modern youth to find their place in the world. With similar subject matter, their work complements each other with contrasting light and dark, but equally vibrant colour schemes.
This year Whimsy & EYE are bringing the Memory Maypole to Knockanstockan. The Memory Maypole is a 10ft structure with ribbons and fairy lights cascading from beneath a colourful headdress of abandoned toys and other broken figures to twelve perimeter posts. Knockanstockan’s audience is invited to hang and attach their ‘memories’ of the festival experience to the ribbons to build an archive of collective experiences. On Sunday at 6pm 9 volunteer dancers selected from the crowd with undertake a Maypole dance. Wrapping the ribbons and the memories of Knockanstockan around the central pole they create a physical embodiment, a totem, of the transient crowd experiences at the festival.

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Treading Water – Deborah Sheedy

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Deborah’s photos have a cinematographic touch, from the beautiful composition to the movement she knows to capture. The movement blurs out parts of the photo, leaving it up to the viewer to fill in the story – something many art house films succeed in as well. The monochrome colour palette and gritty edge fit the aesthetics of these images perfectly, transforming them from photos into film-stills, making them part of a bigger story. The installation is called Treading Water, as it plays on the perception that although we might be above water breathing, we can also be drowning in one’s mental state.
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Marta Golubowska & Liadain Butler – Blooming Empties

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The idea of flower sculptures was born when Marta and Liadain were exploring biodiversity throughout the use of recyclable materials. The use of materials that are deemed to be considered a waste is fundamental in choosing the form for these sculptures. Opposition between man made, non biodegradable materials in form of something as natural as flowers seems very interesting to us.
Marta Golubowska graduated with a Fine Arts Masters from Gdansk, Poland in 2006, majoring in sculpture. In 2016 she received the prestigious Emerging Artist grant from Kildare County Council.

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