‘Liquid is everywhere’ an exhibition by the Estonian artist group Liquid

VEDELIK

History of the group Liquid
Liquid was established in 1995 when its mythical forefather Peeter Velberg – semi-underground legendary figure who experimented with street perfomances, photography and film in the 1980’s  – compiled the first magazine. The first issue was followed by magazines Circle and Bubble (editor Erki Kasemets), Salt Storage Special (Sven-Erik Stamberg), Liquid-Millennium (Al Paldrok), Still-life (Sven-Erik Stamberg), International (Sven-Erik Stamberg) and Fashion Special (Sven-Erik Stamberg).
The traditional format of the magazine is A4: each author submits his contribution in that layout on a sheet of paper, which are then put together and copied in a simple manner The number of people working on the black & white magazine in a mostly collage technique was originally a few dozen or so, the print run was also a few dozen copies. Over the last few years the number of contributors has grown considerably, the last issue (Fashion Special) having more than 50 contributors. Also, over the last years the content has become more diverse as the group has made various performances and exhibitions in different locations of Estonia.
The name of the group splendidly illustrates its philosophy – the members do not question why they create art. Liquid exists just for the pure joy of creating work, reflecting a time when Artists created work for the joy of creating it.
One Liquid member has written: This movement knows the power of time, a year for them is not a unit even though yearly magazines have been published.  
Members do not argue about philosophies and politics – they just create pictures, music, videos, collages and performances together. They are not driven by ambition, they appreciate living in the present, enjoying the ebbs and flows that each day brings, to them it is a safe environment for exploring new ideas.
The membership of Liquid is fluid. Everybody who wants to join can do that.
Our motto is that everybody who knows a member of Liquid is considered a member. This makes Liquid the biggest art group in Estonia (if not the world). 

 THE ARTIST:

Sorge (Margus Tiitsmaa) exhibits paintings and does a Live performance along the theme: LIQUID on the opening night of the festival.


Marge Laast exhibits photos and an interactive video installation made from materials gathered during her expedition to Siberian villages; a series of compositions inspired by ornaments from different localities.

Katrin Valdre exhibits large abstract oil paintings. They have layers of colours. She creates a floating atmosphere evoking a ‘Panta Rei’ or Liquid. The paintings carry their own reality.

Sven Saag shows small size graphics on about 1 m2.

Erki Kasemets shows an installation and a video based on an Estonian local scene. He will also show photos from his large scale installations made on different locations.

Sven-Erik Stamberg shows collages and geometric ornamental system compositions. 





FESTIVAL THE POWER OF LOCAL – PROGRAMME

THE POWER OF LOCAL
A festival of art and culture in Ennistymon, 4th – 7th August 2011
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 THE POWER OF LOCAL, a celebratory festival organised by the Courthouse Gallery will take place over a period of four days, August 4th – 7th, in various venues in Ennistymon. The festival will present art, film, live-performance, food, music, video, panel discussions, an open-air market, outdoor screenings, open studios and artist talks exploring the rich complexities of the local and the trans-local.
 The Festival which we have named “THE POWER OF LOCAL”, is a collection of events exploring the potential and possibilities of the power of local by bringing together a range of thinkers and makers, producers and artists, organisations and businesses from local, national and international contexts to consider some of these questions.
 Invited contributors include the artist group Liquid (Estonia), Dr. Igor Calzada, Associate Researcher at the Center for Basque Studies-University of Nevada, Reno (USA), Outrider Artists (Ireland), Ground Up Artists Collective (Ireland), The Trans-Local Condition, a programme of international artist films curated by Fiona Woods (Ireland).
 Everyone is local to somewhere; this festival is an opportunity to engage with the rich possibilities of ‘local’, to consider local as a way of taking action, producing culture and encountering difference in association with others.  Everyone is included. Of course, irrespective of how ‘local’ an event, or festival of events may be, the power of the arts to transcend geographical, political and cultural boundaries and barriers is internationally recognised and accepted. This ‘power’ will be recognised and celebrated in Ennistymon, August 4th – 7th, 2011.  The Festival THE POWER OF LOCAL is devised and directed by Trudi van der Elsen, curator/coordinator of the Courthouse Gallery.
 General Program of the festival  All events are free
The festival is kindly sponsored by the Clare County Council.
Byrne’s Townhouse & Restaurant, Fitzpatrick’s Super Value, Hayes Print, Ennistymon.
Thursday 4th Aug
8pm: Official Opening in the Courthouse Gallery by Senator Martin Conway.

8.30 pm: “Sunrise” A Life Performance by Sorge, (Margus Tiitsmaa)  from the artist group Liquid.

9pm: Ron Kavana, reading & singing from his book & box set “Irish Ways”, in Banner Books,
10pm: An outdoor film screening of “Seaside Stories” by Fergus Tighe in the Square, Ennistymon. (on Considine’s wall)

Friday 5th Aug. The Courthouse Gallery will host:
11- 5pm: The international exhibition “Liquid is everywhere” from the Estonian artist group Liquid.
11- 5pm: “The Translocal Condition”, a continuous screening programme of international artist films, curated by Fiona Woods. The Translocal Condition is made up of works by; Kultivator (SW), Herbologies/Foraging Networks (FI/LAT), Nina Nordstrom (FI), Gareth Kennedy (IRL), Wapke Feenstra (NL), Jennie Guy & Claire Behan (IRL), Ahmed Nabil (EGY), theweathergroup_U (AUS). 
5pm: An artist talk by Gareth Kennedy, admission free, all welcome.
7pm: Official opening, In the Blue Frog Café of James Slevin’s new hand carved wooden objects.
 Saturday 6th Aug. – The Courthouse Gallery will host:
11- 5pm: The international exhibition “Liquid is everywhere” from the Estonian artist group Liquid.
11- 5pm: “The Translocal Condition”, a continuous screening programme of international artist films, curated by Fiona Woods.
11- 5pm: OPEN STUDIOS -The resident artists in the Courthouse Gallery; Jackie Askew, Michael Hanrahan, Ann Vaughan, Liz Moloney and Sara Foust welcome the public to see their work in progress.
5pm: PANEL DISCUSSION on The Power of Local in the Courthouse Gallery. All welcome to contribute.
IN THE STREET OUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSE GALLERY:
11- 5pm: OPEN AIR MARKET including local crafts, food, music and community information.
12- 5pm: MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Paddy Mulcahy, Edel Barry and special guests.
3pm: Poetry Reading from Majilla Culinane and Devon McNamara, presented by Jessie Lendennie of Salmon Poetry.
8 pm: In An Teach Bia, Maeve Collins and Marie Connole will collaborate on a participatory project based on Brian Merriman’s “The Midnight Court”.
Sunday 7th Aug. – The Courthouse Gallery will host:
11- 5pm: The international exhibition “Liquid is everywhere” from the Estonian artist group Liquid.
11- 5pm: “The Translocal Condition”, a continuous screening programme of international artist films, curated by Fiona Woods.
11- 5pm: OPEN STUDIOS – The resident artists in the Courthouse Gallery; Jackie Askew, Michael Hanrahan, Ann Vaughan, Liz Moloney and Sara Foust welcome the public to see their work in progress.
IN THE STREET OUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSE GALLERY:
11- 5pm: OPEN AIR MARKET including local crafts, food, music and community information.
12- 5pm: MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Paddy Mulcahy, Edel Barry and special guests.
STUDIO ARTISTS:
Jackie Askew will be showing work in her studio from The Counting Prophetess Exhibition…. work from Iceland .
Ann Vaughan  will be showing ‘Ar Aghaidh Linn!’  ( Off We Go!)
This will be a series of Drawings/Sketches based on observations of people ‘on the move’, again from snapshots from the Prom in Lahinch, where it all happens!
Liz Moloney  ‘Curious’: The inherent curiosity of animals and her immediate environment has influenced her recent work, photography and observational drawings often develop into finished pieces.
Michael Hanrahan: Will show his recent work including paintings of the local area and also work from his travels.
Sara Foust: ‘An Unreasonable Fear of Loss’ an installation of photography, paintings and other works dealing with memory.
As part of the festival there will be exhibitions, films and installations from various artists in venues around Ennistymon town:
 Fiona O’Dwyer: Location: Byrnes Townhouse & Restaurant, Main St, Ennistymon.
Shoes to collect the cheque in” (1,350 Used Stamps and Yes Glue)
Fiona O’Dwyer: WORTH… Work in progress by visual artist Fiona O¹Dwyer.  Her work crosses a range of media including drawing, sound/video installation, sculpture, performance and print. Her practice increasingly references the cinematic, engaging with both the narrative content in, and the making of, film.
 James Slevin: Location: the Blue Frog Café and Arts Venue, Ennistymon.
Hand carved wooden objects.
Opening: 7pm – Friday 5th August
Marianne Slevin: Location: Fitzpatrick’s (Old Super Value shop), Parliament St., Ennistymon.
 “The Mycelium and Earth Regeneration Series”: An exhibition of drawings on maps which are local to the Burren as well as other places. The works include text about the place and the time they were being made in Doolin.
Alexandra Rafferty: Location: OH LA LA, French Creperie.
2 Video pieces: “Ram Project” and “Inside Out”.
Vincent Wall: Location: Wall’s Shop Window, Main Street, Ennistymon.
Davorenia” – A Tribute to the T-Shirt Stylings of Michael Davoren.
Format: Multimedia Installation
Marie Hannon, Monica de Bath, Eimhin Hawes: Location: Tides Shop, Main St. Ennistymon
Marie Hannon’s practice is primarily concerned with the social environments and conditions that have a bearing on who we are as individuals and as a people.
Monica de Bath is currently exploring the complexities of stories that go beyond ideas of legal ownership and dig deep into a people’s relationship with Land, with each other and the urgent need to make a living.
Eimhin Hawes: ‘The Horde’ is an installation work that explores the global problem of colony collapse disorder in honeybees.
Deirdre O’Mahony: Location: the local Ennistymon Post Office.
 shows a video about the X-PO in Kilnaboy.
Maria Kerin: Location: Good Night In, Video Store, The Square, Ennistymon.
shows the video performance that she made on Raadi airport Tartu Estonia. 
Also “The Price of Flour”- consisting of 50 unused Estonian paper flour bags will appear in shelves around the shops of Ennistymon. They were designed by Michael Walsh. The artist sees them as small artworks highlighting the price of flour at different times over the Estonian past.
Pauline Keena: Live performance on Main St. Ennistymon. Sunday 2pm
The human form is the most important subject for her. Using the body as metaphor for local she engages the language of stillness, silence and repetition to explore moments of transition from lostness to listening.
Fergus Cronin:  Live performance in a public place in Ennistymon for 2 hours, Sat or Sun (or both) : 
“I NEED TO BELONG”

THE POWER OF LOCAL A festival of art, food and culture in Ennistymon, 4th – 8th August 2011

THE POWER OF LOCAL
A festival of art, food and culture in Ennistymon, 4th – 8th August 2011
THE POWER OF LOCAL, a celebratory festival organized by the Courthouse Gallery will take place over a period of four days, August 4th – 8th, in various venues in Ennistymon. The festival will present art, film, live-performance, food, music, video, panel discussions, an open-air market, outdoor screenings, open studios and artist talks exploring the rich complexities of the local and the trans-local.
The Festival which we have named “THE POWER OF LOCAL”, is a collection of events exploring the potential and possibilities of the power of local by bringing together a range of thinkers and makers, producers and artists, organisations and businesses from local, national and international contexts to consider some of these questions.
Invited contributors include the artist group Liquid (Estonia), Dr. Igor Calzada, Associate Researcher at the Center for Basque Studies-University of Nevada, Reno (USA), Outrider Artists (Ireland), Ground Up Artists Collective (Ireland), The Trans-Local Condition, a programme of international artist films curated by Fiona Woods (Ireland) as well as local artists.
Everyone is local to somewhere; this festival is an opportunity to engage with the rich possibilities of ‘local’, to consider local as a way of taking action, producing culture and encountering difference in association with others.  Everyone is included. Of course, irrespective of how ‘local’ an event, or festival of events may be, the power of the arts to transcend geographical, political and cultural boundaries and barriers is internationally recognised and accepted. This ‘power’ will be recognised and celebrated in Ennistymon, August 4th – 8th, 2011.  The Festival THE POWER OF LOCAL is devised and directed by Trudi van der Elsen, curator/coordinator of the Courthouse Gallery.
General Program of the festival:
Thursday (4th Aug) 8pm, Grand Opening in the Courthouse Gallery and an outdoor film screening “Seaside Stories” by Fergus Tighe in the Square.
Friday (5th Aug) The Courthouse will host an international exhibition including a screening of Trans-Local Condition. Ennistymon town will have exhibitions and installations in many venues. 5pm: artist talk by Gareth Kennedy, admission free, all welcome.
Saturday (6th Aug)The Courthouse will host an international exhibition including a screening of Trans-Local Condition. Ennistymon town will have exhibitions and installations in many venues. OPEN STUDIOS- The resident artists in the Courthouse welcome the public to see their work in progress, OUTDOOR MARKET of local crafts, food, music and community  information. PANEL DISCUSSION on The Power of Local at 5pm in the Courthouse Gallery. All welcome to contribute.
Sunday (7th Aug) The Courthouse will host an international exhibition including a screening of Trans-Local Condition. Ennistymon town will have exhibitions and installations in many venues. OPEN STUDIOS- The resident artists in the Courthouse welcome the public to see their work in progress, OUTDOOR MARKET of local crafts, food, music and community  information.
Monday (8th Aug) Peer Critique for Studio Artists with Dougal McKenzie

‘Timelines’ an exhibition by Emma Barone, Kathryna Cuschieri, Ciara McMahon

 

Emma Barone   – paintings
Kathryna Cuschieri – glass sculptures
Ciara McMahon – video
Official opening on July 9th at 5pm – exhibition runs until July 30
Emma Barone’s paintings are inspired by the shape trees adopt on the West Coast of Ireland. This shape, or form, presents a distinctive windblown profile, one that is sculpted by the elements. The proximity of the Atlantic Ocean is a major determining factor in terms of influencing and moulding the shape of the trees. She sees the physical manifestation of ‘shape’ as having spiritual, psychological, elemental and socio-historical dimensions. ‘Trees have an energy which absorbs, responds and emits in a cyclical, generational, manner. It is my intention to capture these layers, through the medium of art and to share my vision in a way that the observer can connect to and re-establish an already existing relationship with past, present and future.’

Kathryna Cuschieri’s glass sculptures involve 
casting body parts of people she feels connected to and influenced by the timeline of their lives. By engaging with the process of their life, this enables her to create artworks which they have inspired, turning their inner world into visible glass landscapes. When casting the person they have been asked to transfer emotional awareness into the mould which affects the outcome of the finished piece. ‘All my pieces are created by fusing layers of glass and copper, aluminium, gold, silver and gold mica. These fused pieces are then cast or slumped into the body molds to create the finished pieces’

 Ciara McMahon’s video installation ‘Mutual : Esteem’ documents a site specific collaborative event at SIN nightclub, Temple bar, Dublin by ‘The Forever Young Choir’ and Ciara McMahon. Documentation chronicles a seven month period of research and interchange between the Dublin based artist and ‘The Forever Young Choir’, a 28 member over 70’s mixed choral group, based in Ennis, Co. Clare.
An immersive experience, the work provocatively contrasts cultural idioms – rural folk culture and uber trendy night clubbing – to create a playful work questioning pedestrian responses to popular cultural spaces. In SIN’s atmospheric environment the choir performed such long standing hits as ‘Lillie Marleen’ and ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’. 
The choir practice once a week in the Ennis Cathedral choir room. Members show enormous commitment to their choir while always retaining a degree of levity in their attitude towards life and performing. The choir has performed successfully at several local events and this is their first performance in Dublin.

‘Surrender’ New works by Pauline Goggin

Official opening Saturday July 9th at 5pm – exhibition runs until July 30
The word surrender can be interpreted as an expression of defeat or generousity, a declaration or a gift, a relinquishing of something , yielding to a strong influence or simply giving up the fight.
In these works the artist explores her interest in the practice of daily surrender to the creative life. Reminiscent of Tibetan prayer flags, these images of arms being blown in the wind can be seen as surrender to the creative spirit.
Implicit in the embroidered arms is a daily acceptance and a willingness to live life in all its shades, stitch by stitch, moment by moment, day by day. Pauline Goggin’s practice has included keeping daily journals over the last thirty years. In the textile works, these have been a rich source of text. The text, in itself, does not seek to tell a story, the embroidered words, selected at random, from the pages of her journals, however they are illustrative of a commitment to a life lived in a daily spirit of curiousity and reflective enquiry.
Prints, Sculpture and a new piece of animation explore the theme of surrender in the intimate Red Couch Space at The Courthouse Gallery, in Ennistymon, Co.Clare.