Cow House directors Rosie O’Gorman and Frank Abruzzese have recently been featured on the new website Studio Beat. Studio Beat was co founded by recent visiting artist Rachel MacFarlane, and will feature new artists every week. In their words...
Studio Beat is about artists and their spaces. It’s about their process, practice and idiosyncrasies. It’s about art studios as an extension of the art itself. It’s a collection of unintentional installations and a visual diary of creativity. It’s not a review or a critique. It’s a journalistic exploration of natural habitats.
You can find both articles here...
Over the next few weeks we will be adding a new mezzanine to the Cow House. This addition will add permanent, self contained studio space for both our residency artists and students. Beginning the work of putting up the new structure has sparked some memories of when we first began renovations six years ago. We have just added a gallery of photographs taken during this two year process. Looking back at these images reminds us of all the excited anticipation and hard work that filled our days, and back then we could have never imagined a better first five years. You can view the new gallery here...
Opening reception April 26th, 6-8pm
Live Load, a solo exhibition of work by Frank AbruzzeseLive Load is the variable weight burdened by a structure, such as moving traffic on a bridge, furniture and people in a high-rise office building, or the weight of a person sitting on a chair.
A farmer with an intimate knowledge of his land will tell you that if you are planning to build a house in a particular field it is best to observe the behaviour of animals on that site, they instinctively know where the best spots are. Throughout history, people have engaged with and observed the land, the sea and the stars for understanding, meaning and survival. As populations move to cities this firsthand engagement has largely been replaced by a pre-mapped understanding. Inherited traditions and intuition have been replaced by an analytical model grounded in empirical methodologies.
In Live Load, Wexford based artist Frank Abruzzese investigates this shifting engagement and behaviour that one has with landscape through his experimental and process driven working method. Taking influence from the pioneering photographic work of Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii – Abruzzese’s photographs are captured in three isolated colour channels and then recombined to reveal full colour images. The evidence of the live load is captured in successive impressions of cyan, magenta and yellow, exposing the fluctuating elements of a place and its variable occupants. These photographs capture a sequence of movement and cycles of time simultaneously.
This exhibition is a component of an inter-studio exchange programme between Cow House Studios, Wexford and Ormond Studios, Dublin.
Exhibition continues April 27 through May 3rd, opening 12pm-5pm daily.
Image above Cattle at Rest, Co Wexford, 2011. You may view the work from the exhibition here.
Two of our former students Jordana Gluckow and Allegra Sussman have been recognized by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts for their outstanding photography. The photograph above is from Jordana’s series exploring the people and places in our local community.
The NFAA YoungArts program is the signature national organization that recognizes and supports America’s most talented 17-18 year olds in the visual, literary and performing arts. This year’s 174 YoungArts Honorable Mention Winners were selected in a blind adjudication process from a pool of more than 5,000 applicants, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as all US territories.
You can see the full list of winners here.
We would like to announce the arrival of Trigger, the newest addition to our Cow House family. Trigger is a stunning 5 year old retired racehorse, and after his time in competitive racing has made his way down to the farm to spend his time grazing our fields. He’s very friendly, and has settled in quite nicely to his new home just in front of the Cow House. We’re sure our visitors will enjoy having him around, plying him with apples and carrots to get on his soft side, posing for photographs and obliging the odd pet on the nose.
The O'Gorman family portrait above was taken by photographer A.H. Poole in Waterford circa 1930. This glass plate photograph is part of the archive at the National Library of Ireland.
From top left are Rosie's great aunts Brigid and Eilish, Rosie's grandfather Eugene, and great aunts Stella and Shiela. Bottom left is Rosie's great grandmother Elizabeth, and her great grandfather Michael is to the bottom right. Michael O'Gorman commissioned the construction of the Cow House which was completed in 1915 to serve as a dairy and a place to bed cows during the winter.
You can view more photographs from A.H. Poole's archive here...
Rosie's father Michael recently bought two peacocks at the local fowl market. There were peacocks on the farm in previous generations, and the photo above, taken about 80 years ago, shows one of the last peacocks resident at the O'Gorman farm. Sitting gracefully with the peacock are Rosie's great aunts; Sheila and Brigid O'Gorman. To the right, are the new peacocks. For now, their names are Bonnie and Clyde, but we are open to suggestions. Still to grow their signature tail feathers, they must remain in an enclosed area for a few months until they become acclimated to their new home and their new canine friends. Once they settle in, they will be allowed to roam around the farm, hangout and look fabulous.
On the evening of the 21st Frank stayed up late to witness the Lunar eclipse. During this celestial event the earth’s shadow is cast upon the surface of the moon. The brilliant red color is the result of the sun’s rays passing through the earth’s atmosphere. Imagine witnessing a sunset around the entire circumference of the earth! Above is a sequence of composited photographs Frank took between 1:30am and 4am.
On November 25th we made the short journey with our residency artists to Coolbawn Castle, located two miles from the Cow House. Built in the mid 1800’s by Francis Bruen, Coolbawn Castle has a gorgeous view of the Blackstairs Mountains. The building is constructed of fine cut stone, and is elaborately ornamented with pinnacles and spires. So much money was spent on its erection that it was locally known as "Bruen's Folly". Bruen was disliked by the locals and when close-by Tomanine bridge was constructed, a discreet stone carving of Breun’s face was placed in the bridge, and its nose was then knocked off. Like many stately homes around Ireland, Coolbawn was burned by the IRA in 1923 during the Civil War. Currently owned by the Tector family, the castle ruin looked magnificent in the crisp winter sunshine, despite its violent end. The interior is now green with ivy, but it is not difficult to imagine its former grandeur. A favorite feature was a tree growing on the remains of the granite cantilever staircase some fifteen feet from the ground.
On November 17th we visited James Turrell’s Irish Sky Garden at Liss Ard Estate in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. Best know for his long running project, Roden Crater in Arizona, the relatively undiscovered mini cater in Cork is typical of Turrell’s work; being with concerned with space and light. The Irish Sky Garden is an oval shaped, grass lined crater, entered through a long dark megalithic-like passage. The space has been constructed to view the sky while lying on large stones placed in the centre of the crater. The crater’s edge, hovering in your peripheral vision, perfectly frames the infinite and endlessly changing sky.
“The most important thing is that inside turns into outside and the other way around, in the sense that relationships between the Irish landscape and sky changes.” - James Turrell
We are happy to announce that over the past few weeks we have been busy installing underfloor heating in the studio. This new system provides a much more comfortable working environment in the Autumn, Winter and Spring for our resident artists and portfolio students. Underfloor heating ensures an efficient, ecologically sound method for heating such a large space.
17th July 2010, 5:45pm
In partnership with Newtownbarry House Studio Programme, Wexford Arts Centre, and Anya von Gosseln we are delighted to host a talk by American artist Robert Cottingham.
Robert Cottingham belongs to the first generation of American Photorealists, alongside Chuck Close, Richard Estes, Robert Bechtle and Ralph Goings. Born in 1935 in Brooklyn NY, Cottingham was educated at Pratt Institute, NY. He lives and works in Connecticut, USA. This public talk presents a rare opportunity to hear the artist speak about his work.
Cottinghams work is in major collections in the US and Europe, such as The Ludwig Museum in Cologne, The Metropolitan Museum and The Museum of Modern Art, both in NY, The Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, The High Museum, Atlanta GA, The Tampa Museum of Art in Florida, The Guggenheim Museum in NY, The Tate Gallery in London, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, The Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, The Art Institute of Chicago, Ill, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Arts Council of Great Britain, London, among others. In Spring of 2009, the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum in Berlin featured the artists in a long awaited group exhibition which drew large and enthusiastic crowds. The artist is represented by FORUM Gallery NY.
Contact Rosie O’Gorman (086) 210 9027 to RSVP your place at the talk.
Bus departing Wexford Arts Centre at 4:45pm.€8 per person. Contact Rosie to book a place on the bus.
From June 8 - 10, 2010 New York based artist Bill Beirne spent time filming his latest video project, The Parachutist, A Non-Combatant Aesthete here at at Cow House Studios. We are proud to have played a small part in the production of this new work. Below is Bill’s brief description of the project.
The Parachutist was first developed in the spring of 2005 as part of a residency and performance work in the Mons d'Ardèche sponsored by Art 3, culminating at the Curssol ruins near Valence, with an exhibition at Art 3 in Valence, France. The Parachutist was inspired by what Human Rights Watch has termed “ghost prisoners”- enemy combatants who were detained by the US but were held in secret locations - many but not all of whom have been transferred to Guantanamo. This work builds on a number of existing phenomena including identity, the propensity of Irish Americans for traveling to Ireland in search of their heritage and, the analysis of DNA for tracing ancestral origins.
Middlebrook Middle School
Wilton, CT: Saturday, January 9, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Rye Country Day School
Rye, NY: Sunday, January 10, 1pm – 4pm
The Hill School
Pottstown, PA: Wednesday, January 13, 11am – 1pm
The Browning School
New York, NY: Wednesday, January 13, 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Princeton High School
Princeton, NJ: Wednesday, January 13, 7pm – 9pm
New York, NY: Thursday, January 14, 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Merriam Towne School
Acton, MA: Tuesday, January 19, 5pm – 8pm
Greenwich High School
Greenwich, CT: Wednesday, January 20, 6pm – 9pm
Sidwell Friends School
Washington, DC: Saturday, January 23, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Brooklandville, MD: Sunday, January 24, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Concord Carlisle High School
Concord, MA: Monday, February 1, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Fort Washington, PA: Wednesday, February 3, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Andover, MA: Sunday, February 7, 11am – 2pm
Newton South High School
Newton Centre, MA: Monday, February 8, 5:30am – 8:30am
Choate Rosemary Hall
Wallingford, CT: Sunday, February 21, 11am – 1pm
Middlesex Middle School
Darien, CT: Saturday, February 27, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
I am happy to announce that we have posted new websites for Cow House directors Rosie O’Gorman and Frank Abruzzese. You may visit Rosie’s site at www.rosieogorman.com, and Frank’s can be found at www.frankabruzzese.com. Pictured above left is an installation view of “Remain” by Rosie, and above right is “Everyone” answering the question, What do people look like in A=AGHT? by Frank.
Our web gallery of the work created at the Cow House during our 2008 Artist in Residence programme. Check out the gallery here, and to find out more about our Fall Residency and how to apply go here. In the image below from left to right are Haden Nicholl, Aoife Cassidy, Maria Hinds & Peter Allen Hoffmann.
Sunday, 2 November 2008, 12pm - 7pmCow House Studios invite you to meet our Artists in Residence.
The Cow House Studios Artist in Residence Programme provides studio space and accommodation to professional visual artists. During their two month stay, four artists are given the time and space to concentrate on making a new body of work. Cow House Open Studios offers the community a chance to see our new facilities, meet the artists, and view the work they have been creating. Please visit anytime between 12pm and 7pm, or for the scheduled events listed below. Everybody is welcome.
Artists in Residence, 2008...Aoife Cassidy, Galway: Cow House Studios Residency Award, Tulca, Galway, 2007
Maria Hinds, Dublin & New Orleans
Peter Allen Hoffmann, New York
Haden Nicholl, San Francisco
Peter Allen Hoffmann and Haden Nicholl will exhibit work made during their residency at the Wexford Arts Centre in January 2009.
Schedule of Events12pm - 2pm: Puppet Making workshop for children.
This workshop is free. Please book your spot as there are limited spaces.
4pm - 6pm: Artist Talk
Residency artists will discuss their work, addressing their materials and ideas, and questions from the viewers.
6pm: Tea and cakes.
Contact Rosie O'Gorman for further details (086) 2109027
Wexford Arts Centre, in partnership with Cow House Studios have initiated an annual international residency and exhibition programme. This collaboration consists of a ten week residency for an international visual artist at Cow House Studios, which will facilitate an exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre. This programme provides a significant opportunity for international artists to live, work and exhibit in Ireland, and simultaneously exposes Irish audiences to progressive contemporary art from around the world.
The artists awarded the 2008 residency are Peter Allen Hoffmann and Haden Nicholl.
Peter Allen Hoffmann lives and works in New York. He completed his MFA from Hunter College, New York. To date, Hoffman has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Berlin. Hoffmann is represented by Freight + Volume Gallery, New York and Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago.
“These new works represent an ongoing dialogue with aspects of the art historical canon. Disparate as they appear, these paintings function as a collection, where the relationships between them create a forum for the continuation of the conversation.”
Haden Nicholl originally from Colorado, currently lives in San Francisco where he works with troubled teens. He received his MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, California, and his BA in Psychology and BFA from the University of Denver, Colorado. Nicholl has exhibited extensively in California and abroad, including London, Puerto Rico and Ecuador, and his work is represented by the Little Tree Gallery in San Francisco.
“The bulk of my practice involves using symbols and text to provoke introspective reactions in the viewer. Working in a different country and preparing for a show there, has challenged me to develop my understanding of the culture so that I can interact with the audience on a more intimate level.”
Furthermore, Cow House Studios award two additional residencies annually. Applications are open to both national and international visual artists working in any medium. Cow House Studios provide shared accommodation and twenty four hour access to the studio and facilities. The 2400 square-foot open plan space contains a wood shop, darkroom and computer lab. Individual spaces measure 18 square meters, each with abundant natural light.
The 2009 Artist in Residence Programme runs from September 14 until December 1.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 January, 2009.
Hook Lighthouse is one of the local sites we will be visiting this summer. Thought to be one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world, it is a unique example of an almost intact medieval lighthouse. Dating from the early 13th century it was a major feat at the time of its construction. Purpose built as a lighthouse, it has served sailors and shipping for 800 years, apart from a short closure during the 17th century.