Artist Des Mac Mahon will work with fellow Delete Press artists, invited local artists, Limerick School of Art & Design students and local 6th year art students to create new print work which will form an exhibition in The Source Arts Centre Gallery, Thurles. They plan to entertain, to produce excellent work, to make a statement with that work and educate people and open their eyes to the possibilities of printmaking.
Delete Press is a loose and ever changing non-profit printmaking group whose purpose is to promote the use of printmaking as a tool for communication and as a method of social commentary. The 24 Hour artists participating in the event will be Des Mac Mahon, Alan Crowley, Suzannah O’Reilly, Eoin Barry, Niamh Fahy, David Bowe and Brian Fitzgerald along side Thurles artists PJ O’Connell, Frank Rafter, Meghan Wright and Maria O’Brien. This will make up a core group who will work over a twenty four hour period in The Source Gallery and assemble the end piece.
What to expect?
All participants will be asked to cut a lino/wood block with an image of some item that they feel reflects how we as a society have behaved over the last decade. The starting point for the exhibition will be a 4ft print of a family pushing a shopping trolley mounted on the back gallery wall. The trolley is empty and everything will hinge around this image. From here all participants can make prints of what they feel is relevant to how we as a society have behaved over the last decade, their own personal statement. Each print will then become an item in the trolley, which will build into an overflowing array of objects that fall from the trolley across the gallery walls and play an active part in the creation of the final installation.
When does it all happen?
Friday 1 March at 11am Des Mac Mahon will give a lecture about relief printmaking, its history and its use as a communicative tool and its relevance in an ever changing digital age. This talk will be open to the public and 6th year art students, it will also be an introduction to what will happen over the following 24 hours. Students are encouraged to drop in their lino/woodcut blocks in the morning.
Friday 1 at 2pm Project officially starts and Delete Press artists begin work printing all cut blocks that have been submitted. People are very welcome to drop into the gallery at any time while the building is open and watch the exhibition taking shape.
Saturday 2 at 12pm until 2pm Members of the public are invited to drop into the Source Gallery with their own plain t-shirts or card that will be printed. This will be free for all who visit and may take place outside if the weather is good enough.
Saturday 2 at 2pm Printing will finish, exhibition opens and will run until Friday 22 March.
This promises to be a very exciting project to encourage young artists to co-operate with and function as a community, to share skills and to have a laugh. Make sure to drop by!