CUE at ArtsLav

On Friday last I had the privilege of attending and photographing an exhibition organised and curated by fellow students from Wimbledon College of Art, Katarina Rankovic and Tahmina Ahkmedov, co-curated by Kosha Hussain. CUE, held at ArtsLav in Kennington, south London, is an exhibition of painting, installation, video and mixed media work. Housed in a Victorian ex-lavatory, ArtsLav was an unusual choice of venue but worked amazingly well; with work hanging off toilet cubical doors and behind cubical doors and on the walls. The atmosphere was decidedly 1920s with Reinhardt jazz music and candles dotting the narrow rectangular space.

The rest of my photographs from the private view can be found by clicking on the photograph.

The work is on show now until the 6th of June at ArtsLav, 180 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 4UZ.



2013 in review

Well hello, lovely readers! This little space on the internet has grown a lot over the last year compared to 2012 and for that I’m so grateful, hopefully it will continue to grow in the New Year! I have so much planned for the New Year for this blog so watch this space! For now though, here’s a look back on my 2013 year in blogging.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 710 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Chloe & Charlotte, St Stephen’s Green

I’ve finally finished organising and sorting through my editorial calendar & blog planning notebook so expect more regular posting soon! As some of you know, I recently moved to London to study fine art so I’ll be writing reviews of exhibitions and galleries as well as reflections on art theory, criticism and practice. I’m also playing with a couple of ideas for a few series I want to start, too.

For now though, here are the rest of the photographs from my shoot with Chloe and Charlotte in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin, back in August. Other photographs from this shoot are over on my Facebook page (link on right) so do have a look. :)

Some of these photos will be amiable to buy as prints from my Society 6 shop soon so look at out for that!


Chloe McCormack

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing Chloe in Temple Bar. She was quite nervous at first but once we got going and starting snapping (with a few jokes from Jess, my stylist, thrown in), she relaxed and opened up and we got some really nice images. We wanted to go for a different kind of makeup shoot, so Jess did a simple half black face and styled her in grungey-punk clothes to suit the location. We shot around Fleet Street, Liffey Street and Aston Place because we wanted to use the walls behind her as extra colour or to add to the feel of the shot. (Abandoned wooden palettes came in handy for props too :)).
Photographer: Aisling Keavey
Stylist: Jess Dodrill
Model: Chloe McCormack
(All images copyright Aisling Keavey 2013 and may only be used with written permission)

Creative rambling

I feel as though every time I’m blogging here, I have to apologise for not blogging here sooner. Or more regularly. I shouldn’t feel like this though because this platform (as big as its gotten in my head) is only a very tiny space on the vast internet so I’m only writing to a a very minuscule set of people. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the audience I’ve built up, though. Anyway…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about art, creativity and new media. Is art only “art” when someone else sees it? Is it an intangible thing unless it’s seen by eyes other than your own? Is an artwork a conversation between the artist and the audience?
Is creativity as we see it a finite resource? Can you “run out” of creativity? Can you hone your creativity? What do you have to do to keep inspiration flowing?
These are the kinds of questions that I mull over because, if creativity really is finite and needs to be continuously honed and sharpened, what happens if I run out of creativity? What happens if I don’t create for a long time? Do I cease to be creative?

Is the creative process linear? As in A -> B, where B is creativity? Or can you have non-linear creativity? As in, A -> B, where B is two different outcomes. Is creativity cyclical? What does this creative process look like? Are there certain things you can do to become more creative; to increase and hone your creativity?  If you do X, Y, Z, are you creative?

My own “creative process” (even though I don’t know if this process is linear, non-linear or even cyclical), I write down ideas in a Moleskine notebook and make a mind map of all the different things I could do with this idea (if you want me to write a more in-depth post about my creative process, just say); I gather images and references from the internet and magazines and make a moodboard. After this, I make a list of the key images I want to capture and look at how I want the model to look (makeup, clothes etc). I think organise an MUA and an assistant as needed and I’m ready to shoot.

How are you creative? Do you think creativity can be sharpened?

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