Ukugxeka | U-Mick O'Dea, 'West Northwest'

Igalari yaseMolesworth; 4 - 27 Novemba 2021

Mick O'Dea, Tim, Acrylic ephepheni likaFabiano, 56 x 76 cm; isithombe sihlonishwa ngumdwebi kanye negalari yaseMolesworth. Mick O'Dea, Tim, Acrylic ephepheni likaFabiano, 56 x 76 cm; isithombe sihlonishwa ngumdwebi kanye negalari yaseMolesworth.

“Ukudweba kuveza ngokusobala izinga lokujula, ukuqonda kanye nelukuluku lodokotela. Kuyithuluzi elibalulekile lokucija, ukuze uphishekele umbono.” – Mick O'Dea 

UMick O'Dea uyapenda ngokwethembeka nangokunemba. Uchithe iminyaka engaba ngu-40 ependa izithombe zabangane nomndeni, kanye namakhomishini amaningi asemthethweni. Umbukiso wegalari ye-Molesworth, 'eNtshonalanga-Ntshonalanga', wethula umlando wezinhlobo, ohlanganisa imidwebo kawoyela engama-32 kanye ne-acrylic emisebenzini ye-fabriano, esukela esikalini kusukela kwencane ukuya kokumangalisayo. Umbukiso uhlanganisa izithombe zamathenda zabangane nemidwebo yokwakheka kwezwe yaseNtshonalanga naseNyakatho-ntshonalanga ye-Ireland, kanye nemidwebo yomlando, umphumela wocwaningo luka-O'Dea mayelana nokuxoshwa kwe-Vandeleur e-County Clare ngo-1888.

U-O'Dea ungubuso obujwayelekile endaweni yobuciko yaseDublin njengelungu kanye nomongameli wangaphambili we-RHA, lapho asungula khona isikole se-RHA. Enye yeziphonso zakhe eziningi zokufundisa zamletha e-NCAD lapho akhuthaza khona ukubaluleka kwamakhono okubuka. Unothando lokudweba futhi usebenzisa ithalente lakhe elimangalisayo lokudweba, ethula izifundo zomlando nezamanje ngendlela engenasizotha nehlobene. 

I-'West Northwest' iwubufakazi bemvelo ka-O'Dea yokuba nobudlelwane kanye nomuzwa wakhe wokuxhumana phakathi kwabantu, indawo namasiko. Izindawo zokuhlala e-Ballinglen e-Mayo kanye nokuvakashela iphrojekthi ye-Inishlacken e-Galway kuyingxenye ebalulekile yokusebenza kuka-O'Dea. Umdwebi ukhuluma ngezibhakabhaka ezinkulu kanye nokuheha kwezwe lasendle laseNyakatho-ntshonalanga, eliyengele abaculi abafana naye, u-Una Sealy, uDonald Teskey, uPat Harris noMartin Gale ukuthi basebenze lapho. 

Umdwebo obalulekile kugalari yokuqala isithombe sikamufi u-Tim Robinson, umdwebi wamabalazwe owaziwayo nombhali, onguchwepheshe bendawo yaseConnemara. Uma ebhekwa ngemuva, uRobinson ubheke iwindi elikhulu lesithombe elifaka uhlaka lwendawo ayithandayo yeConnemara. URobinson ubambe iqhaza kuphrojekthi ye-Inishlacken futhi abangani abaningi bephrojekthi abafi lapha.

Iziphonso e-Vermont Studio Center kanye nomthelela wamasiko wokufunda nohambo lwakhe lwaseMelika nakho kushiye umkhondo wemisebenzi ka-O'Dea. Isijoqo inekhwalithi yesinema futhi icela ukuqhathaniswa nomdwebo wezwe waseMelika. I-O'Dea ilandelela ubukhona bomuntu emhlabeni; ukuma kwezigxobo ze-telegraph kuphambene nomgwaqo ovundlile, njengoba izindawo zokuhlala eziqondile zikudonsa ohambweni olukhuphukela edolobhaneni. 

Ukusebenzisa uketshezi luka-O'Dea komdwebo womugqa kusetshenziswa kalula kule misebenzi. I-Acrylic isetshenziswa ngobuhlakani ezindaweni zokugeza ezibonisa ngale ngokungafani nezendlalelo ezikhanyayo ukuze imodeli yezindawo zasemakhaya. Iphalethi yombala ogcwele inanela ukukhathazeka kuka-O'Dea ngemiphumela yemidiya, ikakhulukazi indima yefilimu enombala ekuhumusheni okwenziwa yi-Irish izethameli zaseMelika ngezikhathi zeziyaluyalu. 

Umdwebi uletha uguquko olubalulekile emlandweni wase-Ireland lapho abezindaba bekwazi ukudonsela ukunaka kwezehlakalo cishe njengoba zenzeka. Ukusakazwa kwabezindaba kwangaleso sikhathi kwasebenza ukuletha ukunaka embangela ye-Land League futhi ekugcineni kwaphoqa ukusungulwa kweBritish ukuba kuyeke ukuxoshwa kwemindeni empofu. Ucwaningo ngemifaniswano luveze ukuba khona kwezikhulu ezisezingeni ezivela ezinhlakeni ezihlukene zaseBrithani ezibizwe umnikazi wendawo u-Vandeleur ukuze aphoqelele ukukhishwa kwabantu ezindlini. Abanikazi bezindlu, ababeke bakhonza ebuthweni ngokwabo, basebenzisa ngokugcwele ukuxhumana kwabo kwezempi. 

Iphathi Yokuxoshwa, I-2021, futhi Ama-enforcer, 2020, ilenga kugalari esezingeni eliphezulu ezindongeni ezimelene, eboshwe ngendlela yenduku yokhuni. Amacanvasi amaqhawe angaluliwe athatha cishe udonga lonke, alenga phezu kwephaneli yokhuni yaseGeorgia, evusa inkanuko yeklabhu yendoda emnene. U-O'Dea unake ngokukhethekile imininingwane yemifaniswano enemibala egqamile. Izethulo ze-technicolor ze-regalia yezempi ziqinisa ngokubonakalayo ukuhlukana komphakathi nabantu abajwayelekile. Izifanekiselo ezicwebezelayo ezigqokweni zikhomba i-RIC kanye nemikhosi yaseBrithani ye-Sherwood Foresters ngokubomvu kanye nama-Hussars eNkosi ngokuluhlaza okwesibhakabhaka. Amafonti anemininingwane afana nalawo angase asetshenziselwe ukudlala i-vaudeville noma isekisi elijikelezayo, okubukela phansi ubucayi bomcimbi. 'Iphathi Yokuxoshwa' ime ijule engxoxweni, ngokusobala iphezu kwendunduma yobulongwe - isekisi selifikile edolobheni. 

U-Beatrice O'Connell uyiciko elibonakalayo ukusebenza ngokudweba kanye nabezindaba okwamanje ngifunda ku-MFA e-NCAD.