Artist wants us to take break from pace of life

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

A West Cork artist — who wants to en­cour­age peo­ple to take time out from mod­ern life — this week launches an ex­hi­bi­tion of three large paint­ings which he hopes will get the mes­sage across. View­ing of the three pieces,

by Michael McSwiney from Ard­field near Clon­akilty, will open this Thurs­day at the St Peter’s Art & Her­itage Cen­tre in Cork city’s North Main Street.

The three six-foot-square ab­stract works, de­scribed by the artist as “very dream­like with strong colours”, will be de­lib­er­ately hung in front of three benches at the cen­tre, a for­mer church.

It is hoped the spe­cial seat­ing will al­low view­ers to sit com­fort­ably and take time out from their busy lives to en­joy the art. The ex­hi­bi­tion is be­ing dis­played in con­junc­tion with the Arts Coun­cil.

“I de­cided that I would make three spe­cific pieces,” ex­plained Mr McSwiney, de­scrib­ing the works as “very tex­tual, heavy paint­ings,” which were both “very colour­ful and mood-ori­en­tated”.

“There is a story in each paint­ing,” he said, adding that the first piece, en­ti­tled

was about “stop­ping in the world and tak­ing time out. There will be three pur­pose­built benches in front of the pieces so that peo­ple can sit and con­tem­plate,” he ex­plained.

“The idea is to en­cour­age peo­ple to take time out from all the go-go-go of the mod­ern world. Th­ese pieces are to help en­cour­age peo­ple to take time out and to give some­thing to the viewer,” he said.

The idea, he added, was to help peo­ple ‘come down’ from the “fre­netic busy­ness of the world around us”.

Michael McSwiney’s ex­hi­bi­tion opens at St Peters, North Main Street, Cork, on Sun­day.

One of the im­ages from Michael Mc Swiney, TRIL­OGY ex­hi­bi­tion at St Peters.

The ex­hi­bi­tion con­sists of three six-foot square ab­stract works.

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