Artist wants us to take break from pace of life
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.