Mark Swords

Written by Kevin Kavanagh on . Posted in Artists

(b. 1978) lives and works in Co. Wicklow, Ireland

The hand-made aspect of Swords’ work is clearly evident, and together with the materials, forms and use of colour relay a sense of curiosity and workmanship. The works are finely executed, and this curiosity is apparent in the artist’s  self learning and even re-learning through his engagement with materials, such that a piece of work may result from the solving of a self imposed problem. Utilising materials that are often overlooked, including carpet, tent fabric, and string, and without attempting to hide the processes of making, the strength of Swords’ work resides in its fragility and careful informality.

Featured at VOLTA10 Basel, 16 June- 22 June 2014

The Hinterlands video

Links to Previous Shows;

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

Mosaic – Book Launch, July 31 – Aug 4 2012

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Building Sights, Robert Armstrong | Tadhg McSweeney | Mark Swords, 4 – 27 November 2010

Group Show – Above the Fold, 8 – 23 December 2009

flying crooked, 2 – 24 September 2009

Group Show – Group Therapy, 28 November – 23 December 2008

view artist’s website