Bio: (b.1992) Andrew McSweeney is an multi-disciplinary artist currently based in Cork, Ireland. McSweeney completed a BA in Fine Art at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, in 2015 and an MA in Interdisciplinary Design Practice in 2021 from LSAD, Limerick. Recent exhibits include As Above, So Below, showed as part of Boom, 48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin Germany, (June 2020) and the Cork Midsummer Festival at The Opera House, Cork curated by Pluck Projects (June 2021) along with his solo exhibition Alone Again, Natura-Diddily at the Marina Market in Cork (July 2022). Upcoming exhibitions include The Stars Are In The Earth at A4 Sounds, Dublin (August 2022) and IMMA Outdoors: Eco Festival, Dublin (October 2022). He was recently awarded the Visual Arts Agility Award in 2022 by the Irish Arts Council and is a member of Sample-Studios in Cork City.
The exploration of my practice has strongly developed through the use of 3D software and progressed towards the creation of digital reproductions taken from my natural surroundings. My work is based around themes of nature and fictional environments. I primarily create installations consisting of neon, sound & video. My work regularly involves creating hyper-realistic scans and textures that are accompanied by sound pieces. Digital models are built alongside these assets highlighting the thin border of physical and virtual worlds amongst mixed realities ultimately creating immersive experiences that people regularly encounter. Photogrammetric processes used in my work are relevant to its potential importance on digitally archiving content for future generations spanning across multiple disciplines including but not limited to education, visual art and academic research. New technologies and realities enable artists as well as viewers to personally reflect on social issues and to have an equal understanding of important environmental discussions.
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