Swedish artist Robert Hais has been hard at work in East Cork.
One of his large-scale ‘Exitman’ projections appeared on the face of the old mill in Killeagh this weekend, drawing a crowd of locals to view it from the bridge opposite every night after dark.
The Exitman sign is the main character in these site-specific animated installations, which have also appeared in Brooklyn and Stockholm.
Hais, who lives in in Halmstad in Sweden, uses the figure to tell stories of the present, touching on themes such as politics, love, humour, and contemporary events.
“I think in pictures and volume.” he says of his work. “Sometime the site comes first other times a volume or a situation, and when the two meet the process starts to develop and come together to a coherent art piece.”
The recipient of the Unexpected Spaces Public Art Residency at Greywood Arts for 2019, the 41-year-old artists was supported by members of the community as he planned his latest bespoke piece.
Exitman will appear in Killeagh Village until October 16th, 2019.