The SEAC Easter Snow Gallery hosts a solo exhibition by Dublin artist Paul MacCormaic from 1st April – 31st May
Food Fight showcases the artist’s preoccupation with sustainability, class distinction and a host of minor anxieties collectively called ‘first world problems’, by focusing on food. Food is something we must all consume, and yet social class, wealth and poverty, ethics and education, can mean that what we eat can set us apart just as much as bring people together.
The show consists of small-scale 2D pieces made up of paintings, drawings, collage and prints in his signature realist style. Included is a series of trompe l’oeil paintings of food on shelves with titles like 'It’s far from Calamari washed down by a Crisp Dry White that we were reared'.
Paul loves to impart humour in his work and play around with colloquial language. Indeed, the title is a twist on the normal meaning of food fight, which might take place in a school canteen. Instead, it is a struggle for depleting resources. He found that as he explored the psychology of attitudes to food, the work took on a self-deprecating aspect, as MacCormaic is a self-confessed foodie, complete with all the trimmings.