Patrick O’Reilly’s Haystack arrests the senses on every level.

“How often is it that you smell a work of art before you see it? Patrick O’Reilly’s Haystack (The Consideration of the Planets, 2013), arrests the senses on every level.

The setting helps. After all, how often is it that you see an enormous haystack rising almost to ceiling level in the nave of a church? Thirty feet tall, the haystack is old-fashioned in style, taking its cue from a series of paintings made by Monet in 1890 to 1891. It’s a shape we don’t see in the fields any more, and the church setting makes it even more strange. It seems to brood and be half alive, echoing those mountain-like shapes that obsessed Richard Dreyfuss’s character Roy in the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

— Gemma Tipton, ‘Patrick O’Reilly: making hay and other art that shines’, The Irish Times.

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