Back 2 Back Exhibition 2007

erotic bookends

by

Michael C. Keane

Michael C. Keane was born in Dublin in 1972. Growing up as a young boy he was never without a large ball of plasticine to hand. Perceiving colour differently to most and with a photographic memory three-dimensional modelling was the perfect outlet Michaels’s natural artistic talent.

He moved to Trim, Co Meath when he was 10 years of age. With time and instruction from mentor Liam Belton, he developed his raw talent into the exquisite pieces we see here today.

A stint at Art College studying sculpture and a series of varied and unsatisfying jobs have given Michael the life experience and courage to face facts. He is a fine sculptor… He is now working full time at his passion.

Rodin, who I know Michael is a disciple of, re-opened the woman’s sex after it had been hypocritically sealed for 2000 years, by parting the lips of his statues sex. By spreading the thighs of his Iris “The messenger of the Gods” who straddles time to reveal what he called “the eternal tunnel”. This shocked the Art world in 1890.Today Michael carries on that tradition. Penis, vagina, cock or fanny, they are what they are. Michael is a man that calls a spade a spade, a breath of fresh air in this all too often stuffy world.

Take a look at these pieces. These are not lumps of clay stamped into moulds and mass-produced. These are serious works of Art. First come the slabs of clay, violently, passionately wedged on the studio workbench, then by the same hands, individually sculpted with confidence and the deft touch of a surgeon.

Time lapses, evaporation steps up. The pieces air dry for 1-3 weeks, then the first firing is a crucial time. Chemistry happens behind the kiln door, sometimes an explosion, and then all is lost. However when the firing is good, the oxides and glaze follow. Another firing, more chemistry and then wow!

They sing, they are beautiful. They scream at you “Touch me, Caress me, Fondle me, Hold me – Oh Yes!” they are very sexy.

Mills & Boon or Dostoyevsky, whatever you read at home your collection is longing to be embraced by these bookends. Penis, Vagina, Navel or Pointing Finger, the choice is your pleasure.

It is an honour and a pleasure to write these lines for my friend Michael. He deserves all praise and every success for the blood sweat and tears that is “ Back To Back”

Seán Cooke.

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