Squaring the Circle by Sean W MacNeil – Closing Party
Sean W. MacNeil
Brick Aux Presents
Squaring the Circle
by Sean W MacNeil
at Brick Aux Gallery – 628 Metropolitan Ave
December 29, 2023 – Closing Party– 5pm-8pm
With SQUARING THE CIRCLE, Sean W. MacNeil uses a series of graphite on paper drawings to chart the conscious and unconscious stages of the epileptic seizures that have long plagued him.
All works created by Sean W MacNeil
Working with graphite and paper, Sean W. MacNeil uses stunning precision to create evocative drawings that chart the conscious and unconscious stages of an epileptic seizure. He maps the epileptic experience, from momentary bliss to blackness and the strange, painful reawakening that follows. The 16 works that comprise SQUARING THE CIRCLE, MacNeil’s first solo show, are marked by a pathos that could only come from his lived experience as an epileptic. But the works don’t need to exist solely in this context. They have a universal resonance that elevates them beyond their subject matter. MacNeil probes the unknowable states of being, where no past or future exists, and examines how a kind of momentary death can give way to new perspectives. His work wrestles with great mystery, with haunting beauty and profound suffering, and seeks to square the circle of life’s many complexities.
Sean W. MacNeil is an interdisciplinary artist who worked both in photography and music before discovering visual art and developing a singular style and voice all his own. Using graphite and paper, MacNeil creates evocative drawings that examine the enigmatic realm of epilepsy as well as a broader exploration of the human condition. Born in Massachusetts, MacNeil currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. – Matthew Allen