John O'Donnell

Primary Medium: Collage
Other media: Installation, Printmaking


O'Donnell

Website: http://johnodonnellart.com/

Artist Statement
Q: Is your art funny?

A: If you think it is funny, then yes. But if you don't think it is
funny then it is about the futility of existence. I don't necessarily
make art that is funny; It's more that I'm inspired by things that are
funny, or awkward, or both.

Q: When viewing your work, one gets the sense that they've seen the
imagery somewhere before? Can you explain that?

A: I draw on and appropriate various forms of popular media—plastic
toys from the discount bin, blockbuster movies made during my
formative years, magazines with pictures of food, bad airbrushed
pornography. I'm especially drawn to the phenomenon of crudely crafted
assemblages found on amateur websites, blogs and Youtube. These
videos and images are often themselves appropriations of visual and
popular culture. My work is, in a way, yet another installment in a
series of deferred meaning…or meaninglessness.

Selected Works


PG-13 - 2010 - Installation, collage - Variable

PG-13 - 2010 - Installation, collage - Variable

PG-13 - 2010 - Installation, collage - Variable

PG-13 - 2010 - Installation, collage - Variable

PG-13 - 2010 - Installation, collage - Variable

PG-13 - 2010 - Installation, collage - Variable

PG-13 - 2010 - Installation, collage - Variable


Artist Bio
John O'Donnell was conceived on Halloween, born on his father's birthday, and raised in Montana. He lives and works in Connecticut. He is the founder of the TPSSF (The Puberty Survivors Support Forum) and the inventor of “Installage” (installation + collage). He has exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum, the International Print Center in New York, and the Seoul Museum of Art in Korea. John creates installations, videos, performances, prints and works on paper. His most recent performance was “Radical Dinosaur Maniac Time Machine Gun Shark Explosion” at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Connecticut Gallery, and his most recent exhibition, “FUCKYEAH” was at Takeout Gallery, New London, CT.

 


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