SHAUN O’CONNOR “ATM Machine”

[June 8 – 25]
| Presented by Blackartprojects |

Recuperated guerrilla street adverts of pawn dealers and dubious pay-for-cash companies serve as both a literal and physical support for O’Connor’s new series of work. Taken directly off the streets of NYC, these mundane panels provide the artist with a formal framework to explore gesture, mark and erasure in a process that transforms the commonplace into a singular, subjective encounter. The pre-existing text on each of O’Connor’s panels serves as a makeshift skeleton used by the artist to generate a fascia of organic forms and dynamic shapes that resist instant recognition and meaning. These shapes, marks and erasures effectively scramble any attempt to engage in a literal reading of the text; any hope for straightforward meaning is compromised as we encounter a range of autonomous shapes and forms that are yet to be named or clearly deciphered.

O’Connor’s works have a notable sonority to them. While we can discern the muted voice of an ordered language in the background, there is the presence of an archaic call manifest in the cadenced calligraphic traces of the artist’s hand.

Miles Hall
Montpellier 2016

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