Artforum Print Review
Review of my solo exhibition by Jeff Gibson
Thin, Dark Crash (how I dread that blue jay)
Solo Exhibition at Pierogi Gallery's new LES space
Opening Reception: Sunday, 16 October (6-8pm) Exhib Dates: 14 October – 13 November, 2016
Flat Earth at Ship in the Woods
A SHIP IN THE WOODS presents Flat Earth, a one-day event featuring interactive art installations and musical performances // September 25th – November 8th Opening event Sunday September 25th from 1:00pm - 7:00pm // 3007 Felicita Road Escondido, CA 92029 // Organized by WSOHOIDIPS in collaboration with over 40 artists, Flat Earth questions new scientific hypotheses, revisits obsolete theories, and looks to the possibility of pseudoscience becoming the standard model. The show explores such diverse subjects as conspiracy, hysteria, flattening of the global market, gentrification, critical mass, and the Whig history of science. The audience is free to get lost in the immersive site-specific works that are scattered throughout SHIP’s 2 acre property. From an interactive underwater pool installation to a large scale sound exhibit, Flat Earth encourages visitors to reconsider scientific “truths” and reflect on their own world view. Flat Earth will feature live music by internationally acclaimed musical artists the Mekons, Sam Coomes (Quasi, Elliot Smith), Sun Foot (Chris Johanson), as well as emerging local band M. Goner //
I'll be exhibiting drawings along with my special guest, johnbot. // http://www.shipinthewoods.com/flatearth/
Rage for Art (Once Again) at Pierogi Gallery's inaugural LES space
155 Suffolk St. NY NY 10002
After twenty-one years in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, PIEROGI has relocated to Manhattan’s Lower East Side. For our inaugural exhibition we are pleased to present a group show including recent work by gallery artists and others, ranging from Andrew Ohanesian’s interactive installation, Pierogi West ATM Vestibule; to Dawn Clements, John O’Connor, and David Scher’s large scale works on paper; a Patrick Jacobs’ diorama; Jim Torok, Darina Karpov, James Esber, and Sarah Walker’s paintings; Shannon Plumb’s video, Window Series:?Woman With a Fan; and Jonathan Schipper’s Exploding Box sculpture; among others. A warm thank you for your support and participation over the years. While we will dearly miss Pierogi Williamsburg, we are excited to begin a new chapter in our fresh home!
Future Past Perfect at Ms Barbers, Los Angeles
Michael Ambron, Mary Jones, Rachel Klinghoffer, John O'Connor, & Bayne Peterson Curated by Lauren Comito
This traveling exhibition originated at Projekt722 in Brooklyn, and has arrived for its debut in Los Angeles. The artists in this exhibition, currently live and work on the East Coast. These artists are tied together by their interest in exploring the historical progression of totemic forms and seek out new forms for the future. The metaphor of the artifact that these artists use can range from digital fabrication to ancient cave painting, haiku to personal artifacts; all reflect an unsentimental awareness of our circumstances, and consider the basic elements of what might and could be essential.
This Strange Game
Curated by Brigitte Mulholland and Michael Woody / Opening Reception: Friday, January 15 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM 547 W 27th Street, Suite 210 / Rachel Beach, John Bjerklie, Matt Blackwell, Craig Drennen, Clinton King, Eleanor King, Joel Mellin, Nick Mullins, Caleb Nussear, John O'Connor, Peter Schenck, and Raphael Zollinger
This Strange Game unites twelve artists who assert toward the unanticipated, the uncanny, and the unannounced. Their creative practices advance unpredictable outcomes, revealing moments where risk, reward, peripheral surprise and immediacy manifest as sheer and exposed vitality; their works in painting, drawing, print, and sculpture reveal fresh values and uncover new contagions waiting to break.
Interview on Ephemera NYC
with Brian Chidester
Ronald Feldman Gallery
Human Ecology 101 / Ronald Feldman Fine Arts: 31 Mercer Street, New York, NY / June 20 – July 24, 2015 / Opening reception: Saturday, 20 June, 6-8pm
Terry Adkins, Justin Amrhein, Elaine Angelopoulos, Eleanor Antin, Martina Batan, Brandon Ballengée, Scott Vincent Campbell, Peter Collins, Rico Gatson, Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison, John O’Connor, Tavares Strachan
Huffington Post 13 Artists to love
Armory Arts week is over, leaving New York a bit of time to recover until, well, May rolls around and Frieze comes to town. While we relish these moments of solitude, it seems as good a time as ever to look at ahead at a new season of shows, exhibitions, and emerging art. So, in the wake of our Armory Show enthusiasm, we've rounded up our favorite artists from last week's festivities, most of whom are planning big things this year. Whether the artist is relatively new to the scene or fairly established, they're touring the globe with solo projects and group shows worth checking out.
3. John O'Connor John Jerome O'Connor's works are multicolored streams of text, including a diptych called "Love Letters" in which the artist recalls a spam email he received from someone named Beyonce stationed next to a modified version of a letter Napoleon wrote his wife Josephine. Above you can see one of a series of 26 canvases meant to document "the narrative account of an individual's passage through time," courtesy of Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn. O'Connor is due for a show at the Arts and Leisure Gallery in New York. Stay tuned for details.
Smithsonian Archives of American Art
Artists on Diaries: Sunspot Diary by John J. O'Connor This is the next installment in the Artists on Diaries series curated by artist Mary Temple, in which guest authors will comment on contemporary diary practices. — Archives of American Art Blog editors
SPACED OUT: MIGRATION TO THE INTERIOR, CURATED BY PHONG BUI
10 OCTOBER TIL 14 DECEMBER, 2014 // 220 WEST 18TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10011 // Exhibit Hours: WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Curated by Phong Bui and the Rail Curatorial Projects this exhibition features a selection of artists, born between the 1920s and 1980s, who have common interests in psychedelic experience, disordered time perception, consensus trance induction, turn on-tune in-drop out, temporal illusion, altered state of awareness, and novelty theory. Utilizing the psychedelic as a viable space of artistic creation—heightened uses of color, exuberant patterns, distorted forms, fantastical imagery in repetition or chaos, and a highly idiosyncratic visual language—the works seek to challenge our perception. // Artists: Joe Amrhein, Gregory Crewdson, Cao Fei, Keltie Ferris, Sylvie Fleury, Robert Gober, Tamara Gonzalez, Deborah Kass, Jon Kessler, Jim Lambie, Charles LeDray, Ryan Trecartin, Chris Martin, Takeshi Murata, John O'Connor, Roxy Paine, Bruce Pearson, Rona Pondick, Ugo Rondinone, Alexander Ross, Mika Rottenberg, Will Ryman, Peter Saul, James Siena, Philip Taaffe, Kazumi Tanaka, Fred Tomaselli, Richard Tuttle, Leo Villareal, Peter Lamborn Wilson and Lisa Yuskavage.
Pierogi XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition at Pierogi
PIEROGI XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition 5 September – 11 October, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, 5 September. 7-10pm
'Horizon' at Quint Gallery
July 26 to September 6 //Quint Gallery - 7547 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037 //
Quint Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of our summer group exhibition, HORIZON. The concept for this exhibition was to invite artists who have made works for the Murals of La Jolla project to recommend an artist they feel is underrepresented or emerging to be included in the exhibition, highlighting the work of artists who are admired by their established peers. This is the first exhibition of this kind at Quint Gallery. The opening reception on Saturday, July 26th from 6-8pm is open to the public and some of the artists will be in attendance. // We are often asked: How do we choose new artists to show at the gallery? Our answer: Usually we become interested in new artist’s work by listening to other artist’s recommendations. When an artist we respect says “you need to see so and so’s work,” our ears perk up. Twenty years ago, UCSD professor/artist Louis Hock mentioned a student of his, Roman De Salvo; who 5 years later mentioned a student of his, Adam Belt, and so forth. We have represented de Salvo’s and Belt’s work for many years now. Most of our artist relationships came about this way. Therefore, we are very excited about the recommendations made by the thirteen participating Murals of La Jolla artists. The style, subject matter and technique vary vastly between each artist, but the one aligning factor is the quality of the work and the impact each has on the gallery aesthetic. // HORIZON came about after many discussions at the gallery regarding organizing a summer group show. In an effort to do something interesting and beneficial to the artistic community of San Diego, we partnered with the Murals of La Jolla to bring together this incredible group of artists: JAMES ENOS, recommended by Roy McMakin RASHELL GEORGE, recommended by John Baldessari JOSEPH HUPPERT, recommended by Robert Irwin GREG LINDQUIST, recommended by Ryan McGinness ASPEN MAYS, recommended by Ann Hamilton JESSICA MCCAMBLY, recommended by Philipp Scholz Rittermann SUSAN METZGER, recommended by Robert Ginder JOHN O’CONNOR, recommended by Fred Tomaselli HEATHER RASMUSSEN, recommended by Catherine Opie MICHAEL SITARAS, recommended by Jean Lowe CARAGH THURING, recommended by Anya Gallaccio CINDY TOWER, recommended by Kim MacConnel LISA YOUNG, recommended by Nina Katchadourian
'Far from Now' at Regina Rex gallery
Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 15th, 7-10PM // John Almanza Carla Edwards Corey Escoto Nancy Haynes Charles Hobbs Joe Mama-Nitzberg John J. O’Connor Suara Welitoff // Bunker259 259 Banker Street Brooklyn, NY 11222 www.bunker259.org // Hours: Tuesdays 7-11PM and Sundays 2-6PM or by appointment
Far From Now - Nationalisms have evaporated, cocoa is free, the heat is off. No more waiting. Bring a friend. The last time we ran into each other you were wearing yellow, but now we are both wearing red. If a trade is purely linguistic then breakfast is the only meal that is by the books and the rest of the day is up for grabs. Hold down the reset button for fifteen seconds and exhale. Shout. Nouns are obsolete. We live in a basket. There are a dozen days out of the year that matter. Dedicate the remainder of the year to absorption. We’re all siblings in the dunk tank, so don’t come to the potluck empty-handed.
"Spit Ball" at Storefront Ten Eyck
Curated by Vince Contarino and Chris Chatterson / MARCH 8 – APRIL 6, 2014 / reception: Saturday, March 8, 6-9 pm / 324 Ten Eyck St. Brooklyn, NY 11206 ---------------------
Storefront Ten Eyck and Progress Report are proud to present Spitball, a group exhibition that brings together various ways in which comedy manifests itself in the studio practice and is translated into art making strategies. These artists cross categorical boundaries through material and absurdist content by creating the visual equivalent of what goes into the writing and delivery of a really good joke. By turning familiar expectations on their head, the exhibition looks at parallels behind what makes work that garners a genuine reaction by articulating the ridiculous subject at hand. About Progress Report: Progress Report) is an independent artist initiative founded by Kris Chatterson and Vince Contarino in 2010. PR was originally started as an online platform dedicated to artist features by showing studio works-in-progress and offering conversations around the creative process. It has since developed into a curatorial project that seeks to make connections through diverse modes of art making by finding common threads in work borne of a challenging and rigorous practice. Past exhibitions include, The Working Title, a 32-artist survey of abstraction at the Bronx River Arts Center, and Ritual Aesthetics, presented at Tompkins Projects in Brooklyn. http://progress-report.org/index Joshua Abelow / Inna Babaeva / Brian Belott / Amanda Browder Ernesto Burgos / Andy Cross / Matthew Deleget / Valerie Hegarty / Christopher K. Ho / Grant Huang / Jamian Juliano-Villani / John O’Connor / Sara Greenberger Rafferty / Erik Schoonebeek / Adam Parker Smith
Fountains of the Deep
Curated by Darren Aronofsky //
At a gallery in SoHo on a cold March night in New York, Darren Aronofsky debuted a grand collection of art created by his friends and colleagues inspired by the Book of Genesis and the Story of Noah. This event celebrated the opening of the "Noah Art Show", organized in promotion for Aronofsky's latest movie, Noah, in theaters at the end of this month. The show is officially titled "Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood" and we've previewed it already, but with the opening tonight we were invited to take a look inside this spectacular gallery of stunning, one-of-a-kind art. The Fountains of the Deep art show opens at 462 West Broadway (Google Maps) on Friday, March 7th, 2014 and run for a few weeks, coinciding with the theatrical release of Noah on March 28th later that month. The gallery, spanning two entire floors, features work "in painting, in drawing, in photography, in sculpture" and in video, with little peep holes showing some awesome finished footage from the film. Artists include Ugo Rondinone, Sue Williams, Karen Kilimnik, Mike Nelson, Nan Goldin, Jim Lee, Robert Liefeld, Jim Woodring, Simon Bisley, graffiti duo Faile, James Jean, Ward Shelley, Simon Bisley, and many others.
Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University - Curated by Anonda Bell
The need to convey data, statistics, and territory in a creative manner is a challenge embraced by artists who have used data abstractions—including maps, charts, and diagrams—as the basis for their work. Artists explore how visual representation of information can manifest not only the literal and calculable, but also the intangible, inestimable, and subjective. Artists in this exhibition: Manuel Acevedo, Alice Attie, Rob Carter, Dahlia Elsayed, Nick Lamia, Mark Lombardi, Loren Munk, John Jerome O’Connor, Nell Painter, Joseph Gerard Sabatino, Fred Wilson This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by Anonda Bell, Caren King Choi, Darin Jensen, Stephen S. Hall, Hand Drawn Map Association & Kris Harzinski, and Peter Turchi.
Brooklyn Rail Review of "The Machine and the Ghost"
- by Brian Chidester
Huffington Post Interview
- with Ridley Howard
Arts in Bushwick
Essay by Etty Yaniv
Printed in conjunction with my Solo exhibition at Pierogi Gallery.
Hardcover, 97 pages // Essays by Robert Storr, John Yau,and Rick Moody // Interview with Joe Amhrein and Susan Swenson, and johnbot
Solo Exhibition - Pierogi Gallery
"The Machine and the Ghost" // 11 October – 10 November // Opening Reception Fri, 11 October, 7-9pm // 177 North 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY //
Press Release: “John O’Connor seems to simultaneously occupy three divergent positions. He is a statistician crunching numbers, a satirist working in the mode of Jonathan Swift, and an occultist trying to divine the messages hidden in the stuff of everyday life. His work brings together dry, unrelenting logic, a sharp eye for human foibles, and a variety of means for unlocking the secret knowledge in the mundane.” (John Yau, 2013) Pierogi is pleased to present an exhibition of John O’Connor’s recent work. A single word in the title of this exhibition is telling – and. For O’Connor it is not a question of mental or physical activity, mind or body, content or form. Each is integrally bound to the other, one affecting and shaping the other and vice-versa. This exhibition will include O’Connor’s recent graphite and colored pencil drawings on paper (both large and small-scale), a series of “Sunspot” portraits, text paintings, and sculptural works. One drawing, Portrait of a Pyschopath, juxtaposes two lists: one indicating general psychopathic characteristics, the other the names of the most evil leaders throughout history and the most successful US presidents (the qualities that make a successful leader are often psychotic in nature). It “…serves as a kind of flow chart of the type of consciousness that engenders such play. That is to say, a naturally fecund imagination that enjoys access to preternatural if not frankly ‘unnatural’ ….latitudes of awareness.” (Robert Storr) Several works, including Butterfly and the Sunspot portraits, address large and powerful systems exerting outside influence on the subject. Butterfly deals with corporate product development, and subsequent image manipulation through advertising, as a system that influences our decision-making process affecting how we behave, choose, and even look. We have the illusion of choice and freedom but our decisions are in many ways Pavlovian, in that we may not have a clear understanding of how our choices are often reactions to previous stimuli. “The butterfly effect here is where a small action or choice eventually spirals into a much more chaotic pattern of events.” The Sunspot portraits are self-portraits over which O’Connor has superimposed dark spots lifted from imagery of activity on the sun’s surface and are an example of natural forces affecting the subject. Here it is the “…sun’s surface fluctuations that affect the surface of my face. I thought of these as a self-documentation of a transformation, like The Metamorphosis or The Fly.” (O’Connor) For Cleverbot II, O’Connor asks a chatbot (a computer designed to respond as humanly as possible) questions and incorporates the responses into this text work. In two diptych paintings, Love Letters and Ego Letters, O’Connor appropriates “Dear John” spam letters he received which appear to be written by a computer attempting to seem human, and creates his own responses to the computer-generated texts. As Rick Moody notes, “[t]here is…a hand-made quality to the work… which means that John only likes machines and digital interfaces if they fail, and so he often writes out words in his paintings, and then mismatches bits of them…” This will be O’Connor’s fifth one-person exhibition at Pierogi. His works are included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), among others. His work is currently on view at the Tang Museum in an exhibition titled, “Classless Society,” (Saratoga Springs, NY). O’Connor received an MFA from Pratt Institute and studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Catalogue available with essays by Rick Moody, Robert Storr, and John Yau.
Tang Museum Exhibition
Classless Society: September 7 to March 9 https://tang.skidmore.edu/app/public/webroot/files/uploads/classless_society/index.html
It is a common belief in the United States that we live in a functionally classless society, where most people belong to one “middle class.” The American Dream of upward mobility for everyone has long enabled the perception that classes do not exist in our nation—or that, if they do exist, they are fluid and easily changeable. Classless Society questions how one might think about class today in the current social and economic context, including the availability (or not) of class mobility and the different ways that class is signaled and understood. Works of contemporary art and materials drawn from popular culture examine the nature of class, the viability of the American Dream, and the reasons why the myth of a classless society persist. The exhibition includes work by Benny Andrews, Tina Barney, Cris Bruch, James Casebere, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Jim Goldberg, Derrick Jones, Steve Lambert, Nikki S. Lee, Peter Liversidge, Mark Lombardi, Irving Norman, John O’Connor, Michael Patterson-Carver, Doug Rickard, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Ward Shelley, Jason Simon, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and Carrie Mae Weems.
Diagram John O’Connor, Janet Cohen, Kelly Sherman, Andrew Mowbray Exhibition Dates: January 10 - February 23, 2013 Reception: Thursday, January 17, 6 - 8 pm Hours:Thursdays 12 - 4 pm
Drive-By Projects is pleased to present Diagram, an exhibition of works on paper by John O’Connor, Janet Cohen, Kelly Sherman, and Andrew Mowbray. The pieces in the exhibition deconstruct and visualize events, systems, and patterns significant to each artist, whether they are a scheme to decipher the lottery, the plays of the 2004 World Series, mindfully dissected writings, or a toss of the dice.
Drawing Center Interview
Studio Interview with Kate Smith.