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John J. O'Connor: Artist, Teacher, Liberator, Superhero

Solo Exhibitions


  • Thin, Dark Crash (how I dread that blue jay), Pierogi Gallery, LES, NY


  • The Machine and the Ghost, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


  • What is Toronto?????, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Barbara Walters Gallery, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY


  • C'OD(e)R, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


  • Flannel Tongue, Pierogi Brooklyn
  • All of a Sudden, Martin Asbaek Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark


  • One Hundred Days in a Year, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (catalogue produced)


  • Schemes Out, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY


  • Thesis Exhibition, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY


  • 1997 Jasper Rand Museum, Westfield, MA

Group Exhibitions


  • Another Better World, The Bascom Arts Center, Highlands, NC
  • Reclaimed, New Jersey City University Art Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
  • Material Polyphony, The Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  • SIX, Regina Rex, New York, NY
  • Flat Earth, Ship in the Woods, Escondido, CA
  • Future Past Perfect, Ms Barbers, Los Angeles, CA
  • Rage for Art (Once Again), Pierogi Gallery, 155 Suffolk Street, New York, NY
  • This Strange Game, Chelsea Arts Building, New York, NY


  • Future Past Perfect, Projekt 722, Brookyln, NY
  • Human Ecology 101, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
  • Abscissus and Ordinates, Honey Ramka Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn


  • Spaced Out: Migration to the Interior, Curated by Phong Bui, Red Bull Studios, New York, NY
  • Pierogi XX (20th Anniversary Exhibition), Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Fountains of the Deep, Curated by Darren Aronofsky, filmmaker, SOHO, NY
  • Far from Now, Regina Rex Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Horizon, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA
  • Datascapes, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ, curated by Anonda Bell (catalogue produced)
  • Spitball, Storefront Ten Eyck Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn, curated by Vince Contarino and Chris Chatterson
  • Forces of Nature / Natural Forces, The Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Lisa Banner


  • Classless Society, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Unhinged, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Linda Francis, John O'Connor, Ken Weathersby, Suite 217, Brooklyn, NY
  • /Len/, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY; curated by Jered Sprecher
  • Observer Effect, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Diagram, Drive by Projects, Watertown, MA


  • Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Center for the Arts, Little Rock, Arkansas, curated by Charlotta Kotic
  • CLAIM, Neue Berliner Raume, Berlin, Germany
  • Paper Band, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY
  • Summer in the City, Martin Asbaek Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Paper:Work, Ground Arts, New York, NY


  • So Different, So Appealing, Gramercy Park, NYC; curated by Rachel Churner
  • The Death Affect, Artblog Artblog, NYC
  • The Way Things Work, Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Athens, GA
  • Spiral Bound, Notebooks from New York to San Diego, UC San Diego, CA


  • The Lab, Dublin, Ireland; 3-person exhibition
  • Drawing Systems, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
  • Summer in the City, Martin Asbaek Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Summer Group Show, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
  • Esopus Exhibition Space, New York, NY
  • Works on Paper, Big and Small Casual Gallery, Long Island City, NY


  • Reaganography, No Globe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Cream No Sugar, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
  • Selections from 185 Nassau, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ


  • Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
  • Rich Text, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Elusive Truths, Firehouse Art Gallery: Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT (4-person show)
  • Pierogi et al, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
  • The Object Direct, Missisippi State University
  • Apocalyptic Summer", Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
  • Psychadelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s, San Antonio Museum of Art,
  • San Antonio, TX and Stadtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany


  • Analogous Logic, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY
  • Flatfiling, Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany


  • (Un)Natural Selection, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Mixed Signals, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY
  • Factitious, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY and Leipzig, Germany
  • Miami Basel – part of Pierogi/Feldman exhibition space
  • Collection 2006, curated by Bob Nickas, Rodolphe Janssen Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


  • Greater New York, PS1 and Museum of Modern Art, Queens, NY
  • Looking at Words, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
  • Superfat, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY
  • Armory Show, New York, NY
  • Seriality, Axel Raben Gallery, New York, NY
  • Safn Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Queens International, Queens Museum, Flushing, NY
  • Reconfigure, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY


  • Art Basel Miami, Miami FL
  • Armory Show (Pierogi), New York, NY
  • Vacation Nation, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
  • Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, PA
  • Parallel Inclines, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (2-person show)
  • Thought Patterns, Kent Place Gallery, Summit, NJ
  • Fear of an Abstract Planet, King Fisher Projects, Queens, NY


  • Art Basel Miami (Pierogi), Miami, FL
  • On the Wall, OH+T Gallery, Boston, MA
  • Brooklyn Showcase, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
  • High and Inside, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
  • In Heat, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
  • Random Order, White Columns, New York, NY
  • The Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, Traveling Exhibition:
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA; Soo Visual Arts, Minneapolis, MN;
  • Art Center of South Florida, Miami Beach, FL; Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
  • Armory Show (Pierogi), New York, NY
  • Detonation, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY


  • D'Artiste's American's, La Miroterie, Paris
  • Artforum Berlin (Pierogi), Berlin, Germany
  • Slide Slam, Art in General, New York, NY
  • Boiled or Fried, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
  • Armory Show (Pierogi), New York, NY
  • New Drawing 2002, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
  • Process on Paper, OH+T Gallery, Boston, MA


  • Artforum Berlin (Pierogi), Berlin, Germany
  • Artist of the Week, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
  • Mapping Cultures, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
  • Systematic, Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York, NY
  • Brooklyn-New Work, Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York, NY
  • Systems: Past, Present and Future, Teacheras Insurance Corporation, New York, NY


  • Snapshot, Museum of Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD
  • Viridian Gallery, Curated by Charlotta Kotic, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
  • Showcase 2000, Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
  • DFN Gallery, New York, NY
  • Art and Math, Mariboe Gallery, Hightsown, NJ


  • Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art, Curated by Donald Kuspit, New York, NY
  • Citicorp Exhibition, Citicorp Plaza, New York, NY
  • Annual Juried Exhibition, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY
  • Two works selected by Stefan Stux, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY


  • Contemporary Abstraction, East Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  • 61st Annual National Juried Exhibition, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY

Public Collections

  • Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC)
  • Museum of Modern Art (NYC)
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC)
  • Southern Methodist University (TX)
  • Asheville Museum of Art (NC)
  • Montgomery Museum of Art (AL)
  • Zimmerli Museum of Art at Rutgers (NJ)
  • City Museum of Orlando (FL)
  • Weatherspoon Art Museum (NC)

Select Awards & Residencies


  • New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in Drawing


  • Elizabeth Foundation Studio Residency


  • Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Foundation Residency Award


  • New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in Painting


  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant
  • Resident Artist, Farpath Foundation, Dijon, France


  • Artist in Residence, Flying Horse Press, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL


  • Artist in Residence, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah


  • Full Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
  • Kress Foundation Fellowship, Brooklyn Museum of Art
  • Drawing, Prints and Photographs Department, Brooklyn, NY
  • Excellence in Art History, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY


  • Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


  • Award of Excellence, Cover Art Competition, Manhattan Arts International, New York, NY



  • Artforum, Print Review of "Thin Dark Crash", Jeff Gibson

  • James Kalm Report, Video Review of "Thin Dark Crash"


  • Huffington Post, “13 Artists to Love”, Review of work from Armory Show

  • Ephemera NYC, Interview with Brian Chidester

  • Smithsonian Archives of American Art, “Artists on Diaries”

  • Ephemera NYC, Review of “Human Ecology 101”, Brian Chidester


  • Art in America, Review of "The Machine and the Ghost", Charles Schulz

  • ARTPULSE Magazine, Review of "The Machine and the Ghost", Stephanie Buhmann

  • NY Arts Magazine, Essay by Ken Weathersby titled "The Phantom: John O'Connor's Machine and the Ghost"


  • The Brooklyn Rail, Review of "The Machine and the Ghost", Brian Chidester

  • The Villager, Review of "The Machine and the Ghost", Stephanie Buhmann

  • Huffington Post Interview with Ridley Howard

  • Arts in Bushwick, Essay and Review of "The Ghost and the Machine", Etty Yaniv

  • Catalogue (97 pages, hardcover) published, essays by Robert Storr, John Yau, Rick Moody, Susan Swenson

  • Drawing Center Interview, Kate Smith

  • Wagmag, Review of "Unhinged", Enrico Gomez

  • Bushwick Daily, Review of Suite 217 Exhibition, Etty Yaniv

  • James Kalm Video review of Suite 217 Exhibition

  • The Boston Globe, Review of “Diagram”, Cate McQuaid

  • Time Out Chicago, Review of “Observer Effect”

  • Artslant, Review of “Observer Effect”, Alicia Chester


  • Information Graphics, Taschen, Sandra Rendgen, author - image reproduced

  • Art Connect Berlin, Review of “CLAIM”, Mattias Planitzer

  • Artfridge, Review of “CLAIM”


  • Bomb Magazine, Essay (Artist on Artist) by Bruce Pearson - images reproduced

  • James Kalm, Video Studio Visit: Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio

  • Brooklyn Rail, Review of “What is Toronto?????”, Charles Shultz

  • WNYC, Review and recommendation, “What is Toronto?????”

  • Brooklyn Based, Review of “What is Toronto?????”, Stephanie Buhmann

  • hyperallergic.com, Review and recommendation, “What is Toronto?????”


  • Artforum, review of “Hands Tide”, Zachery Cahill

  • Artforum, review of “COD(e)R”, Nell McClister

  • Review of “COD(e)R”, Huffington Post

  • Philadelphia Inquirer, review of “COD(e)R”

  • Philadelphia City Paper, review of “COD(e)R”

  • Work reproduced in Psychadelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960’s


  • Skowhegan Talks, New Museum, NYC; discussion with Fred Tomaselli

  • Work reproduced in The Judith Rothschild Collection Catalogue Raisonne, MOMA

  • Town Topics, Review of "Selections", Ellen Gilbert


  • Southern Review - works reproduced with writings

  • Art Papers, Review of "Art on Paper", Max Halperin

  • Greensboro News & Record, Review of "Art on Paper", Robert C. Lopez

  • Winston-Salem Journal, Review of "Art on Paper", Tom Patterson

  • Village Voice, Review (Best in Show) of "Flannel Tongue"

  • Brooklyn Rail, Interview with Eve Aschheim

  • Seven Days Newspaper, Review of "Elusive Truths"

  • The Burlington Free Press, Review of "Elusive Truths"

  • Artscope Magazine, Review of "Elusive Truths"


  • Village Voice, Review of "One Hundred Days in a Year"

  • New Yorker, Review of and Reproduction from "One Hundred Days in a Year"

  • Gay City News, Review of "One Hundred Days in a Year", Gregory Montreuil

  • Brooklyn Eagle, Review of "Superfat", Nicole Oncina


  • The New York Times, Review of "Queens International", Holland Cotter (image reproduced)


  • New York Times, Review of "Random Order", Ken Johnson

  • The New York Sun, Review of "High and Inside", David Cohen

  • Art Papers, Review of "Schemes Out", Gregory Montreuil

  • Brooklyn Rail, Review of "Schemes Out", John Hawke


  • The New Yorker, Review of "Schemes Out"

  • Village Voice, online review of "Schemes Out"

  • Artforum, Criticas Picks, Review of "Boiled or Fried", Frances Richard

  • Time Out New York, Review of "Boiled or Fried", Sarah Schmerler

  • New York Times, Review of "Snapshot", Sarah Boxer

  • Boston Pheonix, Review of "Process on Paper", Christopher Millis

  • retrorocket.com, Review of "Process on Paper", Paul Parcellin


  • New York Times, Review of "Systematic", Ken Johnson

  • New American Painting, Northeast Edition


  • Washington Post, November 17, Michael O'Sullivan

  • U.S.1, Review of "Art and Math", Nicole Plett

  • Manhattan Arts International, Renee Philips


  • TCHADA, Pratt Institute, July

Current Employment

Sarah Lawrence College

Pratt Institute

Princeton University



  • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Skowhegan, ME
  • Master of Fine Arts Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  • Master of Theory, Criticism, and History of Art Pratt Institute


  • Bachelor of Arts, Westfield State College, Westfield, MA