LAST RESORT, 2013

Resort: 1. To have recourse. 2. A place frequented by people for relaxation and recreation. Both definitions of resort apply to this exhibition. Collage and mixed media works framed on the wall will compliment the creation of a site-specific cave like geodesic dome.

“In collage, works on paper, and installation-based work, O’Connor’s familiar subjects undergo surreal, psychedelic, hypnotic, and other unsettling transformations.”
–Rene Barilleaux, Chief Curator, The McNay Art Museum

Drawing on the allegory of American consciousness through the use of iconic characters, O’Connor’s work is derived from a combination of memory, fantasy, and pop culture. The mythological characters, built around enduring western cultural ideals, permeate her subconscious. Her art exposes complexities behind the thin public façades that we readily embrace.

The scenes she creates are the calcified remains of a culture focused on production and destruction, such as in “The Rise and Fall”, 2012. By appropriating idealized American landscapes, including Carlsbad Caverns and Yellowstone National Park, and creating a non-linear narrative, she intentionally leaves the situation ambiguous in order for the viewer to relate their own experiences to the suggested scenarios. She creates an immortal or dreamlike space. Many of the women characters have a look of artificial bliss or antidepressant-driven happiness, while many of the male characters represent the ominous “man behind the curtain.” At times they are hypnotized or controlled by intoxicating products or appliances.

Playing with color and scale is central to her process. Sickly sweet, candy-colored surfaces are combined with colored paper sampled from vintage record covers. The contrast of sparkling rays and bright neon against weathered, dull tones acts as a metaphor for dualities within our society. Appropriated images, enlarged from their original source to exaggerate their apparent content, introduce nostalgic and familiar themes. These images are drawn from film and popular magazines, primarily from the 1950’s and 1960’s. She prefers this time period because the line quality of the drawings is minimal and the subjects are rich with American idealism.

Installation view of "Sunburst." Photo taken by Ben Aqua.
Private Collection Austin, TX

"Sunburst," 2013
Found aluminum umbrella with oil based paint
Umbrella measures 8ft in diameter
Photo taken by Ben Aqua
Private Collection Austin, TX

"LAST RESORT," 2013
Installation view, geodesic dome constructed of painted maple plywood
Dome measures 9ft tall by 18 ft in diameter
Photo taken by Ben Aqua
Umbrella private collection Austin, TX
Dome available

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Private Collection Houston, TX

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Private Collection Houston, TX

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Private Collection Houston, TX

"Bottom of The Pool #3," 2013
Found images digitally printed on watercolor paper and high gloss photo paper
14 X 20 inches
Photo by Ben Aqua
Private collection San Antonio, TX.

Solo exhibition at Women and Their Work. Austin, TX

Installation view

"Monument," 2013
Found toy model of E.P.C.O.T. in custom vitrine
Photo taken by Ben Aqua.

"TWIRL," 2013
Found image digitally printed with found paper
30 1/2 X 46 1/2 inches
Photo by Ben Aqua
Private Collection Dallas, TX

"Bottom of The Pool #1," 3013
Found image digitally printed on watercolor paper with collage record covers
14 X 20 inches
Photo by Ben Aqua
Private Collection Austin, TX

"Color Me," 2013
Found image digitally printed and mounted on gator board
Collage paper taken from record covers
49 X 79 inches
Photo by Ben Aqua
Private collection Austin, TX.

Detail of "Sunburst" with golden wasp nests. Photo taken by Ben Aqua

Photo taken by Ben Aqua.

Detail of dome.

Photo taken by Ben Aqua.

"Bottom of the Pool #2," 2013
Found image digitally printed on watercolor paper
Collage paper taken from record covers, charcoal, and hologram glitter
14 X 20 inches
Photo taken by Ben Aqua
Private collection San Antonio, TX.

View from inside the dome looking out.

Installation view. Photo taken by Ben Aqua.

Untitled (Endless column), 2013
Styrofoam, concrete, acrylic paint and steel
72 X 6 inches. Photo by Ben Aqua.
Private Collection San Antonio, TX

"Snap," 2013
Found image digitally printed with found paper and glitter
47 X 30 inches
Photo by Ben Aqua
Private Collection San Antonio, TX

Untitled (Endless column), 2013
Styrofoam, concrete, acrylic paint and steel
108 X 6 inches. Photo by Ben Aqua.

"Watergate," 2013
Found image digitally printed and found paper
31 X 48 inches
Photo taken by Ben Aqua
Contact David Shelton Gallery for details

"Monorail," 2013
Digitally printed image with collaged paper
32 1/2 X 38 1/2 inches
Photo taken by Ben Aqua
Private collection Austin, TX

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Available, contact David Shelton Gallery for details.

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Private Collection Houston, TX

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Private Collection Houston, TX

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Private Collection Houston, TX

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Private Collection Houston, TX

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Private Collection Houston, TX

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Private Collection Houston, TX

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Available contact David Shelton Gallery for details.

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Private Collection Houston, TX

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Private Collection Houston, TX

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Private Collection Marfa, TX

Digital print on watercolor paper with found paper from record covers collaged to surface. Private Collection Houston, TX