September 8-30, 2010
Curated by L. Jesse Peck
In his installation Monkey Shines John O’Donnell appropriates and reassembles nostalgic objects and icons from his youth to address the vexing obligations of contemporary existence and illuminate the tension between childhood expectations and adult realities. O’Donnell’s pseudo-Surrealist imagery references the awkward maturation process shared by those culturally educated by cartoons, action figures, comic books, video games, block buster movies, magazines, celebrity and the internet. Adolescent high jinks, hypothetical conundrums and practical jokes take form in rough-hewn assemblages of shoddy construction, indications of temporary solutions and failed ambitions. In O’Donnell’s universe, the constructed desires of children and adults collide in a frenzy of irrationality and seduction.
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.
Recent performances include Radical Dinosaur Maniac Time Machine Gun Shark Explosion at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Connecticut Gallery, The Making of: John O’Donnell’s Front Yard Monster Movie Magic Show at Proof Gallery in Boston and Blueberry at the Museum of New Art in Detroit, MI. His most recent solo exhibition was PG-13 at Artspace in New Haven.