John J. O'Connor (artist)

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John Jerome O’Connor
Born 1972
Westfield, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality American
Education Westfield State College, Westfield, MA
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
Known for Painting, Drawing, Installation

John Jerome O’Connor (born 1972) is an American artist known for his large-scale, labor-intensive, abstract works on paper. In his work, O'Connor transforms information through idiosyncratic processes, creating equally idiosyncratic abstract shapes, forms, and patterns. He is represented by Pierogi gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and Martin Asbaek Projects in Copenhagen, Denmark. He lives and works in New York City.

Early career and art[edit]

Early career[edit]

Influenced by the art and music of John Cage while studying at Pratt Institute, O'Connor created abstractions based on chance operations. In 1998 he made a series of small drawings by dipping jazz brushes in ink before playing them directly on paper. Each drawing represented a specific beat per minute played for a specific duration. Though the compositions were simpler in these and larger scale works made in this period, O'Connor was laying the basic groundwork for future methods.

Art[edit]

Typically O'Connor's new works are large drawings on paper made with colored pencil, paint pens and graphite. His compositions are abstract forms made from multi-colored fields of text and patterns which are partly derived from combining simple logical processes (such as alphabet codes or...) and partly from intuitive reactions. These processes often force unlikely connections between seemingly disparate data often with humorous results. Information used in his work include charts on male pattern baldness, personal blood pressure readings, stock market volatility, temperature fluctuations in his apartment, the prophesies of Nostradomus, census reports, etc. Patterns that emerge from linking these disparate data are often a structural conduit for his unique logic and aesthetic.

Group exhibitions[edit]

2011
  • So Different, So Appealing, Gramercy Park, NYC; curated by Rachel Churner
  • The Death of 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
2010
  • 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
2009
  • The Lab, Dublin, Ireland; (3-person exhibition), Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s, San Antonio Museum of Art,
  • San Antonio, TX (October 4, 2008 – January 4, 2009)
  • "Reaganography", No Globe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • "Cream No Sugar", Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • "Selections from 185 Nassau", Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ
2008
  • "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", Mississippi State University
  • "Apocalyptic Summer", Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
  • Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s, San Antonio Museum of Art,
  • San Antonio, TX and Stadtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
2007
  • Analogous Logic, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY
  • Flat filing, Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany
2006
  • (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
2005
  • Greater New York, PS1 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
2004
  • Art Basel Miami, Miami FL
  • Armory Show (Pierogi), New York, NY
  • Vacation Nation, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
  • Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, 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
2003
  • 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
2002
  • 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
2001
  • 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
2000
  • 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, Hightown, NJ
1999
  • 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
1998
  • Contemporary Abstraction, East Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  • 61st Annual National Juried Exhibition, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY

Awards/residencies[edit]

2012
2008
2007
2004
  • Artist in Residence, Flying Horse Press, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
2002
  • Artist in Residence, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
2000
1997
1996
  • Award of Excellence, Cover Art Competition, Manhattan Arts International, New York, NY

Public collections[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

2009
  • Skowhegan Talks, New Museum, NYC; discussion with Fred Tomaselli
  • Work reproduced in The Judith Rothschild Collection Catalogue Raisonne, MOMA
  • Ellen Gilbert, Review of "Selections", in Town Topics, Princeton, NJ
2008
  • Southern Review – works reproduced with writings
  • Max Halperin, Review of "Art on Paper", Art Papers
  • Robert C. Lopez, Review of "Art on Paper", Greensboro News & Record
  • Tom Patterson, Review of "Art on Paper", Winston-Salem Journal
  • Village Voice, Review (Best in Show) of "Flannel Tongue"
  • Brooklyn Rail, Interview with Eve Ascheimm
  • Review of "Elusive Truths", Seven Days Newspaper, Burlington, VT
  • Review of "Elusive Truths", The Burlington Free Press, VT
  • Review of "Elusive Truths", Artscope Magazine
2005/2006
  • Village Voice, Review of One Hundred Days in a Year, November / December
  • The New Yorker, Review of and Reproduction from One Hundred Days in a Year, Dec. 26 / Jan. 02
  • Gregory Montreuil, Gay City News, Review of One Hundred Days in a Year, Dec. 21
  • Nicole Oncina, Brooklyn Eagle, Review of Superfat, October 6
2004
  • Holland Cotter, The New York Times, Review of Queens International, November 12
2003
  • Ken Johnson, New York Times, Review of Random Order, June 6
  • David Cohen, The New York Sun, Review of High and Inside, June 5
  • Gregory Montreuil, Art Papers, Review of Schemes Out (Solo), March/April
  • John Hawke, Brooklyn Rail, Review of Schemes Out (Solo), Winter 2003
2002
  • The New Yorker, Review of Schemes Out (Solo), December 9
  • Village Voice, online recommended exhibition, Solo Exhibition, December
  • Frances Richard, Artforum, Criticas Picks, Review of Boiled or Fried, July, NY
  • Sarah Schmerler, Time Out New York, Review of Boiled or Fried, July, NY
  • Sarah Boxer, New York Times, Review of Snapshot, March
  • Christopher Millis, Boston Phoenix, Review of Process on Paper, January, Boston, MA
  • Paul Parcellin, retrorocket.com, Review of Process on Paper, January, Boston, MA
2001
  • Ken Johnson, New York Times, Review of Systematic, January 12, E51
  • New American Painting, Northeast Edition; Boston, MA
2000
  • Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, November 17, Washington, D.C.
  • Nicole Plett, U.S.1, Review of Art and Math, New Jersey, February 2, 39–40
  • Renee Philips, Manhattan Arts International, July
1999
  • TCHADA, Pratt Institute, July

Education[edit]

2000
1995

References[edit]

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