Event

Boru O'Brien O'Connell: Draft, Capture, —

Boru O Brien O Connell Event

Archived Event

No Longer Showing.

For his first New York City solo exhibition, O’Brien O’Connell takes an encounter with the iconic work of industrial designer and illustrator John Vassos as a starting point. Desks, cameras, microphones and other materials for constructing and retaining take on roles as mnemonic and perceptual devices in various states of assembly and exposure. In a multi-channel video entitled Every movement does have a background, but every background is potentially useless, O’Brien O’Connell uses set and camera to mirror tropes such as the filmic wipe to conflate the subject and medium into a vertiginous space of heightened creative emblems. Within the video, an animation extracts characters from Vassos's 1931 book Phobia, an illustrated interpretation of myriad phobias related to urban life. The accompanying descriptions were florid, yet revealing in their inter-war fixations on psychoanalytical allegory.
The graphic simplicity of O’Brien O’Connell’s video is complicated by non-diegetic sound and voice-overs from multiple performers. This audio conveys the artist’s continued investigation of assumed narrative trust and authority within the monologue format; authorship and articulation are punctuated by irreverent confusion and translation. Alongside the video, sculptures and photographs extend the examination of sublimated fear by way of design and objects, while the initial legibility of these familiar forms and mediums is impeded by O’Brien O’Connell’s representation and installation. A series of black and white photographs depict images of objects taken from a book published in 1979. These objects act as placeholders, shifting the symbolic importance of various motifs in the elementary construction of knowledge that appear throughout the exhibition. 

Curated by Lumi Tan.

K 16

Boru Install01

Hand Scan004 Copy

Boru O’Brien O’Connell’s Draft, Capture, — is made possible with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jerome Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and with public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional production support and residency provided by EMPAC/Experimental Media and Performing Artist Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The Kitchen Blog

Christopher K. Ho, Cx888, 2018

From Our Artists: Recent Projects Online

Apr 17 2020

In an effort to support our artists during this moment in which concerts, exhibitions, album releases, book launches, and other events are cancelled or postponed, The Kitchen is compiling weekly selections of projects that you can engage with from home. Each week, we’ll highlight a Kitchen artist...Read On

Postcard Memoryscan Copy

From the Archives: koosil-ja

May 21 2020

“From the Archives” is a series that spotlights The Kitchen’s history. As a complement to our Archive Website, these posts offer focused reflections on the artists, exhibitions, events, and institutional practices that have defined and shaped The Kitchen since its founding in 1971. This From t...Read On

Photo Jansen A Short History Of Mirrors Mc Adams Banner

Oral History: JoAnn Fregalette Jansen

May 15 2020

As The Kitchen approaches its 50th anniversary in 2021, we have been working to expand the collective understanding of our institution’s history by organizing a series of public conversations among artists who have presented work at the institution across the decades. Alongside these public progr...Read On

Read More on The Kitchen's Blog

More Infomation

Press Release

Checklist