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John J. O'Connor: paintings and drawings.

INTERVIEW: JOHN O’CONNOR

John Jerome O’Connor is known as a painter, illustrator, sculptor, and photographer, though the mediums often blend into highly-processed, conceptual works which have made him difficult to pin down. Take O’Connor’s Sunspot series, for instance, from his last show at Pierogi Gallery (November 2013). The artist snapped a series of selfies that captured a variety of moods,...

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BEN SNEAD

At first glance, Ben Snead‘s paintings of fish, frogs, and insects in appealing patterns seem readymade for nature trail guides. His specimens are drawn with the kind of exact hand known to early biology textbooks in the pre-camera era. Snead quickly moves beyond them, however. His patterns recall similar sketches done by M.C. Escher some seventy...

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THE RAMMELLZEE

The Rammellzee has been gone just over five years now, though his influence on both hip-hop and street-art has just started being assessed. He worked with ’80s art phenom Jean Michel Basquiat and was a contemporary of crossover graffitists like Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf. Ramm was also featured in cult NYC b-boy films like...

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BRIAN WOOD

There are two contemporary artists named Brian Wood (maybe more), whose work could not be more different. And while this blog regularly covers comic book illustrators, the Brian Wood of interest here is the abstract painter, currently living and working in NYC. He is originally from Saskatchewan and claims his childhood amidst the harsh weather of...

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JIM D’AMATO

For over a decade now, NYC artist Jim D’Amato has been articulating the subtle variances in design between plant-life, paisley textile designs, reptiles, and deep sea urchins, by merging these elements in expansive paintings, drawings, and silkscreen prints. Each D’Amato work is produced with a menacing, heavy metal color palette and there is a definite omnivorous...

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SARAH WALKER

Sarah Walker‘s abstracts stand out for their willingness to go in esoteric directions that most blue-chip artists dare not. Perhaps that is why the artist’s two works—titled Voyager and Outpost (see below)—felt slightly mismatched within the status-quo-ish new group show “The Transportation Business” (at the Jane Lombard Gallery). Walker’s examples also inadvertently make the case...

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