Desanctifying the Monastary of Modernism

Desanctifying the Monastary of Modernism: a Multidimensional Exploration into the Conjoined Processes of Construction and Destruction that the Application of the Philosophy of the “Modern” Generates. A Performative Meditation on the creation of “Modernity” November 21, Ryerson School of Fashion Mark O’Connell “We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.” BaudelaireRead more

Reposition the Canon, an Arts Based Exploration into Post-Structuralist Theory and Art Historical Biases

  “Reposition the Canon, an Arts Based Exploration in Post-Structuralist Theory and Art Historical Biases” Mark O’Connell@2015 no reproduction without permission The visual narrative of this piece is based on the concept of knitting an unbroken narrative with a beginning, a logical progression towards an ending. Which in my opinion has been part of the process of constructing a cohesive modern art history. I have knitted a swatch to represent this historical progressive process, and then built a sculpture aroundRead more

Ductile Truths: The Malleability of the Reproductive Image. Creative Reflections on “The Precession of Simulacra” by Jean Baudrillard

Ductile Truths: The Malleability of the Reproductive Image. Creative Reflections on “The Precession of Simulacra” by Jean Baudrillard, Mark O’Connell@2015 No reproduction without permission “. . . In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whoseRead more

Hummingbird Heartbeat: Explorations in Book Art, Part One

Hummingbird Heartbeat: Explorations in Book Art, Part One, Mark O’Connell@2015, no reproduction without permission “And what is language? Language is what speaks to us as well as what we speak. Through our neurons, genes, and gestures, shared assumptions and personal quirks, we are spoken by and speak many languages each day, interacting with ourselves, with one another, other species, and the objects-natural and man-made-that populate our world. Even in silence there is no complete escape from the world of symbols,Read more