Sweetarts: The Politics of Exclusion, and Camping Out with Susan Sontag at the Met

“Sweetarts: The Politics of Exclusion, and Camping Out with Susan Sontag at the Met” (2019) Mark O’Connell “I have a confession to make, here, lean in a little closer, I’ll whisper it: I went to the Camp exhibition at the Met, fully expecting not to like it…”   Abstract:   Camp, historically a coded communication of queer identity has been recently dragged out of the closet and into the limelight with the exhibition “Camp, Notes on Fashion” (2019) at theRead more

Ephemeral Exhibition- An Exploration of Ontological Anxiety Surrounding Digital Painting

Ephemeral Exhibition- An Exploration of Ontological Anxiety Surrounding Digital Painting Mark O’Connell@2015 No reproduction without permission “For the mimetic theory, by its very terms, challenges art to justify itself.” Susan Sontag, 1966 Against Interpretation As an artist who works in the new media of digital painting, the latent paradoxes inherent in the medium at times intrigue and at others confound me. The questions of what the true nature of digital painting truly is, is one I explore while I am makingRead 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