Galway Arts Centre is proud to present "Dig", John O' Conell's first solo show in Galway. The show rund from June 7th to July 6th. The show comprises of new work which transforms the gallery space into an intimate and dreamlike environment. John is a multimedia artist based in Dublin whose practice extends far beyond the limits of any one discipline but encompasses a spectrum of processes. Whiel drawing and installation are the root elements in his work each finished piece is the end result of a sythesis of sculpture, sound and space.
His installations evoke timeless vista's that are at once excavations from an extinct age and parched wastelands from a post-apocalyptic future. These terreins are ultimately vehicles for allegory and symbolism-landscapes that emerge from an imagination that always avows a fascination with the ruinous, the obsolete and the otherwordly.
Many of John's animations depart from his drawings and practice of minature set building. He also composes and plays piano for the animations' melodicand haunting soundtracks. Straddeling the line between real and fictional these animated works seem to be involved in their own imaginary journey, oblivious to the exterior world. They ultimately belong to the artist's poetic, whimsical and lyrical universe.
John holds an MA from the Royal College of Art, London and a BA from the National College of Art, Dublin. He has been awarded several artists residencies, most recently was a year long fellowship in Location1 New York Stiftung Starke in Berlin and The Watermill with Robert Wilson in New York. John has been commissioned and supported by Wicklow County Council. Kildare County Council and The Arts Council of Ireland; New Work Award 2007 and Visual Artists Bursary award in 2011.
Recent exhibitions include; The Poetry Project, Kinsale Arts Festival (2013) Tentamen- 13 North Great George's Street, Dublin (2012) Like a Shark in the Grass -Solo Show at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon (2011) The Visitor, Riverbank Art Centre, Newbridge (2010) Nothing Matters When Your Dancing, Stiftung Starke Berlin (2009) Futures 09, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2009) Big Pin, Goethe Institute, Dublin (2009) and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, WestGermany, Berlin (2009).