DISTILLATION AND DISLOCATION OF DESERT STRUCTURES
UMOCA Presents Kelly O'Neill's rend/er
A-I-R SPACE: APR 28 - JUN 3
OPENING RECEPTION: MAY 19 | 7 - 9 PM
Salt Lake City, UT - The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is thrilled to present Artist-In-Residence Kelly O'Neill's exhibition, rend/er.
Kelly O'Neill presents 3D prints and CG photographic scenes constructed from photo documentation collected at the site of Nancy Holt's seminal 1976 work titled Sun Tunnels. The tunnels, located 200 miles west of Salt Lake City, consist of four 9' tall by 18' long concrete tunnels situated in an X pattern. Through their placement, Holt sets viewers in the encircling horizon of the Great Basin Desert, immersing visitors in both its place and its contemplation of presence and time.
Through rend/er, O'Neill asks, how close can one get to the tunnels without ever stepping outside? In some ways, through O'Neill's distillation of these desert structures, it is evident that something has been lost; rend/er's exacting proximity reveals the imperfect distance of digital recreation as each print and facsimile becomes marred by pixilation and the fragmentation of a simulated copy. However, in this dislocation, O'Neill argues that something has also been gained.
rend/er presses the audience to not only consider their place and presence in relation to Holt's project, but to contemplate digital experience and the models on which our contemporary understanding of space teeter. In a sense, rend/er re-performs Nancy Holt's artistic endeavor, attempting to reframe our relationship between physical and imagined spaces, emphasizing the ways in which these modes of experience diverge, coalesce, and interfere with one another.
About the Artist
Kelly O'Neill's artwork focuses on the intersection of digital technology and cultural production. Concerned with the ubiquitous dissemination of photographic forms and their various impacts in fields as varied as court room hearings and social media, Kelly's work tends to interpret these heterogeneous uses and highlight their many complicated intersections. Recently Kelly's work has focused on 3D imaging techniques and how they model our contemporary understandings of spaces both physical and imagined. Having recently graduated from the University of Utah with an B.F.A. in Photography/Digital Imaging, Kelly lives in Salt Lake City where he engages with the local art community through his work with the Honors College.
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