January 15 - February 26, 2022
From Inman Gallery:
“For over two decades, Shaun O’Dell’s work has critically examined the destructive nature of the American myth of manifest destiny. Shaun O’Dell: A Foot Between the Screens of the Unforescene harnesses the texts, images, and folklore characteristic of his early work – which often featured symbolic images of what the artist calls “paternal destroyers” like George Washington, Daniel Boone, and Robert Oppenheimer — with the visual innovations of his more recent forays into formal abstraction. The works on display are heavily informed by two events that deeply impacted the artist; in 2018, O’Dell’s hometown of Paradise, CA burned in The Camp Fire (the largest and deadliest wildfire in California history). That same year he also began a series of visits to the Cumberland Plateau where his paternal ancestors started their respective journeys west through the Kentucky wilderness Daniel Boone had carved out in the 1800s. Continually compelled by the histories, ideologies and myths produced by the Puritans and other European colonizers, O’Dell leverages his personal history alongside two decades worth of committed experimentation in mark making to present this current suite of complex multipanel drawings.”
Artist talk: January 29, 2022 | 1–2 pm
Conversation between Carter Foster and Shaun O’Dell, in person and Instagram Live.
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