Pat O'Neill


Pat O'NeillArtist’s Statement

For the past 50 years, I have evolved a body of imagery that seeks to reframe filmic, aesthetic, and cultural preconceptions.  I want to bring into focus something of the pleasures of vision itself, and of the invitation to experience that which may not be readily understood.  My thoughts are not primarily narrative in form, but rather incorporate language as one constituent, the others being light, shape, sound and time.

I work, at various times, in three areas: motion imagery (principally film), photography and composite still imagery, and sculpture.  I approach object making similarly to the other two practices, as a collector of ideas and artifacts which may, in dialog with one another produce conclusions that are not inherent in each of its parts.  The process of evolution is unpredictable, often rather lengthy and sometimes results in the destruction of the original idea.  Humor might play a role.  Often the work’s only audience is its maker.

I am engaged with psychological and social implications in my production, and feel that each work is informed by a multiplicity of impulses, some of which appear incompatible.  I hope they leave behind a sense of the puzzlement and wonder that attended their making.

Biography

Select Solo Exhibitions from 2009-2013

2013
51st Ann Arbor Film Festival, invited filmmaker, two-retrospective screenings, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2012
Le Cinema de Pat O’Neill, 2 day symposium at Universite de Paris 8, invited scholars critically assessing my body of work. Sponsored by Cine Doc. Publication in process. Paris, France

2011
Watching Abstraction in Hollywood: The Work of Pat O’Neill, Event included “An Evening with Pat O’Neill” screening newly restored print of “Water and Power” and a month long installation of static works (1980’s-2010). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood, CA.

2009
Walker Art Center/Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Visiting artist. Lectures and screenings, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Select Group Exhibitions from 2009-2013

2012
Pacific Standard Time various screenings, January-May. Sponsored by the Getty Center and Los Angeles Film Forum. Accompanying oral history included in LAFF archive. Los Angeles, CA

2011
Water and Power, invited artist, Festival Ambulante. Xalapa, Mexico

2010
21st Century Limited series or Views from the Avant Garde Festival premier of Horizontal Boundaries, co-curated by Mark McElhatten and Gavin Smith. Lincoln Center, New York

2009
Treasures of the Avant-Garde, DVD package, inclusion of “7362”. National Film Preservation Foundation

Fellowships and Awards

2013
Center for Cultural Innovations, artist grant for individual project

2012
Chicago Prize for Painter and Ball 4-14, Onion City Film Festival

2011
First Prize for Horizontal Boundaries, FLEX Festival, Gainesville Florida

EDUCATION

B.A., 1962
University of California School of Art and Architecture, (UCLA)

M.A., 1964
University of California School of Art and Architecture, (UCLA)