New Media: John O’Donnell
September 16, 2014–February 8, 2015
William L. and Bette Batchelor Gallery
John O’Donnell, John O’Donnell: Psychedelic Pantry, 2014, Installation and video (approximately 1 minute, looped), New Britain Museum of American Art, Courtesy of the artist
Psychedelic Pantry, a new media installation created by John O’Donnell, points to moments of everyday life while highlighting the bizarre and mysterious moments we often overlook while shuffling to the toaster or coffee maker in the morning.
Appearing as a simple representation of a kitchen area or pantry, further inspection reveals there is more happening than food storage. Psychedelic Pantry is a New Media installation that reveals moments of constructed metaphysical awareness to reveal hallucinatory or surreal sensation, playing on ideas of peripheral vision and imagined movement. The aesthetic is informed by the combination of rather mundane objects typically found in a kitchen and psychedelic imagery. This installation intends to move past the typical category of drug induced awareness and speak about the potential of common items and commercial packaging to inform a heightened experience. Inspired by the brightly colored packaging of cereal boxes and other common snacks, this installation calls our attention to the hypnotic, and often times annoying, design of food items packaging. This is also a reference to the growing number of artificial additives that are found in a large portion of the food for sale in a grocery store and ultimately brought home for temporary storage before consumption.
O’Donnell, who lives and works in Connecticut, is a multidisciplinary artist and has created performance pieces for the Museum of New Art in Detroit, Proof Gallery in Boston, Flux Space in Philadelphia, and SOHO20 Gallery in New York City.
John O’Donnell lives in New Haven, CT and is an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.
Contact him at email@example.com.