Comprised of drawings, prints, and the artist’s acclaimed film, WE, THE MASSES, Robyn O’Neil’s solo exhibition reveals the artist’s belief in the “infinite possibilities” of paper and pencil. Haunting and heartbreakingly genuine, O’Neil’s portrayals of humanity—both our ugliness and our capacity to endure and rise above—appear situated in a world on the brink of an apocalypse.
Robyn O’Neil was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1977, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She solely makes drawings. Her work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, an Artadia grant, and the Hunting Prize. O’Neil has had several traveling solo museum exhibitions in the United States, and her work is included in noted museums throughout the world. She received a grant from the Irish Film Board for a film written and art directed by her entitled “WE, THE MASSES” which was conceived of at Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School. The film won several awards at respected film festivals upon its release. She also hosts the weekly podcast “ME READING STUFF.”
Robyn O’Neil. WE, THE MASSES, 2011
Video Still. 13 minutes 05 seconds. COURTESY : Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC.
Directed by Eoghan Kidney
Based on Artwork by Robyn O'Neil
Written by Eoghan Kidney & Robyn O'Neil
Produced by Nicola Gogan @ Still Films
Animated by Eoghan Kidney, Ciaran Crowley and Mark Flood
Frostic School of Art Students and Friends of the Richmond Center Members Preview and Opening Reception, Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 5 - 7pm. MyWMU.com/FriendsofRCVA