The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series Welcomes William J. O'Brien

O'Brien Poster

Penn State School of Visual Arts' John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series is pleased to welcome William J. O'Brien. Chicago-based O'Brien, using materials regarded historically as pristine, explores with gritty irreverence the bounds of material and identity. O'Brien’s lecture, "Doing it All: Materiality and Making," will take place Tuesday, April 5, 3:00 PM, Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.

O'Brien's idiosyncratic and exuberant forms are born out of an improvised and intuitive studio practice, rich in material experimentation. Through drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics, O’Brien explores the traditional and historical application of materials, but also employs play to refute such definitive uses. Inspired by Modernism’s use of primitive forms, as well as the history of material usage of Outsider Art, his multidisciplinary practice is a search for identity and genuine expression through material and process. He is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery.

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