"Colosseum in the Attic"
Created for HATAK
By John O’Donnell.
About the work:
"Part of a series that was created on site at the colosseum in Rome. My current research investigates the many ways Roman ruins have been decontextualized by tourism and represented in art history.”
"I am a printmaker and new media artist who uses a variety of mediums to convey a variety of messages. My work utilizes appropriated images and objects relating to art history, popular media and consumer culture to create rough-hewn assemblages. This collage sensibility reflects temporary solutions and failed ambitions within a culture saturated with irony and perpetual innuendo.
My practice as a new media artist addresses artifice, awkward transitions, humor, gender and media representation through video, installation and performance. As a printmaker I use a variety of traditional and experimental techniques to address formal and conceptual topics pertaining to illusion, construction, failure and nostalgia. Ultimately, I am a studio artist compelled to create images that locate an ambiguous degree of resolution through applied awareness of content and form."
About the artist:
John O’Donnell is an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the University of Connecticut in Storrs