My work uses collage to create resolution through assembling disparate parts and fragments. I usually aim to establish structural and tonal unity among the few different components I am arranging. Collage is an important metaphor for human cognitive experience, we are always exposed to different scenarios and objects through out our daily lives, and ultimately our memories and stories are cobbled together from past experiences, really a cumulative collage of memory fragments. I also use collage as a mechanism for investigating concepts of contemporary existence such as multitasking and products that offer a wide variety of features to consumers, for example almost all cell phones are also cameras, recording devises, and offer users numerous other possibilities.
John O’Donnell was conceived on Halloween, born on his father’s birthday, and raised in Montana. He lives and works in Connecticut. He is the founder of the TPSSF (The Puberty Survivors Support Forum) and the inventor of “Installage” (installation + collage). He has exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum, the International Print Center in New York, and the Seoul Museum of Art in Korea. John creates installations, videos, performances, prints and works on paper.