Region 4.1.0 at Santa Fe College

Nitty Jayaswal
Nitin Jayaswal

Can art play an important role in promoting a call to action by educating the public and raising awareness? We believe that Region4: Transformation Through Imagination, an exhibition organized in 2012 by oconnorartLLC and the Superfund Art Project did just that.
The current exhibition, Region4.1.0: Remediation, is a report card on the progress that has been made and the problems that remain to be addressed. We haven’t forgotten what’s at stake and wish to remind the citizens of our community that to get results we have to educate ourselves and take appropriate action to protect our health and safety and to insure the sustainability of our homes, our neighborhoods, and the natural resources that we enjoy.

 

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Region4.1.0 at Santa Fe College
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Region4.1.0 at Santa Fe College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After decades of frustration and delay, remediation has finally begun on the Koppers Superfund Site located near the Stephen Foster Neighborhood in Northeast Gainesville, Florida. As of February 2014, there were 1,322 Superfund sites on the EPA National Priorities List. Of those, 375 have so far been cleaned up. No wonder it has taken over three decades to bring environmental justice to the Stephen Foster Neighborhood.

Artist-Naturalists in Florida: Then and Now

Sandhill Cranes Calling
Sandhill Cranes Calling
Artist-Naturalists in Florida: Then and Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mallory has organized a new art exhibition to celebrate the re-opening of The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center in Gainesville. The exhibit, “Artist-Naturalists in Florida: Then and Now,” includes the work of 22 contemporary Florida artists as well as prints by early artist-naturalists such as William Bartram and John James Audubon. The exhibit will be on display at The Doris, 1315 South Main Street, Gainesville, through December 11. Gallery hours are wednesday through sunday 1-5 p.m.  John did the design work for the brochure. The opening reception attracted over 200 people. There will be a “Field Notes Workshop” by Chris Burney on November 8, 1-4 pm and a photo safari with Jeff Ripple on Nov 29, 1-4 pm. The fee for the workshops is $15. ($10 . for Doris members) payable at the door. Come join us at The (New) Doris!

The Blackboard Variations

The Blackboard Variations, an exhibition of paintings by artist John A. O’Connor, on display at the News-Journal Center, Daytona Beach, Florida, June 15-September 2, 2015

Daytona Show- Mozart

The News-Journal Center hosted a summer-long exhibit of paintings by Gainesville artist John A. O’Connor. A University of Florida faculty member for thirty-six years before his retirement in 2005, O’Connor has had thirty-six solo exhibitions of his work, has been included in over 200 group shows and is represented in public and private collections nationally and internationally. The exhibit is sponsored by the Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment and Art, Daytona State College, and by the Gary R. Libby Charitable Trust.

Since 1985, the Blackboard paintings have been the predominant form of John O’Connor’s art. Working in a style that the artist calls “Conceptual Realism,” O’Connor explores the nature of reality and the “virtual reality” of illusion. Using acrylic paint on Sintra, O’Connor creates blackboard images as a means of conveying information on a variety of subjects from the mundane to the absurd to the transcendent.

The News-Journal Center exhibition was comprised of seventeen paintings that explore music, dance, theatre and film. In contrast to the visual arts, which consist of objects that are intended to endure unchanged through time, the performing arts are transitory, alive in the moment and then gone. Even when recorded, they can be re-experienced only in a different format. O’Connor’s blackboards capture both the permanence of the image and the ephemeral nature of the performance. The title of the exhibition, The Blackboard Variations, is a play of words based on the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Goldberg Variations.

In 2005, New York Times art critic William Zimmer wrote of O’Connor’s paintings: “The power of trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) is that it presents its ephemera as lasting for eternity, while blackboards are erased leaving palimpsests. They can hold any kind of content even the absurd kind, as they implicitly state that they are records of the transient nature of thought and ideas.”

“In The Blackboard Variations,” says O’Connor, “I invite the viewer to enter an environment of palimpsests: ghosts of gestures, the residue of images and words linking thoughts and concepts. Like music, theatre, dance and film, these blackboards ask the viewer to question both the concept of time, and the nature of reality itself.”

Partners in art & history

As they worked on an art exhibit commemorating the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida, husband-and-wife team John and Mallory O’Connor have found their own fountain of youth of sorts: sharing their passion for art and art history with each other — and the public.

After Mallory stepped down as a professor and gallery curator at Santa Fe College in 2005, she and John, an artist and art professor emeritus at UF, pooled their talents into an art consulting business, O’Connor Art, LLC. Together, they offer such services as organizing and curating exhibits, art gallery administration, and helping artists market their works. John O’Connor also continues to work as a painter and printmaker. His art has been part of more than 200 exhibitions in the United States and Europe – including their current joint venture, “The Quest for the Fountain of Youth in Florida History, Mythology, and Art,” on display now through June 22 at the Thomas Center Gallery.

Continue reading at the Gainesville Sun website.

Quest for the Fountain of Youth and Florida’s History, Mythology and Art

A Traveling Version of the Exhibit
Organized by oconnorartLLC
For information contact: Mallory O’Connor, Exhibition Curator

In 2013, Florida reached a significant milestone unlike any other in the history of the United States—the 500th anniversary of the time that began when Juan Ponce de León and his crew walked ashore on Florida’s east coast and named it La Florida. To celebrate the Quincentennial of the arrival Ponce de León and the beginning of the European settlement of the region, the Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center hosted The Quest for the Fountain of Youth in Florida History, Mythology and Art, an art exhibit organized by oconnorartLLC, curated by Mallory O’Connor and jointly hosted by the Thomas Center Galleries and the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center. The joint exhibitions were on display from March through June in Gainesville. The exhibition and related programs are funded by a grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and are managed by oconnorartLLC, a Gainesville-based art consulting business.

“Thank you Mallory for lending us your exhibit.  Everyone enjoyed it immensely and it was fun to see people talking about the exhibit.  Everyone saw something different in this exhibit.”

-Stephanie Haimes

Library Director

W.T. Bland Public Library

Now you can bring the traveling version of this landmark exhibition to your community. The traveling version of the exhibition can easily be hosted by smaller venues such as libraries, art centers/museums, schools or other facilities with limited exhibition space. The traveling exhibit will be available beginning October 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.

There is no fee for the exhibit. Host venues are required to pay shipping costs and to have insurance coverage during the exhibition period.

The online exhibit will be featured at the Alachua County Library District from December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 and at the Fort Lauderdale Library District March 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015.

Quest for the Fountain of Youth Traveling Exhibition Specifications

  • The traveling exhibit consists of 44 plastic panels.
  • 33 20” x 25” high-resolution photographs of individual art works by outstanding Florida artists included the Quest exhibition (with panels}
  • 11 16” x 21” text pa
  • 1 15” x 44” title p
  • DVD of promotional materials and the Family Guide to the Exhibit

The panels are ready to install and can be hung individually or grouped to suit the requirements of the host venue’s wall space. They can be hung on walls, hung from molding or attached to walls using Velcro.

There is no rental fee for this exhibition. The organizers request that host venues pay shipping costs of approximately $250.00 and maintain insurance on the exhibit during the exhibition period and in transit. The show is packed in one 28” x 28” x 16” box for easy handling and can be shipped by UPS or Fed X or by courier.

Each host venue will receive a DVD of promotional materials. We also have a “Family Guide” to the exhibit available on disk that you can download and print.

For an exhibition preview and instructions on how to book the show go to oconnorartLLC.com and click on Quest for the Fountain of Youth or contact Mallory O’Connor at oconnormall@bellsouth.net.

How to book this show:

Available dates: October 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015

Calendar:

  • August 1 – September 30, 2014
  • October 1 – November 30, 2014
  • January 5– February 25, 2015 at the Alachua County Library Headquarters
  • March 1 –  April 30, 2015 at Fort Lauderdale Public Library
  • Additional dates in 2015 may be available. Contact Mallory if you are interested in booking at a later date.

Please email the following information to oconnormall@bellsouth.net

Name of organization
Choice of dates
1.
2.
Address
Contact person
Phone number
Email address
Delivery address
Business hours
I understand that there is NO FEE for this exhibit, however I agree to pay for shipping the exhibit and to provide insurance coverage in the amount of $3,000. while the exhibit is on display and during transit.

We will contact you to confirm dates and delivery time.
Thank you for your interest in Quest for the Fountain of Youth.

Region4: Transformation Through Imagination

Region4: Transformation Through Imagination includes works by twenty artists that seek to transform the raw reality of the Cabot/Koppers Superfund site into images that suggest both the history of the problem and the possibilities for restoration and transformation. The artists used scientific data from the site to create their art works, often forming partnerships with scientists who served as consultants on the projects. The artists also worked to portray the concerns, hopes, beliefs and experiences of the people whose lives have been affected by the site over the past thirty years. The goal for the exhibition is not to confront and blame, but to inform and explore, and to offer strategies for healing the community and the land.

The Region4 exhibition addresses four topics of concern: documentation (the history of the site and how it got that way), transformation (the cleanup process), restoration (restoring the site to ecological health and thus restoring the health of the larger community) and commemoration (a plan for a permanent exhibit/art work that will serve as a reminder of what happened and how the problem was addressed and rectified). Through the exhibition and related programs the public will learn about the long struggle to remediate the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site and how important this remediation is to the health and wellbeing of our community.

This exhibit was funded by a grant from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, organized by the Superfund Art Project (SAP), a creative public outreach component of the Project Gainesville’s Citizens group, and managed by oconnorartLLC, a Gainesville-based art consulting agency.

Exhibition Specification

  • The traveling exhibit consists of 24 20” x 24” plastic panels
  • 17 high-resolution photographs of the individual art works included in the Region4 exhibition
  • 2 photographs of the Thomas Center installation
  • 4 text panels with information about the Superfund Art Project
  • 1 title panel
  • The panels are ready to install and can be hung individually or grouped to suit the requirements of the host venue’s wall space. They can be hung on walls, hung from molding or attached to walls using Velcro

Alternately, the 24 panels can be installed on 6 metal grid self-standing panels that can be sent with the exhibit. The carpeted panels are 35 inches wide and 96 inches high and can be viewed from both sides. The free-standing panels can be moved into whatever configuration your exhibit space requires. The photo panels easily attach to the grid using clips that are included in the exhibit package.

There is no rental fee for this exhibition. The organizers request that host venues pay shipping costs of approximately $100.00 to the next venue and maintain insurance on the exhibit during transit. The show is packed in two 28” x 28” x 75” crates on casters for easy handling.

Each host venue will receive a DVD of “The Superfund Art Project and the Region4 Exhibition,” a video documentary by Wes Lindberg and 50 copies of Transformation Through Imagination, an illustrated catalogue of the Thomas Center exhibition.

If you are interested in booking this show during 2013, please contact Mallory by email for available dates.:

Please email the following information to oconnormall@bellsouth.net

Name of organization
Choice of dates 1 & 2
Address
Contact person
Phone number
Email address
We DO or DO NOT need the 6 free-standing grid units
We Do or DO NOT request the DVD video documentary
Delivery address
Business hours

I understand that there is NO FEE for this exhibit, however I agree to provide insurance coverage in the amount of $3,000. while the exhibit is on display and during transit to the next exhibit venue.

We will contact you to confirm dates and delivery time.
Thank you for your interest in Region4 and the Superfund Art Project.

Original Region4 Exhibition
October 14- Dec. 9, 2012
Tallahassee Museum
3945 Museum Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32310
805-575-8684 x113 Linda Deaton/Russ Daws

Region4 Traveling Exhibit Venues
July 1-31, 2012
Orange County Public Library
101 East Central Blvd.
Orlando, Florida 32801
407-835-7484
Chris Woodson
Woodson.kris@ocls.info

Sept. 20 – Oct. 3, 2012
EPA Regional Office
61 Forsyth Street SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-562-9120
Scott Miller/LaTonya Spencer

October 10 – Nov. 10, 2012
Jackson County Public Library
Marianna, Florida 32446
2929 Green Street
Marianna 32446
850-482-9631

Nov. 15 – Dec. 31, 2012
Alachua County Public Library Main Branch
Travis Fristoe – 352-334-3900

January 15 – February 15, 2013
Seminole County Library/Casselberry Branch
215 N. Oxford Road
Casselberry, FL 32707
407-665-1545
Ginny Howerton

May 7th-June 25th 2013
Main Library, Fort Lauderdale
100 S. Andrews Ave. 33301
954-357-7443
Barbara Miller

Superfund Art Project Video – Pt 1

Superfund Art Project Video – Pt 2