White Lies Matter by John A. O’Connor
Barnes & Noble
Language : English
Publication Date : 12/18/2020
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5×11
Page Count : 138
ISBN : 9781663210951
Artist and art professor, John A. O’Connor, characterizes his series White Lies Matter: Decoding American Deceptionalism as “a history of American hypocrisy.” Using the image of the slate as a consistent base, White Lies Matter ranges across historical and contemporary America, touching down at flash points of inequality, misunderstanding, and conflict. From the gradual decay of national institutions to more immediate political crises, O’Connor’s project traverses a list of illegalities and cover-ups, oppressions and suppressions, tracing links between individuals and institutions in positions of influence. It begins with Christopher Columbus and the First Thanksgiving—mythologies that crumble very easily by now—and moves on through the contradictory and belated embedding of religion in the nation’s founding documents, to the calamitous installation of Donald Trump as its 45th president. White Lies Matter: Decoding American Deceptionalism reveals the deceptions, lies, and cynicism of America and the ‘fake news’ and ‘alt- facts’ that permeate contemporary society. —Michael Wilson
Note: Michael Wilson is a New York-based writer and editor and the author of How to Read Contemporary Art: Experiencing the Art of the 21st Century (New York: Abrams, 2013).
Praise for White Lies Matter
Primarily recognized for his Chalkboard Series, a group of works that repeatedly question the boundaries between reality and illusion, John A. O’Connor is an artist who believes that it is very important to re-establish the artist’s historical contributions to the formation of public policy and social justice issues.
A closer look at the art reveals layers of meaning. The details seem subtly balanced between ‘found’ and slyly, sarcastically ‘manufactured,’ a style the artist calls ‘conceptual realism’ with which he conveys an uneasy, compromised American past with the madness exposed. — David Todd