Shotgun 6: A Rag or a Rip
Date: 07-Oct-2017 – 22-Oct-2017
Location: Contemporary Art Tasmania
‘Cartographer, archeologist, explorer, scavenger, sociologist and resurrectionist. Rob O’Connor is all of these things. His work, like the artist himself, exudes a restless energy and a palpable curiosity. He is fascinated by maps, even when they are composed of detritus, both found and formed by O’Connor himself. He notes that cities are full of unseen histories – sites of trauma, humour, accident, neglect – and he is driven to make these visible. That which many would deride as ‘rubbish’ are grist to O’Connor’s mill. One is reminded of William Gibson’s mantra in his novel Burning Chrome: “…the street finds its own uses for things.”’
In 2007 Robert O’Connor completed his Bachelor of Fine Art Honours at the University of Tasmania, School of Art in Hobart. He has been a consistent traveller with residencies and exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally, most notably:Black and White Matter, Galeria Metropolitana, Santiago, Chile (2016) in association with the Black Matter residency project withFrancisca Moenneand Julie Gough;Robert O’Connor Steals, Bett Gallery Hobart (2015);View From Above, Flux Factory, New York City (2015) supported by a residency at Flux Factory, New York; Artist in residence, Carlton Arms, Manhattan, New York (2014); and, Artist in residence, He-Shun International Arts Festival, Xu Cun Artist commune, Shanxi, China (2011).
Shotgun is a partnership project between Contemporary Art Tasmania, Detached and Mona.