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April Issue 2004
Joie Lassiter Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Jimmy O'Neal
Joie Lassiter Gallery is proud to present a rising star from the
South Jimmy O'Neal. Born in Atlanta, GA, and now living
and working in Asheville, NC, O'Neal creates his art in a unique
process with dizzying and challenging results. This exhibition,
Works from the Rose Art Museum - Painting4, will be on
view from Apr. 2 through June 3, 2004, at the Joie Lassiter Gallery,
In his works from In Karezza Noemata which was part of the Paintings4 exhibition at the Rose Art Museum in Boston, MA, O'Neal challenges the notion that a painting is a discrete entity, confined to its place on the wall. By using mirrorized paint (invented by the artist) each viewer has a unique and very personal experience. O'Neal created this substance from a laborious process, driven by the desire to make paintings in which each mark not only stands for itself and what it represents but also captures everything else around it in real time. The pictorial space is formed by and dependent upon the spectator.
Electrocution drawings: using a pen connected
to a voltage box, as O'Neal scribes he completes the circuit and
a small hole is burned upon the paper. Each hole represents the
artist's literal connection to his work, physically feeling each
mark that is placed. Straddling past and present, real and fictitious,
revelation and obscurity, O'Neal's subject matter - whether figurative,
allegorical, abstract or symbolic - combined with his choice of
materials, conjures a magical and challenging reality, questioning
our idea of what painting and drawing is and all of what it could
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