Organismo: Press Kit
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum announces “Organismo,” an exhibition by Boulder, CO based artist Rosane Volchan O’Conor, from March 6 through May 11, 2014. An Opening Reception will take place Thursday, March 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, and is open and free to the public.
Rosane Volchan O’Conor was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1959 where she attended the Escola de Musica at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. In 1984 she moved to Brussels, Belgium, where she attended the Conservatoire Royale de Musique and the Academie d'Art Auderghem. In 1989 O’Conor moved to Houston and began attending the Glassell School of Art. Recent exhibitions include Linhas Polimórficas (Polymorphic Lines), Goodwin Fine Arts in Denver, CO and Linhas Circulares, Kirk Hopper Gallery in Dallas, TX. O’Conor currently lives and works in Boulder, CO.
"Organismo" is a large-scale, multilayered, site-specific installation, a rich ambience of bio-morphs crawling off the walls, hanging crystallized in space and mutating in clusters across the floor. Viewers are invited to enter a bustling interconnected world of microorganisms existing independent of the laws of scientific reality. The elaborated work is at once chaotic and harmonious, expansive and intricate.
My work is organic in its visual language, influenced by music and biology, polyphonic composition and cytology. The installation borrows the vocabulary of my multilayered monoprints, with scribbled lines turned to contorted wire and organic shapes to plaster abstractions. I visualize the idea of rhythm and most of all, the idea of polyphony- where each melodic line has an autonomous function but is also synthesized perfectly within the whole.
I organize structural lines, symmetric and asymmetric, to produce a sonorous visual layer. Like in a polyphonic texture, the visual linear structures aid in the construction of themes and motifs, creating a distinctive rhythmic identity. Just as counterpoint techniques give melody depth, the multiple linear planes in my work create visual depth. As with the composition of a contra-punctual piece, from a small segment of my work I create retrogrades, augmentations, diminutions, and inversions.
My work is also a reflection of the microscopic: protozoa, cells, nerves, as well as the macroscopic; land formations, planets, and galaxies. All are present in an abstract form.
Media includes welded metal wire, torch bended neon lights, sculpted acrylic rods, folded paper, printed mylar, porcelain dipped organic objects, multiple glazed hand built ceramic sculptures, silicon sculptures, cement shapes and freehand graphite wall drawings.
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