Double Vision: Bill O'Donnell

  • January 17, 2020
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


January 10 - February 14, 2020
Reception: Friday, January 17, 5-7 PM

When Bill O'Donnell was a kid riding in the back seat of the family car, he'd watch the side of the road and by closing one eye, would align the bottom of the window with the rush of horizontals speeding past. Fence tops, walls and guard rails formed an oscillating horizontal line that danced with the unchanging bottom of the window frame. For him, this was close enough to the infinity of LINE described in his geometry schoolbooks. Once introduced to the iconic shapes and solids in those books, he saw them everywhere, mental templates to be superimposed on any scene. The overlay of geometric ideals transformed a baseball into the perfect sphere, a building block into the flawless cube. He was equally taken by the obliteration of visible details in featureless shadows or blinding glare. With optical proof gone, he was left with his memory's "knowledge" of what was there but unseen. The SOLID AND SPACE pictures celebrate this play between intellectual and perceptual knowledge, the flickering between memory and observation, the blend of mystery and delight when truth and truth disagree.

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