Spaced Out


Artist John J O’Connor works with coloured pencil and paper to create these sprawling psychedelic, almost mini universese. It’s unclear where they began or where they end, if they’re actually trying to represent anything at all, or are they totally random?

As it happens John’s invented systems, stem from what is ordinarily invisible—spoken and written language, chance events, chaos theory—becoming visual representations that reveal patterns of speech and events.

Ultimately, his use of such isomorphisms can convey the complexity and interconnectedness of everyday life, as well as the hierarchical processing of chance experiences. O’Connor cites antecedents as diverse as John Cage, Rube Goldberg, and Alfred Jensen for his work.

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