Last night I made it over to The LAB Gallery for the opening of Morgan O’Hara’s SPRING LAB, her latest site-specific drawing which is part of her ongoing “Live Transmissions” series.
“Live Transmissions” are made by a process in which O’Hara, with a pencil in each hand, records the left and right hand movements of an observed subject performing a task. Drawing methodically with multiple razor-sharp pencils and both hands, as time-based performance, O’Hara condenses movement into accumulations of graphite line. Such tasks have included knitting a sweater, a farmer’s wife digging up asparagus, a musician performing on piano and street pavers setting paving stones. The result is an abstracted map of the subject’s gestures.
“Movement of the hands of
Conductor Riccardo Chailly”
while conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No 4.
Carnegie Hall, New York City, 10 February 2000.
Here’s a video of the installation.
O’Hara’s works impress me as being neat and articulate.