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Dermot P. O’Brien

BFA 2015

Untitled (Three Men 3)

charcoal, clear gesso and oil on paper, 2015, 26.5"w x 41.5"h

The figures presented in this body of work are not particular males but conjured shapes and types seemingly immersed in or on the verge of some form of struggle or potential conflict. The underlying capacity for violence associated with power and patriarchal masculinity charges my explorations, agitating the surface and bringing shape, albeit dehumanized, to the forms. Grappling with issues from the point of view of a privileged white male, the works question my place among these men. I push and shove materials to make and remove marks. The process ducks and sidesteps representation, leaving one with a sensation of violence, power and struggle versus a specific picture of it. Meaning must emerge from memory, material and the highly physical act of making.

Dermot P. O’Brien
 - Untitled (Three Men 3)

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