Morgan O'Hara - Nineteen Forms of Containment 2020
Ulysses - Alfred Lord Tennyson 1833 | Morgan O'Hara 2020 | Live Transmission 1981-2020 | Handwriting the Constitution 2017...
Morgan O'Hara (b. Los Angeles 1941) was raised in an international community in postwar Japan. Her practice researches the vital movement of living beings through drawing and her work is represented in the permanent collections of the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery, Hammer Museum, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Morgan Library, New York, Macau Museum of Art, among others, and in many private collections. O’Hara is represented by Mitchell Algus Gallery in New York. Her recent practice of Handwriting The Constitution has also grown to an international level with 120 sessions held over three years in the US, Europe and Asia (doc. film).
LIFE-BASED CONCEPTUAL ART
In 1981 I began tracking the trajectory of peoples' movements while they were engaged in life's activities. This work has become a large series of performative drawings called LIVE TRANSMISSION (drawings, film).
All of the newspaper clippings from the New York Times international edition which I chose for this work deal with the international lockdown due to COVID-19 between March and June 2020. They deal with themes of isolation, loneliness, abuse, equipment shortages, death, the effect of the virus on the climate, the economy, science, medical workers, and leadership. When I first started quarantine in Tübingen, Germany on 4th March 2020 the number of worldwide cases was 86,604 and the number of coronavirus related deaths 2,977.
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