Current Residence - New Jersey
Spending a lifetime as a jewelry designer in 2017, I saw the Louise Lawler show at MoMA, and then in 2018 the Danh Vo exhibition at the Guggenheim. It made me realize my non-jewelry artwork has a voice. This voice needs to be heard and through digital painting and sculpture, I am able to share it with the world.
Christy E. O’Connor
Christy E. O’Connor is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in New Jersey. She began her studio practice as a Fine Arts Major at New Jersey City University and completed her degree at Ramapo College, where she received her teaching certifications and a BA in Visual Art in 2006. Upon graduation, she worked in early childhood education for a decade. After a great deal of personal reflection, she decided to shift focus solely on her art practice, which she has
been working in a professional capacity since 2016.
Over the past five years, her work has continually evolved as she sought to rediscover her voice as an artist. Although her methodology and aesthetic may vary over different bodies of work, she is consistent in her desire to better understand how we are shaped by the environment in which we live through the examination of gender, cultural norms, social class, religion and politics, history, and perception.
She continuously explores materials, processes, and genres in order to express her point of view. Her vision and message often influences her use of materials and execution, from mixed media works or sculptural forms, to performative acts and written musings.
Her current body of work embodies a kitsch aesthetic with a twist of subversive and cheeky imagery in a maximalist approach. Her multilayered 2-d mixed media works begin with self-portraiture of the artist in costumes she has designed or fabricated, that are then photo transferred into bricolage paintings and embroidery pieces.
O’Connor has participated in professional development programs and studio residencies, including Creative Capital at Artworks in Trenton, NJ (2016) and AlterWork Studio in LIC, NY (2020). Solo exhibitions and installations include The Maiden & The Crone and Eat, Buy, Love (2021), Victim Shame, Body Blame and Tea Time in Turbulence (2020), Dusklit (2016-2018), Treacherous Women (2018), Vacant Memories, Absent Dreams (2018).
Sometime in August 2018 I became a painter. An artist.
I am a product of the 70s and I spent my life in the fine state of New Jersey-the most wonderful state of them all.
As a result of stuff that happened, choices, substances, fate, and probably pollution, I have formed an imagination that describes an environment I understand to be worthy of depicting… possibly a cautionary tale… where all life forms, including otherworldly ones, merge and coexist. In a sense, I am leaving behind hieroglyphics, useless to anyone unless they are interested in my version of a not- too-distant reality. I usually do the work in my house in Newark.
I use paint.
Thus far I have been keeping things pretty organic and local to Newark where I live… mostly at Akwaaba Gallery where I do quite well. They exhibited some of my work at 14C in Jersey City recently. Also, I’ve been in some pop-ups through Art front Galleries also in Newark. As I write this I’m in my first residency with ESKFF at Mana Contemporary. I really never stop painting. Sometimes these creatures paint themselves a little bit. I’m almost positive they do.
Brian Gustafson is an artist living and working in NY metro area. He enjoys the activity of making objects and fabricates works that he refers to as devices that heighten human awareness and sensitize viewers to the experience of empathy. He often utilizes simple natural phenomena such as wind, water, and light. His work consists of interactive and kinetic devices, sculpture, and installation, and his fondness of glass and metal is found throughout his work.
Brian Gustafson received his MFA from Illinois State University and his BFA from Tulane University. He has exhibited nationally and received numerous awards, including the New Jersey Council of the Arts Fellowship. He is currently Associate Professor of Sculpture at New Jersey City University.