DescriptionExperiments in my continuing obsession with prime numbers, cryptography and abstracted patterns. Whenever I make pieces like this I keep feeling like Richard Dreyfus in 'Close Encounters' as he is trying to explain why the shapes he is obsessed to create 'mean something' that he can't put into words. I sometimes wonder if in our cultural unconscious we have insights into the architecture and math of things, of the universe, and sometimes we get flashes of these insights without the conscious construct to be able to mentally metabolize them so we are forced to either ignore these impulses or translate them into objects and artifacts to use as clues.
Bill O'Neil, Milwaukee Member Since October 2006 Artist Statement My artwork inspirations include a few odd conspirators like the chaotic influences of cryptography, prime numbers, and decay. I'm also influenced by Eames-era artifacts, retro-modern abstract art, architecture, and advertising. And all these inspirations manifest themselves in the different pieces I produce.
I really never approach my art very logically. It’s all fairly impulsive and obsessive. I just try to understand what it means when it’s complete. I like to think of my style as a super-nautural fusion of urban graffiti, mid-century modern abstracts, advertising design, and some kind of otherworldly information maps.
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