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Analogue Approaches to Art: John O’Reilly at Tibor de Nagy Gallery

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York recently exhibited a selection of photo montages by New Jersey born John O’Reilly. Read on to find out more about how the artist's exquisite, sexually charged, dream-like collages also hark back to salient moments in the history of art.

John O’Reilly, Beneath the Sea, 2010 via Tibor de Nagy Gallery

John O’Reilly’s photographic collages are chock-full of art historical references as well as dark, often gay, erotic and pornographic allusions. The artist uses complex compositional elements in order to explore a garbled, dream-like world which sits on the fine line between the refined and the obscene, the classic and the sexually perverse.

John O’Reilly, Caress, 2010 via Tibor de Nagy Gallery
John O’Reilly, The Kiss, 2011 via Tibor de Nagy Gallery

Using razor blades, glue, and an old Polaroid camera, the artist thoughtfully collages photographs and found materials to create new worlds which intertwine very distinct and disparate realities. The artist himself has admitted a penchant for this clash between the sleaze of pornography and the righteousness of a beautiful masterpiece which is so often featured in his works.

John O’Reilly, Dogtown – Hartley Series, 2009 via Tibor de Nagy Gallery

Caravaggio especially, seems to be one of O’Reilly’s points of departure as many bits and pieces of the master of chiaroscuro can be easily pointed out as it is embedded in a number of the works on display.

John O’Reilly, Natura Morta, 2010 via Tibor de Nagy Gallery

John O’Reilly was born in New Jersey in 1930. Critical praise came to him in 1995 when his work was included in the Whitney Biennial. Since then, his work can be found in the collections of numerous museums, among which the MoMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

John O’Reilly, Hart Crane, 2010 via Tibor de Nagy Gallery

For further info as well as images visit: http://www.tibordenagy.com/

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