Los Angeles

Thom O’Connor

Silvan Simone Gallery

The Surrealistic element in O’Connor’s work, combined as it is with the more impersonal aspects of abstract art, is its most individual and engaging quality. Through his vertical and horizontal structures there emerges the vividly human if somewhat apparitional faces and forms which appear as pictures within pictures, as if O’Connor would have us see mirrored in the impersonal absolute of pure abstraction the metaphysical reflection of human personality and relativity. The work, which is skillfully and meticulously executed appears at times somewhat precious, but for the most part, O’Connor’s directness and conviction add dignity to a style of art that is adventurous without being ostentatious.

Estelle Kurzen.

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and receive the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.