John O’Reilly

Howard Yezerski Gallery

John O’Reilly’s black and white Polaroid collages are intelligent combinations of art history’s past and O’Reilly’s personal fantasies. His most recently constructed inventions juxtapose images of classical male statuary, paintings by Caravaggio, and photographs by F. Holland Day and Wilhelm von Gloeden with nude self-portraits. These curious blendings of past and present, culture and commonplace, are contained in elaborate interior studio sets designed by O’Reilly. All 23 collages exhibited here have been carefully layered to create a contemporary magic-realist space. The pieces resemble whole photographs of previously constructed collages, as they appear smooth and seamless. In fact, each composition is composed of many sections of carefully cut-out and recombined coated Polaroids. Together they appear as uniform installations that give testimony to O’Reilly’s mastery of photocollage

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