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John O’Connor, Charlie (Butterfly) (detail), 2016, colored pencil and graphite on paper, 86 1/4 × 69 7/8".

John O’Connor

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John O’Connor, Charlie (Butterfly) (detail), 2016, colored pencil and graphite on paper, 86 1/4 × 69 7/8".

John O’Connor revels in schematic mutation. Ceding varying degrees of aesthetic agency to programmatic procedures that give visual and linguistic form to statistics, sociocultural phenomena, and chance operations, he is best known for large, labor-intensive, colored-pencil-and-graphite drawings that creep and sprawl across their supports in accordance with eccentric, self-imposed directives. Pertinent examples include A Recurrence Plot, 2013, in which economic data and markers of social stratification are gaudily plotted onto a cross-sectional chart of planet Earth’s geologic layers, and Cleverbot I, 2012, a brightly color-coded, handwrought block-letter transcription of conversations between the artist and a piece of machine-learning-based artificial-intelligence software that devolve into comical exchanges about manners and aggressive behavior.

For this show, his sixth at

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