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Morgan O’Hara, LIVE TRANSMISSION: movement of the hands of JONAS MEKAS performing at the Fluxus Festival / Anthology Film Archive / New York City / 30 October 1994, pencil on paper, 11 × 14".

Morgan O'Hara

Mitchell Algus Gallery

Morgan O’Hara, LIVE TRANSMISSION: movement of the hands of JONAS MEKAS performing at the Fluxus Festival / Anthology Film Archive / New York City / 30 October 1994, pencil on paper, 11 × 14".

Across the past three decades, Morgan O’Hara has produced more than five thousand examples of what she calls her Live Transmission works, a strand of her practice situated between performance and drawing. These renderings are the product of a process whereby O’Hara “records” movement—of musicians, orators, actors, and fellow artists; of workers of all sorts, from gardeners to bakers to stonemasons; of bees and carp and turtles—in real time with only pencils and paper, tools that function for the septuagenarian artist as a mediumistic interface between herself and the world of space and motion around her. Portraits not just of entities but also of places and temporalities the artist draws in a unique sort of physical and emotional communion with her subjects, O’Hara’s diagrams—more than a hundred of which were on view in this revelatory exhibition—represent

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