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The Blackboard Variations: Celebrating the Performing Arts

Paintings by John A. O'connor 
June 15 – September 2, 2015 

In 2005, New York Times art critic William Zimmer wrote of O’Connor’s paintings: “The power of trompe l’oeil is that it presents its ephemera as lasting for eternity, while blackboards are erased leaving palimpsests. They can hold any kind of content even the absurd kind, as they implicitly state that they are records of the transient nature of thought and ideas.”

Since 1985, the Blackboard paintings have been the predominant form of O’Connor’s art. They represent the tracings of a life's journey forged from impressions, imagination, relationships, education, dreams, music, language, and various experiences of realities.John O'conner

The News-Journal Center exhibition is comprised of paintings by O’Connor that explore music, dance, theatre and film. In contrast to the visual arts, which consist of objects that are intended to endure unchanged through time, the performing arts are transitory, alive in the moment and then gone. Even when recorded, they can be re-experienced only in a different format. O’Connor’s blackboards capture both the permanence of the image and the ephemeral nature of the performance.

“In The Blackboard Variations,”says O’Connor, “I invite the viewer to enter an environment of palimpsests: ghosts of gestures, the residue of images and words linking thoughts and concepts. Like music, theatre, dance and film, these blackboards ask the viewer to question both the concept of time, and the nature of reality itself.”

Masterworks from the UCF Flying Horse Press
September 21 – January 13, 2016

News-Journal Center North Lobby/ Art Gallery
Curated by Theo Lotz, the Director of the Press, this special exhibition showcases a selection of some of the exceptional works on paper being created by invited international contemporary artists at one of America’s preeminent art presses. Over twenty years old, Flying Horse Editions is located in UCF’s Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando. Internationally renowned artists are invited to UCF to work with professional fine art printers to push the boundaries of their work while offering unique opportunities for UCF students to participate in this creative process. This exhibit will be closed during college observed holidays, November 26 – 29 and December 19 – January 3 This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Gary R. Libby Charitable Trust Exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

New Artist Art Show

September 21 – January 13, 2016
News-Journal Center
North Lobby/ Art Gallery
Exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.




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