Chattanooga, TN | Time-based, Installation
Andrew O'Brien's artistic practice is shaped by an early interest in science and the natural world, which led to an internship for NASA and Astronomy studies at the University of Arizona before he turned to fine art exclusively. Other vital experience includes conservation work with the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona where he was exposed to the complex political and geographic environment of the US-Mexico border. He has exhibited at Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver WA, Greenleaf Gallery, Whittier College, Whittier, CA, and SeedSpace Lab, Nashville, Tennessee, among others. In addition to his artistic practice, O'Brien served as Head Preparator for Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York City and worked as an archivist and preparator for Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles. He is currently based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Throughout my work I seek out constructed forms alongside typical plant life, and everyday terrain. The meeting ground between these entities produces its own vernacular, rich with spontaneously emerging systems and unexpected results. The site of my production regularly alternates between studio-interior and landscape as I document, synthesize, and re-construct natural and man-made materials.
Sensitivity to place is the primary force in the creation of my work and the greatest factor in driving its diverse forms and appearances. I respond to discreet situations and materials in my immediate surroundings, whether it is the US - Mexico border, the forests of Tennessee, or the expanse of Los Angeles. I allow the specificity of each location to shape my approach to how I photograph. Place forms the conceptual armature of my work, as I investigate moments of flux or confusion within the notion of landscape, the architecture that forms within it, and the bureaucracy that emerges from our obsession with the identification and control of physical space.