Molly Colleen O’Connell @ Julius Caesar
March 10 - April 8, 2017
Opening: March 10, 7-10 PM
Why Do Spiders Drink From My Mouth While I'm Sleeping?
"The trolls could change their shape and take on any sort of form, such as hollowed out trees, stumps, animals, skeins of yarn,
rolling balls, etc."
- Gunnar Olof Hyltén-Cavallius, 1868
"On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog."
- Peter Steiner, 1993
Molly Colleen O’Connell spins twisted, contemporary fairy
tales riddled with objects and characters that teeter between the comedic and
grotesque. Incorporating crafting techniques such as candle making and papier-mâché,
her vibrant installations and videos seduce and subsume viewers
into a fantastic realm. But beneath the glitter and disco ball lurks something
sinister: a den of internet trolls. Preferring
the safety of their anonymous identities, these diaper-clad creatures’ devious
machinations implicate viewers in unsettling ways. Offering
a rare ethnographic portrayal, MCO
invites viewers to their lair.
Molly Colleen O'Connell (b. 1986, FL) is an interdisciplinary artist
based in Chicago, IL. Through installation, video, and performance, she
mixes unbelievable truths and strange fictions to create a world of
perverted feminist hallucinations. MCO received her BFA at the Maryland
Institute College of Art and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute
of Chicago. Her work has been performed, screened and exhibited at the
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), AALA Gallery (Los Angeles),
Evening Hours (New York), Waiting Room (Tokyo), Thalia Hall (Chicago),
and MOHS Exhibit (Copenhagen).