Relax Shadeans is an exhibition of new works by Riley O'Neill in the project room. The LA based, self-taught artist combines found objects, mementos, and mixed media to create sculptures and collages that set the scene for his misunderstood narratives. Connotations of “the West” are sprinkled throughout the work, which may reflect O’Neill’s “internal struggle with edited histories of settler colonization, attachment to place, and masculinity.”
Motifs that resemble cowboy boots, covered wagons, maps, and road signs invite viewers to entertain and justify the mimicry that runs throughout the exhibition.
In Relax Shadeans, the stage is set, the lights are lit, and the band plays, but where have all the characters gone?