Across sculpture, drawing and painting, O’Brien makes direct, minimalist sculptures which combine industrial, fashion-design and architectural techniques to consider the production of desire and histories of consumption. The artist has spoken of objects as “eloquent texts” that encode cultural and historical meaning.  He materialises encounters between two ongoing infiltrations that destabilise the increasingly divided, public space: neoliberalism and queerness. Veering between delicacy and violence, his complex meta-constructions relay an architecture of competing desires showing how queerness moves alongside late-capitalism. As such, his works act as epistemic retainers revealing otherworldly and manipulated forms that evade and challenge the ready-made logic and linearities of the modern world.


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