Thursday, October 8, 2009

Robyn O'neil

Robyn O'neil's wall size graphite drawings evoke a traditional sense of the sublime. Massive waves, mountains, and storm clouds drawn in exagerated dark values envelope tiny humans. A great definition I heard of the sublime is looking out safely over the ocean at the edge of a cliff. Fear is being in that ocean. In O'neil's work, the viewer is able to feel a bit of that dread while the figures in the drawings fight for their lives. My favorite blockbuster movies are those with overwhelming natural disasters. Mother nature on steroids would be a proper blockbuster phrase to use. The movie 2012 seems to be one more of these films showing in November. If you watch a trailer for the movie, make sure and watch the first one that came out.

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