Pat O’Neill is an American independent experimental filmmaker and artist. He is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking films which blend iconography, surrealism, humor and sound design to reveal his interest in the connections and divisions between humans and nature. His films illustrate the materiality of sound, images, and pacing as well as his avant-garde use of the optical printer. In addition to filmmaking, O’Neill began working with sculpture in the early 1960s. Initially, he worked with surrealistic and erotic assemblages of wood and metal. His vision then shifted and he began to create highly polished forms made out of fiberglass and plexiglass of whimsical and sometimes suggestive forms such as wooden horns, wavy forms wrapped in fur, and pickles. The artist’s gestures and mark-making seem obscure, but there is plasticity to his images, and sophistication to his techniques.
Drift, Wait, Obey
Pat O’Neill is an American independent experimental filmmaker and artist best known for his groundbreaking films which make surreal connections between humans and nature.Artist Bio
Drift, Wait, Obey is a multi-screen installation that presents compositions drawn from life, radically restructured using digital technologies and presented simultaneously in a dedicated space. The projections contain recognizable subject matters, chosen for their qualities as images rather than their factual or symbolic significance. Flirting with chaos, Drift, Wait, Obey finds discipline through practice, drawing upon fifty years of related work.