The Tuba Thieves
Alison O’Daniel combines film, performance, sculpture, and installation as a call-and-response between mediums. By collaborating with hearing, Deaf and Hard of Hearing artists, she highlights the loss or re-creation of information as it passes through various channels.Artist Bio
The Tuba Thieves, composed of film installations, sculptures, and performances, began after tuba robberies from Los Angeles schools. The story of a Deaf drummer runs parallel to marching band students reconciling with missing sound. The project prioritizes Deaf and Hard of Hearing experiences and reimagines the aural world.
Los Angeles, CA
Alison O’Daniel combines film, performance, sculpture, and installation as a call-and-response between mediums. Cinema, performance, sound-dampening textiles, sculptures, mobiles, and large-scale installations foreground process, collaboration, and material. The artist collaborates with hearing, Deaf and Hard of Hearing composers, performers, athletes, and musicians in order to highlight the loss or re-creation of information as it passes through various channels, and to build a visual, aural, and haptic vocabulary as a means to tell stories inspired by events that are both historic and quotidian.
O’Daniel has presented solo exhibitions at Art In General, New York; Samuel Freeman Gallery and Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Los Angeles; Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest. Her work was featured in Made in LA 2018 at the Hammer Museum, and The Infinite Ear at Garage Contemporary Art Museum in Moscow. She has received grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Center for Cultural Innovation, Art Matters, Franklin Furnace Fund, the California Community Foundation, and attended residencies at the Wexner Center Film/Video Studio Program, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. O’Daniel received a BFA in Fibers and Material Studies from the Cleveland Institute of Art, a Post-graduate Diploma of Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a MFA in Studio Art from UC Irvine.