SCAD will be hosting a reception celebrating “What Essence Was It, That Time Was Of,” a thesis exhibition by Jimmy O’Neal (M.F.A. painting, B.F.A. illustration) on view June 16-July 13, 2016. Working across media such as painting, photography, sculpture, along with an app and even a roller coaster simulator — O’Neal’s work engages with the ambiguity between self-representation and narcissism by placing the viewer’s reflection within his compositions, often through gestural strokes of the mirrored paint he invented. The large size of his works imbues them with immersive qualities, while the interactive nature and compositional transience of his vision explores the relationship between process, participation and popular culture (such as selfies and memes).
As part of the exhibition, O’Neal will debut “DIAPAUSE: Riding the Viscosity,” a roller coaster simulator reprogrammed so visitors can ride the brushstrokes of a painting, as they would the tracks of an amusement park ride. The exhibition and reception will be at SCAD’s Alexander Hall Gallery, located at 668 Indian St., and both are free and open to the public.