This journey through the American suburban imaginationby Pennsylvania-born Amy O’Neill, who currently lives and works in New Yorkreveals the uncanny that lies just beneath the banal. O’Neill’s work is situated between the past and present, vernacular and global, high and low cultures. Her sculptures, installations and drawings trade in recycled bits of Americana like bald eagles, carnival midway games and basement rec rooms. As critic Gregory Williams writes, O’Neill’s work looks back, "nostalgically to those sites in the American cultural landscape that leave a deep-fried residue on one's childhood memories.” A recent installation, "Forest Park Forest Zoo" (2007), memorializes an abandoned roadside petting zoo that O’Neill found off a country road in the midst of a Gallitzin, Pennsylvania, forest. This first monograph includes a text by artist and writer John Miller.
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About the Author
John Miller received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1979. For the past two decades, he has written extensively for Artforum, October, and Texte zur Kunst, as well as numerous museum publications. In 1991 he founded Acme Journal. He has taught art at Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts in New York, and Yale University. The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Carnegie Mellon Museum in Pittsburgh feature his work in their collections. He is based in New York.