Joan O'Connor Graphics ~New York
(Joan O'Connor)

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Joan O'Connor: "I think my recent work reflects the time-honored practice of taking common, ordinary images and objects and placing them in an artistic context, but with a little twist: I select images or things that are or were at home in ordinary human life and commerce but have some extra significance, which is carried over into their artistic incarnation."

Marcel Proust's Characters
Etchings by Joan O'Connor
Text by Mary Hall
[New York,]: Joan O'Connor Graphics, 2015. Edition of 20.

8.25 x 10.75"; 27 pages. Accordion fold from back pastedown. Etchings printed on a Charles Brand Press. Text and photo images printed with an Epson inkjet printer. onto Rives BFK paper. Typefaces: OptiBauer Text, Bauer Bodoni, and Palatino. Bound in cloth over boards. Matching slipcase. Signed and numbered by the artist.

O'Connor's 12 etchings and Hall's character outlines include Proust and his mother as well as major characters of À la recherche du temps perdu. The etchings have both the sense of La Belle Époque and of La Fin de Siècle, a mélange of insistent elegance and ending.

Author: "Mary Hall grew up in New York City and suburban New Jersey. She went to Smith College, married, and had two children. She then began a career in advertising and market research. …. Now she lives in the mountains of upstate New York where she works at a community radio station, a local art gallery, and serves as the lay pastor of a community church."

Artist: "Joan O’Connor was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Art and Pratt Institute. At the Pratt Graphic Center, Joan studied print making with Clare Romano; who was her inspiration as later her husband John Ross would be at the New School University."

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Joan O'Connor Graphics Out of Print Title:  

By Audrey McGinn
[New York]: Joan O'Connor, 2008. Edition of 8.

8.75 x 11.25 x 1.75"; 32 leaves. Accordion fold attached to back pastedown. Type and photo images printed by an Epson ink jet printer onto Rives BFK paper with Birch, Futura, and Stencil typefaces. Contains 15 original etchings. Front pastedown a scarf identified with hoboes. Bound in linen boards with title in red on spine and housed in a matching linen slipcase.

McGinn's thirteen poems speak of life as a hobo in the Depression years. O'Connor's etchings foreground a mode of private communication among a ghostly sector of the population.

Joan O'Connor: "I have created a series of 'Hobo Prints' etchings of the graphic signs that 1930s hobos used to communicate with each other. These signs were scratched, usually in chalk, on sidewalks, fences, barns, railroad cars, and the like, and conveyed simple but important messages. One of my prints depicts the sign meaning 'Don't Give Up.' The casual passerby would seldom notice the signs and their meaning would certainly escape him or her. Similarly, to the unknowing viewer my images will be pleasant shapes; but to one who knows their history and significance, they will speak of another time."


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