The Jimmy O’Neal (M.F.A. painting, B.F.A. illustration) exhibition “What Essence Was It, That Time Was Of” is on view in the Alexander Hall Gallery through Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Jimmy O’Neal closing reception and artist talk

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Alexander Hall Gallery

Savannah, GA

668 Indian St.

Don’t miss the last chance to view “What Essence Was It, That Time Was Of,” by Jimmy O’Neal (M.F.A. painting, B.F.A. illustration), who will speak about the exhibition at this closing reception and artist talk.

Working across media such as painting, photography and sculpture — along with an app and even a roller coaster simulator — O’Neal 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 their interactive nature and compositional transience explore the relationships between process, participation and popular culture (such as selfies and memes).

As part of the closing reception, attendees may experience “DIAPAUSE: Riding the Viscosity.” This roller coaster simulator has been reprogrammed so visitors can ride the brushstrokes of a painting, as they would the tracks of an amusement park ride.

Closing reception: Wednesday, July 13, 6–8 p.m.

Artist talk: Wednesday, July 13, 6:30–7 p.m.

The closing reception, artist talk and exhibition are free and open to the public.