The Gallery: Coke Wisdom O'Neal

The Gallery: Coke Wisdom O'Neal

amy chase
Jun 21, 2006

Chris and Mike O'Neal 2005 36 x 29 inches

Introducing Coke Wisdom O'Neal.

In his most recent series of photographs it appears the artist has built a HUGE plywood cabinet (In his back yard? Where is this??) and photographed his sitters composed inside it. I can't get enough of these. The playful scale, the compositions, the patterning in the plywood, the play of light inside the box.

Jessica Sue Layton 2005 36 x 29 inches

Misty 2005 36 x 29 inches

Untitled (25) 2005 51 x 41 inches

These came after a series of "found portraits" taken of medicine cabinets (get the connection?).

Stranger (Cranberry) 2003 24 x 14 1/2 inches

Friend of a Friend (Mario) 2004 29 x 16 inches

Coke O'Neal is represented by Mixed Greens which has a terrific website where you can see more of this work including portraits of cinematic icons -- photographs of actors he took directly off the tv-screen (hmm, people inside another kind of box…).

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