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Cleanse, Fold and Manipulate

Cleanse, Fold and Manipulate

William J. O'Brien
Cleanse, Fold and Manipulate


String, carpet, wood and mixed media

135.9 x 53.3 x 48.3 cm


Vivisection (detail)

William J. O'Brien
Vivisection (and detail)


String, carpet, glue, found objects and mixed media

146.1 x 72.4 x 59.7 cm

Other artists in
Artists in future exhibitions

Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Markus Amm    Helene Appel    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Michael Bauer    Diann Bauer    Dan Bayles    Simon Bedwell    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Katherine Bernhardt    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Gabriella Boyd    Sarah Braman    Matti Braun    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    David Brooks    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Peter Linde Busk    Pierre Carreau    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Inez de Coo    Jessica Craig-Martin    Ana Cvorovic    Nathan Cash Davidson    Ian Davis    Nicholas Dedics    Tomory Dodge    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    David Ellis    Annabel Emson    Ayan Farah    Carlos Noronha Feio    Dee Ferris    Luc Fuller    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    NoĂ©mie Goudal    Elias Hansen    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Richard Höglund    Kati Heck    Valerie Hegarty    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Shara Hughes    David Humphrey    Elliot Hundley    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Merlin James    Tillman Kaiser    Alice Könitz    Scott King    John Korner    Rannva Kunoy    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    Andrea Lehmann    Dale Lewis    Juliette Losq    Christina Mackie    Jill Mason    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Lucy McKenzie    Jill McKnight    Martin McMurray    Turay Mederic    Robert Melee    Aleksandra Mir    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Yasumasa Morimura    Luisa Mota    Nick Nowicki    William J. O'Brien    Matt O'dell    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Marius Pfannenstiel    Benedetto Pietromarchi    Alejandra Prieto    Arthur Prior    Laure Prouvost    Max Prus    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Jessica Sanders    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Lara Schnitger    Maaike Schoorel    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Michael Schultz    Macrae Semans    Conrad Shawcross    Jamie Shovlin    Agathe Snow    Renee So    Anne Speier    Jeni Spota    Martina Steckholzer    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Rafal Topolewski    Ryan Trecartin    Nobuko Tsuchiya    Marianne Vitale    Caroline Walker    John Wallbank    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Alexi Williams    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers    Jonas Wood    Joel Wyllie     Yeesookyung    Haeri Yoo

William J. O'Brien's BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1975, Eastlake, Ohio
Lives and works in Chicago, USA


Tokyo, Taka Ishi Gallery, William J. O’Brien: Water Sounds
Chicago, Shane Campbell Gallery, Six Circles : Four Squares
Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by Naomi Beckwith, accompanying monograph
Paris, Almine Rech Gallery, The Lovers

New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Wet 'N Wild

Overland Park, KS, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Cleveland, Ohio, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Works on Paper
Chicago, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago

Oak Park, IL, Shane Campbell Gallery

New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery
Detroit, Susanne Hilberry Gallery

Miami, World Class Boxing, Death Rattle

The Axis Mundi, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

When Your Heart Is on Fire, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Locust Projects, Miami

12 x 12, New Artists, New Work, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
A Fairy Tale, Curated by Jose Diaz and Nina Arias, Ingalls and Associates, Miami


New York, The Drawing Center, Thread Lines

New York, Loretta Howard Gallery, "DNA: Strands of Abstraction, curated by Paul Sinclaire

Kenosha, WI, The H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage College, All Good Things Become Wild and Free, curated by Danny Orendorff
Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Phantom Limb: Approaches to Painting Today
Los Angeles, Acme, Someone Puts a Pineapple Together

Milwaukee, WI, The Green Gallery, Painted, curated by Tyson Reeder
Santurce, Puerto Rico, Espacio 1414, Painting…Expanded
Cleveland, OH, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Works on Paper New York, Lisa Cooley Gallery
Josh Faught and William J. O’Brien Rotterdam, Witte de With

Miami, David Castillo Gallery, The Maginot Line
Chicaco, Loyola University Museum of Art, New Icon
Miami, World Class Boxing space of the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, Mystic Visage, curated by Desiree Cronk
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, At Home/Not at Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg
New York, Gallery MC, L’AUR’AMARA, Curated by Bustos Domenech, December 2 - 3, 2010, Travels to Paris, Générale en Manufacture, April 2011; Milan, Centro Ricerche Accademia di Brera ex Chiesa di S.Carpoforo (CRAB)

New York, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, In Stitches, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody,
Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Selected Works from the MCA Collection
Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, An Expanded Field of Possibilities

Aspen, CO, Aspen Art Museum, Now You See It
New York, Andrea Rosen Gallery, Base:Object
Vienna, Galerie Krinzinger, Andy Coolquitt, Frank Haines, William J. O'Brien
New York, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Jesuvian Process

William J. O’Brien/Anthony Pearson, Project Space, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Makers and Modelers: Works in Ceramic, Gladstone Gallery, New York
Sonotube® Forms: Contemporary Art and Transport, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Jesse Chapman, Aliza Nisenbaum, William J. O’Brien, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
So Wrong, I’m Right, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Stuff: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt Aaron, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI

Modern Primitivism, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Josh Mannis, Eric Lebofsky, William J. O’Brien, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
MIXART, The James Hotel, Chicago, IL
Pathetisize, Curated by Alex May, Open End Gallery, Chicago, IL
Champagne, Curated by Jose Diaz, Nina Menocal Projects, Mexico City, MX
Cluster, Curated by Katie Holten, Participant, Inc, New York

Certain People I Know, Curated by Tommy Everett, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York
We Created a Monster, Curated by Frederick Janka, Nina Menocal Projects for Art Basel, Miami, FL
CoDependent, Curated by Gean Moreno, The Living Room for Art Basel, Miami, FL
Winter Group Show, Curated by Steph Pavone, Booster and Seven, Chicago, IL
Eagle Hand’s Moon and The Orange Savior, The Church of the Friendly Ghost, Austin, TX
Summer Group Show, Curated by Steph Pavone, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
Bilingual, Curated by Tracy Taylor, Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
Drawn Out, Curated by Tracy Taylor, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
In Print2: Diamonds on Archer, Chicago, IL
Macerate, Curated by Currency Exchange, Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago, IL
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 2, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Stygine’s Creek, Video Screening Curated by Ruba Katrib, Three-Walls Gallery, Chicago, IL
Take My Hand, Curated by Ruba Katrib (Traveling), Nina Menocal Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
Appropriating Feminist Strategies, Gallery 1926, Chicago, IL
Take My Hand, Curated by Ruba Katrib, Three-Walls Gallery, Chicago, IL

Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artist Space, New York
Click Formation, Open End Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Pilot Conference, Symbology Bathroom, Chicago, IL
The Affair, Jupiter Hotel, The Fresh-Up Club, Portland, OR
Identity Crisis, Marshall Arts @ Delta Axis, Memphis, TN
Art Poster Show, Objex Artspace, Miami, FL
G2 Group Show, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Abracadabra, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL
3 on 3, 3 Straight Artists Curate 3 Gay Artists, Higher Gallery, Chicago, IL
Eric Lebofsky, Josh Mannis, William O’Brien, 1/Quarterly Space, Chicago, IL
Art Mule, The Stray Show, Chicago, IL
Small Victories, Modest Contemporary Art Projects, Chicago, IL

La Superrette, Deitch Projects, Participant, Inc., New York
100% Cotton, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
White Haute, Shaff Gallery, Chicago, IL

Annual Members Show, Greenwich House Pottery, New York
Out and About, Benefit Invitation Group Show, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate Thesis Show, Crown Center Gallery, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL