Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2012-13

(Los Angeles, CA)Alison O'Daniel

Currently Untitled (Bruce Conner and the Deaf Club)

This performance and film installation will consist of two looping 16mm film projections connected by an arch of weather balloons. The films will show two perspectives - one deaf and one hearing - of a scripted re-enactment of a punk show hosted by the artist/filmmaker Bruce Conner in 1980 at The Deaf Club in San Francisco. The balloons touching the projectors will be transformed into inaudible speakers, transmitting the soundtracks of the films through vibrations.


Alison O'Daniel engages materials and color in a tactile practice that extends across drawing, films, sculpture and performance to explore perceptual, emotional and bodily comprehension. She utilizes sound - and its synesthetic displacement onto materials - to explore narratives interwoven between the cinematic experience and objects in the gallery or viewing space. She has attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and will be a resident at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and the Bemis Center this coming year. She received a 2011 California Community Foundation emerging artist fellowship.