Robyn O'Neil gave an illustrated talk, "As Darkness Falls…or At the End of the World…," on March 31, 2011, at Wichita State University's Ulrich Museum of Art.
In Robyn O'Neil's meticulous, large-scale pencil drawings, scores of identical men battle against nature. Tiny figures in vast land and seascapes, they struggle for survival against a seemingly inevitable apocalypse. O'Neil's work is at the forefront of a narrative current in contemporary art that employs elements of folklore and fantasy. In her talk, O'Neil discussed her labor-intensive process and the range of interests—literature, film, meteorology—that inform her content. O'Neil has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Houston; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; and the Des Moines Art Center.
This event was the second presentation in "Buzz-Worthy Art Talks," a new lecture series featuring prominent voices in today's visual culture. "Buzz-Worthy Art Talks" have been generously supported by Don and Lora Barry.