reclamation deals obliquely with ideas of displacement and belonging. 

Encountered visual situations are interrogated and quoted out of context. Ready-to-hand vernacular forms and materials are cut off from intended use and re-purposed as visual frames of reference. O’Dea takes acute doubt as a positive mode of engagement in an effort to come to terms with being in a place removed from erstwhile aesthetic benchmarks. The results are kinds of manifest thought experiments – devices of the imagination used to investigate the nature of things.

Tom O’Dea received his MFA from NCAD in 2010. He lives and works in Hong Kong.

Irish Times Review: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/visual-art-round-up-uncertain-prospects-and-a-park-that-keeps-secrets-1.2214159

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