Video Room – Kelley O’Brien: American At Work at Real Art Ways

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Video Room - Kelley O’Brien: American At Work


On view in our Video Room is American At Work by Ohio-based artist Kelley O’Brien.

In her multidisciplinary practice, O’Brien explores how social systems are created and maintained through architecture, both physical and constructed. In American At Work, we watch Angel, a naturalized American citizen from Mexico City and General Services Administration employee at the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland as he performs one of the duties of his position. While he removes and replaces the outgoing portraits of Barack Obama and Joe Biden with that of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, the viewer is reminded of the continued effort of the current administration to wall off his homeland.

From her artist statement, “I produce interruptions that act to reveal the affective dimensions of architectural and social systems. My practice takes the form of site-specific works, to provide alternative contexts by which to understand lived environments. Through the creation of aesthetic interventions such as: radio broadcasts, historical landmarkers, personal interviews, and literal maps I aim to locate myself, individuals, and communities within the intangible context of their social relations.”

For more information on Kelley O’Brien and her work, visit her website.

Featured image: American At Work still