The following article appeared in the 27 Oct 2005
edition of SqueezeOC:
Seven-Degrees of collaboration
Two artists with different styles inspire each other in exhibit at
Brian Pellar, left, and Willie O'Leary collaborated to put
together “Fire Lines” an exhibit on display at Seven-Degrees
K. ZYLIUS, SQUEEZEOC.COM
Collaborative and individual works by Willie O’Leary and Brian Pellar. Around
30 drawings, paintings and sculptures.
When: Continues through Nov. 25. Gallery open 10
a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Seven-Degrees gallery, 891
Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.
Info: www.seven-degrees.com and
Pellar and Cornelius "Willie" O’Leary don’t seem like they would
run in the same art circles. Pellar once wanted to be a doctor, and now creates anatomically
exact sculptures of people. O’Leary is best known for creating
large animal-shaped assemblages by tying together twigs, wire and other things
he finds. He also lovingly illustrates
envelopes– including those containing his bills – and mails the
lavish products to surprised friends and the DMV.
two have been inspired by each other’s work to collaborate on a series of
drawings on black surfaces. A new exhibit of their work is titled "Fire
Lines," a reference to how O’Leary used to draw by a fire when he was
broke and lived in his parent’s backyard. The work displays both Pellar’s
precision and O’Leary’s love of animal and plant imagery. They drew on
whatever they found nearby, including part of a pizza box and a piece of
met as art students at UCI in the late ‘80s and became roommates. After
college, O’Leary, 38, took on odd jobs, including care-giving in Chicago,
before returning to Orange County. He’s currently an artist-in-residence at
Seven-Degrees gallery in Laguna Beach.
44, attended UCI’s prestigious graduate writing program and has been working
on a book on literary symbols.
bumped into each other at one of O’Leary’s art shows at Irvine Fine Arts
Center in the late ‘90s and started doodling together in coffee shops.
talked to SqueezeOC at Seven-Degrees while putting the final touches on
read the interview click
The following article with my photo appeared in the Kunming
Press during the 2005 Kunming Sculpture Symposium in China:
The following image was taken from a TV news channel in
China. They discussed the Kunming Symposium and aired an interview with
The following was a Magazine article on the Kunming Sculpture
Symposium in China.
Arts & Antiques. Summer, 2000 issue. A & A Update Section. P.36