A pioneer of experimental cinema, the Los Angeles artist Pat O'Neill developed innovative techniques for radically altering imagery in the predigital era. His highly inventive 16mm films from the 1960s and 1970s explore dense layering and movement within a still frame. In recent years, O'Neill has reworked several of his early films into multiple projections. The dynamic three-channel installation Saugus Series (1974/2014) will be joined by the films 7362 (1967) and Let's Make a Sandwich (1978), a suite of related framed pieces, and an accompanying online screening program.
In conjunction with Pat O'Neill: Three Answers, SFMOMA will spotlight O'Neill's contemporary moving image work in a weekend presentation (June 6–9, 2019) in the Gina and Stuart Peterson White Box. A second June program in the SFMOMA Phyllis Wattis Theater will center on the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis (1976–81), a collective founded by a group of filmmakers that included Pat and Beverly O'Neill.
An innovator in experimental cinema, L.A. artist Pat O’Neill was radically altering imagery long before the digital era. Recently he has reworked a selection of his early, 16mm films from the 1960s and ’70s into multiple projections. The three-channel installation “Saugus Series,” along with his films “7362,” “Let’s Make a Sandwich” and two programs of his contemporary moving image work, are presented in conjunction with his show at SFMOMA.